Life at Tring School Sixth Form is exciting, challenging and invigorating. Standards of teaching and learning are outstanding and expectations are high.
The Sixth Form represents a new beginning. However, students continue to benefit from the excellent pastoral care offered at Tring School. The Sixth Form team specialises in the needs of post-16 students and, as well as supporting students through their time in the Sixth Form, offers guidance on the next phase of their lives. The pastoral programme in the Sixth Form is geared towards the needs of young adults and covers issues such as study skills, preparation for university, citizenship and time management along with safe driving, fire safety, living away from home, sexual consent and drugs awareness talks. At Tring School, students benefit from an experienced Sixth Form Team: a Head of Sixth Form, two Assistant Heads of Sixth Form (one overseeing each year group), a Student Support Manager, a UCAS Coordinator and an Administrator. We operate an open door policy giving students access to guidance and support when needed.
As part of the Sixth Form, students have to follow the Sixth Form Dress Code. Having chosen to be part of Tring School the students will be on show to younger students and visitors who, rightly or wrongly, will make first impressions based on students’ appearance.
Tailored trousers, skirt or dress
Blouse or a shirt with collar
Fine-knit jumper (optional)
Trousers should always be full length, no cut off trousers, shorts or elasticated ankles
Lumberjack type checked shirts are not allowed
Shirts should be worn tucked inside trousers or skirts
Skirts should be no shorter than two inches above the knee, not mini or ankle length and no lycra
Shoes should be leather or similar synthetic fabric. Boots, trainers and canvas shoes are not allowed
Jeans or similar of any colour are not permitted
Leggings, sweatshirts and T shirts are not permitted
Jumpers can only be worn with a shirt and jacket, not as a single item. These should be of fine knit and plain, in any colour
Please note students don’t have to wear a matching suit, they can wear tailored trousers / skirt / dress and a jacket
Ties are optional
Hair should be of a natural colour
Facial piercings are not permitted
Students who are not adhering to the dress code will be sent home to change
The Six Expectations of all Sixth Form Students
Students make a conscious decision to stay on in Sixth Form, or to join us in Year 12 and it is important that they are aware of the increased expectations placed upon them. It is our aim that we are not only equipping students with excellent exam results but also skills for the rest of their lives.
After GCSEs, students can often struggle with the transition to the next level of study. We would therefore like to be clear on the expectations with the main aim being that students take responsibility for their learning:
1. Students are to arrive fully prepared for lessons, be punctual and maintain a minimum attendance of 90%.
Students are not allowed to join the lesson if homework / preparation work is not completed to the required standard, or just not completed. Students will be sent away to complete the work and must return as soon as they have done it, at which point they can be readmitted to the lesson. Students who are to be out of school for valid reasons must ensure that they collect a yellow ‘Leave of Absence’ form to notify all staff in advance and complete work missed. Failure to meet the minimum 90% attendance to individual subjects will result in paying for exams in this subject (with the exception of extenuating circumstances) . Students off site outside Home Study hours will be given a lunchtime detention.
2. Students are to take responsibility for their own learning and be proactive in seeking help.
This includes seeing teachers outside of lessons if they are struggling with any work, organising 1:1s as necessary and managing the demands of Sixth Form study. Students are expected to attend any intervention sessions offered.
3. Students are to adhere to the Sixth Form dress code, including wearing the Sixth Form ID badge.
Failure to dress appropriately will result in students being sent home. Skirts and dresses must be no shorter than two inches above knee length. Facial piercings are not permitted.
4. Students are not allowed to use mobile phones within lessons unless instructed by the teacher, and only for the purpose of recording homework / work related to lesson. Mobiles are only permitted for general use in the Sixth Form Centre.
If a student uses their mobile phone when not permitted, it may be confiscated.
5. Students are required to use the school’s IT systems appropriately, check emails daily and to have their own Chromebook or laptop in school at all times, for use in lessons and study periods.
Emails are sent to students on a daily basis and they are responsible for ensuring they have read and understood the information conveyed. Chromebooks or laptops must have enough charge to last for a suitable length of time.
6. Students are expected to behave in a mature fashion and to be respectful to others.
This includes during lessons, during their study periods in the Sixth Form centre, LRC and free rooms and off site during school hours. Students should not be a disruptive influence.
It is a student’s right to be delivered a full programme of study in their subjects and to be given proper support and assistance by their tutor and other staff.
