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STUDENT CONTRACT

At the start of Year 12 and 13 you and your 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.

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 Deputy Head of Sixth Form.  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/Deputy Head of Sixth Form 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/Deputy Head of Sixth Form 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 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.