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.

16 – 19 Bursary Fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is designed to help support young people facing barriers to continuing in Post 16 Education or training, provided they meet agreed standards of attendance and behaviour. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to support students who have genuine financial difficulties that might prevent them continuing in education, rather than acting as an incentive for attendance. To be eligible to receive a 16-19 Bursary the young person must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August in the year of application. Where a young person turns 19 during their programme of study, they can continue to be supported to the end of the academic year in which they turn 19, or to the end of the programme of study, whichever is sooner.

Students in one of the defined vulnerable groups can receive a Guaranteed Bursary via application to the Finance team. The school can provide further information on request.

Those experiencing financial disadvantages relating to course-related costs should be supported using the 16-19 Discretionary Bursary Fund. QEGS receives an annual allocation from the 16-19 Discretionary Bursary Fund via the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).  Once these funds have been awarded to eligible pupils there is no guarantee that further funding will be available to support learners during the academic year.

The 16 –19 Bursary Fund has two elements:

Category One: Guaranteed Bursary (Vulnerable Groups)

A Bursary of £1,200 a year can be awarded via Application to the Finance team:

  • Young people in care, care leavers (in care for a minimum of 3 months since the age of 14).
  • Young people who receive Universal Credit/Income Support in their own name.
  • Young people who are disabled and receive Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or ESA and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name.

Category Two: Discretionary Bursary

  • The school is able to use its discretion to make awards to students in ways that best suit their individual needs and circumstances. Bursary awards should be targeted towards those young people who face financial barriers to participation in education; such as the costs of transport, meals, books, equipment, extraordinary course fees and transition support services.

The school has agreed a set of priorities to identify students eligible to receive assistance through the discretionary bursary scheme in the following categories:

  1. Students who are eligible to receive a free school meal.
  2. Students facing financial barriers to participation in Post 16 educational activities can receive support tailored to individual needs. Appropriate evidence would be required.
  3. Students who have been affected by a sudden, exceptional change in financial circumstances.
  4. Students identified as high need.

Students who meet the criteria to be considered under Category 1 can receive a bursary up to the value of £1,200 via application to the Finance Team. 

Students who meet the criteria to be considered under Category 2 can be allocated discretionary funding to assist with the costs of:

  • Travel Costs associated with accessing learning
  • Course equipment and materials (including IT equipment)
  • Meals, Clothing
  • Transition Support Services

Awards from the Bursary Fund can be made up of payments direct to students or payments in kind to suppliers. Payments made from the Bursary Fund will be subject to the student meeting expected attendance and behaviour requirements.   Any awards considered under Category 2 will be determined by the student’s individual circumstances.  Please note, however, that there is a limited amount of funding available, therefore, awards are subject to the availability of funding.

Monetary awards to students will be made via BACS transfer in to a bank account in the student’s name only.  Payments towards educational activity, materials and equipment will be made directly to the organiser / supplier.