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Why choose our School?

Darrick Wood Sixth Form offers its students a wealth of opportunities to prepare them for the next stage of their education or for their first steps into chosen careers. A wide range of subjects are taught by experienced, enthusiastic subject specialists. Extra-curricular activities, the development of leadership skills and an ethos of high achievement combine to ensure our students are prepared well to excel in life beyond school.

The Sixth Form has a proven record of success. Consistently high numbers of students achieve the top grades and most subjects record a 100% pass rate. The high standards expected across the rest of the School continue in the Sixth Form. First class facilities are provided for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students, but it is even more important that the Sixth Form offers a challenging but supportive environment which ensures individuals can excel whilst feeling part of a community where all are aiming to do their best.

For our Post 16 students we offer:


Sixth Form students are highly valued as positive role models for younger students and are our best ambassadors in the local community.

Sixth Form students are nominated by their fellow students each year to undertake the challenging role of Prefects, from whom 6 senior Prefects are chosen including two Head Prefects.

The Head Prefects represent the School at all official functions and play an important role in supervising the younger pupils.

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The following A level courses are offered subject to demand at Darrick Wood:

  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Art and Design: Textiles Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama & Theatre
  • DT: Product Design
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Other Level 3 Courses

BTEC Business, BTEC Children’s Play,Learning and Development, Financial Studies, BTEC Health & Social Care, BTEC Information Technology, BTEC Science and BTEC Travel & Tourism.

These courses offer a qualification equivalent to A level. They often focus on coursework as the main form of assessment.

Entry Requirements

The School will make available sufficient places in Year 12 to allow the transfer of all Year 11 Darrick Wood students who meet the published entry criteria for the courses they wish to study. The School will in addition offer a minimum of ten places to external applicants who must meet the same published entry criteria for the courses they wish to study. Students not offered a place will have the statutory right of appeal. Places will be allocated in the following priority order:

How to Apply

Application is by electronic form that is made available here on the Sixth Form webpage when the application period is open between 9am, Friday 4th November to 4:30pm, Friday 9th December.

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What is the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund?

What is the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund?

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund was introduced in March 2011 to support the most financially disadvantaged young people to participate in and benefit from post-16 education and training.

The purpose of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is to

The Bursary Fund is not to promote our school in favour of other institutions.

Am I Eligible?

(Students must be under 19 years of age at the start of the academic year)

For a Vulnerable Bursary:

You could receive up to £1200 per year (£400 per term) if you are assessed as being in one of the following four defined vulnerable groups:

For a Discretionary Bursary:

You can apply for a discretionary bursary if you are not eligible for a vulnerable bursary but you need financial help to stay on in further education or training. Darrick Wood School will decide whether you will receive a discretionary bursary, how much you could get, and what it should be used for.

Do I need to provide proof of my claim?

When a student applies, their parent/carer will be asked to provide recent written evidence i.e within the last 3 months, of their current qualifying income such as:

Are there any conditions attached to receiving the Bursary?

Who can I appeal to if I don’t agree with the School’s decision?

If you do not agree with the School’s decision you can contact the Deputy Head Teacher in charge of the Sixth Form who will consider your appeal or may convene an Appeal Panel.

Further information on 16-19 Bursary Fund can be found on the Gov UK website at www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund