just noticed this was there. I hope it's not too late for you.
The characters in my story are attending a community school somewhere in south-east England in a suburban area. With a few exceptions, they've all got a middle-class-ish background
They're in 6th form and I've got a few questions about that:
1. Do you really only take your A-level classes during that time? (Just want to be sure, that's kind of weird for me.)
2. Are there classes which typically get chosen for A-levels?
3. Which languages are commonly offered?
4. Is it normal to get your A-levels?
Some general, more subjective questions:
1. As I understood, kids in 6th form have a lot of free time. Is it typical for them to hang out at the school and if yes, where? Do most people do their homework at school?
2. Are people typically participating in clubs?
3. Is there a huge change between year 11 and 6th form? As I heard, some schools don't offer years 12/13, so am I correct in my assumption that at a school where they do, there would be many new faces at the beginning of year 12?
4. Is it still a school atmosphere or does it feel more relaxed?
I know, these are lots of questions, sorry about that. I hope it's not too much trouble.
I read the wikipedia posts on A levels, the National Curriculum, Sixth Form and Education in England. I also read the Education and Learning pages of direct.gov.uk and looked at timetables. I also googled "6th form in England" in different variations ("experiences 6th form England", etc).