Applying to Marling Sixth Form - September 2021

Applications for September 2021 were invited by 12th February. Late applications are being accepted and we will contact you once your application has been processed.

To meet the admissions criteria for Marling Sixth Form students need to obtain 38 points across 6 GCSE subjects. Grade 5s in English Language and Mathematics are also required. Details of GCSE grades required to study specific A Level subjects are outlined in the Curriculum Guide below. In the event of oversubscription, oversubscription criteria will be applied. Full details are given in the Admissions Policy - also below.

Marling Sixth Form's Live Virtual Open Evening took place on Thursday November 19th. The event was hosted in our own purpose-built virtual environment, created and populated by our sixth form students. Don't worry if you were unable to attend, you can still view much of the material via the link below. While the live Q&A sessions are no longer accessible, you can watch videos made by teachers and students, take a tour of the school, find out about life in Marling Sixth Form and get advice on choosing your A Level subjects.

Students who have been offered a conditional place for September 2021 will be invited to come along to one or more induction days between 23rd to 25th June. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your peers, try out some A Level lessons and get to know more about life in our sixth form. We look forward to meeting you.

Apply online

 September 2021 entry

Click the link to apply online now. Only apply using this form if you are new to Marling School. If you are an existing Marling student, you will have received information about a different process.

This form will save your changes, so if you are unable to complete it in one session, you can return to it at another time and continue from where you left it.

While this is our preferred method of application, if you are unable to apply online, a printable copy of the application form is available below. You will also find information about what you need to choose when completing your application form (What you will study at Marling) and the full 2021 Curriculum Guide. 

Click to Apply Online


The address for postal applications is as follows:

Mr Farr, Head of Marling Sixth Form, Marling School Sixth Form, Cainscross Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4HE.

The initial deadline for applications from new students was Friday 12th February 2021. Late applications are currently being accepted and we will contact you once your application has been processed.


Our 2021 and 2022 Admissions Policies can be viewed below.


Open Evening Event - November 2020

If you were unable to attend our virtual open evening, you can still view much of the material from the event here. You can hear the keynote speech, listen to a talk on choosing A Level subjects, find out about the A Level courses we offer and listen to current students talk about their experience of studying at Marling Sixth Form. 

Take a tour of our school

Chat to Marling Sixth Formers

This section is to help you find out about life at Marling Sixth Form. Scroll through the profiles below to read about and contact individual students.
  • Hi, I’m Jess. I’m studying English Literature, Drama and Sociology, and my Breadth Option is Creative Writing. My main focus within my student leadership role is mental wellbeing and providing support for all students throughout their years at Marling. I want to make sure that during my time as a part of the leadership team, students at Marling feel confident in speaking about any issues they face and feel our school is a welcoming and inclusive environment. Following my A-Levels at Marling Sixth Form, I plan on starting an apprenticeship of some kind or travelling during a gap year, as I feel heading straight into the workplace is the best path for me to take. In my spare time I enjoy writing, reading and above all spending time with my friends and family. If you’d like to ask me about anything please feel free to email me:
  • Hi I’m Scott, and I study Maths at Marling. I’m passionate about accelerating students talents and creating a supportive learning environment. I’ve been programming since I was 7 years old, and during my spare time run two software companies. Marling has both supported and enabled me along my journey and as Head Boy I aim to support other students as much as possible. In my spare time, I play guitar and produce music. After Sixth Form I aim to continue growing my businesses and expanding into new territories. If you have any questions or concerns, or would just like a general chat, feel free to email me:
  • My name is Joanna and I am one of the Deputy Head girls at Marling! I am currently studying Sociology, Psychology and English Literature with a Breadth Option of EPQ. I would like to study Criminology at degree level to become a policing detective or to work with the National Crime Agency after A-levels. My main aspiration is to develop Marling's involvement in external initiatives such as charity work and creating groups of schools to form communities. These could support one another to improve areas such as student mental health, enrichment and post-education opportunities. In my free time I am active in volunteer work across numerous charities and small communities to impact outside of my education simultaneously gaining work experience and doing what I truly love. If you have any questions regarding Marling then please email me:
  • Hi, I’m Matt. I’m studying French, History, Maths and Further Maths. As a member of the student leadership team, I help to support and strengthen the school community, within both the lower school and the sixth form. I also take part in the Scholars’ Programme, which aims to help students prepare for competitive university applications. Outside of school, my main passion is rowing. I have competed at a national level for several years, and currently train with Gloucester-Hartpury Rowing Club. After I’ve completed my A Levels, I plan on going to university. Although at the moment I don’t know exactly what I'd like to study, I’m currently considering economics. If you’d like to ask me anything, please feel free to email me:
  • Hi I’m Lily. I’m studying Politics, History and Art. My Breadth Option is EPQ and I’m also doing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In school I want to focus on mental health and student behaviour towards each other to create a positive and comfortable setting. For the time we’ve been in school, I have been part of the Debate Club. Outside of school I enjoy music and playing the piano. I am currently working towards my grade eight singing. I also enjoy sewing and embroidery. Before lockdown, I was part of a regular sewing club. I plan on taking a gap year to travel and then go on to study law at university. If you have any questions regarding Marling then please email me:
  • Tas Mota
    Hi I’m Tasmiyah. I am studying History, Geography and Politics and doing EPQ as my Breadth Option. I am hoping to study Politics and International Relations at University, and I hope to practice law one day. I have been presented with so many opportunities at Marling and felt so much support from my teachers, especially when I ran for Member of Youth Parliament. My main focus as a member of the student leadership team is to strengthen the relationship between the upper and lower school by coming up with new innovative ideas to connect students. I plan to focus on mental health and wellbeing. After these turbulent times we’ve had, as I’ve realised how important it is to take care of ourselves and one another. Outside of school, I hold the rank of Sergeant at my cadet group. I am a member of my local Parkrun and a keen tennis player. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me:
  • Hi I’m Alex and I’m studying Geography, Business Studies and Psychology at Marling Sixth Form. Something that is personal to me, and where the school stands out, is the AEN (additional education needs) department. As someone with dyslexia the AEN programme has always, and continues to, support me. Being part of the student leadership team gives me the chance to give back to the school that has helped me. Through this I will also gain a lot of experience in dealing with people's problems and communicating with different types of people. This is what I love: happiness is something that everyone deserves and school especially should be a place people feel comfortable and that’s what I want for everyone. If you want to contact me and ask me anything then my email is:

Life in Lockdown

Some of our Y12 students have put together a video showing the sorts of thing they have been getting up to in recent weeks. We hope you enjoy watching it and that it gives you a glimpse of the variety of activities our students do, even at times like this.

A Level Preparatory Work September 2020

  • The A Level Preparatory Work booklet - available below - provides prospective A Level students with a range of tasks to help with transition from GCSE to A Level work in the subjects chosen for sixth form study. Some of the work is required for September, while other material is suggested for students who would like to develop their knowledge of the subject and make use of the time between now and September to explore some of the interesting topics in greater depth. The accompanying booklets for Maths and Spanish are also available below. We hope this material provides a fascinating and thought-provoking insight into the world of A Level study.