For this to happen you need to attend all lessons and tutorials on time. One of the first comments made in any reference concerns attendance and punctuality. Attendance is based on prompt arrival to registration as well as attendance to all lessons. They are very important aspects of your ability to organise yourself as well as good manners.
If you know that you will be absent from school for some reason, including university and college open days, you must collect a Leave of Absence Request form from the Sixth Form Office. This should be signed by the subject teachers of lessons you will miss, your parent/carer, form tutor and a member of the Sixth Form Team. If the absence is unplanned, due to illness for example, the school must be notified as soon as possible and students will need to see teachers in order to catch up with work as soon as they return to school. Unauthorised absences are not acceptable and reflect negatively on any reference.
The School Day – Students must remain on the premises during lesson time. If there is a legitimate reason to leave, you can speak to someone in the Sixth Form Office who may give you permission to sign out. Sixth Form students may leave the school site at break but must ensure they return by 11.35am. Students may also leave the site during the lunch break. It is important that students sign in and out when they leave the school site.
Attendance in school
- Be in school by 8.35 in order to be in Tutor time by 8.40
- Be in lessons on time
- Arrange doctors, dentists and orthodontists appointments etc. out of lesson times
- Driving Lessons. This is obviously the time when many students start having driving lessons. You can arrange these during Home Study periods only, or outside of school hours.
- If you know you are going to be absent, like attending University open days, you will need to complete a ‘Leave of Absence’ form in advance. This then notifies the Sixth Form Team as well as subject teachers to your absence.
- In other circumstances, such as illness, you will need to let the school know as early as possible and email your subject teachers to find out what work you have missed. Try to do this before the next lesson with them.
- Holidays are not authorised during term time.
Tracking and Monitoring
An integral part of our daily work is Tracking and Monitoring our students. We work closely with our Subject Leaders, Data Manager and his team to ensure we have current data on all students and then use this as a tool to implement the necessary support.
All students in the Sixth Form have a photo card and they are appropriately colour coded.
How we colour code
Each student receives a final target grade in each of their subjects. These grades are derived from a combination of the students GCSE results and their ALIS results (A Level Information System). The two sets of results are combined and compared against students nationally who have also achieved the same or similar scores. This system is administered by Durham University.
We find this data very useful and valid and it provides us with a good benchmark. This is not to say the students cannot exceed the predictions because, of course, they can and to the same extent they can also underachieve. Teachers will also make their own predictions on a student’s ability and all of this data is shown on the Achievement Tracker and Photo board.
- Light Green Students exceeding their potential by 3 or more grades across all their subjects
- Green Students on track or within 1 grade to meet their potential across all their subjects
- Amber Students not reaching their potential by 2 grades across all their subjects
- Red Students 3 or more grades below their potential across all their subjects
This is an invaluable tool in helping staff, students, parents and the Sixth Form Team monitor student progress. Subject teachers work hard to ensure that the information on these documents is as accurate as possible and they give a clear indication as to how the student is performing and their predicted achievement at the end of the academic year.
Part of our Tracking and Monitoring system includes work with specific groups of students. All students on Red have individual appointments on a regular basis, dependent on the specific assistance they need. Amber and Green students will have small group meetings along more general lines but to give them an opportunity to feedback and receive guidance.
We also have an academically most able group; they receive additional support, information for Oxbridge applications and stretch and challenge opportunities.
At all times we will liaise with parents if your son or daughter is receiving any additional support and we very much welcome you being part of the process.
The Sixth Form Centre
The Sixth Form Centre is for Sixth Form Students and has the benefit of group and individual work spaces.
Students are expected to treat this area with respect. Music should only be played during break or lunchtime. For the Sixth Form Centre to operate properly, everyone must assume responsibility for the way it is treated.
Study spaces are laid out to maximise productivity and Sixth Form staff are based in the centre of the Sixth Form Centre.
All Year 12 and 13 Students are expected to have their own device, either a Chromebook or a laptop, which will be used in lessons and for independent study.
The Learning Resource Centre
There is a dedicated area within the Learning Resource Centre which is for the use of Sixth Form students. The area is equipped with computers, books and journals, specifically for the use of the Sixth Form students. This area is for silent study only. Quiet group work and discussion should take place in the Sixth Form Centre.
