Life in the Sixth Form

The Sixth Form Centre

The Sixth Form Centre is for Sixth Form Students and has the benefit of group and individual work spaces.

Students are expected to treat this area with respect. Music should only be played during break or lunchtime. For the Sixth Form Centre to operate properly, everyone must assume responsibility for the way it is treated.

Devices

From September 2016, all Year 12 Students are expected to have their own device, either a Chromebook or a laptop, which can be used in lessons and for independent study.

The Learning Resource Centre

There is a dedicated area within the Learning Resource Centre which is for the use of Sixth Form students.  The area is equipped with computers, books and journals,  specifically for the use of the Sixth Form students. This  area is for silent study only. Quiet group work and discussion should take place in the Sixth Form Centre.

Dress Code

As part of the Sixth Form, students have to follow the Sixth Form Dress Code.  Having chosen to be part of Tring School the students will be on show to younger students and visitors who, rightly or wrongly, will make first impressions based on students’ appearance.

GirlsBoys
Tailored trousers, skirt or dress; grey, black or navy/dark blueTailored trousers; grey, black or navy/dark blue
Blouse or a shirt with collar, any colour. Plain or
patterned
Shirt with collar, any colour
Tailored jacket; grey, black or navy/dark blueTailored jacket; grey, black or navy
Fine-knit V-neck jumper, Plain, any colourFine-knit V-neck jumper, Plain, any colour
Smart shoes Smart shoes

Trousers should always be full length, no cut off trousers, shorts or elasticated ankles
Lumberjack type checked shirts are not allowed
Shirts should be worn tucked inside trousers or skirts
Skirts should be no shorter than two inches above the knee, not mini or ankle length
Shoes should be leather or similar synthetic fabric. Boots, trainers and canvas shoes are not allowed.
Jeans or similar of any colour are not permitted
Leggings, sweatshirts and T shirts are not permitted
Jumpers can only be worn with a shirt and jacket, not as a single item. These should be of fine knit and plain, in any colour.
Please note students don’t have to wear a matching suit, they can wear tailored trousers / skirt / dress and a jacket
Ties are optional
Hair should be of a natural colour.
Facial piercings are not permitted.

Top Ten Tips to be a Successful Student

  1. Be organised – keep a diary with deadlines etc. Do not leave everything until the last minute.
  2. Take opportunities to discuss your progress with your subject teachers
  3. Organise your week so there is a balance between school work, leisure, plus paid work if you decide to do this. Paid work should not exceed ten hours.
  4. Use your non timetabled lessons productively – a guideline is that 75% of them should be used working.
  5. Set achievable targets when you receive work back and marked. Keep these “up front” for your next piece of work.
  6. Talk to your form teachers about your progress and aspirations. Keep them informed.
  7. Work out the best techniques for revision – revision cards, mind maps, etc. Do these throughout the course. Do not leave everything until the last minute. You will not have a great amount of time for revision just before your final exams.
  8. Punctuality to all lessons and tutorials is vital. Five minutes late per lesson represents about 25 periods lost per subject over a school year.
  9. Treat each piece of work and anything you read or see from the perspective of how can this be useful to my studies.
  10. Give as well as take. Remember you a part of the Tring School community – you are not operating by yourself. Take advantages of the opportunities it provides and accept the responsibilities it requires of you.

Tutorials

These are used in a variety of ways; information giving and more structured sessions. Much of the time will be spent by the students, on a one to one basis with their tutor, discussing their progress, any difficulties and planning for the future. Be open and frank with your tutor and discuss problems with them while they are still minor ones. In some tutorial sessions you may be involved in other activities such as helping out with House matters, music practices etc, but it is your responsibility to let your tutor know that you are on the school premises. Please be on time.

Remember your tutor plays a key role in writing your reports and references; treat them kindly and they will get to know you!

Home Study

Home study is a privilege for all Sixth Form students and is in place to encourage independent study in preparation for life after Tring School. All students must be in school between 8:35am – 1:25pm each day. If students have no lessons on a particular day, they are not required to be in school that day. Home study can be taken during period 5, if students have no lessons. This means that students may leave school at 1:25pm, after tutor time, if they are free in period 5.

Students must sign out at the Sixth Form office if they are taking home study.

Community Help and Active Citizenship

All students in the Sixth Form are required to complete at least 20 hours of community help within the school and/or the wider community during their time in Sixth Form. In doing so, students use their skills to contribute to the wider community and gain valuable experience that will also benefit them. There are many opportunities highlighted to students throughout the year, including helping in lessons with younger students, volunteering at local charities, helping at school events, peer mentoring, litter picking etc.

We also run a Year 12 Active Citizenship programme which runs for eight weeks during COOL time. Students form working groups and devise a project to collaborate on, with the support of a link tutor. Over the eight weeks students plan and implement the project, culminating in a final display of all the year group’s projects.