Third Form

welcome to the

third form

My name is Gareth Burger and I am the Head of Third Form. I have a deputy, Judy Robertson, and together with the Third Form tutors, we are responsible for pupils’ pastoral care and academic progress throughout this important year.

The Third Form is an exciting and unique year, as it sees the merging of pupils from our Lower School with pupils joining at the 13+ entry point. Careful attention is given to effective integration, to ensure that all pupils, both new and present, are able to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

To support this integration, each form has a form tutor who has been carefully selected based on their ability to facilitate this process and support all pupils as they progress through the Third Form. As in other sections of the School, tutor groups have about 22 pupils and each form has a form prefect who works with the tutor on both administrative and pastoral duties, including acting as a mentor to selected students where required.

Alongside the curriculum, every attempt is made to deliver a value rich education, where co-curricular participation and academic aspiration is encouraged. An appreciation that success in later life is dependent on a range of factors, ensures that all pupils are provided with opportunities to develop the independence and resilience to not only succeed in their schooling, but also beyond the classroom in later life.

Where opportunities are endless, the Third Form provides the perfect environment for pupils to grow and develop; I’d therefore encourage you to consider joining us to be part of this exciting journey!

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An Interview with Third Form Pupil Kelechi


The curriculum in the Third Form continues to offer the same breadth as the curriculum in the Lower School, while also serving as the starting point for GCSEs.

Aims of the Third Form Curriculum

  • In all the core GCSE subjects - English, Mathematics and Science - pupils begin working on their IGCSEs. They study both Language and Literature in English, and have lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are taught as separate sciences from this point on.
  • All pupils continue to study Geography, History and Religious Studies, which in this year includes the study of morality and ethics, from both a religious and philosophical point of view, and of challenges to religious belief, atheism and agnosticism.
  • In this year group there continues to be timetabled PE, and a Games afternoon with an increased range of options.
  • Pupils experience a range of creative subjects as before: Art, Design Technology (Electronics, Graphics and Resistant Materials), Computer Science, Drama and Music – all of which can be taken on to GCSE.
  • Two languages are chosen from French, German, Latin and Spanish. All pupils are expected to take a modern language at GCSE, and in modern languages work also starts on the IGCSE specifications in the Third Form.
  • We also continue to promote pupils’ intellectual, moral, physical, social and spiritual development and prepare them for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences.

Pastoral care

Pastoral care is a significant strength of the School and every teacher in the School has a pastoral role. The School’s 2014 ISI Inspection Report cited pastoral care as ‘excellent’ and noted that each pupil was ‘well-known and valued as an individual’ as the staff know their pupils ‘extremely well and foster an excellent atmosphere of trust and safety, leading to strong and positive relationships’.

All our pupils, from First to Sixth Form, are members of a tutor group, organised by year. The tutor is the first point of contact for parents and oversees the personal and academic welfare of pupils, through a combination of informal contact and tutor periods. Tutors meet with their tutees twice a day and play a key role in the delivery of our PSHEE programme and in ensuring that their tutees are healthy, both mentally and physically.

Coordinating the work of these tutors are the Heads of Section, who are all members of the Senior Management Team: Lower School (Years 7 & 8), Third Form (Year 9), Middle School (Years 10 & 11) and Sixth Form. A distinctive feature of our pastoral care is the supportive role played by form prefects, sixth formers chosen by a very careful selection process to assist the tutors.

The School Nurses and Chaplain make an important contribution to our pastoral provision, while the Counsellor, who is not a member of staff, is available each week for confidential consultation.

Parents can meet their child’s teachers and tutors at Parents’ Consultation Evenings and at a number of informal social occasions during the year.

13+ Admissions

Registration for 13+ entry in 2019 is now closed. Please use the link below to complete the online registration form for 12+/13+ entry for 2020 and beyond.

In the June of Year 7, we provide a 12+ preliminary assessment for boys for whom St Albans School is their first choice. This is recommended for boys who are not considering other schools, as a substantial reservation fee is requested before the results of the other Schools’ competitive entry tests are known. The assessment consists of exams in English, Maths, a Verbal Reasoning test and a number of short group interviews. Specimen English and Maths papers are available in the adjacent section. On the basis of this assessment, we may offer a place for entry into Third Form the following September. Alternatively, we may suggest a further attempt at entry via the competitive Entrance Examination at the end of January/beginning of February, or suggest that the candidate and his parents reconsider their choice of school in consultation with the Head of the Prep School.

Combined Academic Scholarship and Competitive Entrance Exam

Those candidates wishing to be considered for Scholarships, regardless of whether they already hold an offer following the 12+ Preliminary Assessment, sit papers over three days at the end of the January prior to entry. Boys wishing to enter the School at 13+ the following September without attempting the Scholarship, who have not secured a conditional place prior to this within the Preliminary Assessments, will sit a selection of the same exams (over a two-day period) but are not in direct competition with the Scholarship candidates. These exams take place during the final week of January.

For boys sitting the 13+ exams in February, registrations must be received by the deadline of 30 November of the year preceding entry. 

Entrance Examination Timetable - for entry at 13+ in 2020

Registration Deadline: Saturday 30 November 2019
Bursary Application Deadline: Friday 13 December 2019
13+ Entrance Exam: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January 2020
13+ Scholarship Exam: Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January 2020
13+ Music Scholarship: Thursday 30 January 2020
13+ Art Scholarship: Thursday 30 January 2020
13+ Sports Scholarship: Friday 31 January 2019
13+ Offers/Scholarships made: Friday 14 February 2020
13+ Acceptance of Offers: Thursday 27 February 2020

specimen papers

specimen papers (scholarship candidates only)

12+ Entrance Examination Timetable - For entry at 13+ in 2020

Registration Deadline Friday 5 April 2019
12+ Entrance Examination Thursday 6, Friday 7 and Tuesday 11 June 2019
12+ Results posted Friday 21 June 2019

Specimen Papers

further information

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