These are used in a variety of ways; student leadership, information giving and more structured sessions. Much of the time will be spent by the students, on a one to one basis with their tutor, discussing their progress, any difficulties and planning for the future. Be open and frank with your tutor and discuss problems with them while they are still minor ones. In some tutorial sessions you may be involved in other activities such as supporting with House activities, music practices etc, but it is your responsibility to let your tutor know that you are on the school premises. Please be on time.
Remember your tutor plays a key role in writing your reports and references; treat them respectfully and they will get to know you and be your first port of call for support.
Home study is a privilege for all Sixth Form students and is in place to encourage independent study in preparation for life after Tring School. All students must be in school between 8:35am – 1:35pm each day. If students have no lessons on a particular day, they are not required to be in school that day. Home study can be taken during period 5, if students have no lessons. This means that students may leave school at 1:35pm, if they are free in period 5.
Students must sign out at the Sixth Form office if they are taking home study.
This privilege will be withdrawn if students don't meet expectations.
Able and Ambitious programme
At Tring School we recognise that there are students of exceptional abilities in one or more areas, as well as students that display a real passion and enthusiasm for specific subjects. We believe that all of our students, including our ‘able’ and our ‘ambitious’ students, should be provided with a wide range of opportunities and have their enthusiasm for learning, nurtured. We provide our students with access to a broad range of enrichment and enhancement opportunities which will enable them to deepen their knowledge of their subjects, and explore wider aspects of them, areas that they may not necessarily be covered as part of the curriculum. In addition to this, lessons are purposefully challenging, in order to support high aspirations and enable all students to achieve their full potential.
In order to support students with their learning, we actively encourage them to complete as many of our Tring School Super-Curriculum activities as they can. The Super-Curriculum can be accessed via the school website and will provide students with suggestions of wider reading, podcasts, TED talks, places to visit and other educational suggestions. Students also regular updates about guest speakers, trips, visits and lectures. There are many exciting opportunities such as residential academic courses with Villiers Park Educational Trust, open lectures at universities and a very comprehensive support package for students applying to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.
At KS5, our ‘Able and Ambitious’ students include those that are high attainers at GCSE and sit within the top 10% of the cohort (our Academically Most Able students). These students are often predicted 3 or more A or A* (or equivalent) grades. Our ‘Ambitious’ students are those identified by teachers, or those who identify themselves, as being ambitious in a particular aspect of their studies.
What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund and who is eligible to apply
The fund is made available from the government through its funding body - The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) - to provide assistance to students who are 16-19 year olds and whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. To be eligible to receive a 16-19 bursary in the 2020/21 academic year the young person must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August 2020 and should satisfy the residency criteria as set out in the EFA funding guidance for 2020/21 which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund
To find out more about the Bursary Fund, please read the documents below:
Community Help and Active Citizenship
All students in the Sixth Form are required to complete at least 20 hours of community help within the school and/or the wider community during their time in Sixth Form. In doing so, students use their skills to contribute to the wider community and gain valuable experience that will also benefit them. There are many opportunities highlighted to students throughout the year, including helping in lessons with younger students, volunteering at local charities, helping at school events, peer mentoring, litter picking etc.
We also run a Year 12 Active Citizenship programme which runs for eight weeks during COOL time. Students form working groups and devise a project to collaborate on, with the support of a link tutor. Over the eight weeks students plan and implement the project, culminating in a final display of all the year group’s projects.
Outside the Curriculum
The Sixth Form experience is about more than gaining academic qualifications – although this is of utmost importance. We place great emphasis on ensuring that our students are also well rounded individuals.
We pride ourselves in offering a wide range of responsibilities and activities. In total we offer over fourty positions of responsibility, these give the students an opportunity to develop themselves and give something back to the wider school community. These additional roles and responsibilities also add credibility to both job and UCAS applications.
Here are just a few opportunities that are available:
- House Captains, Arts Captains, Sports Captains, Eco Captains and Charity Captains
- Taking a lead in a whole range of activities within Houses
- Community Service both within school and in the wider communities
- Representing the school at official events
- Mentoring programme
- Higher education visits to universities and conventions
- Mock interviews with university lecturers and senior business figures
- Guest Speakers
- Music – school, district and international tours
- Sports teams – school, district, county and international tours
- Theatre visits
- Sixth Form Subject Conferences
- World Challenge & Duke Of Edinburgh Awards
- COOL Time – Careers, Opportunities, Organisation & Life Lessons
- Work Experience