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Our Sixth Form

I hope this gives you a flavour of the fantastic offer that we have here.

The Purbeck School sixth form is a unique place to learn that embraces the pursuit of academic excellence, fosters leadership, and creates opportunity, all within a supportive and nurturing environment.

We are a national leader as an educational establishment. In every area of the school students are taught by dedicated and expert staff who are passionate about their subject. Facilities are second to none and students who study at The Purbeck School sixth form routinely outperform those from other schools across the country and progress to excellent universities or apprenticeships.

However, it is not just the academic performance that we aim to enhance at The Purbeck School. We also ensure that our students become young adults who are prepared to face the modern world with confidence and determination. Student leadership is an important part of sixth form life, whether it be through visiting university speakers, mentoring younger students, raising money for charity, or liaising with local business, we ensure that students leave this school with the self-confidence to progress to whatever their next step may be.

This is supported by a comprehensive enrichment programme that allows our students to understand and embrace the modern world. This can take many forms; political debate, sporting competitions, trips and visits, learning first aid, how to cook for yourself, or listening to varied and interesting speakers from different walks of life. There is a constant commitment to widen the life experience of our students.

Supporting all of this is our unswerving commitment to student well-being. There is a dedicated team of sixth form staff who are here to support sixth form students. We understand that life and learning is not always smooth, so we have a network of support for each student through the comprehensive tutoring system and the sixth form office. We are very proud that OFSTED commented this year that ‘learners are known well as individuals’ – this deep knowledge and understanding of each student is something that we pride ourselves on.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Adam Darley



Sixth form is a new and exciting time in your education; at The Purbeck School, you will be encouraged to be more independent, you will have more freedom to make your own choices and take responsibility for your learning and your actions. You will have the opportunity to become a sixth form student leader, enjoy a variety of enriching activities including many trips and visits. You will become part of a vibrant and successful sixth form community which is a solid and powerful springboard to higher education and apprenticeships.


We will offer you all this within the stability of an established and highly regarded school community; you will receive excellent support both academically and pastorally. We will expect you to work hard as work in the sixth form is a significant step up from GCSEs; we will expect you to participate and to make the most of the opportunities you are given.

We are one of the best performing state schools for sixth form provision in the County. Figures released by the Department for Education have again shown what excellent opportunities are on offer and places us in the top 15% of schools nationally. We are extremely proud of our students and look forward to welcoming you to our sixth form.

learners are known well as individuals and are provided with meaningful careers guidance so that they leave the sixth form to follow appropriate paths in education, training or employment” Ofsted March 2018

outcomes are well above the national average (sixth form)” Ofsted March 2018

Simon Holmes
Assistant Headteacher/Head of Sixth Form