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Sixth Form

Sixth Form Life

The Sixth Form at OSH provides a fantastic opportunity for our older pupils – both boys and girls – to flourish and develop on an academic and a personal level.

Our experienced team is fully committed to providing them with all the support they need, which is why we help them to reach and exceed expectations and to discover who they can be.

Our dedicated Sixth Form boarding house acts as bridge between school and university or the world of work.  Here, tailored study support exists alongside UCAS and careers guidance.

Whether they’re in the process of choosing their subjects, looking for guidance as they work through their courses or seeking advice about taking that next big step, we’re here for our pupils.

We provide a springboard for all our pupils, whatever the journey ahead. So whether they dream of Medicine at Oxford, Art Foundation, an internship or a gap year, we’ll be backing them every step of the way.

Our curriculum, co-curriculum, pastoral care and our expectations are all shaped with an eye on their point of departure, so that when they leave us, they are ready to make their impact in the wider world, having made friends for life.

Find out why Hope decided to attend Sixth Form at OSH and discover some of the exciting co-curriculum activities that the school provides.

To see where our 2016 leavers went, click the link below:

View 2016 leavers' destinations


Most of the students joining OSH at Sixth Form from September 2017 will follow an A level timetable consisting of three subjects in Year 12, with five hours of timetabled lessons for each subject.

We ask that all our Year 12 day students have 7 GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English and Maths to meet our Minimum Qualification Standard.

Given that A level is a considerable step up from GCSE, we encourage A level students to choose a subject in which they achieved a minimum of grade B at GCSE, and we also expect them to have completed a fair amount of preparation in the summer before they start the courses. Please note that specific subjects have minimum grade requirements.

The A level subject options are as below. To see which combinations are possible, choose one subject from each column – it’s really that simple.

We also offer vocational courses (BTEC Nationals and  OCR Cambridge Technicals) in Business, ICT and a double award (equivalent to two A levels) in Sport and Science, so whatever the career path they choose, we’ll have the tools to guide them there.

The Extended Project Qualification is offered from the spring term of Year 12. It is an optional dissertation or project based enterprise which equates to half an A level and demonstrates independent learning and research, project management and the critical use of resources.


Art and Design
BTEC Sport
Computer Science


English Language & Literature
Philosophy & Ethics


Business - OCR Cambridge Technical
Design & Technology
English Literature
Further Mathematics


BTEC Science
Classical Civilisation
ICT - OCR Cambridge Technical


We set aside Wednesday afternoons so pupils can focus solely on sport. We offer an array of sports – everything from rugby and football, to hockey and netball, to cross country and sailing.

We love a little healthy competition, but we also have fantastic opportunities for circuit training in the gym, and dance and aerobics for pupils who would rather enjoy sport on a different level. We don’t expect all of our pupils to be the next sporting superstars, all we ask is that they are willing to join in, have fun and benefit from a little exercise.

Where Sixth Formers have a particular interest in developing their coaching and refereeing, we encourage them to pick up qualifications in sports leadership as they progress. It is not uncommon to find them umpiring tennis for the junior pupils, refereeing a game of touch rugby, or offering advice on the firing range.

Discover how Sport helped Jack integrate into the school, by representing OSH in first team rugby.

View Sports activities
Rugby players


Music is a huge part of the curriculum here at OSH and we are justifiably proud of the massive contribution our music department makes to school life

With nearly a third of our pupils choosing to play a musical instrument, we have a real breadth of opportunity for them to rehearse and perform, both at school, locally, and on tour.

The Music department has considerable success, with many students going to study at universities and conservatoires.

Music at OSH still provides an excellent non-career choice for enthusiastic and able musicians – allowing them to develop self-discipline, teamwork, creativity and confidence, all of which will prove immensely valuable in later life.

Musicians at OSH have had the opportunity to represent the school at concert events in Barcelona and Venice, whilst the student-organised ‘Battle of the Bands’ still proves to be one of the most popular events on the school calendar. Our links with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Central England Ensemble mean that they won’t be short of opportunities to take their musicianship as far as they can.

Drama and Theatre

The ability to express yourself through words and movement is displayed and celebrated throughout the year at OSH.

Sixth Formers take a leading role in devising their pieces for the inter-house drama competition, whilst monologues, duologues and ensemble pieces, as well as larger performances bring much vibrancy to the life of the school.

The Drama department benefits from our modern and well-equipped theatre and this means that there is every opportunity for set designers and lighting managers to hone their skills with us. We compete in national events and our script writers and actors continue their development at university and drama school.

Discover how Rohana embraced OSH’s thrilling and diverse academic programme and how becoming part of the OSH family has helped her to grow as a person.



For us, it’s all about creating well-rounded, confident young people who are ready to tackle the challenges life throws them and to make their mark on the world.

Our co-curriculum provides opportunities in a number of areas. Our pupils may try their hand at sailing, clay-pigeon shooting, fencing and trampolining. If they are looking for something a little different, we offer them a chance to develop the skillset they wouldn’t necessarily find elsewhere.

The house system at OSH also helps to encourage a little healthy competition amongst the pupils. They’ll be able to use their skills and abilities, whether they be academic, sporting or creative, to earn valuable house points and a chance to win the coveted Foley Trophy at the end of term (and bragging rights of course).

For more information on co-curricular activities, visit the dedicated page.

View Co-Curriculum
Skiing trip with OSH


Opportunities to take part in lifetime experiences are an exciting feature in our annual calendar, with the chance for pupils to join us in overseas travel. Recent expeditions to Borneo and Ecuador and sports tours to North America and the Mediterranean have been resoundingly successful.

We want to open our Sixth Formers’ eyes and minds to the world around them and for them to experience the world first-hand.

Discover some of the amazing trips we have pencilled in for the next academic year by downloading our list of excursions.

View Expeditions


Day student places are offered on the basis of academic achievement as determined by GCSE grades provided by the pupil’s statement of results generated by their school on results day.

We ask that all our Year 12 day students have 7 GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English and Maths to meet our Minimum Qualification Standard, and advise that B grades need to have been achieved, as a minimum, in GCSE subjects that are to be continued at A level. Please note that specific subjects have minimum grade requirements.

If you would like to register for a place in our Sixth Form please complete the form below.


Registration Form

Open Days

Our next open days are on:
Saturday 16 September and Saturday 14 October from 09:00-11:00

The deadline for registering for a 2018:
boarding places:    3 November 2017
day places is:      13 November 2017

*Termly and Weekly boarding places for 2017 admission are still available. Please complete the 2017 registration form or contact [email protected] for more information.



Please click on the links below to view our impressive A level results. These results enable our students to take places at the universities of their choice.



If you need any further help or advice, please leave us your details and a member of the OSH admissions team will be in touch. Alternatively give us a call on 01384 817325 and we'll be happy to help.