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Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form pupils take the next big step on their journey in education. It is a step towards university and, ultimately, a successful career in whichever field they choose to enter. Through a well-structured and thoughtfully created pastoral system, running alongside lessons delivered by highly qualified and dedicated subject specialists, our A levels provide successful academic opportunities to suit the needs of any ambitious and motivated Sixth Form pupil. We are passionate about turning out well-rounded young adults, who can achieve academic success as a result of our outstanding teaching and individually tailored support for their independent learning.

We want our pupils to thrive once they leave our school and make their way in the wider world, so we offer a PSHE programme that provides key skills for dealing with life at university and the workplace beyond. A range of enrichment, guest speakers, university webinars and work experience opportunities all combine to ensure that we have done our utmost in establishing an environment in which all our pupils can get the very best out of their time with us.

Mr Matthew Thorne MA, BA (Cantab)
Sixth Form Leader

BISAK Curriculum

Our curriculum is not just about the academic challenge. It is supported and deepened by a vast range of pastoral, extra-curricular and global opportunities.

The Sixth Form Comprises

  • Key Stage 5 – Sixth Form (Years 12-13) – Ages 16-18
Key Stage 5

At BISAK we have developed a high quality of internationally recognised AS/A Level subject choices which continue to develop pupils’ skills from Key Stage 4 in preparation for university or work applications. Key Stage 5 is the delivery of education for the ages from 16 to 19 (Years 12 to 13).


There is a plethora of universities to choose from around the world. All have their own specialisms and application processes. Time spent researching the best fit is incredibly valuable, so we advise our pupils to contact universities individually through the university website to see if it is the right place, the right course and the best fit. We organise talks from universities and recommend roadshows to help pupils choose, but these are presided over by representatives who see pupils as customers, so it is always wise to take an objective view of what they promise. Think about personal statements. What can be done to help make them shine? What can be said to make a candidate attractive to a university? We offer help, support and guidance with the writing of these.

UCAS and Common App

When applying to UK universities, pupils will usually go through UCAS. This is a relatively straightforward application process, but it has deadlines that pupils need to be aware of:

  • Medicine/Oxbridge – October 15th
  • General application – January 25th

Pupils need to keep these dates in mind and make sure they have everything in place well in advance. Common App is commonly used for applications to the USA. Deadlines vary for different universities and some universities in the USA require you to apply directly. So, it is important to check with each university as to their application process and requirements.


We provide rich opportunities to learn outside the classroom. There is a wealth of extra-curricular activities throughout the year.

Physical Education

Physical education is an important part of any pupil’s development and is still a big part of Sixth Form life. It is a compulsory class for Year 12 pupils and sporting activities are encouraged throughout the Sixth Form.


Getting involved in the volunteering programme at BISAK. We run a programme whereby opportunities around the school are available to pupils who wish to help out in certain areas. We have an application process that starts with answering a job advert, applying and an interview process that mirrors real world job applications. This looks great on any personal statement and reference, but also provides the pupil with a sense of self-approbation and a discernment of working with and helping others in their community.

Head Pupils and Prefects

Pupils at BISAK Sixth Form have the opportunity to run for Head or Deputy Head Pupil roles. Alongside this are a team of Prefects chosen for their efforts and dedication to BISAK principles. These roles not only promote self-worth, they also look very good on any university application


Fundraising is a big part of Sixth Form life at BISAK, from bake sales to week-long sporting activities. It gives the pupils a heightened sense of purpose, builds on their organisational skills and helps raise funds for worthy causes.

Dress Code

To feel good, a student needs to look good. At BISAK Sixth Form we like our students to look professional. Business attire is the look, and we encourage any and all work experience that students wish to partake in.

– Formal blouse/polo shirt: white or black.
– Fleece/formal jacket/ jumper/cardigan: navy blue or black (no hoodies).
– Trousers: navy blue or black – tailored, loose fitting (no jeans-style trousers or leggings).
– Skirts (optional): navy blue or black – must be tailored, knee length and loose fitting.

– Formal shirt/polo shirt: white or black.
– Fleece/jumper/waistcoat/blazer: navy blue or black (no hoodies).
– Trousers: navy blue or black – tailored, loose fitting (no jeans-style trousers).

Shoes for both girls and boys should be black. No trainers or high heels.

In order to maintain a smart appearance, excessively long hair, beaded hair, dreadlocks and outrageously styled or coloured hair are not permitted. For shaved hair the minimum hair length is a number 2 cut. Long hair (below shoulder) can be worn loose but must be tied back for practical subjects. Facial hair must be trimmed short and kempt.

Make-up should be minimal. Only clear or white nail varnish to be allowed (no false nails). Visible body piercing or tattoos are not permitted.

Students in the Sixth Form may wear neck ties, loose necklaces, simple rings or bracelets as well as small hoops in place of studs (limited to one earring for each ear).

No jewellery is to be worn in PE and DT classes. Excessive, or what could be deemed inappropriate jewellery will be confiscated and parents will be requested to personally collect and sign for the items. Any jewellery not claimed by the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

House System

Each pupil is placed in a “house” when joining BISAK. The houses comprise groups of pupils organised through the full age-range, allowing inter-year groups.  


For Academic Year 2023-2024

Pupils for Year 12 (age 16) and Year 13 (age 17)