- Attendance at morning & afternoon registration will be taken in form rooms. See the ‘Punctuality’ procedure for lateness.
- Requests for known absences must be made to the Sixth Form Team accompanied by proof and a completed permission slip (collect from the LRC). This must be done before the absence and handed in at the Main Office prior to the absence. Routine non-emergency dentist/doctor appointments/check-ups and eye tests must be taken out of school hours. Hospital, orthodontist or emergency appointments are exceptions. Students must sign in and out of school at the Main Entrance if they leave to attend an appointment and on their return.
- Students taken ill during the day must see one of the Sixth Form team immediately or go directly to the Main Office. Students must not fail to attend a lesson and take time out elsewhere in school or leave the premises. Any unauthorised absence from a lesson will result in a minimum of a one hour detention, after school on Thursday evening in the LRC.
- All other absences must be covered by a parental phone call before 10:00 a.m. on the first day of absence. Students must bring a covering note on the first day back, which must be given to the Form Tutor or directly to D. Musgrove in the Main Office. The Attendance Secretary will contact parents on the 2nd day of absence if we have not had an explanatory email or phone call.
- Any frequent absences must be explained by parents or a GP/hospital letter.
- Requests for holidays during term time (due to exceptional and unavoidable circumstances) must be addressed to the Principal in a parental letter and on an LA1 form (see Mrs Plano), prior to the intended absence.
- Morning registration opens at 08:30, if you are not present and seated in your form room you will be given a late mark.
- If you arrive after 08:30, but before period 1 begins, you must enter by the front of school (unless examination are taking place in the Main Hall) and register at the Main Office, before then registering with your Form Tutor.
- If you arrive after the start of period 1 (for any reason) you must register at the Main Office and you must also ensure that you have an attendance in lesson mark, whatever lesson you are first attending.
- You must ensure that you are prompt for afternoon registration at 14:15 (13:4o on Mondays & Fridays). If you miss afternoon registration, you must register at the Main Office.
- Any two unauthorised ‘lates’ within one week will result in a 30 minute Sixth Form detention. Mrs Musgrove will contact your parents to advise them of the detention. Repeated lateness will result in additional detentions or being placed on a report.
- Genuine reasons for lateness are accepted but we need confirmation by your parents to Mrs Musgrove by email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone or use the page in your organiser. If you cannot attend on Tuesday evening, due to school related commitments, a Sixth Form detention must be arranged with a member of the Pastoral Team for the following Thursday.
Off site/on site
Students are allowed off site at lunch time only. They are expected to remain on site all day, except for authorised off site activities such as Enrichment or Extra Curricular. At certain times of the school year, some students will be allowed authorised off site study if they are on target.
Why are attendance & punctuality so important in the Sixth Form?
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Dress Code – A professional approach to study:
Urmston Grammar is a school, an environment for work, for setting an example to younger pupils and our Sixth Form students represent the school favourably in 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, business-like clothing and footwear. A smart, dark, formal jacket must be worn around school at all times. Clothing must be neat, clean and suitable for a school environment. Shabby or dirty clothing and footwear are not acceptable.
Appearance is one criterion by which students are judged, both in and out of school.
- Lanyards will be provided and must be worn at all times. If it is lost, the student is responsible for replacing it immediately.
- Students must wear either suits or business-like separates.
- All students are expected to wear a jacket around school.
- Any visible brand logo must be small.
- Trousers must be of a formal-cut, dark, smart and in excellent condition. Low-rise trousers should not be too low, jeans or casual trousers (jeans style), and exceptionally skinny trousers are not acceptable. Stretch leggings and shorts (of any length) are not
- Shirts with short-sleeves, open-necks and light in colour are acceptable and must be worn inside the trousers. We prefer students to wear ties with their shirts. Polo shirts or t-shirts are inappropriate.
- Blouses/tops should be appropriate to the school environment. Sleeveless tops must have a shoulder width of at least 6cm, anything less is unacceptable. Tops must not be cropped above the waist level.
- Skirts must be formal-cut and NEVER more than 10 centimeters above the top of the knee having both a button on the waistband and a functional zip.
- Tight fitting lycra skirts and dresses are inappropriate and skirts and dresses should be made of smart (not stretchy) fabric. Footwear must be formal (business-like), clean and in good order. Students must be safe in school, therefore flip-flops, beach-style shoes and high heels are considered impractical. Trainers of any description are not allowed.
- Headwear/hats must not be worn within school, unless for religious reasons.
- Hair colour should look natural, avoiding colours such as blue or green etc.
- Body piercings, other than earrings and discrete piercings, 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 code as well as in work ethic. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in a student being asked to go home and also to attend a detention.
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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Although you will have some independent study periods in school during the week, you should also be working 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
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 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.
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 Urmston Grammar we aim to provide a high level of guidance and support, through both Form Tutors and Mentors. 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 Minimum Target Grades are the lowest expected grades students should be aiming for, relative to their incoming GCSE scores. The MTGs 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.