Preparation for the future beyond school

Welcome to the Sixth Form at Chigwell School – the pinnacle of secondary education where students enjoy a rich and full education, experience leadership opportunities and are well prepared for A levels and for life at university and the world of employment.  The Chigwell Sixth Form is a vibrant part of the School, and students gain a greater sense of responsibility, freedom and purpose.  Most study four A level subjects in the Lower Sixth and specialise in three of these in their second year.

What we can offer you

University & Careers
Chigwell places a great emphasis on preparing students for life after school.  We provide individual help to sixth form students with all applications, whatever their chosen destination is after sixth form. The majority of students continue on to university and our Top Institutions and Courses (TICs) programme ensures those applying for the early UCAS deadline of 15th October (i.e. Oxbridge (any subject), medicine/veterinary science/dentistry) have completed their forms in advance of the deadline and their personal statements are discussed at length before forms are submitted.  The TICs programme also guides students in researching suitable courses and universities, gives them tailored interview practice and coaches them with entrance test preparation. This is all done in conjunction with our Learning+ programme, more details of which can be found here

The same dedication is given to all university applicants, whether students are applying to a UK institution or one overseas.

The careers and universities programme helps to open students’ minds to the importance and scope of university education and  careers available beyond study. We seek to show students the options and possibilities available to them, so advice on university entrance plays a central part in our work, as does the wider careers education programme and our annual careers convention. We aim to ensure that their final decision-making is well informed and reflects their individual strengths, interests and ambitions. As well as this preparation, we also guide students on further reading, related work experience, lectures and university taster days and courses, preparation for entrance tests, extended projects, completing application forms and interview practice.

Proven Results
Click here to see our latest Results and Destinations.

A sense of place and purpose

Students have the opportunity to engage in other activities beyond their academic studies.  The enrichment programme enables them to develop interests and opinions in a wide range of subjects from socio-political to the arts and pure sciences. Through the Duke of Edinburgh and Chigwell Award schemes, students are encouraged to participate in activities such as voluntary service in the community, work experience, learning a new skill and expeditions.

The Sixth Form is an important part of the School, and students play an important part in its day-to-day life.  They work with staff to create a welcoming, caring and friendly environment, with many assuming considerable responsibility for the running of different areas of school life in chapel, music, drama, sport, the four houses and the social life of the Sixth Form.

Building and facilities

The Risham Sarao Sixth Form Centre, named in memory of a former Chigwell School student, was officially opened on the 12th September 2016.   A hub for learning, it has six classrooms, study and social spaces and a centre for careers and university advice, as well as a coffee shop and large seating areas. Students are extremely proud of the new facility available to them, and the Centre is used exclusively by the sixth form, who have welcomed their new home within the School.  Although some subjects are still taught in their dedicated departments elsewhere in the School, the Risham Sarao Centre is where all sixth form students can come together at break, lunch and free periods to study, reflect with other students, and to take a well-earned break.


Sixth formers at Chigwell wear a formal suit for lessons (a jacket and trousers/skirt/dress in the same material) such as they might wear for work in an office. It must be of a plain material and students must wear black, navy or grey, along with a plain white shirt/blouse. Boys also wear a tie according to their day house and all students wear black shoes and a black coat. The full requirement list can be found here

What we are looking for and the next steps

Each year, sixth form students come from our own Year 11 as well as from local schools.  These are also joined by some students from overseas. Chigwell sixth formers are bright, ambitious and purposeful, and are willing to contribute to the broader aspects of school life.  Details of our entry requirements, application deadlines and other useful information can be found here

Our current prospectus detailing all the subjects we offer can be found here

Boarding Students

The sixth form at Chigwell School is open to students from all around the world, and we warmly welcome the new insights they bring.  For international students joining us in the sixth form, Chigwell has developed a unique boarding provision, specially designed to give students new to the country all the support they need to succeed.

Click here for information about what Chigwell can offer international boarding students, and how to apply from overseas.

If you have any queries, please contact us at [email protected]

Head of Sixth Form - Simon Coppell

Mr Simon Coppell M.A.,P.G.C.E.

Please feel free to contact me:
by email: [email protected]
or by telephone: 020 8501 5739