Sixth Form


Sixth Form admissions

Applications to join our Sixth Form are welcome from all Year 11 students who wish to go on to study A Levels.


Although we are a non-selective school, academic entry requirements do apply to the Sixth Form, as is the case with other sixth form colleges in the region. Students must have achieved at least six GCSE grades at or above a 4 or C (including Math and English). This requirement is the same for our existing Year 11 students as well as for external candidates. Conditional offers will be made on this basis.


Students will normally be expected to have achieve at least a grade 5 or B in the subjects they have chosen to study in Year 12. Anyone who doesn’t make the grades will be offered alternative study options in subjects where they may have performed better at GCSE, if applicable and available.


You can view the range of A Level subjects on offer at Polam Hall here.


How to apply

Applicants must complete our Sixth Form Application Form which can be downloaded using this link:




Complete the form and please return it to:


Sixth Form Admissions
Main Office
Polam Hall School
Grange Road


Or scan and email the completed form as a pdf attachment to:


We are now taking applications for September 2018.


For more information on Sixth Form admissions contact our Admissions Officer in our main School office on 01325 373809.


Interviews for Sixth Form

Candidates will be invited to a guidance interview in February or March to discuss their proposed subject choices before any conditional offer is issued. They will also be invited to participate in our Sixth Form taster days held at the end of their Year 11 Summer term after the external GCSE examinations have taken place.


Sixth Formers interested in Boarding

Sixth form students living further afield benefit hugely from weekly boarding. Less time travelling to and from home each day means more time for private study and extra-curricular activities, plus life away from home helps to prepare them for university. Most of our Y12 and Y13 boarders opt for weekly boarding, staying with us from Monday to Thursday and returning home at weekends. It gives them the best of both worlds, allowing many to experience independent living whilst sustaining Saturday jobs and local friendship groups at home.


Weekly boarding is offered at a special discounted rate of £2,000 per term. This includes university-style accommodation and all meals through the week.


Applicants must complete both a Boarding Application Form and a Sixth Form Application Form for Boarders. Links for both are on the Boarding Admissions page here.


We are now accepting applications for Sixth Form boarding starting in September 2018.


Polam Hall also offers Sixth Form applicants a special Rural Boarding Bursary open to all Year 12 students who live more than 10 miles from Darlington. If successful, an applicant is able to board for up to 4 nights a week at a discounted price of just £1,000 a term, including food. Bursary applicants must complete both a Boarding Application Form and a Sixth Form Application Form alongside a short letter stating why they would like to be considered. More details on Boarding Admissions here.


Admissions Policy

Polam Hall follows a strict Admissions Policy as agreed with the Department for Education that can be viewed here. Section 5 covers the oversubscription criteria that are applied when allocating day places.