Sixth Form Code of Conduct

Attendance

  • If your son/daughter are going to be absent please call 748 2875 before 10.00am
  • Please call again if the student is unable to return on the 3rd day of absence.
  • Please provide an absence letter or use a note which can be found in the Sixth Form Handbook.
  • Please note that a  minimum 90% attendance is required for examination entry except in the case of serious illness.

 

Punctuality

  • Start time: 8.30am in the form room.
  • If students arrive after 8.30am they should register in the school office and then go to their form or to lession if registration has finished. They will be recorded as late.
  • 2 lates and students will be expected to attend a 30 minute detention on a Thursday after school.
  • If a ‘late’ is genuine, this can  be covered through the Sixth Form Handbook.

 

Off site / on site

  • Off site at lunch time only
  • Otherwise on site all day, except for Enrichment, Extra Curricular and authorised off site activities/and study

 

Why are attendance & punctuality so important in the Sixth Form?

  • Responsibility
  • Quite simply there is a huge amount of content to cover.

 

Dress Code – A professional approach to study:

General Guidelines

Urmston Grammar is a SCHOOL, an environment for work and for setting an example to younger students and to the local community.  To recognise growing maturity and individuality, we do not require Sixth Form to wear uniform.  However, we require strict adherence to some basic standards of business-style dress.

Students are expected to wear smart, dark, business-like clothing and footwear.  Clothing must be neat, clean and suitable for a school environment.  Shabby or dirty clothing and footwear are not acceptable.

A smart, dark, formal jacket must be warn around school at all times

Appearance is one criterion by which students are judged, both in and out of school.

Specific Guidelines

Students must wear either suits or business-like separates.

  • All students are expected to wear a jacket around school.
  • Trousers for boys and girls must be of a formal-cut, dark, smart and in excellent condition.  Hipsters should not be too low. Jeans or casual trousers (jeans style), cropped trousers or shorts are not acceptable.  Leggings are not allowed.
  • Boys are expected to wear shirts. Short-sleeved, open-necked and light-coloured shirts are acceptable and must be worn inside the trousers. We prefer students to wear ties.  Polo shirts, t-shirts and denim shirts are inappropriate.
  • Footwear must be formal (business-like), clean and in good order.  Pupils must be safe in school, therefore flip-flops, beach-style shoes and high heels are considered impractical.  Trainers of any description are not allowed.
  • Tops should be appropriate to the school environment and any pattern must be small.  Sleeveless tops must have a shoulder width of at least 6cm, anything less is unacceptable. Tops need not be dark in colour. Any visible brand logo must be small
  • Skirts must be dark (not denim), plain or with a small pattern, formal-cut and be a reasonable length to allow sitting decently, not more than a few centimeters above the knee. Lycra skirts are NOT permitted.
  • Headgear/hats must not be worn within school, unless for religious reasons.
  • Hair colour should look natural, avoiding colours such as blue, green etc.
  • Body piercings, other than earrings, are not allowed in Sixth Form.

 

It is a condition of entry that students agree to the Dress Code.  High standards are expected in dress as well as in work. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in a student being asked to go home to change or alternatively to wear clothing/footwear provided by the school.

The Senior Leadership Team reserves the right to alter the Dress Code at any time if they are unhappy with the overall appearance and co-operation of the Sixth Form.             

 

Employment

  • 10 hours per week is the recommended maximum before students place themselves at a huge disadvantage.
  • 15 hours is almost a part time job and this does not work with serious academic A level study.

 

Independent Study

  • Use your Handbook to record and organise your workload
  • Create your own space to focus and work
  • Limit distraction
  • Music should be unobstrusive and quiet
  • Do not work in front of the television – you are only partially focused
  • Facebook/Twitter/mobile phones – all disrupt your concentration.  Commit a time each day to uninterrupted study
  • X-Box is for ‘games’ don’t spend hours on this or fool yourself it is sociable and that you need skills to succeed.  You may become and X-box champion during Sixth Form but you will probably underachieve.
  • Avoid late at night study – teenagers need to sleep!

 

You should aim to complete between 4-5  hours per subject per week.(16-20hours)

  • There are only two double periods free in Year 12 during the school week, so work needs to be done in your own time.

 

Personal, Social & Health Education

Aim: To support and encourage the wider development of each student so that they can take their place in Society, with a clear emphasis on Personal,Social  & Health Education:

A fully structured programme of PSHE support and activities encourages students to contribute in the school and wider community.  We aim to give the advice and skills needed to make informed choices when they leave Sixth Form.  We want students to understand how to manage their studies in order to achieve without unnecessary stress.

Enjoy and Achieve

A comprehensive and supportive Induction is in place for newcomers to help with and enjoy a smooth transition for existing students

All students are involved in the Ice Skating, Breakfast Quiz and Mind Games

Stay Safe

There is a brief programme immediately before Christmas to emphasise the need for care with regard to Alcohol and Personal Safety

Making a Positive Contribution

There is a brief programme of guest speakers and activities to consider the Ethical Rights and Rights & Responsibilities of people in society such as Consumer Rights and The Rights of Young People. There are many opportunities for Sixth Form students to be involved in activities/support in school and within the community.  A visiting university delivers on managing your budget when you have left home and is followed up with discussions.

 

Mentoring

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a personal support system delivered individually to each student by both pastoral and academic tutors, and tailored to their particular needs. It is broad ranging in its scope and can be seen as:

an opportunity for personal contact, to evaluate student feelings in the form group

  • a way to show that Tutors value student achievement
  • a forum to discuss student potential by exploring approaches to subject work inside and outside the classroom
  • an opportunity to define strategies for further improvement.

 

Mentoring also involves the use of a target setting and tracking system, whereby students and tutors record the outcomes of their mentoring sessions so that they can be reviewed at a later date to assess progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the various strategies discussed.

These records are kept in the student’s Mentoring Booklet which will be used periodically throughout the duration of their A’ Level course.

There is also a section in the booklet which mirrors the section in the Sixth Form Handbook where students record their Target Minimum Grade for each subject, the results of any internal progress tests, the actual results of completed external modules and estimated final A2 grades.

Why do we use a Tracking System?

At UG we aim to provide a high level of guidance and support, through both Form Tutors and Assistant Tutors, and Subject Tutors.  We have high expectations of each student, based on quality teaching and supportive mentoring.

Evidence suggests that students, who set themselves a high standard in the first 10 weeks of Year 12, significantly define the outcomes of the course.

This is not simply in terms of academic study and having a clear vision of their targets.  It is also an acknowledgement of their rights and responsibilities as sixth formers and sharing community values.

The Target Minimum Grades are the lowest expected grades students should be aiming for, relative to their incoming GCSE scores.  The TMGs also reflect the fact that the students are continuing their studies in a high achieving environment and therefore they should be able to reach their full potential.

Targets are challenging but student progress will be closely monitored.

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