Year 13 & 14
Bangor Grammar School
Admissions Criteria for entry to the Sixth Form (Year 13) 2017 - 2018
The Role of the Board of Governors
The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria for entry to Years 13 and 14 on the advice of the Principal and delegates the responsibility for their application to the Principal and such other senior members of staff as the Principal deems necessary and appropriate. The Principal will report to the Admissions Committee of the Board of Governors, which will have the responsibility on the Board’s behalf of ensuring that the process has been carried out fairly and transparently in compliance with the published criteria. The Admissions Committee will review the criteria and report to the Board of Governors annually to allow for a full review and evaluation of the admissions process.
The Principal on behalf of the Board of Governors, will ensure that
(Circular stipulates that school can apply for additional places)
(ii) the admission of applicants to Years 13 or 14 will not cause the Department’s guidelines on the maximum numbers of pupils in practical classes to be exceeded or in any other way compromise the School’s resources or ability to deliver the curriculum.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the School’s Curriculum Policy and each is judged to be part of the other.
Pupils admitted to the Sixth Form will, in the number and choice of their AS or A2 subjects, be expected to conform to the principles outlined in the School’s Curriculum Policy (The Sixth Form).
The offer of a place in the Sixth Form will be conditional upon the pupil’s formal agreement to abide by the School’s expected standards of conduct, appearance and commitment to work.
A pupil may only be admitted to the Sixth Form if the School is able to meet his curricular choice on the timetable. While every effort is made to accommodate pupils’ stated choices, the necessary configuration of the timetable will occasionally prevent the School from offering certain combinations of subjects.
Year 12 Pupils of Bangor Grammar School
The minimum requirement for entry to Year 13 and AS courses following the GCSE examinations for pupils at Bangor Grammar School will be:
1. Seven GCSE passes, minimum of 4 at Grade B and above, amounting to a minimum of 11 GCSE points where A* = 4, A = 3, B = 2 and C = 1 and;
2. A minimum of a B grade in the subject to be studied at AS level and;
3. A satisfactory record of attendance, punctuality and behaviour in Year 12.
Where a pupil achieves 21 points or more, he will be permitted to study 4 AS subjects. Where he achieves between 16 and 20 points he will be studying a maximum of three AS subjects and will be interviewed by one of the Assistant Principals, the Vice Principal or the Principal. Where a pupil obtains between 11 and 15 points he will be interviewed by the Principal. Full details about the criteria for each A Level subject will be found in the current version of the information booklet, Subject Choices Post GCSE.
Where the performance of a pupil in his GCSE examinations has been affected by verifiably serious and sustained illness or any other verifiable reason deemed, in the opinion of the Principal or Vice-Principal, exceptional and beyond the control of the pupil concerned, the School may admit the pupil on the basis of a reduced tariff.
Following the allocation of Year 13 places to existing BGS pupils, should there be spaces, we welcome applications from pupils from other schools.
Pupils, who have studied GCSE subjects at other schools, applying for admission to Year 13.
The same criteria as apply to BGS pupils will apply to applicants from outside the School. No external applicant will be admitted with less than the minimum requirement specified above.
The offer of places will, however, be conditional on classes not exceeding maximum numbers.
To apply for possible admission to Year 13 please contact Mrs Cordner (Principal’s PA).
Admissions Criteria for entry to the Sixth Form (Year 14)
Pupils of Bangor Grammar School
The minimum requirement for entry to Year 14 and A2 courses following the AS examinations for pupils at Bangor Grammar School will be passes in three AS subjects at Grade D or points equivalent (6 points) where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
Other than in exceptional circumstances, places in Year 14 will not normally be offered to external applicants. Where an applicant’s circumstances are deemed by the Principal or Vice-Principal to be exceptional and the minimum requirements have been met, a place will be offered ONLY when the pupil’s combination of A2 subjects and examination boards can be accommodated.
Pupils in Year 13, who fail to meet the minimum requirements for entry to Year 14, will not be permitted to progress. In such cases, consideration will be given to the possibility of repeating Year 13 ONLY when the pupil’s record in terms of behaviour and commitment to academic work in the previous year is deemed by the Principal and Vice-Principal to have been satisfactory:
- when there is a place available after all pupils progressing from Year 12 have been placed;
- when the pupil’s combination of subjects can be accommodated;
- it is deemed by the Principal and Vice-Principal to be in the pupil’s best interests.