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Life in the Sixth Form

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.



Pastoral Care

Students will 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.  

Sixth Form Centre

Sixth Form staff are based in the centre of the Sixth Form Centre and we operate an open door policy giving students access to guidance and support when needed.  Study spaces are laid out to maximise productivity.

Attendance

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.

Bursary Fund

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 2021/22 academic year the young person must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August 2021 and should satisfy the residency criteria as set out in the EFA funding guidance for 2021/22 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:

Bursary Information - 2021-22

Bursary Application - 2021-22

Dress Code

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.

Students must wear:

Tailored trousers

or

A tailored skirt that is mid thigh length or longer

or

A tailored dress that is mid thigh length or longer

Alongside:

A plain shirt, blouse or smart top that is tucked in

A tailored jacket / blazer

Smart, leather (or similar synthetic fabric) shoes or boots

Hair:

Hair should be of a natural colour

Optional extras:

A fine knit, plain patterned jumper.

A tie

Not permitted:

Leggings

Jeans / jeggings

Sweatshirts / Hoodies

Loose T shirts 

Strappy tops / vest tops

Doc Martens boots (or similar, oversized boots)

Trainers

Facial piercings

Students who are not adhering to the dress code will be sent home to change.

Learning

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.

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.

Tutorials

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

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. 

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