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.
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.
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.