Admission to the Sixth Form is subject to the availability of places; however, the RGS will generally accept anyone of the correct age who meets the academic criteria.
Candidates need to be registered by 31 December of the academic year in which they become sixteen. At this point, most candidates will not have taken the majority of their GCSEs. The RGS will ask the candidate’s current school for a report to include his mock GCSE predictions. The candidate will also be invited to the School for a series of interviews in early March. Candidates will be interviewed by the Head of Department of each of the subjects they are considering taking in the Sixth Form – recognising that they may not have reached a final decision at this stage) and an interview with members of the Senior Management Team and the Head of Sixth Form.
Offers of places are conditional upon specified grades to be achieved at GCSE. Candidates are expected to gain a strong list of GCSE passes including English and Mathematics, with at least six A* or A grades. Entrants to the Sixth Form are also expected to contribute fully to the School’s extra-curricular programme and positively to the School’s ethos.
Candidates from outside the British education system who are not able to take GCSEs will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of their chosen subjects to be able to follow the courses provided in the Sixth Form and may be asked to take examinations in the appropriate subjects.
If a candidate is considered suitable and has already met the academic criteria, the Headmaster may offer an unconditional place. If, as is more likely, the candidate has not yet taken GCSEs, he may be offered a conditional offer to be confirmed when results are published in August.