Pastoral
We pride ourselves on being a supportive and approachable team. If students have concerns relating to their studies or family or personal life we are happy to assist in whatever way we can.
We also ensure that students are given the correct advice and guidance on their approach and application to their subjects. This is particularly important when students join year 12. We encourage independence but are happy to put in place strategies to guide students through exam periods and help foster a healthy balance of work and play when the going gets tough.

Our skilled team of Personal Tutors will support students daily through their iLearn sessions and throughout their Sixth Form life. They are a first point of contact for parents should there be any concerns. They work with the students on drafting their applications for UCAS/Jobs and provide invaluable insight through their experience. Each year group has their own Head of Year who acts as a further source of support.

There is also a designated counsellor and nurse available to Sixth Form students. Sessions are confidential and available for self-referral.

We accept life is not always smooth and events can impact on studies. We urge students and parents to keep us informed so that we can intervene as early as possible.

The biggest support for students is around applying for Jobs or completing UCAS applications for University. Aim Higher Days and support through regular iLearn sessions guide students through the process and help prepare Personal Statements, CV’s, and student finance.

Transport

School buses/mini-buses are currently in place covering the North Orbital, West Swindon, Lydiard, Purton, Lyneham and Calne and where there is sufficient demand we aim to put in place a service to meet students’ needs. Administration support is in place to deal with Transport queries and to liaise with Wiltshire Council so if you have any questions we are happy to help.

Access Arrangements

If your son/daughter has any special needs/learning arrangements, we have support in place for on-going assessment to determine what additional support is required for learning and examinations. It is essential that students are aware of the need to be “Assessed” if they think they qualify for Exam Consideration, and also if they want to apply for Financial Support at University. It is recommended that both of these are completed by the end of Term 2 or Christmas. Please ask a member of the Sixth Form Team or their Tutors for further details.

Personal Development Days

We have a comprehensive programme which includes personal and road safety, internet safety, study skills, financial awareness, preparing for life after A Levels - UCAS applications and interview skills support. We invite expert speakers in and set days are arranged during the year solely for the programme.

What can I get involved with?

  • Volunteering (support with school events and trips)
  • Mentoring students in Year 7
  • Sixth Form Student Leadership Team
  • Charity Events and Fundraising
  • House Captains
  • Trips abroad and hosting students (eg. Exchange visit with Gar-Field High School, Virginia USA)
  • Recruitment Events (eg. Touring candidates for teaching posts around the school)
  • Attending Recruitment fairs to represent Royal Wootton Bassett Academy
  • Personal Development Day Events
  • Challenge Week (helping charitable organisations with a project)
  • House Activities and Sports Events
  • Senior Choir
  • School Productions
  • Skills Enrichment Activities
  • Work Experience Opportunities
  • Local Events and Celebrations in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The School Day

08.40 – 09.10 Period 1 iLearn/Registration/Assembly
09.10 – 10.00 Period 2 Lessons
10.00 – 10.50 Period 3 Lessons
10.50 – 11.10 Morning Break
11.10 – 12.00 Period 4 Lessons
12.00 – 14.10 Period 5 & 6 Lessons/Lunch by Rota
30 minute lunch breaks
14.10 – 15.00 Period 7 Lessons
15.10 – 16.00 Period 8 Lessons (Mon - Thurs only)
Skills Enrichment  Period 7 50 minutes, once a fortnight

Absence

Students are expected to attend all sessions punctually. As a full-time student, you will normally be expected to be in school from 8.40 am and up to 4.00 pm. Morning registrations are integral and compulsory to your education. Attendance details will be logged daily on the SIMS system.

You or your parent must telephone the Sixth Form Office (01793 841905) by 09.30 am on your first day of absence and subsequent days to notify us if you are going to be away. This is important for all, but vital for any students receiving the 16-19 Bursary allowance.

Discuss with your tutor in advance if you need to be out of school for a good reason.

Use the electronic swipe system located in the Sixth form Reption by the lift to log your presence in school. Fire regulations insist that we can account for all people in the building.  This does not preclude you from attending the iLearn session to register with your Tutor. If you arrive after the register has been taken, you must use the electronic swipe to sign in and give reasons. If you need to go out of school for any reason other than for agreed study leave, you must use the Electronic Sign Out Screen. For Health & Safety reasons and fire drills we need to know your whereabouts.

Holiday/Absence Applications:

Students must complete a Holiday/Absence Request Form. Any Holiday applications during term time must be authorised by the Head of Sixth Form. The school policy for holiday can be found on the website. Long Term Absence through illness will be dealt with by the Head of Year and subject teachers on an individual basis.

Dress Code

Introduction

Our dress code provides a set of standards that Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Sixth Form has adopted. Please see the guidelines below.

