Sixth Form Expectations

HIGH EXPECTATIONS – We expect you to be aspirational, to strive to achieve your targets and goals.  We will guide and support you as well but it will be vital that you understand how you can influence your own success whilst in the Sixth Form. You will need to be fully committed in terms of attendance, work ethic, behavior, dress code, time management and personal organisational skills. 

Extra Elective:  Every Year 12 student is expected to complete the Extra Elective Programme of activities on a Wednesday afternoon from the selected list. This will provide you with the chance to develop your skills in areas outside of your academic studies too.  This is a yearlong commitment.

Elevate Education:  Year 12& 13 will attend designated seminars to support their studies.

Student Leadership opportunities:  All Year 12 need to apply to take up roles of responsibility as a student leader or Prefect in September.  

Student Leader- leading a team in Events, School Council, Communication, House & wellbeing, Equality & Diversity.

Peer Mentor –support a student with learning or emotional needs.

Prefect duties – support each site at break and lunch time.

Subject Ambassador - speak to your subject teacher to apply for the exciting opportunity to be an Ambassador for a subject you have a passion for.

Sixth Form Study:  To be an effective A Level student you will need to adopt a ‘can do’ approach to your work.  There will be timetabled private study sessions for Year 12 to work independently. It is important that you make the most of this time and always arrive ready to work. You will need to learn to be a self-manager and there will be the opportunity for a more flexible approach in Year 13. No lesson time during the school day should be used as free time. Treat your day as a working day.

Homework/independent study:  At AS/ A2 Level you are expected to do a great deal of independent research and wider reading. You should be spending an additional 5 hours per subject per week outside of lessons on homework and additional research. If you are not sure what you need to do then you must ask your subject teacher. This additional work should be carried out in supervised study rather than just homework. Remember that independent learning is a vital aspect of Sixth Form study and it will help to broaden your understanding of your chosen subjects. You will need to: seek advice and ask questions, refer to other recommended resources throughout your studies, use other resources as a matter of routine, try different methods of studying eg, use a new note taking style, challenge yourself and be willing to take risks whilst developing your ‘A Level mindset’.

Academic Monitoring: You will receive a target grade for each subject in September. Your progress will be measured against your target. You will need to take responsibility for your own learning and you must review your progress regularly ensuring that you know how to improve using feedback from staff as well as course outlines. Realistic and appropriate target setting is vital. Communication with your subject teachers will help with this.

Formal Internal Examinations/Pre-public Examinations (PPEs):   Year 12  students will be studying 2 year courses. It is vital that all students use the opportunities available in Year 12 to develop their skill set to help prepare them for Year 13.  All Year 12 students will need to meet or exceed their expected targets in their examinations to ensure a successful and meaningful outcome. Tracking of Year 12 needs to show progress that is going towards their overall grade at the end of Year 13.

Careers:  Having a goal is vital. There is much career guidance and support available at both sites.

There will be a Career Convention planned in school to help showcase a range of university/employment opportunities. In Year 12, you and your parents will also be invited to a Progression Evening to discuss applications to University or Degree Apprenticeships. Making an informed choice is important so we encourage you to look at employment and University options in tandem.

All Year 12 students will attend a Higher Education Exhibition.  Many Universities and some employers will be present, offering prospectuses and advice.  All students will look at the UCAS application process to ensure informed decisions are made. We realise that some students may decide not to attend University but having a goal is vital

Work Experience: All Year 12 students must complete f work experience, which will be up to the student to organise sufficiently so it can be approved. We strongly advise that students try to do more in the holidays to help develop a range of employability skills. Support will be offered in school.

Plagiarism: Your work must be your own and not borrowed or copied from other sources.  Learn how to use referencing - see the references guide on the website. Coursework containing plagiarised work will not be submitted. This also includes personal statements on UCAS forms which are subject to screening.

Respect the school: the common and the alleyway. Failure to adhere to this will result in staged warnings.

Lunchtime: Sixth Formers are permitted to purchase food at either site using the cashless systems.  Students may bring in their own cold packed lunch. NO hot food is to be to purchased off site and eaten on site. Students are not permitted to have pizzas/fast food delivered to school.

Driving Lessons: Driving lessons should not be arranged during school hours. However both theory and practical driving tests may be authorised provided a letter is brought into school in advance of the test.

Parking: There is very limited parking available in the street. Please be aware of parking restrictions at both sites & that there is not a sixth form car park. Your car is parked at your own risk.

Smoking or Substances: Smoking is not permitted anywhere in or near the school or grounds and it is expected that Sixth Formers will set an example by not smoking on the way to and from school. Students must also be aware that there is zero tolerance for the use of any other substance, including alcohol, on or near the school premises.

Care of property: Students are advised not to bring large sums of money or valuables into school. The school cannot be held responsible for loss of property. Students are strongly advised not to leave any valuables unattended.

Local community: We need to be mindful that we are in a residential area.  You are not to congregate in communal areas outside of school grounds such as the common, heath or alleyway.

Paid work:  Limit paid work to 9 hours per week and not work during the school day.

Common rooms/study rooms: The use of these additional facilities are a Sixth Form privilege and a large number of students will need to use them. These spaces must be used as work areas during lesson time and you must respect the right of everyone to work during these times.  We ask that you use these rooms with care and consideration; it is every student’s responsibility to look after them to ensure all can benefit from them. A rota will be devised by the student leadership team to ensure the rooms are maintained appropriately.

  • It is essential that you keep all rooms tidy. Adhere to tidy rotas created.
  • Ensure that your behaviour in the common room or study room is appropriate.
  • Your behaviour should not make other students feel uncomfortable.
  • Any music should be through headphones on personal devices.

The fire escape is only to be used in an absolute emergency and not as a normal exit route.

Mobile phones/hand held devices can be used in common rooms only.