Aylesford School

Teapot Lane, ME20 7JU

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About us


Applications Open: 2nd November 2020

Applications Close: August 2021

Entry Requirements: 5 Grade 4s or above including Maths and English

How to Apply: Please apply via KentChoices

March 2020 Ofsted comments on Aylesford School Sixth Form:

Students in the sixth form attain highly in their learning. Leaders ensure that the curriculum is inclusive and that it effectively meets the needs of the learners. Leaders ensure that students have independent careers advice. This enables them to make sensible choices for their journey after leaving school. Sixth-form students are keen to take on responsibilities, such as buddying younger pupils. This helps to develop their leadership skills.

Aylesford School is located in Aylesford village. With easy transport links, Aylesford School is a popular 11-18 mixed comprehensive school in contemporary buildings, and with a caring ethos among its small community.

We have approximately 85 students in the Sixth Form which allows us to foster a community ethos and to be able to provide bespoke 1:1 learning and careers support. We currently offer a wide range of challenging A Levels, BTEC qualifications (Level 3) and IB courses. Our aim is for students to study subjects they enjoy and will therefore thrive in. It is important for students to be confident, take responsibility and have an established future pathway after Year 13.

Another additional aspect to our Sixth Form is our Student Leadership Programme in which students can apply for the role of Head Boy/Girl and Senior Prefects. Student Voice is very important here at Aylesford School and we welcome your views on what you would like the Sixth Form to be.

How to Apply:

We welcome applications from any student and ask that all applications are made through Kent Choices. Our application window is from October 2020 to August 2021. If you wish to make an application after this date, please make contact Aylesford School as soon as possible.

Course Advice Meeting and Conditional Offers:

All applicants will be asked to attend a course advice meeting during the Spring term. Please note, appointments will be e-mailed to you, through Kent Choices, with the date and time of your course advice meeting and your options will then be discussed with you at this time.

Following your course advice meeting in the Spring term, if a conditional offer has been made, the details of this will be sent to you via Kent Choices.

What makes us different?

Additional to the strengths previously mentioned, Aylesford is proud to offer a range of superb facilities:

· Sixth Form Centre - Three Sixth Form Common Rooms

· Dedicated ICT Facilities for 6th Form

· Learning Resource Centre and Seminar Rooms

· Sports Hall

· Dance/Gym Studios

· Climbing Wall

· BYO Wireless Access Points

Student support

Careers Guidance (www.aylesford.kent.sch.uk/info/our-school/careers-guidance)

Aylesford School aims to offer excellent careers provision by embedding into our curriculum an employability programme that equips each and every student with the skills to successfully progress into the world of work. The aim is for each student to advance being self-aware, having learnt about the world of work and able to develop and manage a successful career.

One-to-one career guidance is available to all of our students from our careers team, led by our qualified careers adviser. We build on student’s prior attainment and enable them to develop clear and realistic plans for the future. In all conversations with students we seek to raise aspirations and ambitions.

Workshops and presentations are given to highlight different career path options. Experts visit the school to give group guidance on topics such as applying for apprenticeships. We also facilitate organisations that provide support with CV writing, interview skills and work place disciplines. These sessions give a wide range of high quality non-qualification activities designed to develop personal, social and employability skills.

Our annual careers fair spotlights available opportunities for future progression. External companies, educators and organisations promote a variety of further education, employment and training options for students to explore.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of trips in order to increase the students’ knowledge of the availability of and pathways into various careers. Year 12 and 13 students attend both an apprenticeship event and a university showcase.

Student Support

Students have a dedicated mentor to support them through their 6th Form journey. In addition, students have access to the school's highly experienced Pastoral Support Managers.

Financial Support

If you need financial support and meet the relevant criteria, we may be able to help with the cost of travel, equipment, books or trip costs through the Post 16 Bursary Fund. All students are welcome to apply.

Additional information

Induction Programme: 

All applicants will be required to attend our induction programme in July 2021.