What to Wear

The Sixth Form has adopted a “Smart Casual” dress code.  

For the Female Student

What is acceptable:

  • Skirt 
  • Tailored trousers, black brushed cotton
  • Dresses
  • Blouses or shirts (long or short sleeves)
  • T-shirts (no offensive logos)
  • V-neck jumpers 
  • Cardigans
  • Waistcoat or tailored jacket
  •  Leggings
  • Vest Top
  • Coat
  • Sensible shoes/boots/smart casual

What is not acceptable:

  • Any blue denim (jeans, jackets, skirts)
  • Low-cut tops
  • Shorts
  • Hooded tops
  • Training Shoes
  • Very short skirts 
  • Cropped tops
  • Hats
  • Flip flops or Espidrilles 

For the male student

What is acceptable:

  • Tailored trousers, regular Chino trousers, black brushed cotton
  • Collared shirts (plain, pastels, simple stripes)
  • Ties (optional)
  • Polo Shirts/T-Shirts (no offensive logos)
  • Jumpers 
  • Cardigans 
  • Suit
  • Sensible shoes/smart casual shoes

What is not:

  • Any Blue denim (jeans, jackets, shirts)
  • Large patterned shirts e.g. Hawaiian, lumberjack-style
  • Vest tops 
  • Hooded tops
  • Training Shoes
  • Hats
  • Items with logos
  • Flip flops, Espadrilles
  • Shorts

Appropriate jewellery may be worn by Sixth Form students.  Facial jewellery should be discreet. Hairstyles/coloured hair should be moderate, not extreme and should reflect the general expectations of the school.

Performance

The cause for Concern and Staging Process

This section won’t apply to the vast majority of you – students whose participation or progress causes some concern to their teachers will find that this is notified to tutors via our behaviour system. This will happen if:

  • There is a worrying level or pattern of absence in the subject
  • You fall worryingly behind with your work
  • Your attitude to work or behaviour in the classroom is stopping yourself or others from learning.
  • Your quality of work is substantially below where we believe your potential should be.

Before this happens your tutor will have discussed their concern with you and given you a chance to put it right. If the cause for concern persists, your tutor/subject teachers will then initiate Stage 1 of the procedure, and advise the Head of Year.  Each stage of this will involve an action plan being completed with you, with targets and a review date being set. There will also be an electronic report on SIMS for Subject Teachers to complete. You can see below that stages have consequences of increasing seriousness.

Stage 1: Normally initiated by subject teachers or tutor – leads to fortnightly attendance printouts being sent home to parents, and/or a close eye being kept by your tutor on meeting deadlines that have been set.  Extra supervised study sessions may be added to your timetable. Timescales  are set by tutors on a case by case basis, but are normally 1 to 2 weeks.

Stage 2: May be tutor/Head of Year led if the concern relates to a range of subjects – might lead to all absences needing parental approval, all unauthorised absences or late work being notified to parents directly and possibly to regular support being provided by tutor/HoY and supervised study periods being timetabled until all work is caught up. This will also involve a compulsory meeting with parents.  Timescales are set by tutors on a case by case basis, but are normally 1 to 2 weeks.

Stage 3: Will involve a meeting with the Head of Sixth Form and your Head of Year to which parents are expected to attend and a formal contract is drawn up – the consequence of failing to meet the terms of this contract will lead to your removal from the Sixth Form.

Progress will be assessed on the basis of completion of relevant coursework and/or assignments on time and to the best of your ability.

PLEASE NOTE: The 16-19 Bursary entitlement (if you are in receipt of it) may also be affected as learning progress, effort, attendance, punctuality and behaviour is assessed to determine eligibility.

 

Support & Guidance

Counselling Support

If you are feeling stressed, concerned about issues at home, need to confide in someone and don’t know who, don’t suffer in silence. You can feel free to approach any member of the Sixth Form Team. The Sixth Form also has access to counselling support and referrals can be made through the Head of Sixth Form

Mental health issues will be covered by the pastoral team during ilearn and PD sessions.  First Aid assistance is provided through the Main School Reception.

Student Planners contain a list of useful Helplines.

NHS.uk lists useful support helpline information

NHS Direct - Health advice and information  - 111 (24 hrs - non 999 emergency)

General

Student Contract

At the start of Year 12 and 13 you and parents will be asked to sign a Student Learning Agreement covering your conduct in school. The rules are simple and persistent breaking of this contract will be seen as reason enough to ask you to leave the Sixth Form.

