Bishop Wordsworth’s School is a state selective grammar school, founded in 1890 by the Bishop of Salisbury. The school now educates over 950 boys aged 11 to 18. Around a third of our Sixth Formers join us from a range of non-selective schools in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.
The school offers A Level programmes of study in 20 subjects with some joint classes in the sixth form with South Wilts Grammar School.
Entry requirements are currently six 9-6 grades at GCSE (including English Language and Maths). Some subjects require a higher grade in a specific GCSE subject for A level, for example sciences. Further information can be found here: www.bws-school.org.uk/main/Sixth_Form/Admissions/
Most students study 3 A levels together with the Extended Project or Core Maths qualification which is taken in Year 12. Some talented mathematicians will opt to take Further Maths either to AS or to full A level instead.
A few students also take Latin AS/A level and outside the regular timetable with approximately 1 hour of teaching per week. Chinese GCSE is another opportunity which is again offered off timetable over 5 years.
Students sit rigorous internal assessments at the end of Year 12; this data, together with students’ performance throughout the year, is used to formulate the predicted grades for the UCAS application. At least 90% of students enter Higher Education each year.
Students are offered a wide variety of extracurricular activities including the Community Sports Leadership Award.
In previous years a small number of students were offered an accelerated participation in Mathematics examinations, with the GCSE in Year 10, the AS Level in Year 11 and the A2 in Year 12. These students sat three further A Levels in Year 13.