Frequently Asked Questions
Most students will study three A level subjects for the two years of the Sixth Form. If Mathematics and Further Mathematics are two of your choices, it is advisable (though not obligatory) to take four subjects. Occasionally other students wish to take four subjects; we will discuss this with the individuals concerned.
We also offer the opportunity to take an EPQ.
Although QEGS has a reputation for academic excellence, we have a broad range of students from different backgrounds and various levels of ability.
The basic requirement for entry to our Sixth Form is 5 GCSEs at grade 6 or better, with ‘passes’ i.e. at least Grade 4 in Maths and English and, preferably, grade 7 or better in the chosen subjects.
You will have a tutor group with a Personal Tutor, who will support you in all aspects of Sixth Form life. They will be able to give you guidance in your studies, help with your study skills, give advice regarding possible career progression and application to Higher Education. Your Personal Tutor will work with you to ensure that you reach your full potential by using all the expertise we have available.
We have many bus routes currently in operation providing transport from throughout the county. QEGS is situated within a 5-minute walk from Blackburn Town Centre, with the train station a 15-minute walk away.
As we are preparing you for life after school, we want you to be accustomed to a ‘normal’ working day. The day starts at 8.40am and formal teaching finishes at 3.50pm. You will have free periods scattered throughout your day allowing you to engage in independent work.
The main area for Sixth Form students is the Sixth Form Centre, Singleton House. This contains a large quiet study area with networked PCs and Wi-Fi available. You are expected to use your ‘free’ time wisely, for independent study, getting on with homework assignments or general reading. Some departments also have a dedicated Sixth Form area with subject-specific resources available. We also have a large Library with a wide variety of resources, including books, journals and newspapers, available to you. Sixth Form students are welcome to use the quiet space of the Library at any time. At breaks and lunchtime, Singleton House is also a social area. There is a large Common Room and café serving drinks, cold snacks, and hot meals throughout the day.
Yes. We have a dedicated careers team and careers area in Singleton House, stocked with information on universities and courses, apprenticeships, gap years and careers. The majority of our pupils, always over 90%, go to university and this is the principal purpose of our Sixth Form.
Certainly. We do not have a specific catchment area. No matter where you live, you can apply.