Sixth Form Expectations
As a progressive sixth form we expect our students to work diligently, be polite and respectful at all times.
- Sixth Form expected to use all of their study periods productively.
- Registering with a member of staff and attending the supervised and silent study periods allocated in their timetable. The amount of time will vary from student to student depending on how many subjects / courses they are studying.
- Compulsory for Year 12, only leave site during break and lunch.
- Students who are sick should report to MI (MI to inform Sixth Form Reception).
- In case of emergency students are to report to the Sixth Form Reception in the first instance. Sixth Form Reception to request permission for pupil to go home.
- Year 12 and 13 students should be at AM registration for 8.45am and finish at 3:10pm.
- Any Year 12 and 13 students can sign out during break and lunch time only. They can use their school security lanyard to sign in and out. They must return before the end of the break or lunch time.
- The content of A Level / 16-19 courses is very high, it is important that you do not miss lessons.
- It is expected that students achieve 95% attendance throughout the academic year.
- Attendance, an exemplary record of attendance says a huge amount about you as a person: that you are dedicated, well – motivated; organised and someone who takes responsibility seriously. Good attendance also plays an important role when applying to higher education establishments or for employment.
- Attendance is calculated from 8.45am and 12.35pm each day. Students who miss either of these registration periods will be marked absent for the rest of the morning or afternoon.
- All attendance data will be quoted on references and passed on to universities.
- Parents / Guardians are expected to notify the school / Sixth Form Reception of absences before 10.00am on the morning of each day’s absence.
- Upon their return to school it is the student’s responsibility to meet with members of staff to collect and complete all the work that has been missed during their absence.
- Wherever possible medical appointments should be made outside of school hours.
- Driving lessons are not to be organised during school hours, with the exception of a lesson before a driving test (this would be organised and authorised).
- Any request for holiday during term time will be unauthorised, unless in exceptional circumstances.
- Students should not take paid employment that affects their attendance throughout the timetabled school day (8.45am – 3.10pm).
- Where knowledge of an absence is known in advance, please inform the school / Sixth Form Reception in advance, it is the student’s responsibility to collect work and complete that would be missed.
- Missing even a low percentage of lessons reduces significantly the teacher contact time that other students will have received and will impact upon success at KS5.
The following dress code is in place for the Sixth Form and students are expected to adhere to its specifications. The Head of Sixth Form, Heads of Years 12 and 13, Senior Staff and individual members of staff reserve the right to interpret “guidelines” about what is, and is not, appropriate wherever there is doubt about particular details, or where appearance is considered extreme or inappropriate. We base our expectations on the type of clothes and appearance that would be acceptable in the work place.
Sixth Form students are expected to set an example to the rest of the School through their high standard of business-like dress and the way they present themselves.
Parents of students choosing to attend the Sixth Form do so in the full knowledge of what our uniform code requires of Sixth Form students.
Sixth Form Boys
- No denim
- Dark coloured suit or blazer and trousers
- Tie (done up smartly at all times)
- Smart Jumper (V neck, no hoodies)
- Smart shoes or boots
Sixth Form Girls
- No denim
- Dark coloured dress / skirt (not clinging tightly to body and needs to be of modest length)
- Dark coloured trousers (not jeans or leggings)
- Either a neat fitted jacket or neat cardigan
- Any coloured blouse / shirt (no vest’s or cropped tops unless beneath blouse or shirt)
- Smart shoes or boots
- No hoodies
Driving to School
Driving to School
- Apply for permission from the Head of Sixth Form (HoSF), such permission is ultimately at the school’s discretion and should generally be sought only if other suitable forms of transport are unavailable. We encourage students to use public transport whenever possible and to walk to school if they live nearby.
- Any student driving to school must possess a current full driving license. His / her parents must confirm that the vehicle is:-
- Fully taxed
- Fully insured against all risks
- Has a current MOT certificate (where needed)
The relevant documental evidence must be submitted to the HoSF. Once the evidence is provided a parking permit will be issued. This should be displayed on their dashboard at all times.
Passenger lifts should only be given if there is full passenger liability insurance, and drivers must not carry passengers under 18 without having obtained the permission of the passengers’ parents.
- Cars should be parked behind the Sports Hall, access using the Arbor Lane entrance. No student should park at the front of school, to avoid congestion and parking problems and for pedestrian safety.
- Sixth Form students are reminded of the importance of safe driving. The provisions of the highway code must be respected at all times, as must all legal and other provisions affecting drivers and passengers. No-one else’s car is to be manhandled or interfered with in any way. It is specifically forbidden for any Sixth Form student to drive another students’ vehicle.
- Sixth Form students must not use their cars during the course of the school day (even if they have a study period). Cars must be used strictly as a means of transport to and from school.
- Students may travel to an authorised activity with the permission of a member of staff and permission is subject to the provisions of rules 1 and 2 above.
- Before they travel to a school activity in another student’s car, the passenger must provide a letter giving permission to do so from their parents, to the teacher in charge of that activity.
- The registration number of any vehicle which may be driven to school must be notified to the HoSF on the proforma provided. Any subsequent changes in the registration details of a student’s car must be notified to the HoSF in advance of it being driven to school.
- The speed limit on the school site is 5 mph.
- Any Sixth Form student who ignores and / or breaks the rules is liable to have permission to drive to school withdrawn.
- The access to Arbor Lane will be from 8.00am, the gates will then be re-opened at 3.00pm.
Parents/Guardians have a very important role to play in the three-way partnership you are entering into. In the Sixth Form we do not subscribe to the view that post 16 students are entirely independent decision makers. Indeed it is our view that students entering Post 16 do so in a deliberate partnership with their parents or guardians, who retain an active responsibility for development and progress. Your Parents have supported you throughout the compulsory stages of education and are encouraging you to continue your studies. Even though you are older, their support is still essential and they will want to share with you the important moments and decisions throughout Post 16, as well as encouraging you to achieve your full potential. Primarily we will try to deal with students directly as young adults, but out of courtesy information will be shared with parents or supporting guardians. We reserve the right to share with and involve Parents/Guardians even though you are older and in voluntary education. This will happen automatically through reports and parents evenings, but there is also an open invitation to parents to contact us at any time and this is very much encouraged. Contact can be made directly to teaching staff for subject specific issues or through the Sixth Form Pastoral Team.
Sixth Form students are allowed to bring mobile phones into school, but do so at their own risk. The school does not accept any liability for the loss or theft of such items. While students are allowed to bring in phones they will be for use only in the sixth form common room and should not be used generally around the rest of the school. Mobile phones should be switched off during lessons, registration, assemblies, etc.
Part Time Work
Part Time Employment
We understand that many students need to earn money in part-time employment and that this can provide valuable experience for them. We strongly recommend that they work a maximum of 10 hours per week, however. Any more than this is likely to prevent them from making a sensible balance between study, social life, exercise and work.
The balance between taught lessons and private study changes when students move into the sixth form. It is expected that students study individually or in study groups for approximately 5 hours per week in each subject outside of timetabled lesson time. We encourage students to use the study facilities offered by the school. Sixth form students have access to a study room with IT facilities and the library is open to them all day, as well as after school.