Grammar school’s 6th form boom

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Applications for places in Spalding Grammar School’s 6th form for the September 2015 intake are booming.

The school normally works on a 6th form admission of around 170 students – but that could be extended by 50-60 this year.

The school says the boom is due to its subject offer and examination successes.

Headteacher Nigel Ryan said the school has received 267 applications, up by 40 on last year, and says the school is adding more attractive qualifications to its offer as A-levels undergo big changes.

The Government has decided to make A-levels a full, two-year course – but only half of the subjects will change this year, with the rest scheduled to follow in September 2016.

The school is retaining its traditional A-level subjects, but is beefing up post-16 opportunities by offering things like a Pre-U, an EPQ (extended project qualification) and a sports leadership qualification.

Mr Ryan said: “We feel we are offering something that’s different to the other providers in the area.”

School head of sixth form Ben Love said: “The increase in numbers is a reflection of our continued examination success and a ringing endorsement of the school’s pastoral system and the strength of relationships between staff and students.”