Applying for a Place
Admissions to Friesland School into year 7 are managed by Derbyshire County Council. To apply for a place at Friesland or for more information on Derbyshire County Council’s school admissions procedures – click here(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab).
The deadline for an on-time application for entry into year 7 in September 2022 is 31st October 2021.
With effect from 1st November 2021, applications for in-year places should be made directly to Friesland, click here to complete the application form.
When an application for a place at this school is unsuccessful, families are able to appeal the decision by completing this Admissions Appeals Form, click here.
Secondary application and appeals timetable 2021-22
|National Closing date for on-time applications||31 October 2021|
|National Offer date for all Secondary Schools||1 March 2022|
|Closing Date for on-time appeals||1 April 2022|
On-time appeals will be heard by
Late appeals will be heard at the same time as online appeals wherever possible or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
Monday 20 June 2022
|Last Date to submit any additional information in support of your appeal||The independent clerk will notify you of this date, which is usually 5 days before the date of your appeal hearing|
|Decisions will be communicated in writing from the independent clerk, within 5 working days of the date of your appeal||
|In-year appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.|
There are two parts to our Admissions Policy. The Two Counties Trust Admissions Policy Part 1 can be found below:
Part 2 of our Admissions Policy can be found below:
Moving to secondary school is an exciting time, which can also be daunting for some students. At Friesland we provide a smooth transition from Primary School, ensuring all of our youngsters feel prepared and enthused as they enter the next phase of their educational journey with us.
Our transition team begin work on the process early in the academic year, visiting Primary Schools to meet the children and providing individual support where required. During our summer transition days the students get to know the school, their form tutor, Pastoral Leader and their new classmates. We provide students with a detailed transition pack, so that they can tell us all about themselves as well as learning all about their new school and how we work.
Once the students start in September we work with them to ensure they are prepared in order to succeed, with clear guidance on how to be a successful Friesland Student. We are aware that everyone is an individual, and put bespoke support in place throughout the transition process for those students or families who require extra guidance.
Some further detail on our transition activities:
The Performing Arts team host many of our cluster schools for Year 5 Performing Arts days. Students spend time in school experiencing lessons in drama, dance and music.
Throughout Year 5 and Year 6 members of staff from a wide range of subject areas visit junior schools to deliver lessons and activities.
Open Evening and Year 6 Visits
In September, Year 6 students and their parents are invited to attend our Open Evening. This provides an opportunity to visit the school, to meet staff and existing students and to discover more about the school before parents have to make their choice of Secondary School. Mrs York, our Transition Manager will also visit our cluster schools in September to discuss Friesland School life and to answer any questions the students may have.
What happens when I decide that Friesland is our choice?
Once the choice has been made and confirmed our Head of Year 7, Transition Manager and SENCo will then visit each of the students and talk to their Year 6 teacher to gather relevant information which helps inform the process of selecting new tutor groups. The majority of students will then spend two induction days at Friesland during the summer term, meeting their new Form Tutor, being with their new Form Group and experiencing two days of life at Friesland. For some selected students, a third induction day is offered. These days culminate in an evening event where parents get the opportunity to meet their child’s Form Tutor and Head of Year together with other key Friesland staff. There is also the chance to purchase equipment and uniform at this time.
If you have any questions about our transition work please do not hesitate to contact school and we will pass your enquiry onto the relevant person.
Looking back to ten years ago, we realised some of our most enjoyed times were at Friesland Sixth Form.
Both of us were very strong at the practical side of sports and so partnered this with the scientific subjects whilst at sixth form. Working in this field felt like the natural progression from playing part-time sport and so sixth form set us up well to do that. We both completed Sports Therapy degrees and then Masters degrees in Strength and Conditioning, and Scott went on to become the VP of sport and wellbeing at the University.
The teachers and staff at Friesland not only set us up on the right academic pathway, but also allowed us to understand the other opportunities that arise from developing skills and expanding knowledge and experience in other areas. Something we doubt we would have explored had it not been for the guidance and support from the staff at Friesland.
At University we both captained successful first teams, won national titles, honours presented by the chancellor and have left a legacy at the institutions. During this time, we were scouted to work in the fashion industry and have since been the face of campaigns for the likes of Giorgio Armani and TM Lewin. We have lived in various other cities such as Madrid, San Francisco and Delhi. Now, we work across multiple industries, Brett is completing a PhD in public health and has presented research at the world’s leading symposiums and congress’, whilst still working as a model and brand advocate across the fashion industry. Scott, worked as a brand manager and has since gone on to work in creative direction in the sustainability space, again alongside modelling and brand ambassadorships. Despite multiple career pathways, we are still regular features at fashion weeks, throughout Europe, featured in Vogue and GQ, and travel for work in all our roles.
