Sixth Form Admissions

Harris Westminster Sixth Form has been set up to offer an outstanding academic education to able students from all backgrounds and all parts of London and our admissions arrangements reflect this. The twin goals of identifying academic ability and ensuring that the offer is accessible to students from all backgrounds are achieved by using entrance examination and interview as the primary measures of ability rather than GCSEs (which are strongly affected by the quality of school attended); and by giving priority in the oversubscription criteria to Pupil Premium students as it is known that they, as a group, are statistically less likely to access this kind of provision and to attain highly at school and therefore to access the top universities. Within these goals, the admissions arrangements are designed to be fair and transparent. The full admissions policy can be downloaded using the link below.

Applications for 2019/20 open on 3rd September 2019 and close on 30th November 2019. Please go to our Admissions Page for further information on applying.

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For Parents/Carers who wish to Appeal

If you wish to appeal against the Sixth Form's decision you should request an Appeal Form from the Admissions Officer, stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published Admissions Criteria.

Completed forms should be sent to the Admissions Officer at Harris Westminster Sixth Form, 11 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9LH or scanned and emailed to

The appeals will be heard, in private, by an Independent Appeal Panel. The Clerk to the Appeal Panel will make an appointment within a reasonable time; Appeals may be made in English or the Parents’/Carers’ first language.

  • Only one appeal per application is allowed.
  • Appeals are conducted in person, and you may bring a friend.

You can appeal against a decision and your appeal could be successful if:

  • The admissions arrangements have not been properly followed.
  • The admission criteria are not legal.
  • The decision to refuse a place was unreasonable (the decision about this is made by balancing your needs against those of all the other students who have applied and their right to be treated fairly).

If you are appealing against a decision based on you having a bad day/exam/ or, if you feel the score does not represent your ability, then these appeals will be generally refused.

The Appeal Hearing

The Sixth Form will arrange for an Independent Appeals Panel to consider the Sixth Form's reasons for refusal and your reasons for wanting to attend the Sixth Form.  

The Panel will consist of 3 people (2 will have education experience and one will be an independent person with no education experience).

The Panel will consider the case put forward by you and the Sixth Form. They must consider the admission arrangements for the Sixth Form and the reasons why you want to attend that particular school. The Panel must exercise its discretion by balancing the weight of your argument (for wanting to attend) against the Sixth Form's reasons for refusal i.e. the prejudice that one more student would cause to the education of the students already offered and the Health and Safety of all the students already attending the Sixth Form, also taking into account the Sixth Form's published admission arrangements.  

The decision of the Independent Appeals Panel is binding on the admissions authority and the Parents.

Sixth Form Admissions Contact Details

Telephone: 0203 772 4555
Address: Harris Westminster Sixth Form, 11 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9LH