Our Sixth Form

Denbigh has a successful, thriving Post 16 provision of approximately 450 students, which combines the very highest academic standards with a wide range of enrichment and sporting activities. 

Our Post 16 students consistently record examination results above the national average and 75% of our students achieve university places each year, including at Oxford and Cambridge and the prestigious Russell Group universities. 

Students can choose a programme of study to suit their needs from our varied curriculum, containing around 30 Level 3 courses. 

Students also benefit from a range of enrichment options including: Extended Project, Young Enterprise, Community Sports Leaders Award and Russian, Turkish and Italian.

Our Post 16 facilities provide students with a specialised learning environment. They have their own dedicated Learning Centre, which includes a common room, social working space and ICT suite.

Year 12 and Year 13 students are encouraged to play a leadership role in the wider life of the School and to support the School’s younger students. We expect our students to be role models. 
We have a thriving Post 16 Committee which organises charity and social events, leads on developing Post 16 policies and procedures and also contributes to the development of teaching and learning of students across the school.

Structures and Mentoring

The leadership structure of Post 16 is as follows: Director of Post 16, Heads of Year 12 and 13 and Assistant Heads of Year 12 and 13. 
All Year 12 and 13 students also have a Mentor who will work closely with them throughout the year. There are weekly mentoring sessions to ensure that all Post 16 students' needs are met. We also have a counsellor for students requiring additional support. 
In addition to this we have a full-time careers officer on site to discuss Post 16 career options and to support/organise work experiences.

Courses Offered

We offer students a flexible and varied curriculum which allows students to select a programme of study that meets their needs.
Students need to be aware that there is tiered entrance criteria for Year 12.

Level 3: Advanced Courses 1 or 2 Years:

  • Art
  • Art Textiles
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Economics
  • English Language and Literature
  • English Literature
  • Financial Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport
  • Theatre Studies

Football Academy

This is a full time two-year course for Year 12 and 13 students leading to University or direct employment within the sports industry. The ultimate aim of the course is to prepare individuals for a career in sport. The course is a mixture of practical and theory and offers the opportunity to gain the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport
  • The FA Level 1&2 Certificate in Coaching Football
  • Safeguarding Children and Emergency Aid Certificates
  • Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership
  • Other NGB Coaching Awards
  • Work and Leadership Experience

The Academy was founded in 2001 and we are very proud of the excellent exit routes into higher education and employment our students take.  Nearly half of our Academy students go onto to submit a successful UCAS application and our students go onto to have careers in coaching, event management, the police and tourist industries.  

Enrichment Opportunities

We also provide a range of enrichment options for Year 12 students as set out below. The enrichment programme is predominantly organised through timetabled lessons that students can opt into. 

  • Cooking and Hygiene
  • Community Sports Leader Award
  • Core Mathematics
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Engineering Education Scheme
  • Extended Project
  • Music
  • Italian
  • Post 16 Committee
  • Russian
  • Student/Peer Mentoring
  • Textiles
  • Turkish
  • Young Enterprise


Further Opportunities

In addition to the enrichment programme we also provide or support an extensive range of   opportunities for students in Post 16. This is to ensure that students develop as individuals and are therefore suitably prepared for University or high level employment.  Below is a list of experiences that students may want to engage with:

  • Charity work
  • Christmas Bazaar Committee
  • Debating Group
  • Lower School Classroom Support
  • Medicine Club
  • Mentoring in local primary Schools
  • Mock Trial Competitions
  • Post 16 Committee
  • Reading group
  • School Council and House President
  • School productions
  • Sporting activities
  • Trips abroad
  • Whole school assemblies
  • World Challenge
  • Work Experience in Europe
  • Work experience in Local Organisations

Gifted and Talented

As part of our bespoke to support for students we also offer a gifted and talented programme. The gifted and talented students are led by a member of the Post 16 team and meet on a weekly basis.

We offer a programme of support for students who are making applications for the most competitive courses at the most prestigious universities.

We organise mock interviews with University professors and arrange work shadowing and work experiences in students chosen fields.

We ensure that the students are well prepared for additional university admissions examinations that they may be required to take for example BMAT, LNAT, UKCAT and STEP








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