A letter is required prior to the visit. There should be a maximum of 3 university visits per year to avoid missing too many lessons. Try to arrange these during weekends and holidays wherever possible.
If you are ill during school time you must see your tutor, Mr Harris, Mr Sodhi, Mrs Regan or Mrs Green. You will be sent to reception where your parents will be contacted. You must not wait in any common room.
There should not be requests for leave of absence for holiday in term time. Students should note that Year 12 work continues right up to the end of the school year.
You may apply for a bursary in kind 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 a contract from the sixth form team. There will be conditions that will need to be met to receive payments to support educational needs. Excellent attendance will be vital.
You should not be doing more than 9 hours paid work per week! You should not have paid employment during school hours.
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.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the school or grounds and it is expected that Sixth Formers will set an example by not smoking in the vicinity of the school.
The Common Rooms are a Sixth Form privilege and a large number of students will need to use them. We ask that you respect these rooms – it is every student’s responsibility to look after them to ensure all can benefit from them. A rota will be devised to ensure the rooms are maintained appropriately.
- It is essential that you keep all rooms tidy.
- Ensure that your behaviour in the Common Room is appropriate. Your behaviour should not make other students feel uncomfortable.
- Radios may be used during break and lunch time only. They may not be used during lesson times.
- Do not use fire escapes under any circumstances. These are only for emergencies.
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 to lock valuables away.
Where possible, medical 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.
Sixth Form Study
In the Sixth Form you will have a number of unsupervised sessions. This is the time when you should be studying independently. Do not allow yourself to waste these periods. Good use of this time will equate with good grades at the end of the course. To help you with this, some of your time will be marked as independent study during which your subject teachers will set specific work for you to do. The Study Room or Internet Café are for private study. Due to limited space, students must not leave work on tables.
At AS/A2 Level you are expected to do a great deal of independent research and reading. You should never be without work. You should be spending 5 hours per subject on homework/ independent study which works out at 20 hours a week.
- 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 different note taking style, challenge yourself and be willing to take risks.
Please remember that your work must be your own and not borrowed from other sources. Learn how to use referencing appropriately. This also includes personal statements on UCAS forms.
Year 12 and 13 students will take assemblies during the year. You will need to prepare the assembly at least one week in advance and pass to the Form Tutor to check the appropriateness. A copy of the assembly must be given to the Form Tutor in case they are absent on the day. All Sixth Form students are expected to attend designated assemblies.
Parents’ Evenings/Open Evenings
Year 12 students are asked to help out at all Parents’ Evenings. A rota system is organized by the Learning Coordinator to ensure each Y12 student is only required once. Year 12 and 13 are also asked to help at Open Evenings and Year 13 are required to help at Year 12 Parents’ Evenings. All Year 12 and 13 students are expected to attend their respective parent evenings along with parents(s)to discuss progress.
A copy of the Sixth Form Contract can be found in the WG6 Handbook