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Admission to Years 13 - 14

 

Criteria for entry to Year 13 (lower sixth)

1. Students who wish to study 3 AS subjects must have a minimum of 12 points* over 7 subjects.
2. Students who wish to study 4 AS subjects must have a minimum of 15 points* over 5 subjects at GCSE.
3. It is expected that all students who wish to study AS and A Level will have achieved at least a Grade C in English and Maths at GCSE.
*Points are allocated as follows:
A* = 4 points A = 3 points B = 2 points C = 1 point

Having fulfilled the above minimum requirements students who possess a Grade A or B in a subject at GCSE are entitled to study the subject at AS provided it is offered in the curriculum.
Account will be taken of special circumstances that may have affected performance in examinations.
In selecting pupils for entry to Year 13 preference will be given in order of priority to:
• Applicants qualifying for entry from Year 12 Thornhill College.
• Applicants from other schools which do not have a sixth form.
• Applicants from other schools.
• Applicants wishing to repeat Year 13 and to whom, in the opinion of the Board of Governors, special circumstances (including a realistic ambition to pursue a particular third level course of study) apply.

Each applicant to Year 13 will:
• Have received a report from the Principal of Thornhill College (or the Principal of the applicant’s previous school), indicating a good pattern of work, attendance, punctuality and behaviour.
• Give a parental undertaking of continuing support for the school aims.
• Accept the rules of the school and understand that progress is dependent on adherence to the school rules.
• Be expected to study at least 3 full A Levels or the equivalent.


Criteria for entry to Year 14 (upper sixth)

An applicant will be considered for admission to Year 14 who:

• Has completed Year 13 to the satisfaction of the Principal (normally measured by satisfactory performance, achievement, attendance and conduct).
• Having arrived in the Derry area from outside the school’s traditional catchment area, has completed one year of post-GCSE study or its equivalent in another school, and has submitted a report from their Principal indicating a good pattern of work, attendance, punctuality and behaviour.
• Wishes to repeat Year 14 having been in Thornhill the previous year, having a recommendation from the Principal and claiming special circumstances.

In selecting pupils for entry to Year 14 preference will be given in order of priority to:

• Applicants who have completed Year 13 at Thornhill College to the satisfaction of the Principal (normally measured by satisfactory performance, achievement, 95% attendance and conduct).
• Applicants who, having arrived in the Derry area from outside the school’s traditional catchment area, have completed one year of post-GCSE study or its equivalent in another school and have submitted a report from their Principal indicating a good pattern of work, 95% attendance, punctuality, behaviour and achievement.
• Applicants wishing to repeat Year 14, having completed Year 14 in Thornhill College, and to whom, in the opinion of the Board of Governors, special circumstances (including a realistic ambition to pursue a particular third level course of study) apply and who are recommended by the Principal.

Further Information:
A pupil who satisfies the above requirements for entry to Year 13 or a new
applicant to Year 14 will be considered for enrolment provided that:
• The school will not exceed its enrolment number as determined by Department of Education.
• There are sufficient places available within the year group and the relevant teaching groups.

 

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