Silverdale Sixth Form: contextual statement
Silverdale is a mixed comprehensive with an academic sixth form of 400 students.
Most students will take 3 or 4 A-level subjects, depending on their average GCSE score. AS exam entries were non compulsory and optional. All students were offered to be funded by the school for one AS entry. As a result, the number of AS level subjects entered for ranged from zero to four.
Some students may also chose to complete an EPQ as part of an enrichment programme.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, students are expected to achieve at least a ‘D’ in the transitional exams to progress from Y12 to Y13 in a particular A-level subject. The transition exams are used to make predictions on A-level outcomes.