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Sixth Form


‘The sixth form is very effective and students reach high levels of attainment’. 

‘Students leave with good grades, which enable them to secure places at sought-after universities and employers’. OFSTED

2023 Shirley High Sixth Form results:

50% of students - A*-B or equivalent

1 in 5 - A*, A or equivalent


Thank you for your interest in the Shirley High sixth form.  We are proud of our reputation as a caring sixth form which consistently provides high quality Post-16 education and produces excellent outcomes for students.

At Shirley High School, our vision is to create a scholarly and professional environment to ensure all students leave the sixth form making empowered, informed and ambitious choices about their future:

Empowered: You will be fully prepared and confident to take on ‘The Real World’ after sixth Form regardless of your chosen destination.

Informed: You will understand all the available options for your for life after sixth Form and have made the best choice for you.  

Ambitious: You will be challenged to ensure you are pushing yourself to be the best version of you. 

Our staff ‘possess excellent subject knowledge’ (OFSTED 2019) and are all scholars in their fieldsThis enables students to reach the best possible standards of achievement in both academic and personal development. This year, 65% of university applications were to Russell group universities. It is our aim to increase this year on year and support students towards successful applications to Oxbridge in the future.

With a purpose built sixth form block, provision at Post-16 offers an extensive range of A-levels (including the Sciences and Humanities) alongside an exciting range of BTEC level three extended diplomas.  As a centre for excellence in the Arts we offer first rate performing arts facilities and a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities. These include boxing, fitness, futsal, debating, sports coaching, music production/recording and work experience or voluntary work. There are numerous leadership roles available, including Student Mentor; Subject Ambassador; Prefect/Senior Prefect; House Captain; Anti-bullying Ambassador and School Council Representative.

We offer students support at every stage of their journey. Our pastoral and well-being provision aims to support all Post-16 students as they deal with the challenges faced over the past couple of years. Students have access to on-site counselling should they need it. We also have two full-time learning mentors who provide both pastoral and academic support, whilst we have an array of extra tuition opportunities available for students in need.

We offer good quality, independent careers advice, as well as personalised support with UCAS and apprenticeship applications; this supports students to successfully make the transition to university, apprenticeship or work.

We look forward to welcoming you to our sixth form in the future. Please feel free to contact me on if you would like any further information.

Mr M Cotton – Assistant Principal (KS5)


Head Girl - Esther Ogunnoiki - September 2023

I am a Year 13 student who is currently studying Biology, Health and Social Care and Sports Science. I believe that these subjects will help me with what I want to study in university which is midwifery. As someone who came in as an external student (not attending Shirley high school for GCSEs)  Shirley accepted me in many ways. The support that I received from the very beginning was amazing and very beneficial. Shirley Sixth Form helps and prepares students for life after sixth form, may that be a vocational study, apprenticeship or university life. Overall, the school is a fantastic option as it enables students to feel supported while maintaining control over their own learning and desired pathway. As head student, I am committed to improving the school to become a positive and all inclusive environment for students. I am passionate about promoting both academic success and extracurricular involvement, and I strive to inspire both my peers and those younger than me to be their best selves both inside and outside of the classroom and sixth form.

Head Boy - Ivan Slavov - September 2023

I am a year 13 student studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths trying to get into Medicine at Imperial. Being in Shirley since year 7, I've seen how much the school has improved during my time here. This inspired me to become part of the change. The school has supported me - and many others - to become the best version of myself and now I am looking to pass that on to everyone in Shirley. Sixth form has been the biggest step up of our lives up to now and I can hand on heart say that coming here to Shirley Sixth Form was the best decision I have made in my life. As much as we learn about our subjects we also learn valuable life skills which prepare us for the "real world", whether our next step is university, an apprenticeship or the world of work.