Homework

A common mistake made by new students in the Sixth form is to think that the amount of homework set will be about the same as at GCSE – but only in 3 or 4 subjects! Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. As a rule of thumb, you should expect to do at least 5 hours work outside the classroom per fortnight for every AS and A2 subject. The work will not simply consist of written assignments, but could involve preparation for the next lesson – this may involve research or reading around a topic or simply thinking about it in advance. It may take other forms, but it is equally important – you should never have no homework to do! You are students; this involves “study”!

Private Study

To help you cope with the workload at post 16, study periods are timetabled when you do not have a lesson. It is vital that you make good use of it and do not simply waste it. The successful student balances study time/social time sensibly, ensuring that all deadlines are met and that all work is completed, as well as enjoying a healthy social life both in and out of school. Year 12 students are not allowed to be off-site during their study periods.

Time Management is a vital skill which has to be learned as early as possible to avoid falling behind with work. It is a new and difficult skill for many and is responsible every year for students building up a backlog of work which cannot be overcome – resulting in underachievement and unnecessary stress – if not tackled properly.

Facilities available for Private study: The Library, Computer Learning Centre, Sixth Form Common Room, Sixth Form Study Area, Oasis Restaurant, vacant classrooms.

Communications

We use various forms of communication to keep you in touch during your time with us. The most obvious is on how you are doing through our Monitoring, Reporting and regular assessment. The performance Staging Process is also there to support you and help you focus to achieve the results you are capable of. We hold talks on Higher Education, with external speakers and visits to local Universities.

You will also be required to attend Year Group and Joint Year Group Assemblies where the Heads of Year will keep you in touch with events, opportunities, and deadlines. Your daily iLearn sessions with your Tutor will be the most important way of receiving regular information about activities, tasks you need to do, volunteering opportunities and much more. Other forms of communication are via Information Evenings, Website, Newsletters, School Email, so it is important to keep your in-boxes and sent mail cleared.

We participate in Personal Development days where speakers are invited in, and themed activities are provided. This is a good opportunity to work with students you don’t normally have a lot of contact with and build up good teamwork skills. Don’t forget the Notice Boards, we keep these up to date re University Open Days, application deadlines and in the Summer term jobs and volunteering opportunities.

Role of the Tutor

The relationship that you have with your tutor is an important one. You will see them on a daily basis and will also have 2 academic reviews/progress reports each year in the Sixth form. Your tutor will be the main source of any information regarding general 16+ matters and the person who informs you of the many opportunities offered by the Sixth Form when they occur.

The tutor also has the important role of drafting ‘your reference’ that will hopefully get onto the desired course at university or the job of your dreams – so it is useful that you get to know them well. Any problems of a personal or academic nature should be first notified to your personal tutor.

All students are expected to provide a parental email address/emergency contact number so that we can keep parents in touch and their own personal mobile number.

Changing & Dropping Subjects

Once you have started your chosen course of study, it is possible to change individual subjects if you discover that the subject is not what you expected it to be, either in content or level of difficulty. This change must occur WITHIN FOUR WEEKS OF STARTING THE SUBJECT, as if it happens any later than this, too much work from the ‘new’ subject will have been missed.

Any changes will always have to be done in consultation with subject teachers, tutors, and the Head of Year. There is a form to fill in and once this has been returned with all the necessary signatures the change will be considered to have taken place.

During the 4TH week of the first term you will meet with your tutor and it is at this point that you can drop from 4 subjects to 3. Once this week has finished your programme of study is established and it is only in exceptional cases, reviewed by the Head of Sixth Form, that a student may drop a subject. At the end of Year 12, programmes of study will be reviewed for everyone.

Car Parking

If you pass your test and plan to drive to school you will be required to provide details of your car insurance, car tax, and MOT expiry dates. You will be issued with a car park pass which will need to be displayed at all times. Normally priority is given to students who live outside of Royal Wootton Bassett as car parking space is limited.

Facilities

  • A Careers Library is available on the 2nd Floor.
  • Study Area for quiet work and use of a PC
  • Common Room with Café (open at morning break and lunch times)

We request that you look after the excellent facilities available to you in the Block and do not eat in the Reception or Study Areas. Please report damages or faults as soon as possible, observe personal health and safety and think Green (recycle or bin at all times!)

The Foyer area is a central area where guests and prospective students are shown around and needs to be kept CLEAN, TIDY and PRESENTABLE at all times.

NO EATING/ DRINKING and STUDY DURING FREE PERIODS IS PERMITTED HERE.

Sixth Form Rooms

The Common Room, Head of Year office and Rooms SF01 and SF02 are located on the Ground Floor of the Sixth Form Block.

Rooms SF11, SF12, SF15, and SF16 are located on the First Floor of the Block. All of these rooms can be made into smaller or larger rooms with the room dividers.

The Study Area, Sixth Form Lecture Theatre, Head of Sixth Form’s office and Admin office are located on the Second Floor.