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Sixth Form


It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Downend and Mangotsfield Sixth Form.  It is our belief that this is one of the most important times in your academic career and should be a successful and enjoyable experience. Our specialist Sixth Form centre is located at our Downend site, ensuring that students get a fully immersive sixth form experience.

At Sixth Form we are passionate about ensuring that you receive both high quality teaching and the opportunity to develop your personal interests and achieve your aspirations.

We place great value one our reputation as a nurturing and academically challenging environment.  As a Sixth Form we add significant value to our students' academic profile during their time with us.  The structure and support that we offer has been praised by students, parents and Ofsted.  This support allows you to flourish and develop independent learning skills with a sense of responsibility that enable you to be successful in your chosen careers, training or university course.

We also place a strong emphasis on our wider curriculum, and offer numerous opportunities to develop your understanding of future options and, take opportunities that will support your applications to higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

Our Sixth Form represents an exciting part of your future and we believe that choosing the right courses is essential to your success.  We hope that this information, support and guidance we offer will support you through this process and provide the guidance and advice you need.

Kate Long

Head of Downend and Mangotsfield Sixth Form


Why Choose Us?

  • Consistently high achieving Sixth Form, with a 100% pass rate and 50% A* - B in 2018
  • Wide range of A Level courses to choose from
  • Dedicated Sixth Form facilities
  • Dedicated specialist teachers with outstanding subject knowledge
  • A well-developed enrichment programme offering a range of opportunities to develop your interests
  • A comprehensive career programme which is tailored to meet individual career aspirations
  • Supportive pastoral system which includes a designated Head of Sixth Form, Sixth Form learning mentor and dedicated Sixth Form tutors

Contact Us

If you would like to speak with a member of the Sixth Form team or arrange a time to visit us please contact:

01454 862333 or email DMSixthform@cset.co.uk


Information to follow.

Applying for Sixth Form


Making an Application

Thank you for considering Downend and Mangotsfield Sixth Form for the next stage of your academic
journey. We believe that choosing the right courses to enable you to achieve your goal is paramount to
your future successes. We hope the guidance below will support you when making your decisions.
Before you complete your application, take time to read the course information booklet and think about
what type of courses are right for you.

You will need to opt to take 3 A Level/ other level 3 courses. In some circumstances you may want to take
a 4th subject, such as further maths or an extended project qualification alongside your main programme
of study.

The Application Process

Our goal is to create a learning programme that is right for you, so from the time we receive your
application we will work with you to create a timetable that best suits your individual aspirations,
strengths and needs.

Following your application you will be invited for an application discussion meeting where we will discuss
future plans and course choices.

Timeline for applications

Thursday 22 November, 6 pm – 8 pm, Sixth Form open evening

A chance for you and your parents to find out about the Sixth Form and meet with staff to
discuss course options.

Wednesday 28 November, 1 pm – 3 pm, Sixth Form open afternoon* 

A chance to come and meet the Sixth Form team and look at the facilities.

Friday 14 December:  Application deadline

Application forms should be returned to Sixth Form by this deadline. We will still consider
applications after this date but some courses may have limited availability.

January/ February 2018:  Student interviews

All students making an application will be invited for an interview during this time.

Wednesday 10 July:  Sixth Form information day

A chance for you to come and spend some time in Sixth Form and find out more about your subjects and life as a Sixth Form student.

*Please sign up on Open Evening in main reception or email DMSixthform@cset.co.uk

Letters Home

Sixth Form Subject Information can be viewed by clicking here  /docs/Letters/Sixth_Form_Letters/Sixth_Form_Subject_Information_2019.pdf

Sixth Form application form can be found here /docs/Letters/Sixth_Form_Application_Form_2019.pdf

Useful information


We are committed to providing you with extra opportunities so that you can gain valuable knowledge and
skills to help you make well informed and ambitious decisions about your future. Our high quality advice
will support you with your future careers aspirations and give you the opportunity to build your
confidence, helping prepare you for university and employment interviews and opportunities.

Student Support
As part of the support we offer, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you to support
you to research and plan for your futures. Your tutor is there to help you settle in at the start of term and
act as a central point for contact throughout the academic year. Tutors meet 3 times a week with their
tutor group to track progress, and to provide careers advice and guidance. They will also carry out regular
academic mentoring meetings with you to ensure you are getting the necessary support.

Our specialised sixth form learning mentor provides academic support, careers guidance and pastoral
care and guidance. Mentoring will be given if you are identified as needing extra academic support from
your progress reviews.

Academic Improvement Time
In Sixth Form we think it is important that you develop good independent study skills quickly. We will
support you at the start of the year to develop your independent study skills and get you into good habits.

Guest Speaker Programme
You will have fortnightly assemblies where a range of external speakers will deliver information regarding
our Sixth Form termly focus. This gives you an opportunity to find out about a variety of careers and
offers insights into a range of relevant topics to you.

Electives Programme
During year 12 all students take part in the enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon. This is a
chance for you to do something different and that will hopefully develop skills and knowledge to help you
boost your UCAS application and CV. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as adopt a
teacher, sport for all, cookery classes or a community service programme.