These approaches to our career and our interpersonal skills were developed during our time at Friesland Sixth Form, with motivating and supportive staff (such as Mr York and Mr Patterson), who provided us with the tools we needed to be successful alongside our A-Level subjects.
Brett & Scott Staniland
What first encouraged you/attracted you to think about applying to Cambridge?
I went on a residential trip in July run by Murray Edwards and I really liked the campus/vibe and the talks given.
How did you prepare for applying to Cambridge over time?
I read a few of the books suggested for incoming students, I did past papers for my admissions assessment and listened to the news a lot more to increase my awareness of current affairs.
Can you describe what it was like actually being interviewed at Cambridge?
It was a lot more relaxed than I expected, the waiting room was full of students who were really friendly and it calmed my nerves. I had an hour assessment beforehand with some questions and I had to talk about them in the interview. In the other interview I was just given maths questions and asked to attempt them (thinking out loud). It was all about my subject and was quite an enjoyable experience.
What are you studying at Cambridge and which College?
Economics at Fitzwilliam College
Danielle White – Friesland 2013-2020
A Levels: Chemistry, Maths, Psychology, Extended Project Qualification
I chose an Apprenticeship over University as I wanted to do software development. I felt the experience in the role was more important than book learning. I also wanted to dive straight into the world of work because I had already decided exactly what I wanted to do which differs to some of my friends who are going to University as they are still unsure and one degree can lead to multiple career paths. Originally the job I got offered was a Level 3 Apprenticeship, I got the Job due to the fact I had applied for a different apprenticeship through EMA training.
I am currently really enjoying my work life for several reasons, the first being that I am doing a job I enjoy. I like writing code and solving problems and I am learning something new every day. Another reason is that the company is great and really supportive. It is a family run business and they do some really good work making websites, some of which I have already been involved in which are currently live. My bosses are really supportive and have moved me up to a level 4 Apprenticeship and have said they would fully support me to do a level 5 afterwards, which made me very happy as after around 4 years I will have an equivalent qualification as if I went to Uni but I will have 4 years more experience than other graduates which is invaluable in my field.
David Hedley (2013–2020); A Levels: Physics, Computer Science, Maths
Personally, university wasn’t for me, I am much more of a practical person and wanted to gain first-hand experience in a business. With the support and careers guidance from Sixth Form it enabled me to feel more confident with this decision. The sixth form were committed to weekly talks discussing our options post A-Level studies which enabled us to see and think about what is available. One of the most
useful events from Sixth Form were the career days, where we could talk to employees from companies such as Boots PLC and Rolls Royce.
I was fortunate to take part in the DANCOP ‘Learn to work’ scheme, which consisted of talking to an external group of people about potential career paths. A particularly useful exercise consisted of constructing CV’s and taking part in mock interviews. We finished the
scheme with a trip to Bowmer & Kirkland, a construction company, where we discussed what employers look for in individuals and how to
succeed in interviews.
I succeeded in securing a role as a Marketing Executive for a welding company called Foster Industrial. My overarching aim is to improve the company’s digital sales offering whilst driving lead generation. My main tasks are running and creating content for their website which includes copywriting, product updates and product pricing, as well as day to day running of all social media platforms to position the company as an on-trend player in the market.
Without the support of Sixth Form I wouldn’t be where I am today, in a role that I thoroughly enjoy. They helped me understand my strengths and how to use these to be successful in my future.
Emily Cox (2013-2020)
A Levels: English, Psychology, Business, Extended Project Qualification
My name is Freya Tarbit, after leaving sixth form I was gaining experience to train to become paramedic, something I did my EPQ on whilst at Friesland, when my Dad signed me up for a talent ID programme with the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton team.
To gain a place on this national team I underwent a talent ID process called Discover Your Gold for which there were over 3000 applications and only 6 were selected at the end, and I was one of them. My A level in PE has really helped me as it allowed me to learn about every aspect of the sporting world. The broad syllabus confirmed for me that sport is an environment I wanted to be a part of. The main thing about PE at Friesland that helped me is how supportive the teachers are. No matter what level of sport you are at they never fail to be really encouraging and enthusiastic, and even now I have left sixth form they continue to support me.
In the summer I train full time in the gym and on the push track in the UK, then in the winter I travel to multiple tracks around the world to improve my sliding. Having joined the official GB team within the last year, I reached my first goal in February 2021 and represented GB at the Europa cup in Innsbruck. I came 5th out of 30, only 0.013 of a second off getting a medal on my debut performance. I used to be a sprinter and a long jumper and as a result have a really fast start which is vital in skeleton. Top sliders travel at over 75mph, face first down the ice, so it isn’t a sport for the faint hearted!
Here is a link to my athlete profile on the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton website:
Freya Tarbit (6th Form 2016-2018)
A Levels: PE, Psychology, History and EPQ
Studying: BSc Psychology at Bangor University
My time at Friesland Sixth Form was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience even if it was cut short by six months. I studied Psychology, Biology and English at A-Level, and I enjoyed Psychology so much that I decided to continue to study it at university.
