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Leavers destinations

Leavers’ destinations

One of our central aims in sixth form is to help every student realize their ambition of securing the best possible next step, for many this means a place on the best course for them, and at the right university for them.

From the start of Year 12 we offer ongoing support and advice to students about their options after A-levels. While we seek to give accurate and realistic advice regarding students’ prospects in light of their predicted grades, we remain fully committed to supporting them through the application process whatever their chosen path and our assessment of the likely outcome.


Our higher education experts help students with the crucial steps to securing a place, from choosing the right subjects and the best institutions to how to apply and prepare for interviews and admissions tests. However, our students’ success rate in attaining a place on their desired course is ultimately thanks to their own hard work and determination.

Our students consistently secure places on the most competitive university courses, at institutions with rigorous entry requirements. The 2023 cohort was no exception; with 60% achieving A-level results of at least ABB (the minimum entry requirement for many top universities) we maintained our excellent record of admission to leading institutions.

Of the 174 students who left our Year 13 in 2023, 94% continued to higher education.

Figures provided by UCAS confirm that of GSAL’s leavers in 2023:

  • 83% were accepted by a higher tariff provider, typically Russell Group universities or Guardian top 30 university
  • Five students achieved places at Oxford or Cambridge.
  • 17 secured places on highly selective courses for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science
  • One student was accepted at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).
  • The top four universities by destination for GSAL leavers in 2023 were Newcastle, Liverpool, Durham and Warwick.


We also advise students on alternative options to higher education, including degree apprenticeships. In 2023, one of our students joined the KPMG Degree Apprenticeship Scheme.

For more insight into what our students’ plans are for life after GSAL, please watch the video below.


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.