Sixth Form Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Students are expected to attend EVERY day, be present at ALL timetabled lessons, tutor sessions and any planned whole group events. All students must swipe in and out throughout the day, should they leave the premises for any reason.

 

Absences for illness and other acceptable reasons will only be authorised if the student/parent has notified the school office on the first morning of the absence. This can be via telephone or email. Unavoidable absence for other reasons must be authorised in advance by Mr Childs or Ms Chandler.

 

Attendance reports will be given to tutors every week and any student with less than 90% attendance will be asked to provide reasons for this absence and parents will be contacted by school email, followed by

 

Attendance reports will be given to tutors every week and any student with less than 90% attendance will be asked to provide reasons for this absence and parents will be contacted by school email, followed by communication from the tutor.

 

After a further two week period, parents will be contacted again to confirm the attendance percentage. If attendance is still poor, parents will be asked to attend a meeting at the school to discuss the situation.

 

If, after another two weeks (six weeks in all), attendance is still below 90%, the student will enter into a contract with the Head of Sixth Form which, if there is insufficient improvement, could lead, ultimately, to the student being withdrawn from a course of study or asked to leave the sixth form.

Permitted absence

 

Any absence from school you may have will be recorded on your attendance record. The College recognises that some absences are unavoidable and will authorise these.

Routine medical and dental appointments are not permitted reasons to be absent and will be recorded as unauthorised. Please take your evidence to the Sixth form manager ( Jacci Bradbury) situated on in the sixth area.. Depending on the nature of your absence you may also be advised to speak to your Tutor.

 

The following are examples of permitted absence:

  • Hospital or orthodontist appointments which cannot be arranged outside College hours, backed by evidence of an appointment card or letter from the health provider
  • A family bereavement
  • Attendance at a family funeral, a letter is required from your parent/carer
  • Religious festivals notified in advance (24 hours) by a letter from your parent/carer
  • Visit to a university to attend an open day or interview; a career related interview or audition, production of a letter required
  • Driving test and theory test (not a lesson), evidence required

Unauthorised absence

All other absence will be classed as unauthorised. These are absences where there are not adequate reasons to justify missing classes. As with all absences, a parent or carer will need to contact the College before 10am on the day of absence, but ideally before 9am. The College has a commitment to notify the main contact you supplied on your application form about unauthorised absences. On each day of absence we will send a text message to your main contact even if they have phoned through your absence. Your Personal Progress Tutor will discuss any unauthorised absences with you each week.

 

The following reasons for absence would not be authorised:

  • Holidays during term time
  • Doctor’s/Dentist’s appointment
  • Part or full time work
  • Leisure activities
  • Birthdays or similar celebrations
  • Religious festivals not notified at least 24 hours in advance
  • Babysitting younger siblings
  • Accompanying family members to appointments
  • Driving lessons
  • Exclusion from lessons or the College site
  • Any permitted absence where evidence is required but has not been provided

How to advise the college that you are going to be absent:

 

Your parent/carer should ring the Attendance Line on 02089811231 before 10am (but ideally before 9am).

 

They will need the following information:

  • Your full name and date of birth
  • Reason for absence
  • First date of absence (and time if less than a full day)
  • Last date of absence if known (and time if less than a full day)
  • Illness during the school day

If you are at school and feel you have to go home early you will need to see your Tutor or the Sixth form manager. If the school supports your absence your main contact will be informed that you are going home.

 

Planned absences

Prior to the planned absence, visit the Student Administration Office taking any evidence you can provide. You will be advised whether your absence will be classed as a permitted absence or an unauthorised absence. Religious holidays must be notified at least 24 hours in advance to be classed as a permitted absence.

 

School related trips and visits

If you are going to be absent from any subject or enrichment classes because you have an activity planned in a different subject, your absence will be permitted. It is polite to inform teachers of any classes you will miss in advance.

 

Arriving late

If you arrive late go straight to your class where you will be marked present but late. You should speak to your teacher at the end of the class to explain the reason for your lateness and to check that you have not been marked as absent. If you arrive late for a class on a regular basis your teacher will discuss this with you and may speak with your Tutor. Your Tutor will speak with you about any patterns of unacceptable punctuality.

