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Hartsdown Academy

Hartsdown Academy

George V Avenue, Margate, CT9 5RE

Sixth Form/College Courses

About us

Welcome to Hartsdown Academy

We are excited to welcome you to our fantastic Sixth Form!

Our Sixth Form has gone from strength to strength, each year building on the success of the previous one. After being awarded Good in our latest Ofsted inspection, we are now on a mission to become Outstanding. We are constantly reviewing ways to provide our students with a fulfilling Post 16 education, including NEW course offers for 2024. We have a positive, caring and holistic approach to each student supporting the stepping stones to the next stage of their life; through a diverse and stimulating curriculum.

Our goal is not only for academic success but to develop compassionate, creative and concerned young adults who will make a worthwhile contribution to society. It is imperative that we offer a curriculum at Key Stage 5 that prepares our students for the global economic challenges and competition that they will face throughout their working life. We are convinced that the IBCP can do just that.

The International Baccalaureate Career Programme is more than just an education. It is a programme of study that provides a well-rounded education for Post 16 students at Hartsdown Academy. The programme is an internationally recognised course, followed by students around the world. It seeks to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young adults who are prepared for the modern, working world. The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

In our sixth form we offer mentoring focused on progress, achievement and pastoral care to support pressures inside and outside of the Academy. We are passionate about our students achieving and developing the best possible qualifications and skills to enable them to fulfil their career aspirations and work closely with local universities and employers.

We are offering new courses this year such as Travel and Tourism, Applied Phychology and Criminology, IB Business Management and IB Sport, Health and Exercise Science and are very excited about what the next few years holds for us here at Hartsdown Academy Sixth Form. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our new academic year.

Mrs S Pollard - Head of Sixth Form

Application Instructions


Applications Open:  31 October 6pm

Applications Close:  31 March 2024

Entry Requirements: 5 x Grade 4-9 including Maths & English at Grade 5. A good attendance and behaviour record is also essential. 

How to Apply: - Please apply via KentChoices

Student support

We have a purpose built new Sixth Form block including a study area, common area and classrooms.  We operate from 8am to 4pm with late night study sessions booked in when required. We work closely with our SEN team to ensure students are well supported. 

Students have access to our onsite wellbeing team and Place 2 Be counsellors for drop in sessions or as part of their referral programme. 

Each faculty area has supportive and expert staff who are highly skilled, caring and supportive often offering study time sessions outside of school hours to catch up on work and provide more targeted support. 

What makes us different?

The next step in education is a scary one - you need to choose the right subjects but it is equally important to choose the right place to study.

At Hartsdown Academy Sixth Form we utilise small group teaching led by our expert staff who are always on hand to help. Their commitment, enthusiasm and expertise engages, inspires and challenges all pupils.

Our small tutor groups will enable you to build excellent relationships with your peers and teachers. You will receive academic support, one-to-one mentoring and help and advice with UCAS applications.

 Facilities available:

  • Brand new purpose built independent 6th Form Study Area and classrooms
  • New purpose built activity block with dance studio and sport facilities
  • Careers and links to external career advice
  • Strong links with local Universities

On joining Hartsdown Academy Sixth Form students are also given a free chromebook.

Additional information

Student destinations include success at University, Apprenticeships at all levels and at multiple settings; progression to Level 4 / Higher National Diplomas at East Kent or Canterbury Colleges, Further Education or Employment.

We have links with many employers and work experience is supported and encouraged as part of your programme of study.