Hillview School for Girls

Brionne Gardens, Tonbridge, TN9 2HE

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About us


Applications Open: - 27th November 2020

Applications Close: - 26th February 2021

Entry Requirements: - 5 Grade 4s or above including Maths and Eng Lang. There is also subject specific criteria detailed in the prospectus

How to Apply: - Please apply via KentChoices

Open Event: - 26th Nov – Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Welcome to Hillview Sixth Form

The Hillview Sixth Form is a highly successful, all-inclusive centre of study performing in the top 10& nationally, based on progress for students. Our long-established Sixth Form offers one of the widest ranges of courses locally, with access to stimulating, purpose-built facilities and a supportive learning environment.

The Hillview Sixth Form prides itself on the diversity of its curriculum and the support and guidance that it gives all its students new and old. Our learning programmes are supported by a strong team of mentors that are trained to support Sixth Formers in their studies and development into adulthood. Our range of A Levels, BTECs and Diplomas are complemented by our enrichment programme of certified courses that both offer enhancement to the student and to potential university offers. To support our students, we deliver the “A Level Mindset” programme which helps them acquire the characteristics and attributes that are required to succeed in Sixth Form and beyond. 

Our facilities are tailored to the needs of our Sixth Formers and were designed by our Sixth Formers to create an ideal environment in which to study and flourish. We offer a range of IT suites (including a creative arts suite with Apple Macs), a large study centre, a café/social space, full use of the school library as well as a mini cinema and a gym. The Hillview Sixth Form has a fantastic atmosphere and represents the dynamic, stimulating and supportive learning environment that we are proud to offer the young people of Tonbridge and beyond.

General entry requirements:

Grade 4 in English Language and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at 4 or above is the minimum requirement to enter Hillview Sixth Form.

Subject entry requirements:

Please note that all subjects have different entry requirements, with the majority of subjects requiring an average point score of 4.25 and above. This is to ensure that students can embark on the most appropriate courses and succeed in their studies. Please consult our Course Guide for individual subject criteria.

Out of Area / Independent School Applications

Applications from students out of county or from the independent sector will need to self-register on Kent Choices website. To do this click on ‘Sign in’ and then click on the ‘Register New User’ box, then in the drop-down menu box under ‘Choose your current school or provider’ select ‘Out of Area or Not listed’ then the ‘Create a new account’ button.

What makes us different?

Our Performing and Visual Arts specialism is a corner stone of what makes Hillview the creative and dynamic place it is. We work with students to ‘industry Specialism standards’ across all disciplines. We currently hold Arts Mark Platinum and have held the highest level of this award from its first introduction seventeen years ago. This is testament to the quality of the Performing and Visual Arts at Hillview. We offer an outstanding range of inclusive curricular and extra-curricular provision across all art forms. This is taught and led by highly skilled and dedicated staff who boast a range of specialisms and excellent links with creative professionals in the industry and local community.

Our assessed curriculum and wider super-curriculum provide our students with countless opportunities to develop a wide range of skills within Performing Arts, Production Arts and Arts Administration. We are extremely proud of being able to offer a wide range of arts course in the Sixth Form including A Levels in: Art, Dance, Drama, Graphic Design, Music, Music Technology, Photography and Textiles and Performing Arts BTEC. Our specialist curriculum offers Hillview students much more than just academic success.  Feedback from industry tells us that qualifications alone do not prepare students to enter into the work place. Great importance is also placed on industry standard experiences and a holistic understanding of the performing and visual arts sector. Our curriculum aims to take an innovative approach to teaching and learning, involving enterprise projects and close associations with employers. This curriculum offers qualifications which are endorsed and valued by the employment community and Higher Education. The focus is firmly on equipping young people not only with key qualifications, but also with the broad range of employability and life skills they need for a sustained career with the option to continue their studies in Higher Education.

Student support

Pastoral care is paramount to the success of students and the individual student support and safeguarding at KS5, ensures that students are confident to engage with the challenges and opportunities Sixth Form brings. We develop our students to be community minded and students enthusiastically engage with events within the school and wider community. 

Hillview Sixth Form is supported by a dedicated Student Support Manager and we continue Personal Development Learning sessions through Year 12 and 13 to ensure all our students continue to receive emotional, social and organisational guidance throughout their two years of study. 

Additional information

NB: Entry requirements are subject to change and entry to the Sixth Form may be considered subject to agreed conditions. Hillview Sixth Form reserves the right to tailor an individual student’s programme of study based on their average GCSE point score and results in specific subjects. The school decision in these matters is final. Hillview Sixth Form reserves the right to withdraw unviable courses

Please note that all communication regarding your application will be made via the Kent Choices website.  Please look out for notifications alerts in your inbox!  You may need to mark as safe if they land in your spam or junk folder. 


Studies: Drama, English  Literature and Musical Theatre. 

The creative subjects I have studied at Hillview have improved my confidence, technique, and leadership skills, and have motivated me to continue training and pursue a career within the performing arts industry. Studying creative subjects alongside my English A Level has developed my ability to analyse and explain reasoning for my work. I definitely made the right choice attending Hillview Sixth Form as it widened my experience and knowledge in the field I want to work in in the future.


Studies: Sociology, English Literature and Film Studies 

At Hillview, I’ve consistently felt encouraged and supported by staff. My teachers are all highly passionate about their subjects, and dedicated to helping me better my own learning and my academic skills- such as analysis, evaluation, and research. Since my A-Levels are all essay based, I’ve been grateful for all the support I’ve received in enhancing my writing skills, and have also enjoyed opportunities to develop interpersonally, through my subjects, the prefect team and the school’s Amnesty International group. Hillview has equipped me to feel confident in going into a Sociology degree, and later pursuing an enjoyable career.


Studies: Government and Politics, RE and Geography 

A fresh start propelled me into being a better learner, academic, and person; I believe everyone has the power to develop in this way. Joining from another school can really help you to make a success of Sixth Form: it provides a new challenge, a new culture, and a new home. Joining a predominantly female community may initially feel daunting for a male student; fear not, there is no need to worry because Hillview embraces and cares for new students in a way unmatched by any other institution. Hillview has made me better: it can make you better too.