 

If you have arrived so late that you have missed a class and you think the reason may be a permitted one, then go to the Sixth form Manager when you have your next break. If you know you are going to miss a class due to lateness you should inform the school on the Attendance Line. Your main contact will receive a text message each day you miss one or more lessons due to lateness.

BEHAVIOUR POLICY

No regulatory list can be comprehensive and is bound to omit many issues which may be unacceptable under the spirit of fairness and justice of this collegiate environment. Ignorance of any rule will not be considered an excuse.

 

Students are expected to arrive in time for registration and tutorial at 8.35am. An assembly for the whole Sixth form takes place once a week, usually on Tuesdays. This arrangement may change during the year as necessary.

 

General behaviour

Students are expected to be polite and courteous in their conduct in and around the School buildings and to be considerate of the needs of other students and staff. This applies to all aspects of behaviour including the use of language. Students are expected to respect the environment of the School and to look after the facilities. The student notice boards in the sixth form must be used appropriately with suitable regard to the use of language and any images.

 

Students are expected to support the aims of the Sixth Form and to comply with its policies. They are expected to dress, behave and present themselves in a mature and responsible way, to recognise their responsibilities both as members of the Sixth Form and the wider School. This includes treating all members of the Sixth Form (and wider School Community) with dignity and respect as well as respecting the built environment.

 

Sixth Form students have their own code of conduct and ‘stage’ model for tackling areas of concern. Detentions are not used in the Sixth Form. Students who are identified as of concern will be placed on a ‘stage’, and monitored appropriately. This will hopefully lead to improvement and removal from a ‘stage’, or a student will be moved on to the next ‘stage’. We expect our Sixth Form to provide a role model for the rest of the school, both in terms of conduct and academic achievement. The ‘stage’ approach helps to ensure that the minority of students, who undermine these goals, either improve and change their behaviour patterns, or leave the school. Christian values underpin the ethos of the school, and students need to take responsibility for their behaviour.

 

As the oldest students in the school Sixth Form students are role models to younger students and they should be mindful of this at all times. The way Sixth Form students conduct themselves around the school will set an example to other students. It is particularly important that when Sixth Form students are using break out areas, such as the LRC, canteen, playgrounds and corridors, they are aware of the example that they set. Any student who sets an inappropriate example will be sanctioned appropriately.

 

Corridor behaviour

Students should walk briskly, not run, in single file on the right of corridors and staircases. When moving around the school they should show consideration for others, especially when using doorways. They should take care not to block corridors.

 

Dress code

The sixth form operates the policy that students should dress in an appropriate style for a place of study and appropriate to the work that they are doing, be that in a laboratory, in a classroom, or on a visit. If a student is unsure about a matter of the dress- code we would encourage him or her to talk to a senior member of staff. No item of dress should be offensive or provocative.

 

Smoking

Students should also not smoke in the immediate vicinity of the School sites. Similarly, there is a complete ban on     E-cigarettes, alcohol, illegal drugs and any other behaviour or mood influencing substance that has not been medically prescribed. Any student who is in possession of, or under the influence of any of the aforementioned whilst on the School premises or on a School activity may face exclusion.

 

Mobile phones

Mobile phones should be switched off in lessons and should also not be used in the library or break areas. Students are asked not to use mobile phones in the corridors or in the main reception area of the school. Phones should be used only in the sixth form common room.

