The Six Expectations of all Sixth Form Students
Students make a conscious decision to stay on in Sixth Form, or to join us in Year 12, and it is important that they are aware of the increased expectations placed upon them. It is our aim that we are not only equipping students with excellent exam results but also skills for the rest of their lives.
After GCSEs, students can often struggle with the transition to the next level of study. We would therefore like to be clear on the expectations with the main aim being that students take responsibility for their learning. In light of this, you are asked to sign below to confirm your commitment to meeting these expectations for the duration of your study in Tring School Sixth Form:
1. Students are to be punctual and attend all registrations and lessons, with a minimum attendance of 90% to all taught lessons. Students must attend all tutor time sessions.
Students who are to be out of school for valid reasons must ensure that they collect a yellow ‘Leave of Absence’ form and notify all staff in advance and complete work missed. All students must adhere to our home study guidance, which can be found in the “Life in the Sixth Form” section of the website. Failure to meet the minimum 90% attendance to individual subjects will result in paying for exams in this subject (with the exception of extenuating circumstances) . Students off site outside Home Study hours will be given a lunchtime detention.
2. Students arrive fully prepared for lessons.
Students are not allowed to join the lesson if homework / preparation work is not completed to the required standard, or just not completed. Students will be sent away to complete the work and must return as soon as they have done it, at which point they can be readmitted to the lesson.
3. Students are to take responsibility for their own learning and be proactive in seeking help.
This includes seeing teachers outside of lessons if they are struggling with any work, organising 1:1s as necessary and managing the demands of Sixth Form study. Students are expected to attend any intervention sessions offered.
4. Students are to adhere to the Sixth Form dress code, including wearing the Sixth Form ID badge.
Failure to dress appropriately will result in students being sent home. Skirts and dresses must be no shorter than two inches above knee length. Facial piercings are not permitted.
5. Students are not allowed to use mobile phones within lessons unless instructed by the teacher, and only for the purpose of recording homework / work related to lesson. Mobiles are only permitted for general use in the Sixth Form Centre.
If a student uses their mobile phone when not permitted, it may be confiscated.
6. Students are required to use the school’s IT systems appropriately, check emails daily and to have their own Chromebook or laptop in school at all times, for use in lessons and study periods.
Emails are sent to students on a daily basis and they are responsible for ensuring they have read and understood the information conveyed. Chromebooks or laptops must have enough charge to last for a suitable length of time.
Sixth Form Work Ethic
We would just like to reiterate the study hours to remind parents and students of the expectations for successful A level study. The most important thing a student can do is put in the required amount of study.
This sounds very simple but you would be surprised at how many students fail to meet this expectation. On average a student should complete 5 hours per week per subject. For most students, this is 15-20 hours per week. Students SHOULD be making revision resources on a weekly basis in order to be successful in the summer.
The extra study may include; coursework, homework, extended reading, revision or past examination papers.
For many students, they may have free periods on their timetable which allow them to complete some of these hours. The rest should be completed outside of school. Please note that our two week school timetable totals 50 hours per fortnight. If a student is taking 4 subjects, plus COOL, they will only get approximately 7 hours per fortnight free (each A level = 8 hours teaching).
We actively encourage our students to become independent learners and to manage their time effectively. Not all students find time management easy and we work in small groups, with those students, to help them create a study timetable for both in and out of school. If you would like your son or daughter to access this, please let us know.
Here is our top 10 list of tips which all students should be embedding into their weekly academic work;
- Ensure they have a planner or reliable electronic device to record all homework and coursework. Logging work should obviously include hand in dates.
- Students should have a study timetable, this should outline when they plan to work and what subject they will be studying. 15 -20 hours study a week does not just happen, it should be planned for!
- Ensure that they have a file for each subject, with dividers to separate work for different teachers or topics.
- At the front of each file should be the subject specification, this can be downloaded from the exam board website. Students should check with staff that they have the correct one!
- Students should highlight topics on the specification as they complete them. Ideally three different coloured highlighters should be used, green for topics they understand, amber for topics they are a little unsure on and red for the areas they really struggle with.
- Complete all set homework, in a quiet, uninterrupted study area (yes this means turn off your mobiles /facebook /twitter etc!)
- Read around topic areas covered in the text book, as you go along. This should be part of your homework.
- Make revision resources from lesson notes and wider reading (mind maps/post it notes) – these should include trigger words, again this should be done on a weekly basis.
- Completion of past papers (use mark schemes to self-assess strengths and weaknesses). Again this should be a weekly activity, not completing a whole paper but picking particular sections /topics to answer and mark. Ideally keep a box of all past papers and mark schemes that you download from the exam board website.
- Students must see their teachers independently to seek help if they are unsure or struggling.