One of the highlights of my time at Friesland was the incredible quality of teaching we received. As we are a small sixth form we were able to have smaller class sizes, meaning we got more individual attention and detailed personal feedback on essays.
Another benefit of being a small sixth form was the incredibly tight knit community amongst my year group in particular. I was always challenged to think of alternative perspectives, different viewpoints and to evaluate topics at deeper levels.
I’m so grateful for all the transferrable skills I was taught in all my subjects, especially essay writing skills.
Katie Baddiley (2013-2020)
A Levels: Psychology, Biology, English
I am currently studying Medicine at the University of Sheffield having spent seven years at Friesland. In the Sixth Form I took Biology, Chemistry and Maths which is a typical combination of subjects before studying Medicine.
Work Experience was essential in relation to studying Medicine and I also had to sit an Admissions Test and complete a range of activities at interview before being offered a place. I was fortunate to be offered places at all four Med Schools and it is clear that the Admissions Test score contributed significantly to these offers alongside performance at interview.
Whilst at Friesland Sixth Form I found the motivation to really push myself, as natural ability has to be combined with hard work and organised independent study.
I have enjoyed returning to Friesland to offer advice to potential Med School students of the future.
Matt White (2011-2018)
- A Levels – Biology, Design technology, ICT Double award
- BTEC – Medical Science
- AS Levels – Business, Chemistry
From a very young age I knew that the scientific field was an area I was passionate about and I took this into my A-levels to hopefully boost me into my desired sector. I found the pressures of Sixth form quite daunting to begin with, however, I believe this was because of the pressure I put on myself. I quickly began to realise that I still needed to enjoy my education/subjects for it to maintain a passion of mine. I did a mixture of A-levels and a BTEC at sixth form which enabled me to obtain the grades I needed for university with a blended style of learning.
University was a dream as I would have been the first member of my family to go. I started to doubt myself after I decided to retake year 12 to improve my grades that I would not get the chance to go to university. I must hold my hands up and applaud the staff within the science department as their dedication and support allowed me to look at my future in a brighter way.
My degree in Animal Science gave me a wide avenue of job prospects to which I started a job at Nottingham Trent university as a Technician within the microbiology team, within my job I was presented the opportunity to retrain in line with IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science). This propelled my career within the microbiology field where I supported Undergrad and postgrad students. I was later headhunted to be a technical support and sales manager for the Midlands and South east of the UK where I worked within several industry sectors: Brewery, Cosmetic, Diary, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary, Water Testing and Hygiene Monitoring. Because of the experience I have gained within industry I was presented an opportunity to become a senior teaching technician within the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham where I deliver the practical teaching within the school over a range of modules and support PhD students with their research in drug development. My aspirations within this job are to develop my skills set within the Pharma sector and I aspire to become a Technical Tutor within the future where I can provide more support and deliver a wider range of subjects to the cohort of students.
Although now things might feel strange, I would encourage you all to take each day as it comes whilst at sixth form and ask for as much help and support that you require as I know the staff there will be there to support you. There is no right or wrong way to develop your future as it’s what works best for you.
I would like to also take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Friesland School/Sixth form who helped me within my education allowing me to get where I am today.
I studied at Friesland all the way from year 7 to year 13 and I am now studying Engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge.
Cambridge first crossed my mind in year 11 when I was encouraged by my teachers to apply for a summer school. The residential was set up by the university to try and inspire children from state schools and low-income areas to apply. I spent 3 days living in Cambridge
and attending classes with other people from similar backgrounds and I loved it.
They made it clear on this summer school that the most important thing for a potential applicant is to demonstrate their passion for their subject and their teachability, these were more important than the straight A* record you would expect. So, in preparation for my application, I read around my subject and did work experience rather than focusing solely on my grades.
Since I had my A levels lowered by the COVID grade assigning algorithm, I narrowly missed my offer, coming out with A*AAA when I needed A*A*AA, but the college emailed me to say they would like to confirm my place regardless. This is testament to the fact that you don’t need straight A*s to go to a top university, if you demonstrate your diligence and love for your subject, this matters much more.
Rachel Gould (2013-2020)
A Levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths
I’m Ryan Banner, once a student at Friesland School.
As Mr Patterson would know, in my early years at School, I never had any motive but to join the Police Force but didn’t ever think I could achieve this. It wasn’t until my final year at Friesland I decided to really start working hard, as before then I wasn’t on target for achieving any grades. At the end of exams, I got the 5 GCSEs I needed, and 4 years down the line here I am in my dream career, as a Police Constable for Derbyshire Constabulary.
Its never too late to try and achieve the best you can, but I recommend you start working hard from the beginning. This way you set yourself up perfectly for whatever career path you may follow!
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