A student’s performance at GCSE is a good indication of how well they will do at A Level or BTEC. Pupils gaining 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above have a strong chance of success in the Sixth Form. The recommended minimum for progression onto an A Level course is a GCSE at grade B or above in the subject you wish to study (or in a related subject). In languages, mathematics and the sciences, a grade A is the advised starting point. Experience shows that those not meeting these standards will have difficulty reaching the higher grades at A Level.

For BTEC courses pupils should have a minimum of 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above. All pupils are required to have grade C in English and Maths or to retake these or equivalent in the Sixth Form until this level is attained.

These are, however, recommendations rather than rigid requirements. Those not meeting this standard may be accepted following discussion. Pupils are individuals; some will flourish with further academic study while others need a more practical approach to learning. Therefore we never make a decision about admission based on grades alone. To book in the chance to have a tour and to discuss whether Arnold Lodge is the right place for you, book in here.