Sixth Form Admissions

The Admissions Process

Bishop Luffa School is a Church of England Academy. Our admissions are controlled by the Board of Directors. Admissions to the Sixth Form are from the school’s Year 11 pupils and from those wishing to join the Sixth Form from other schools. Although we are a Church of England school, there are no denominational requirements for entry into the Sixth Form. Applicants, however, need to be aware that the ethos of Bishop Luffa is that of a church school and all those who attend are expected to be present at all assemblies and acts of worship for their Year, as well as the school Eucharists for the Sixth Form which take place twice in the school year.

Whilst we welcome applications from existing Bishop Luffa students, we also welcome applications from students from other schools and have been pleased to see the increased number of external applicants applying for and gaining places in the Sixth Form.

We ask that students wishing to study A-level courses have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, with either a grade 6 or above in the subjects they wish to study at A-level. Please look carefully at all of the individual subject entry requirements. For example, applicants wishing to study Maths usually need to have achieved a grade 7 or above at GCSE.

The Directors consider that the maximum entry into Year 12 is 160.  The deadlines for application forms to be handed in are Monday 27 January 2020 for internal applicants and Monday 18 November 2019 for external applicants.  From applications received by the relevant deadline:

  • Up to 140 places are offered to Year 11 members of Bishop Luffa School
  • Any remaining places, up to a maximum of 160, are offered t those applying from outside the school 
  • Offers are conditional upon applicants meeting the academic criteria.


Bishop Luffa Sixth Form has never yet been unable to offer a place to an applicant who has met the conditions of their offer. However, should the situation arise where we are oversubscribed, all applicants who have met the academic criteria will be ranked in order of their average points score (aps) at GCSE. For the cohort of Bishop Luffa applicants, those ranked in the first 140 will be offered a place; the same procedure will take place for the cohort of external applicants up to a total of 20. Places in addition to the stated 20 can be offered to external students if any remain once the Bishop Luffa Year 11 applications have been processed.

Late applications are considered only if places remain after all applicants have been allocated. Applicants from Bishop Luffa School itself who initially opt to go to another institution and then change their minds may have to go on a waiting list if all 160 places have been filled. All candidates, external and internal, will be expected to attend the school on GCSE results day. The offer of places will be confirmed soon after that date if they obtained the appropriate results, or alternative courses of action can be discussed if the qualification requirements have not been met.

Application forms are available from the Sixth Form Open Evening which is being held on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 6.30pm. If you are unable to attend the Open Evening, please contact the school to request an application form.

Once you have decided you wish to apply for a place at Bishop Luffa Sixth Form, please complete an application form and return it to the school by the relevant deadline. Please choose the subjects you would like to study at A-level as indicated by the instructions on that form. All applicants will be offered an interview to discuss with the Head of Sixth Form their application and the courses they wish to take.

While we aim to offer all the courses shown in the prospectus, this is dependent on sufficient numbers of students wishing to take the subject. If there is insufficient interest for a specific course, we will inform you of this and will work in collaboration with other institutions to try to allow the course to run. If this proves unsuccessful, we will inform you as soon as possible to help you make an alternative choice.

We do all we can to accommodate those who change their minds after completing their application form, but our planning is based on the subjects chosen on that form. We cannot guarantee that changes in choices after application can be catered for. Please therefore think carefully about the choices you make on your application form.

What happens next?

Bishop Luffa students: You will be invited in January 2020 to apply online for your preferred subjects (see the guide below for full details).  Online applications will close on Monday 27 January 2020. All applicants will be interviewed by the Head of Sixth Form and we will write to you in the Spring Term, confirming whether or not you have been offered a place in the Sixth Form, subject to you achieving the necessary grades at GCSE.

External applicants: Please complete the application form and return it to the school by midday on Monday 18 November 2019, marked for the attention of the Head of Sixth Form. You will be invited to attend an interview with the Head of Sixth Form, who will then write to you to confirm whether an offer of a place will be made, subject to achieving the required grades at GCSE.

A Sixth Form Options Consultation Afternoon will take place on Thursday 23 January 2020 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. All applicants (both internal and external) are invited to attend to discuss their final option choices with subject leaders and meet key staff in the Sixth Form Centre.