Frequently Asked Questions

Most students will study three A level subjects for the two years of the Sixth Form. We do give students the opportunity to ‘sample’ a fourth A level choice in their first half term. If Mathematics and Further Mathematics are two of your choices, it is advisable (though not obligatory) to take four subjects for the full two years. Occasionally other students wish to take four subjects; we will discuss this with the individuals concerned.

Although QEGS has a reputation for academic excellence, we have a broad range of students from different backgrounds and various levels of ability. We encourage all prospective students to apply and speak to us when they receive their examination results.

The basic requirement for entry to our Sixth Form is 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, with ‘passes’ i.e. at least Grade 4 in Maths and English and, preferably, grade 6 or above 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.

If you require transport, please contact us to discuss your location and possible options. 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.

We do not have a specific catchment area.

We run a 2-week timetable consisting of 60 fifty-minute periods.  The usual pattern is to have 12 periods per subject, 4 Games periods and 2 PSHE periods totalling 42 out of the 60. The remaining 18 are study periods taken as a mix of Directed Learning in the Sixth Form Study Room and independent study periods. Students are expected to register in for a minimum of 6 periods in the study room though in practice, many will do more than 6.

All students are expected to comply with the School’s regulations about uniform and appearance. Whilst there is no uniform to purchase, we do expect students, as the senior members of the School, to set the correct tone and example to the younger pupils. Please click here to download our Sixth Form dress code.