16+ Handbook and how to apply

Level 3 courses, particularly A levels, are demanding. To achieve success, students need to develop a self-disciplined routine and a full commitment to work. This is most likely to occur when students are studying subjects in which they show ability and genuine interest.

Our expectation is that students studying Level 3 courses will have achieved at least a grade C at GCSE in 5 subjects including English and Maths. In A level courses,  the expectation is that the students will have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE although this will vary between courses with some subjects having a significantly higher entry requirement. Please see the 16+ Handbook for full details.


Sidney Stringer Students – How to join Sidney Stringer Academy Sixth Form

In December of Year 11, all Sidney Stringer students will have a one to one interview with either Mr Martin or Mrs Chennells. At this interview, the students post-16 education will be explored in order to ascertain the most suitable courses for the student. For successful applicants, letters confirming their place are issued in February.


The 16+ Application Process for External Students


A 16+ Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the Academy website, or collected from the Academy reception.

Completed applications need to be emailed to 16plusadmin@sidneystringeracademy.org.uk We will be accepting applications in Easter 2017.

Once your application has been received, a letter of acknowledgement will be sent to you and a reference will be requested from your present school which will need to cover:


  • Predicted grades

  • Behaviour

  • Attitude

  • Effort

  • Attendance and Punctuality

  • Involvement in enrichment or other activities


On receipt of a positive reference, you will be invited to an Open Evening to meet the Assistant Principal of 16+ and the Assistant Head Post 16. Following this, suitable candidates will be offered a formal interview after which, a place may or may not be offered at the Academy. All offers will be subject to an excellent reference, a successful interview and achieving the necessary GCSE entry requirements in the June examinations.



A Week in the Life


Every student will enjoy participating in our compulsory “A Week in the Life of a 16+ Student” experience. This week will give each student an insight into what life is really like when they join Sidney Stringer 16+.  You will begin to feel part of a caring environment where your academic ability will be stretched to its limits provided you play your part. Every student will also experience lessons and independent learning in their chosen subjects.


All students will be expected  to complete all homework  and holiday work set. In addition to this, every student will be expected to complete a Research Project about their chosen career. This will be a requirement of you being accepted into the Sixth Form.


A Week in the Life will run from Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July 2017.