Unacceptable Use

  • Mobile phones will not be used to make calls, send SMS messages, charged, surf the internet, take photos or use any other application whilst in a lesson. (Unless directed by a member of staff)
  • Using mobile phones to bully and threaten other students constitutes cyber bullying and will fall under our policy for such resulting in appropriate sanctions being issued. Unacceptable use of mobile phones will not be tolerated. In some cases it can constitute criminal behaviour. Students should protect their phone numbers by only giving them to friends and keeping a note of who they have given them to. This can help protect the student’s number from falling into the wrong hands and guard against the receipt of insulting, threatening or unpleasant voice, text and picture messages.
  • It is forbidden for students to use their mobile phones to take videos and pictures of acts to denigrate and humiliate other students or staff and then send the pictures to other parties or upload it to a website for public viewing. This also includes using mobile phones to photograph or film any student or staff without their consent. Posting private information about another person will not be tolerated. Students need to be aware that all calls, text messages and emails can be traced.
  • Mobile phones are not to be used or taken into changing rooms or toilets or used in any situation that may cause embarrassment or discomfort to their fellow students, staff or visitors to the Sixth Form.
  • Should there be disruptions to lessons caused by a mobile phone, the responsible student or students will face disciplinary actions.
  • Any student/s caught using a mobile phone to cheat in exams or assessments will face disciplinary actions including possible

When they are used, personal sound systems (such as MP3 players) should be played such that they cause no disturbance to other students or to staff. Except with permission of the teacher, students should not use such items during classes.

Opening hours

The Sixth form is open is open for study from 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday during term-time. After 4.15pm, unless attending an additional class or under the supervision of a member of staff, students must leave the classrooms and laboratories of the school and go to the sixth form area.

 

Personal Possessions

Lockers should be regarded as private property and should not be opened without permission from the owner or a member of staff. The school reserves the right to open any locker, without notice, given just reason to do so and in the company of another member of staff.

All possessions, including musical instruments, must be clearly marked with the owner’s name. Students are responsible for securing their personal items, for example wallets, purses, sports equipment, mobile phones and calculators. Any loss or damage to such items will not be covered by the Schools insurance policy. Items of value may not be left in the School overnight.

 

Damage

Any damage to equipment or facilities in the school must be reported to the school office immediately.

 

Computer network

Our computer network is monitored centrally and students must accept our Acceptable Use Policy. Students must use language appropriate for a place of work in all their communications using our network. This includes emails between students and communications with other people via email and messaging sites. Access to some internet sites on our computer network is automatically barred. The school will not tolerate any form of cyber-bullying.

Part-time jobs

Whilst we acknowledge a variety of benefits from employment during the Sixth Form years, students must not commit themselves to part-time work during school hours (8.30am – 3.05pm). We also ask that students avoid arranging appointments during their lesson hours if at all possible and seek permission from their class teachers and tutor if absence is unavoidable. For example, a driving lesson during class time would be unacceptable.

 

External visitors

Students must not invite or bring visitors onto the site without prior arrangement with a member of staff and also with the school office. It is not appropriate or possible for students to request permission for ‘social’ visitors even if they have formerly been students at the Senior School.

 

 Swipe cards

Swipe cards will be provided by the School for all students attending the Sixth Form. While on site, or on organised visits, students are expected to wear their ID cards at all times. These must be worn clearly around the neck on the lanyard provided. If a student forgets their ID card, a temporary card should be obtained from the Sixth Form Reception for that day. Should the ID card be lost or damaged, a charge of £5 will be made to the student for a replacement.

 

Eating and Drinking

Food and drink must not be consumed anywhere in school except in the sixth form common room, canteen or outside at break and lunchtime.

Sixth form progression policy

Aims:

  • To ensure the students who take up places in yr 13 are in an academic position which should ensure success
  • Ensure that all sixth formers are informed about the opportunities available when they leave Raines Foundation
  • To outline the requirements of those opportunities
  • To advise accurately and appropriately on suitable possible destinations
  • To support in applications to all opportunities
  • To make interested parties aware of possible NEET’s and prioritise intervention and support

Yr 12 into Yr 13:

 

Progression to Year 13 is not automatic and students will need to have demonstrated their commitment to a further year of study through a variety of criteria. The main criterion for progression within a subject area will be achievement. Progression from yr12 to yr13 is also subject to students demonstrating the capacity to benefit from the A2 course. The A2 is more demanding academically than AS level, so students who are struggling with AS are unlikely to be admitted to A2.

