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Applying to Sixth Form

Entry to Sixth Form

Sixth Form at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) offers a superb educational experience encompassing so much more than simply academic study, and we wish to attract students to our sixth form who will fully grasp the opportunities on offer.

Entry requirements

Applicants in Year 11 at another school will be expected to achieve at least six grade 6’s at GCSE. Admission will be subject to a satisfactory interview and reference from the current school. In making a decision on whether to admit a student, we will take into account:

  • The student’s contribution to school life, his/her reports and disciplinary record
  • The student’s choice of A-level subjects and whether these are appropriate in light of his/her GCSE performance
  • Evidence of good attitude and work ethic, indicating the potential to succeed at A-level

Each A-level has subject specific entrance requirements, which can be found in our Sixth Form Prospectus 2022. The school reserves the right to decline entry to specific courses, however we will work with students and parents to explore alternative course choices that are in the student’s best interests.

How to apply

Prospective GSAL students and their parents are encouraged to contact the school to find out more about our sixth form. You can apply at any time for a sixth form place but we ask that you apply before the end of February to guarantee your subject choices. We offer means-tested bursaries for students who are predicted excellent grades and whose gross family income is less than £60k

Applications should be made using our online application form and will incur a £75 application fee. If  you would like to be considered for a means-tested bursary, please indicate this on the application form.

Candidates will be invited for an interview with the Director of Sixth Form and the Head of Year 12 with members of the sixth form leadership team. Following the interview and receipt of a school report, we will advise applicants of the outcome. All offers of a place in sixth form are conditional upon satisfactory GCSE results, and will be reviewed when the results are released in August.

For further enquiries please contact our admissions manager, Miss Alice Gibbons on 0113 228 2151 or


“A number of our students join GSAL’s sixth form each year and they are made to feel very welcome. They relish the opportunities this move offers them and have all done extremely well.”

Mark Cooper, Headteacher, Mount St Mary’s High School

Or, if you prefer to chat to someone please call our admissions team. For Senior School call 0113 228 5121 and for Primary School call 0113 228 5113.