Ethos

Sixth Form

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Trial Period and Assessment

During the first four weeks of the new academic year students will be assessed rigorously to ensure their suitability for the courses they have chosen. If necessary, course changes may be made up to and including week four. After this time no course change would be considered.

Procedures to change course:

  • The student obtains a course change form from the Sixth Form office and discusses course options available.
  • The student discusses desire to withdraw with the current subject teacher, if an agreement is reached, the subject teacher signs the course choice form.
  • The student discusses the possibility of taking up a new course with the Principal Teacher of the subject. If the Principal Teacher is in agreement he/she will sign the course change form.
  • The student will have discussed the course change with parents/guardians and a signature will be required to show parental/ guardian agreement.
  • Finally, the student brings the completed form to the Sixth Form office where the change will be sanctioned by a Sixth Form Principal Teacher and timetable changes made

Autumn and Christmas Term

All Sixth Form Students will be required to:

  • Complete biometric registration AM and PM every day
  • Attend AM mentoring session with Form Tutor every day
  • Attend weekly Assembly on Friday Period 1
  • Attend Sixth Form Mentoring Days
  • Remain on site during lesson and study periods throughout the school day

Winter and Spring Term

As above but subject to end of Christmas term reports being favourable students will have the option to:

  • Take up to 5 study periods at home with the exception of Period 1 on Friday – this is to be formally agreed with Form Tutor.

Health and Safety

If a Sixth Form student leaves the school site he/she must sign out and upon their return sign back in. It is essential that we are aware who is on site at any given time for reasons of health and safety.

Signing out books (one for each tutor group) are in two locations:

  • the foyer of the 6th form area
  • the foyer of the mansion old reception

Identity/Gate Cards

  • All Sixth form students will be supplied with dual Identity/Gate Cards free of charge. Student Identity cards have an expiry date and can be used to gain student discount in various stores.  The Gate card allows freedom of access to and from the school site through the Security Gates.

All students will be provided with Sixth Form college lanyards and will be required to wear their Identity cards at all times whilst on school site.

Sixth Form Code of Conduct

Students must do all they can to support the ethos of the school and its community.

  1. To attend all timetabled lessons, registration, tutorial sessions, PSHRE and mentoring sessions, assemblies and meetings as requested.
  2. To register at the designated points when leaving and re-entering the school premises.
  3. To provide a note from parent/guardian indicating reasons for absence or notification of medical appointments, etc.
  4. To adhere to the Health and Safety policies of the school at all times and to report and register all approved visitors at the main school office.
  5. To complete the appropriate documentation to drive and park any vehicle. To adhere to the 10 m.p.h. speed limit on the school site and park in authorised locations.
  6. To meet all assignment and coursework deadlines and to work to the very best of the student’s ability.
  7. Any request to withdraw from a subject or examination must be discussed with the Principal Teacher of the department and a written request made to the Principal Teacher Sixth Form. All requests must have parental approval.
  8. Appointments – medical, driving lessons etc - should not be made during the school day unless it is an emergency.
  9. To be aware that part-time employment before or after school should not interfere with the student’s studies.
  10. To maintain the Sixth Form Dress Code (overleaf) and always behave in an appropriate manner.
  11. To visibly wear an identity card in order to show you are a member of the Sixth Form and thereby help to keep the school site secure.
  12. To not smoke or consume alcohol during the school day in or within sight of the school of the school premises or whilst being transported to and from school.
  13. To be prepared to pay a deposit on items that are on loan to a student and to respect all school property and to use equipment and resources in an appropriate manner.
  14. To take care of and be responsible for the good condition of the designated Sixth Form areas. A student may be asked to pay for any items damaged.
  15. To spend non-contact lessons (or study-time) in designated locations for work rather than recreation.
  16. To respect the views, beliefs and cultures of other individuals within the school community.
  17. To act as a role model to the younger students within the school.
  18. To abide by all the school policies.

Sixth Form Dress Code

SMART CASUAL

Students must be appropriately dressed for the learning environment, bearing in mind decency, health and safety, and the fact that you represent the whole school.

Therefore, it is not appropriate to wear:

  • Extremes of fashion, jewellery, body art or hairstyle
  • Over-revealing clothing (e.g. very short skirts, short shorts, vests, skimpy tops)
  • Untidy or dirty clothing, extremes of clothing which the school community would associate with a lack of appropriate decency
  • Provocative, or offensive slogans or clothing
  • No unsafe embellishment (e.g. chains & excessive fastenings)

In addition:

  • Footwear needs to be clean at all times, and must comply with Health & Safety
  • Students must not wear outdoor wear (including hats) indoors
  • Only trousers, plain knee length shorts, jeans, dresses and skirts may be worn
  • No facial or body piercings except earrings – these must conform to health and safety at all times.

NB. Given the range of activities which are both Sports and Arts related, students are reminded that they should not wear sports or subject-related clothing, other than at the designated times.  All departments have the right to request in writing specific garment requirements for their subject.  Health & Safety regulations relating to clothing in Laboratories and workshops MUST be adhered to at all times.

Trips & visits

Students are expected to dress smartly on all trips and visits.

SPECIFICS

Sports Activities (Fixtures), Official and School Activities

All students are expected to wear ‘SMART’ attire to any fixtures.

Boys – Shirt, tie, suit or trousers and jacket, shoes (no trainers, no jeans)

Girls – Blouse/top, jacket, skirt/trousers, shoes (no trainers, no jeans)

All students are expected to wear the required sports kit for all PE / Sports lessons.

You will recognise that you have been given considerable freedom in this matter but must also accept that if your dress is not appropriate you will need to go home to change.  If required, the decision on dress code transgression will be made by the Principal Teacher Sixth Form and Vice Principal Learning.

Sports Activities (Fixtures), Official and School Activities

All students are expected to wear ‘SMART’ attire to any fixtures.

Boys – Shirt, tie, suit or trousers and jacket, shoes (no trainers, no jeans)

Girls – Blouse/top, jacket, skirt/trousers, shoes (no trainers, no jeans)

All students are expected to wear the required sports kit for all PE / Sports lessons.

You will recognise that you have been given considerable freedom in this matter but must also accept that if your dress is not appropriate you will need to go home to change.  If required, the decision on dress code transgression will be made by the Principal Teacher Sixth Form and Vice Principal Learning.

Student Vehicle Parking

Should you wish to park either your own car or moped onto the school site you must apply to the KS5 office for a parking permit!

The KS5 office will give you a letter to take home to your parent/guardian, which will need to be signed where requested and returned with the following:

  • Registered keeper details
  • Certificate of motor insurance
  • Certificate of completion of an Approved Training Course for Motor Bicycles or Copy of valid driving licence
  • Signed parental/guardian permission slip

Photocopies of these documents will be taken for school purposes and a parking permit in the form of a pass will be issued. Please note the pass must be displayed clearly on the dashboard of your vehicle.

There is a designated area for motor cycle parking adjacent to J block and there is a student car park below the coach park.