Sixth Form

Thank you for considering Ermysted’s Sixth Form.

We are extremely proud of our Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form. Our students achieve excellent results which allow them access to the most competitive and highly rated University courses or brilliant post-18 apprenticeships.

As an academic Sixth Form, we offer a wide range of A-Level courses delivered by inspirational teachers. Students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the subjects they choose, supported by specialist teachers who understand the transition from GCSE to A Level very well.

With an experienced in-house careers team and flourishing work experience and volunteering programmes, students are fully supported in making informed decisions about their futures.

Extra-curricular activities, sport, and volunteering are an important part of our culture. Students also have the opportunity to play a leading in role in a wide variety of societies at other times of the week.

As such, developing young leaders is key. We have a range of formal and informal leadership opportunities, such as the prefect system, the student advisor team and the student mental health team. We see giving Sixth Formers responsibility as an important part of their development as young adults.

Sixth Form students have access to a range of dedicated facilities, particularly in the Sixth Form Centre, the hub of Sixth Form life.

The pastoral system operated across the school is exceptional. Students are supported, both academically and pastorally, by Heads of Year, Sixth Form tutors and a range of bespoke pastoral services such as our school counsellor. Students are placed in supportive form groups for the duration of their time in Sixth Form and the friendships they form in these form groups often endure the test of time well beyond school.

A website will only tell you so much about a school, however, and I therefore encourage you to visit our Sixth Form, either at our Open Evening (the next one will be held in October 2024), or, if you can’t wait that long, by arranging a tour.

I look forward to meeting you.

George Barrett
Head of Sixth Form

A Message From the Head Boy

Welcome to the Ermysted’s Sixth Form pages.

Through an exceptional education and a vast array of extracurricular opportunities, Ermysted’s Sixth Form provides an invaluable transition to adulthood. For many, it is the first opportunity to take on responsibility and experience true individuality.

A diverse selection of subjects ensures no one is left behind and allows all students to pursue their passion. Popular recent additions of subjects like psychology have increased the already extensive options available. The opportunities for development are not restricted to the classroom: skills like public speaking and teamwork can be honed in the Debating Society, at the Bar Mock Trial or through a multitude of other extracurricular activities.

Sport at Ermysted’s has always been a large part of school life and this is no different in the sixth form. The Rugby 1st XV and Football 1st XI compete in multiple competitions throughout the year and have the opportunity to travel and play in fixtures across the North of England and further afield. Cross country and swimming have also demonstrated Ermysted’s sporting prowess with national finals and county competitors. If sports are not necessarily your thing, there are a variety of musical and theatrical performances, many of which take place through a collaboration with Skipton Girls High School. In addition, we run a very successful volunteering programme and there is a brilliant work experience programme that will give you a better idea of what you might do after you leave.

The Sixth Form offers many opportunities to take on positions of responsibility and leadership, from the extensive prefect team to the editorial team of the national award-winning student newspaper, The Reason, there is the opportunity to make a positive impact on the wider school community, while developing desirable and highly useful skills for the future.

While Sixth Form is a step up from GCSEs, the freedom and individuality you can apply to your work coupled with constant support from the staff allows every student to climb that step. The supportive atmosphere throughout the school and in the Sixth Form can make for two of the most rewarding and enjoyable years of your life.

Ed Whitlam
Head Boy 2023-24

A Level Subjects

Entrance Requirements

For entry into Year 12, a pupil is required to achieve a minimum of Grade 5 in at least five GCSE subjects and at least Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language. In addition, a pupil must reach the published requirements for entry onto his proposed course of study, which are set out in the information booklet below.


For more information on admission into Sixth Form and how to apply, click here.


Some boys are chosen to be prefects each year. This is a particular honour and a recognition of their smartness, manners and leadership qualities. We particularly welcome prefect applications from boys new to the school.