YEAR 12 (16+ ENTRY)

Boys and girls are invited to apply to join the College post-GCSE in order to pursue further academic qualifications. Sixth Form entry is an increasingly popular option at Shiplake, due to the diverse curriculum options and inclusive atmosphere at the College.

The volume of successful Year 12 applicants can vary, but every effort is made to accommodate pupils who have the potential to make a positive impact on the College as a whole. Boys joining in Year 12 are distributed evenly across the five main day and boarding houses, before moving to College House in Year 13. This permits Sixth Form students greater independence, which is a valuable stepping stone before moving on to university. All Sixth Form girls become members of Gilson House, a modern day and boarding house which opened in 2009 (please note, however, that due to increasing demand we are currently looking at options to accommodate an increasing number of girls).

Our 16+ entry is appealing to pupils from a vast range of backgrounds. For many students, the opportunity to join a fresh and energetic environment has a hugely positive impact on their achievements in academic and co-curricular fields. All candidates are given equal consideration for places at Shiplake.

An offer of a place into Year 12 is conditional upon the candidate achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4 (or C) or above (including English language and mathematics) and a minimum of Grade 6 (B) in the subjects proposed for study at A Level, unless specified otherwise. Please see our Sixth Form Guide for full details of entry requirements for each subject.

Applicants will be invited to attend an assessment at the College. This usually takes place in November of the year preceding entry. The assessment format can vary but candidates usually undertake a series of numeracy and literacy tasks followed by team-building exercises and a presentation. They will also be interviewed by a senior member of staff. The purpose of the assessment is to allow our experienced staff to determine whether each candidate would thrive in Shiplake College’s active, educational environment. Whilst academic ability is undoubtedly an important factor, pupils are also assessed on their demeanour and interpersonal skills. A confidential report will also be sought from the pupil’s present school.

Late Sixth Form Entry for 2019/2020

If you would like your child to be considered for sixth form entry in September 2019, please contact the Registrar as a matter of urgency as we only have a very small number of places left.

Please click here to complete an online registration.

Please click here to complete an application and subject choice form for 2019 entry.


September 2020 Entry




Saturday 21 September 2019

Sixth Form Open Morning and Subject Fair (register here)

Saturday 9 November 2019

Whole College Open Morning (register here)

Friday 18 October 2019

Deadline for Registrations, Sixth Form Applications and for Scholarship and Bursary Applications

November 2019

Reference Obtained from Current Schools

12, 14, 19, 21 November 2019 (am)

Year 12 Assessment Days

November 2019 (tbc)

Music Scholarship Assessments

November 2019 (tbc)

Drama Scholarship Assessments

November 2019 (tbc)

Academic Scholarship Assessments

November 2019 (tbc)

Art Scholarship Assessments

November 2019 (tbc)

Year 12 Rowing Scholarship Assessment

Thursday 5 December 2019

Offers and Decision Letters Sent

Monday 27 January 2020

Deadline for Place Acceptances

February 2020 onwards

Waiting List and Late Applicants Considered

Spring and Summer 2020

Welcome Events

Year 12 Application Timetable for September 2020 Entry 


Further details of scholarships available to Year 12 applicants are available on the Scholarships page. Prospective academic scholars should be anticipating a minimum of 7 A*-A grades at GCSE. Scholarship deadlines are the same as general application deadlines. Please see our Year 12 Admissions Timeline for key dates for 2019 entry.

Sixth Form Options

The Sixth Form Options Guide for those looking to join Year 12 in September 2019 and finishing Year 13 in July 2021 is available to download below. 

The booklet contains general information about the curriculum at Shiplake, which provides opportunities to develop existing talents and discover new ones. The guide offers advice on how you should choose your subjects, details of the courses available in each subject and an outline of how the College prepares students for Higher Education. 

Sixth Form Options Guide 2019-2021

Click here to view the current Sixth Form subject blocks for 2018-2020 (view the Sixth Form section under Academic Stages).

Registration and Application Forms

Candidates are required to complete both a Registration Form and a Sixth Form Application Form by the deadline of Friday 18 October 2019.

Please click here to complete an online registration.

The Sixth Form Application Form for 2020 entry will be made available when the course choices are finalised.

Internal Applications (Current Year 11)

All pupils currently in Year 11 at Shiplake College are required to complete an Statement of Intent/Sixth Form Application. We would like provisional subject choices from pupils and for them to outline their broader commitment to the College.

This application form, together with pupils’ academic and behavioural records, will provide us with the necessary information to enable your son to embark upon the most appropriate Sixth Form route in order to achieve the success we all seek at the end of Year 13.

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