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Advice for parents

Sixth form is a time when students gain increasing independence – but that doesn't mean they won't benefit from support from home. Parents, carers, and the wider family can all help with the adjustment to sixth form life.

Keep reading for some useful tips on key aspects of the journey.

The basics: what students must have

To study with us, you should normally have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a grade 5 in both English and mathematics, and grade 6 in the subjects closest to the courses you have chosen to study. Some courses may have additional requirements.

For students with lower grades but at least a grade 3 in English and mathematics we offer a special one-year Access to Sixth Form course to build up your skills ahead of tackling our main courses. 

GCSE results and confirming a place

GCSE results are available for students to collect on at the end of August. For Thetford Academy students, the results envelope will contain a letter outlining whether the student has gained a place in sixth form.

We hold enrolment days directly after GCSE results. These offer the chance to discuss results and review options; for example students may wish to change courses based on their results.

Getting ready for sixth form

GCSEs to A-Levels is the single most challenging transition many students will make in their educational career and even the most capable, confident students may find the first 6 months tough.

Significantly more independence, including in the work set and individual research, is expected from students. Support from home to ensure that your child attends and keeps on top of all work will be essential.

You can help by encouraging students to check their chosen subjects on the reading list, and make the effort to read around their subjects.

They can also benefit from using the internet to extend their knowledge and understanding, and from things like visits to galleries, museums, and sites of historical interest.

Enjoying the summer and having a good rest is a great idea too!

Advice from Year 12

  • “Take the chance to do some reading for your subjects over the summer”
  • “Do the work as soon as it is set, or you will soon find yourself getting behind”
  • “Use non-contact periods to get work done, get in to good habits from the beginning”
  • “Give it time, don’t give up on things straight away because they are tough”
  • “Revise as you go along, it isn’t something you can just do at the end”