Admissions to Cheshire East school sixth forms

The arrangements for sixth form admissions to all Cheshire East secondary schools offering sixth form education are published in the Cheshire East Sixth Form Supplementary Information booklet which can be downloaded from the following weblink:

Admission to Wilmslow High School sixth form

Application, course choice and guidance process

Wilmslow High School is committed to developing as wide a range of courses and opportunities as practically possible, whilst avoiding undue replication of those courses already available locally and to liaising with other providers to encourage young people throughout the local area to take up the opportunities on offer.

The School Admissions Code requires any school that sets out to admit external candidates to its sixth form to have a published minimum admission number. Our minimum admission number for external Year 12 students is 50; however in recent years we have been able to admit in excess of 70 external students per year.

It is necessary for students already attending Wilmslow High School to apply formally for places in Year 12. They will be offered a place subject to achieving the minimum entry requirements.

Applications from all students will be considered in three phases:

  1. those received by 30 November.
  2. those received between 1 December and 30 June.
  3. those received thereafter.

We are holding our Sixth Form Opportunities Evening on Thursday 7th November 2019 6pm – 8pm.

Sixth Form Application Form

The online application form for external students can be accessed directly by using the link on the Homepage, from Friday 8th November 2019 until Friday 29th November 2019, after this date please contact Mrs K Flannery, Sixth Form Senior Secretary at for an application form.

This form is the first step in the formal application process for a place in the sixth form at Wilmslow High School.

Please ensure that all the details you enter on this form are accurate.

Please think very carefully about the subjects you select here. Although they are not necessarily your final choices, the grouping of the subjects into option pools will be decided as a result of the choices students make at this stage. Be aware that not every combination of subjects may be possible and that courses will only run if there are sufficient numbers to make them viable.

The information provided in those application forms received by the 29th November 2019 will be used to determine the allocation of courses to option blocks for September 2020 entry.

From February 2020 onwards, applicants will be invited to select from these option blocks by completing the KS5 Choices Form.

The information provided in these course choice forms will be used to provide applicants with individual advice and guidance about the appropriateness of the proposed programmes of study.

Sixth Form Late Application

Please contact Mrs K Flannery, Sixth Form Senior Secretary, at for an application form.

Minimum Entry Requirements

In order to ensure that students enrol on courses that they will be able to complete, and in which they will gain success, we set the following minimum entry requirements.

To access Level 3 courses (‘A’ level or BTEC), students must achieve:

  1. a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) with grades 4-9 (C – A*). This must include at least four full course GCSEs.
  2. at least GCSE ‘4’ grade in the subject they wish to study at ‘A’ level. Furthermore, individual subject areas may require higher GCSE grades to study certain subjects (see Course Entry Requirements) where there is statistically a greater risk of failure with only a ‘4’ grade at GCSE
  3. Where the subject was not available at GCSE, any comparable subjects will be taken into account.

A student may be able to claim special consideration if a medical condition and /or special educational need exists (as evidenced by appropriate professional assessment) that has significantly influenced the GCSE results achieved compared to those predicted by teachers prior to examination results.

Minimum entry requirements are the same for internal and external applicants.

Any student entering the sixth form without GCSE grade 4 in English and Mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects alongside their Level 3 courses in order to reach this standard of attainment.

Whilst every effort is made, admission into Year 12 does not guarantee entry to the courses offered in the prospectus since, in the event of low student take-up of a course the school may be required to withdraw it from the curriculum offer. In such cases alternative courses will be offered.

Oversubscription criteria

In the event that the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, the oversubscription criteria to be applied are:

  1. Eligible ‘cared for children’ and children who were previously ‘cared for’.

A ‘cared for child’ is a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that local authority (as defined in section 22 of the Children Act 1989).

Children previously ‘cared for’ are children who were ‘cared for’ as defined above, but immediately after being ‘cared for’ became subject to an adoption, child arrangements order (formerly residence order), or special guardianship order. A child arrangements order is as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 amended by Children and Families Act 2014. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

2. Eligible pupils’ resident within the designated catchment area of the school.

Pupils will be classed within this criterion if they and their parents are resident within the area served by the school.

3. Eligible pupils living nearest to the school measured using an Ordnance Survey addresspoint system which measures straight line distances in miles from the address point of the school to the address point of the place of residence.

NOTE: An ‘eligible’ pupil is a pupil who has met the academic entry requirements.

Admission appeals

Information about the right of appeal against a sixth form admission decision can be found on page 38 of the Cheshire East Sixth Form Supplementary Information booklet see:

Please note that since all places in the sixth form are conditional on the GCSE results achieved by students, there can be no appeal hearings until after the GCSE results day.