We have very high expectations of all our students. We want them to aspire to be the very best they can be and act as role models for younger students in the school. Included below is key information to help students be successful and help us to support them effectively.
Joining Year 12 – Parents’ Information Evening
At the start of each year we hold an information evening for parents of Year 12 students to inform them of how we operate as a Sixth Form so students can make as successful start as possible. Please click the link below to view the presentation from the evening.
Attendance and Absence Line
Please use the absence line if your son/ daughter is unwell or away from school so that we can update our electronic registration system accordingly. The dedicated number to use for this is 01483 888151
All students are expected to register in the morning at 08:30 Monday to Wednesday. On a Thursday and Friday they are not required to register, unless they have a one to one tutorial with their personal tutor, which will be booked in advance.
Homework and Private Study
The average Sixth Former who wishes to succeed to their full potential should be spending five hours a week studying for each subject beyond their lessons. Homework is set by staff in most lessons. If homework is not set then there are a range of activities that students can do in this time to consolidate their learning. Any student who is doing less than this cannot expect to succeed in their examinations. If you would like further information on the types of study beneficial to Sixth Form students please see the Parent Information Evening Presentation.
The majority of students have non-contact periods on their timetable which they are expected to use for private study. We prefer students to stay in school and use the study facilities here to study but in Year 13 students may choose to study at home instead for some of these periods. It is not permissible for students to participate in part time work during these periods, or to book other non-essential appointments such as driving lessons or dental appointments. Students must ensure that they remain available in these periods so that they are contactable should a member of staff wish to meet with them.
Sixth Form Six – ‘The HABITS required to be a successful Sixth Form student.’
In our tutor time programme we guide students to develop the study skills required to be successful at A level. Through consultation with staff and students we have developed our Sixth Form Six which is a memorable way of ensuring that students remember how to effectively study independently.
|Help others to learn||Collaborate with other students so you can help and test each other. Maybe try starting a study group with other members of your class and meet regularly.|
|Act on feedback||Make sure you follow up on feedback you are given by subject staff and really embed what they are asking you to do.|
|Balance your study approach||Use different approaches for revision/making notes/presenting your homework to enable greater retention of information.|
|Interact with your teachers||Develop mature and positive relationships with your subject staff. They have a wealth of expertise and resources.|
|Timetable your free time||Have a clear structured timetable for your non-contact lessons and your home study. Review and adapt it every month.|
|Spec and stretch||Make sure you have a copy of the specifications for each subject and learn every part of it! Stretch yourself by conducting wider reading around different areas of the specification to deepen your understanding.|
Students should wear their lanyards plus ID badges at all times on the school site so that they are identifiable as students. Many students are not making a conscious effort in supporting this security measure and they leave them at home. Please remember to wear yours each morning.
Signing in and Signing out of the School Site
Students should make sure that they sign in and out at Raynham Office when they arrive or leave outside of a normal lesson. This is to ensure that we can confirm attendance in the event of a fire or other emergency.
If students are leaving the school site at break/lunch or during lessons must sign out and sign in, when they return to school, on the paper sheets which are located in Raynham Office.
If leaving school site for medical appointment/illness/other circumstances involving missing lessons, students must speak to Mrs Smith in the Sixth Form Reception to confirm registers have been marked accordingly before signing out at Raynham office.
Sixth Form Dress Code
Students have the privilege of wearing your own clothes in the Sixth Form. However this is a place of work and a large community with younger students and therefore students need to ensure that they dress appropriately for this.
Overview of Financial Support Options
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education. There are three types of financial support offered via the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund:
• Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1,200 a year, awarded to students in defined vulnerable groups.
• Discretionary Bursary of up to £1,200 a year, awarded to students eligible to receive Free School Meals.
• Additional Help Payments, which are discretionary payments awarded to students who are not eligible for the Guaranteed or Discretionary Bursary, to meet individual needs and help with one off course related expenses.
Assistance with travel expenses
The policy for assistance with travel expenses for 16-19 year olds has been updated for 2019 – 20 applications. For the application form and policy please click here.
Parking in the local residential areas around the school can be an issue. We are concerned that students are not always considerate to our very accommodating neighbours and are parking inconsiderately and sometimes dangerously, particularly in Woodruff Avenue. The local streets are really struggling to accommodate the volume of cars sometimes driven to school by sixth formers. Unless it is essential, please leave cars at home and find other ways of getting to school. With ever-increasing petrol prices this will also prove easier on the average sixth former’s pocket.