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Sixth Form if some poor behaviour during GCSEs?

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LonelyPlanetStreet Fri 13-Jul-18 14:04:28

My DS15 will be applying for Sixth Form at School and also Sixth Form College next year, interviews in February 2019. There will be interviews.

His behaviour has been a bit problemmatic at times, e.g. a couple of exclusions over the last few years, etc. Nothing terrible, and I think he's a bit like marmite - some teachers like him, but the school sometimes understandably frustrated with his distractedness and occasional sullenness/rudeness. He's reasonably bright - predicted grades 6 - 8 in most subjects.

However, this might go against him during his school Sixth Form application? I have read that Schools cannot exclude poorly behaved children from internal progress to Sixth Form provided they reach the GCSE grades necessary - with the exception of being actually expelled from school during GCSE period.

Any thoughts? I just want to know what to expect really, I don't want to force events or anything.

(P.S. He's not 'statemented' - though I suspect he has got some kinds of mild ADHD issues he's not prepared to go through any 'diagnosis' process for.)


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ReservoirDogs Fri 13-Jul-18 15:55:34

There are 3 boys at my DS's school who were not formally expelled/excluded but who were told they should be applying elsewhere but it is an independent school so I think they can chose who they want anyway.

LonelyPlanetStreet Fri 13-Jul-18 22:26:36

cheers, Resevoir

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TheThirdOfHerName Fri 13-Jul-18 22:36:25

Schools have to stick to their admissions criteria when allocating places. You should be able to find these on each school's website. I don't think state sixth forms are allowed to consider past conduct as one of the factors. I seem to remember there was a case a couple of years ago where a sixth form tried to do this.

TheThirdOfHerName Fri 13-Jul-18 22:39:21

It turns out it was six years ago but the admissions code still stands

Mumoftwoyoungkids Fri 13-Jul-18 22:41:45

Does your son actually want to go to sixth form at school? If he’s behaving badly enough to get excluded “a few times” then he may be happier in a different environment - or at least with teachers and pupils who don’t have a particular expectation of him.

Having said that looking briefly at the admission policy for our nearest school with a sixth form it is solely about “getting the admission grades” and Catchment areas. No mention of behaviour or ability beyond that.

Which is a bugger for us really as dd is incredibly well behaved and very high ability and our catchment school doesn’t have a sixth form.

LonelyPlanetStreet Sat 14-Jul-18 01:16:05

Yes, mum, we will be looking at all options. Hopefully we can manage a couple of chats over the Summer holidays; DS very difficult to pin down! Re. your DD, isn't there a decent 6th form college nearby?

Third, good idea - I will look at sixth form entry requirements blush.

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Cauliflowersqueeze Sun 22-Jul-18 01:04:26

Sixth forms at state schools are NOT allowed to interview as part of their admissions criteria. They are NOT allowed to refuse anyone a place on the grounds of conduct. Schools telling students they should not stay to sixth form due to their behaviour are behaving illegally.

The only thing they are allowed to select on is their grade criteria for entrance. That’s it.

Stickerrocks Sun 22-Jul-18 07:12:15

Our local state 6th forms all interviewed everyone, but that was only to discuss subjects and expectations. Nobody was refused a place, just set targets for their results next month.

Cauliflowersqueeze Sun 22-Jul-18 12:10:59

They can “meet” them of course, but that is not allowed to form part of the admission process.

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