Talk:sixth form

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What is the origin of this term? Sixth form of WHAT? Anybody know? I'll keep looking, but there doesn't seem to be any logic to it unless you divide 12 years by 2. Then WHAT DOES THAT have to do with anything?

  • In the olden days (when I was at school) we didn't use the American system of counting the years at school all the way from infants to when you left. The "first form" was the first year at secondary school (after the eleven-plus). Most people left after the fifth form i.e. when they were about 15 years old. SemperBlotto 16:23, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes. The "first form" has been called Year 7 for a long time now, since it is the seventh year of compulsory education. Add five years and you get Year 12, which is the start of sixth form. Equinox 00:40, 13 July 2017 (UTC)