Sixth Form Expectations

Medical Appointments: Where possible, appointments should be made out of school hours. If an appointment during school time is unavoidable, form tutors and subject staff should be told at least a day in advance and there needs to be a covering letter which explains the absence.

Holidays:  These will not be authorised during term time. Students should note that Year 12 work continues right up to the end of the school year. We expect at least 95% attendance. Absences will only be authorised for education related events.

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 you 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.

Bring your own device (BYOD): There are enormous benefits to bringing your own device to aid with your learning experience and you can utilise the school wireless network.  You must remember that this is at your own risk and you are responsible for the care of any such device.  ALL DEVICES NEED TO BE KEPT OUT OF SIGHT THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY AND MAY ONLY BE USED IN CLASS IF UNDER THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE TEACHER IN CHARGE.  SIXTH FORM STUDENTS WILL ACT AS ROLE MODELS AND NOT USE THEIR DEVICES OUTSIDE OF LESSONS OR SUPERVISED STUDY.  THEY CAN BE USED IN THE COMMON ROOMS AT BREAK OR LUNCH ONLY.  ONCE YOU ENTER THE SCHOOL BUILDING PHONES SHOULD BE PUT AWAY.  DEVICES HAVE BEEN RESTRICED FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS AT EACH SITE AND SIXTH FORM ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACTING AS ROLE MODELS.

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.  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 e.g., use a new note taking style, challenge yourself and take risks whilst developing your positive  ‘A Level mindset’.

Academic Monitoring: You will receive a target grade for each subject in October. Your progress will be tracked. 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 subject direction and guidelines.  Communication with your subject teachers will be vital.

Plagiarism: Your work must be your own and not borrowed 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.

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.

Respect the local community:  Please remember that we are in a residential area and we need to respect our residents.  You are not to congregate in communal areas outside of school grounds such as local shops, the common or the alleyway. Persistent failure to adhere to this will result in staged warnings.

Common Rooms/Study rooms: The use of these additional facilities is 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 student leader rotas.

  • Ensure that your behaviour in the Common Room or study room is appropriate. Your behaviour should not make other students feel uncomfortable.

  • Music may only be played during break and lunchtime.

  • Do not use the fire escape as this is only available in an absolute emergency.

Smoking: 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. Any other substance use will not be tolerated.

Transferable skills: Many of the extracurricular activities and positions of responsibility will help you to develop these skills. You need to try to take as active a part in school life as you can and that means sometimes doing the less glamorous and more daunting tasks as well as those which are fun.

In Year 12 students will be given opportunities to develop responsibility and apply to shadow Year 13 student leaders and ultimately  join the student leadership team to help influence change as well as forge strong community links at each site.

Student Duties: Year 12 and 13 students are expected to attend designated Parents’ Evenings with their parents. Year 12 are required to help out at Parents’ Evenings. Year 12 and 13 are also asked to help at main school and Sixth Form open evenings. Year 12 students are required to help at Year 32 parents’ evenings. Year 13 students are required to help at Year 12 parents’ evenings.  

We encourage Year 12 student to develop skills by supporting parent’s evening and student managers will work with the events teams to have a rota for students at each site.

Peer Mentor – support a student with learning or emotional needs.  You can choose to be trained to be a peer mentor and support younger students at either site.  Deputy Head WG6 and student manager will lead this.

Prefect duties – Year 12 and/ or Year 13 can raise their profile with younger students by taking on responsibility  as a prefect. Applications are made to Mr Smith at WGSB and Mr Beaumont at WGSG . These duties run at 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.  Develop displays to promote career opportunities with your subjects.

Care Home/ Primary Schools: Taking up this opportunity on a Wednesday afternoon will not only help to enhance your CV but also give something back to your community.

Work Experience:  Part of your programme is a week of work experience to enhance employability skills. All Year 12 are expected to do this as organised according to the school calendar:

Monday 16th July – Friday 20th July 2018

Support will be offered in school through your form tutor and the Work Experience coordinator .   Degree apprenticeships are highly sought after and work experience is an excellent way in.

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

There will be a Career Convention planned in school during term 4 to help showcase a range of university/employment opportunities. 

This year it is 2nd March 2018

All  Yr 12’s  along with Parents are invited to a Progression meeting to discuss applications to University  alongside other choices of degree apprenticeships or higher level apprenticeships. Making an informed choice is important so we encourage you to look at employment and University options in tandem.

This year this is on 27th March 2018

All Year 12 students will attend an HE Exhibition at Goldsmiths University (New Cross, London) on 19th June 2018. Many Universities and some employers will be present, offering prospectuses and advice to you.

In June/July, all Y12 students will attend a Futures’ Day to start planning their next steps whether it is University or Employment. All students will look at the UCAS application process as well as degree apprenticeships, to ensure informed decisions are made. We realise that some students may decide not to attend University but having a goal is vital.

University or Employment visits: A letter is required prior to a visit and support will be provided to ensure all students have goals.  There should be a maximum of 3 planned university visits or job interviews during the school day to avoid missing too many lessons. Try to arrange as many of these as possible after school or during weekends and holidays wherever possible.

Textbooks: You will be required to purchase your own text books for your A level studies.

16-19 Bursary: You may apply for a bursary payment if you are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. We also consider students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education. Please ask for an information pack from the sixth form team or look on the website. There will be conditions that will need to be met to receive payments. Excellent attendance will be vital.  Please give completed applications to Mrs Halstead or Mrs Riley to be processed depending on base site.

Driving Lessons: Driving lessons should not be arranged during school hours. However both Theory and Practical Tests may be authorised provided a letter is brought into school in advance of the test date.

Parking: There is very limited student parking at both sites.  However a permit is required to use the space at WGSB.  Please be aware of parking restrictions at both sites.  Absolutely NO PARKING in the coach bays at WGSB.  The Manor car park at WGSG may be available for student parking.  Your car is parked at your own risk.

Year 12 PPEs: Year 12 will primarily be on 2 year courses with some studying an AS course. 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 be expected to meet or exceed their expected targets in their Year 12 PPEs in March to ensure a successful and meaningful outcome. Study leave will be given for the week.

The results of these PPEs along with continued classroom assessments will be used to plan Year 13 programmes as well as form UCAS predicted grades.

Year 13 PPEs: These are held in January to allow students time to have revised work from Year 12 and Autumn term of Year 13. These are a very good indicators for likely achievement in the Summer and also a good way to test out revision strategies. Many employers will ask for these results for Apprenticeship schemes so it is important to treat them like the real exams.