 

However, other factors will be taken into account to determine whether a student continues in a particular subject or if there are any concerns over a student’s ability to cope with continued advanced level study. If there is cause for concern regarding progression, each case will be treated individually by the School

 

A student wishing to progress to a programme of three A2 courses will be able to do so if (s)he achieves the following progression requirements:

 

Criteria Measure Achieve
Achievement
  • To progress onto an A2 programme of study students will have to achieve the minimum entry requirements grades in three subjects.

 

  • Students will not progress in any subject where they achieve a U grade at AS.

 

  • BTEC Nationals- Students on Advanced Vocational programmes should average a pass grade across all their modules in their first year.

 

Evidence from

AS study and AS grades

 

Attendance
  • A student’s attendance is a strong indicator of their commitment to a subject and their overall programme.
  • An attendance of 90% across 5 half terms in their first year would be expected of any student wishing to progress to Year 13.
  • Punctuality to school and lessons will also be taken into account.
  • Subject reports

 

Attendance report
Homework
  • The ability to meet deadlines for the completion of work is a vital attribute for students on advanced programmes.
  • Any student progressing to year 13 will need to have a positive record of meeting required

Deadlines

  • Monthly Subject reports (Average of good)

 

Evidence from

AS study

 

Attitude to learning
  • All students should expect to be able to benefit from a learning environment and all individuals should contribute to this.
  • All students in Raine’s Sixth form are expected to show commitment towards their studies
  • Monthly Subject reports (Average of good)

 

 

Evidence from

AS study

 

Form attendance
  • It is important that our students leave Raine’s Sixth form as rounded, confident and versatile young adults. In addition to their lessons, we therefore expect them to attend morning registration and complete the pastoral programme
  • Attendance of 90% is expected
Evidence from Award of Personal effectiveness

 

Those students not fulfilling the above criteria will either:

  1. Be offered time with the school careers advisor to help apply to other institutions.
  2. Retake Yr12- Retake will be offered to those students who have had legitimate absence, illness or a change in career focus.
  3. Students passing only two subjects at AS will be allowed to continue onto A2 with these subjects only if they take a third course to complete their programme. Students will be allocated places on AS level courses only if they can be accommodated once Year 12 students have been admitted. Students will be made aware of timetable clashes and the limitation of lessons in both yr12 and yr13 blocks.
  4. In exceptional circumstances, where a student fails an AS in a subject and where the teacher had expected him/her to achieve a good pass grade they may continue into Year 13 and start A2 Level study at the Head of Sixth Form’s discretion. These ‘exceptional circumstances’ are likely to include situations in which students achieve significantly less than their predicted grades at AS due to mitigating factors.

The nature of the offer will be determined by the reason for the failure to meet the progression requirements. Poor attendance or failure to comply with school policy (including attendance, support and intervention) will result in NO place in yr 12 being offered.

The Sixth Form does not deem it to be in a student’s best interest to continue from AS to A2 if there is not a reasonable chance of gaining a pass mark in the A2. Students at risk of not progressing will be flagged up early to parents in terms of the predicted grades which students are expected to gain for the AS level.

The requirement for students to be on a full time course in Yr 13 applies in the same way as in Year 12.

 

Students transferring to Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form at the end of Yr 12 from other institutions will be subject to the usual criteria for ‘external’ students (see below). In addition to this they will also need to discuss whether the syllabus and the structure of their previous programme of study has prepared them appropriately for A2 study at Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form with the Head of Sixth Form.

 

Age Limits

Students may only undertake a programme of study at Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form if they are under 19 years of age on September 1st for the ensuing academic year. This means that students may start either Year 12, 13 or 14, but may not continue the course or start a subsequent year if they will then be 19 years of age on September 1st of the next academic year.

Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form is unable to admit external students if they are Year 14 students or have completed two years of Sixth Form education at another institution.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Currently, students can be admitted into Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form if:

  • They are British Citizens and / or EU nationals.
  • If they have ‘Exception’ or ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ in this country;
  • If they have refugee status;
  • If their residency is a condition of their parent/s legal employment status in this country
  • Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form reserves the right to change the above criteria, subject to changes in the regulations, regarding nationality, residency status and eligibility for study in UK school sixth forms that apply at the time.
  • Students who are classified as ‘Overseas Learners’ or who have ‘Student Visas’ cannot be admitted to the Sixth Form for funding reasons.
  • Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form is unable to accept students on a fee-paying basis.

External Students

All of the criteria detailed above apply to all students.
All external students will be made an offer of a place in at Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form on the basis of a satisfactory reference from their previous academic institution and following a discussion about their suitability with a member of the Raines Foundation Sixth Form management team.

The Sixth Form Learning Agreement

At Raine’s we place a high value not only on academic success but also your education and development in a wider sense. We value such qualities as fairness, equality, respect, responsibility and honesty. This is a two way process; the school is committed to giving you support and guidance but in return we expect commitment, responsibility and effort from our students. When you accept a place in the Sixth Form you agree to the terms below which are all focused on your all round development and making the Sixth Form an effective place to learn.  Therefore, students who do not conform to the Learning Agreement will be expected to continue their education elsewhere.

  • Good attendance and punctuality at lessons, assembly and registration
  • Adherence to the Sixth Form Regulations as set out in the Handbook
  • Good organisation and completion of work set and appropriate use of private study time
  • Involvement in the wider life of the school including Community Participation
  • Respect for the school environment and acting as a responsible role model to others
  • At least four hours’ work outside lessons per subject per week including background reading and extended study
  • An appropriate balance between school work, part-time employment and socialising
  • Successful completion of the Pastoral Programme
  • Good attendance to Form time
  • Learning Agreement

All students as part of the enrolment procedure will have signed a copy of this agreement.

Under this agreement Raine’s Sixth Form will endeavour to provide:

It is important that students and parents/carers have a clear understanding of what students may expect from our Sixth Form and what will be expected from Sixth Formers as the senior students of the school. This Learning Agreement outlines those expectations.

 

Learner Entitlement:

  • The Sixth Form will endeavour to deliver learning opportunities for students which will:
  • Enable you to achieve your full academic potential.
  • Provide a range of courses to prepare you for further study, training or employment, from whatever level you are starting.
  • Take place in a safe, accessible, caring and supportive environment.
  • Be delivered by suitably qualified staff using appropriate resources and facilities through a five part lesson plan.
  • Involve a guidance teacher who will meet with you regularly to monitor and guide you through your time in the Sixth Form.
  • Give the opportunity for your parents/carer to come into school to discuss your progress.
  • Support you in developing appropriate study skills and overcoming barriers which might get in the way of your learning.
  • Provide you with careers information and support for Higher Education, employment and other post-Sixth Form options.

Encourage you to take an active part in a range of enrichment and volunteering activities.

Learning Expectations:

Students within the Sixth Form are considered young adults who should set a model of good behaviour for students in younger years. As such, they are considered to be able to make informed choices about their conduct. Generally you will be given more freedom and privileges in the Sixth Form. However, these carry responsibilities. As a student in our Sixth Form you will be expected to:

  • Participate in a mature and responsible manner in all your courses.
  • Attend and arrive punctually at all timetabled lessons including supervised study
  • Take responsibility for your own learning with the support of your subject teachers and form tutor.
  • Complete all work set by staff for the required time.
  • Give priority to school work and Independent Learning.
  • Make effective use of Study time whether it is in school or decide to study at home.
  • Respect the Sixth Form and wider school facilities and resources.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner appropriate to the most senior students in the school, respecting the individual rights of all members of the school community.
  • Adhere to the Sixth Form Dress Code
  • Not to smoke on or near to the school campus.
  • Take part in the range of enrichment activities offered in the Sixth Form.
  • Attendance should be at 90%- Students who fail to achieve 90% over a prolonged period with good reason will be removed from roll.
  • Successful completion of the Raines Pastoral Programme
  • Attendance to assemblies is compulsory
  • Accept that you may be required to leave the Sixth Form if the Sixth Form Learning Expectations are not met.