Leighton Park Sixth Form

Outstanding results for A Level and the IB Diploma Programme

Sixth Form at a glance

  • Choice of A Levels or the IBDP
  • Average class size of 7
  • A personal tutor that you see three times a day – a dedicated teacher who really knows you and has your back
  • Our Change-Maker Programme
  • A dedicated Sixth Form Study Centre
  • Dedicated Sixth Form team and careers department helping students achieve outcomes and destinations
  • Field trips, study visits and adventure weekends in the UK and abroad
  • Academic efforts balanced by excellent social, sporting, dramatic, musical, charitable and leadership opportunities
  • Opportunity to go to Africa and take part in life-changing community work.
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Why choose the IB Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an excellent programme for students who love learning and whose interests span across the academic spectrum. It also suits students who don’t want to narrow their options down at this stage.

  • Two year academic programme
  • Study six subjects, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, with 24 choices
  • Includes a Theory of Knowledge module and an extended essay
  • Get points from all your subjects and co-curricular options
  • International outlook in subjects like History, English and Psychology
  • More emphasis on course work and interdisciplinary study
  • Highly valued by universities with 97% of admissions officers rating it the best preparation for university
  • The IB Diploma is highly regarded internationally.

Find out more about the IB Diploma Programme

 

Why choose A Levels?

A Levels are ideal if you excel in particular subjects and want to focus on these.

  • Two year academic programme
  • Students study three subjects in depth and can choose from 18 options
  • Exceptional students may be able to study four A Levels with agreement from the Head of Sixth Form
  • Students are strongly encouraged to stretch themselves with the Extended Project Qualification
  • Subjects are predominantly assessed by exams
  • Students need to develop good time management skills to use study periods effectively
  • A Levels are highly regarded internationally.

Find out more about the A Level programme

Want to apply?

We’re a selective Sixth Form, so you’ll need:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at Level 6 or higher
  • A minimum of Level 7 at GCSE in any subject you wish to study at A Level or Higher Level
  • A minimum of Level 8 at GCSE to study A Level Further Mathematics or Higher Level Mathematics
  • A satisfactory reference from your current school
  • An interview, even if you’re already studying with us.

Find out how to make an application

Changemaker programme

Our aim is to form young people of real character and confidence, with a determined desire to change the world. And there are plenty of Old Leightonians doing just that. Our Changemaker Programme brings you the benefit of their experiences and gives you the skills to make a real difference. Our programme focuses on leadership, critical thinking, creative problem solving and understanding and appreciating difference.

Developing leadership skills

Programmes include:

  • Find out about our Sixth Form Change-makers programme
  • Aspiring High programme with pathways for applications to Oxbridge, Medicine, Law and Overseas universities
  • Leadership roles, such as a Prefect, Head of House, Peer Mentor, Student Council
  • Prefect and student leadership opportunities, including representing the School at events and to visitors
  • Literacy Change-makers programme supporting literacy in local primary schools
  • Sports Leaders Programme, coaching youth teams and teaching Key Stage 2 students to swim
  • Student-led co-curricular clubs, including our Amnesty International Club, GSA and Anti-bullying Ambassadors or  our student-led charity – Amicus
  • University visits to Oxford, London and specialist institutions to meet former students who now study there
  • Sports and Languages International trips
  • Africa trip to visit community partners in Uganda and Tanzania
  • JBH public speaking competition.

 

Ahmer Adnan smiling

“Sixth form at LP is a truly unique experience. In the classroom, teachers push you to your academic limits and provide support to develop you beyond them, fuelling a life long passion for your subjects and helping you achieve to the best of your ability. We are encouraged to think ‘outside the box’, beyond the syllabus and research topics of interest. Not only does LP develop you academically but also as a person.”

Ahmer | A*, A*, A*, A AT A LEVEL WITH AN A* EPQ | MEDICINE, IMPERIAL COLLEGE

Sixth Form subject videos
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Sixth Form at Leighton Park is all about you. You’re able to choose between A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and there are also a lot of subject choices in each programme. Our course finder lets you search or browse our different subjects and these videos let you learn more – straight from our teachers and students.

Our Psychology video is featured here but click the link below to see more.

See all our subject videos +
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Claire Gulliver, Head of Psychology

See what our Sixth Form students think

MILLIE

42 POINTS AT IB | ENGLISH AND FRENCH, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

“Leighton Park is a rarity, and gave me an insane and maybe ill-founded confidence in goodness… I am endlessly grateful for the friends I’ve met in the past five years.”
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Antonia

43 points at IB | Medicine, a university in Germany

"Being at Leighton Park school has helped me grow as a person in so many ways. At Leighton Park school everybody is accepted for who they are and gets supported in every possible way to achieve their goals. I will always remember those two wonderful years at Leighton Park school and the awesome community who supported me in every situation.“
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Shaun

A*, A, A at A Level | Politics and International Relations, UCL

“I like the relaxed atmosphere of the school, where I can fully express my personality and grow as a person. No other school that I know offers such diverse activities and such incredible trips and I am forever grateful that my parents are able to send me to a school like Leighton Park."
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Nikki

A*, A*, A at A Level - Music, Royal Northern College of Music

“What I really think makes Leighton Park different is that every single student’s individual experience can be tailored for what they love and what they are interested in. Everyone on the Park was so friendly and welcoming when I first joined."
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Hear from our current Lower Sixth
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Find out what our current Lower Sixth students have to say about their experiences of joining and becoming a member of the Leighton Park Sixth Form.

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