Expectations of students
You have made a positive choice to be part of Sir John Lawes Sixth Form and we expect you to show both enthusiasm and commitment for your chosen course of study, and for life in the Sixth Form.
Success at A-Level is highly dependent upon regular attendance and you should be punctual, both to school and to all classes. In the Sixth Form you will be role models for all younger pupils. You will be treated as young adults and we obviously expect you to act responsibly. If you are to enjoy the privileges of Sixth Form life to the full we do expect you to follow some important guidelines.
Absence and attendance
Full attendance is vital to support achievement. All Sixth Form students are expected to aim for 100% attendance. Attendance at morning and afternoon registration is compulsory for Year 12 and initially for Year 13 students. However, for those Year 13 students who demonstrate good attendance and work record, and who have completed their UCAS application if continuing to university, some study leave will be permitted.
This is not automatic and must be negotiated with your Form Tutor. Absence and attendance will be monitored by Form Tutors and any students causing concern will be referred to the Assistant Head of Sixth Form and the Head of Sixth Form.
Sixth Formers at Sir John Lawes have some discretion to make certain choices about their working clothes, but are expected to set an example of smart appearance to other year groups. The Sixth Form dress code is smart office wear and the requirements are as follows:
- Suit – i.e. jacket with matching knee-length tailored skirt, (stretchy skirts are not permitted), or matching full length trousers, not “skinny” black jeans, culottes or Capri pants
- Shirt or smart top without logos
- No excessively short skirts, no shorts or leggings
- Smart shoes (not trainers or other thick-soled casual shoes). No excessively high heels. No boots
- Vest tops and tops that reveal midriffs are not suitable
- Suit – i.e. navy, grey or black tailored jacket and matching trousers
- Shirt with tie. Top button done up
- Smart shoes (not trainers or other casual shoes)
- No shorts
All Sixth Formers
- Hooded tops are not to be worn at any time
- Only one ear piercing is permitted in school. No spacers or “spike” earrings
- There should only be one earring in each lower earlobe. No other facial piercings are allowed
- Hair should be neat, a natural colour, not closely shaved or outrageous in style
- A jacket must be worn when walking around school, as well as for assemblies and other formal occasions
Any student who breaches the school dress code can expect to be sent home to change or asked to work in isolation. The Sixth Form team’s view on what is appropriate is final.
Eating and drinking
Students may eat food brought from home in the designated eating area at the rear of the Sixth Form centre and are expected to tidy up after themselves. We have a constant hot water supply for making drinks and a microwave oven for the use of Sixth Formers.
No food is to be consumed in the study area, silent study room or classrooms.
You are encouraged to use the school canteen facilities where tables are reserved for Sixth Formers.
Strictly no chewing gum!
You will be allocated time each week for independent study. You will be expected to use this time constructively either on further study or research. You are expected to treat the facilities provided with care and respect and to tidy up after yourselves. Failure to comply with this may result in restricted access to the Sixth Form areas.
Year 12 students are expected to remain in school for all independent study sessions. Once they have completed their UCAS applications, Year 13 students may negotiate some periods of home study.