Amethyst Sixth Form Code of conduct and expectations
At The Amethyst Sixth Form we have clear expectations for standards of behaviour by our Sixth Form Students. As role models for the rest of the school, Sixth Formers are looked up to and copied by the younger pupils. Therefore, Amethyst students are expected to dress and behave in a mature and appropriate manner to justify their respect. This includes not smoking, using mobile phones in corridors or bad language, or setting other bad examples.
There are also clear expectations with regards to learning and study. Successful students are actively committed to all aspects of their studies and are prepared to invest sufficient time and effort and turn that commitment into success. Sixth Form teaching methods are student –centred, with students being responsible for the organisation for their learning. This means that all students should be taking and maintaining notes, meeting deadlines, using private study effectively and having regular consultations with staff.
The Amethyst Sixth Form Learning Agreement identifies our duties and the expectations of you as a member of the Sixth Form. We require confirmation that you have read and agreed to the conditions outlined below by signing with your parent/carer and returning a copy of the Learning Agreement before starting to study with us.
Attendance and Punctuality
Successful students are committed to full attendance, being able to access every academic lesson.
This is achieved by:
- Attending all lessons and activities on your timetable, and ensuring that you arrive on time.
- Ensuring that we are informed on a daily basis before 10am of any absences due to illness or family circumstances.
- Ensuring that routine appointments (visits to dentist, doctors and opticians) are not made for when students have timetable commitments and if the absence is known about in advance (e.g. University interview or driving test) the Sixth Form Administrator, Mrs Campbell should be informed in good time. Evidence of appointments should be handed into the Sixth Form Attendance.
- Avoid if possible booking holidays in term time, your studies require a high degree of continuity. If a holiday must be taken during term time, a holiday request form must be filled in advance and returned to the Head of Sixth Form. This form will be available from the Sixth Form Administrator.
- Poor attendance and punctuality is also monitored, if students fail to arrive on time for lessons they will have to make up the time through agreement with their teacher. If it is recorded that a student has failed to register at their lesson without it being reported to the Sixth Form office, a phone call will be made home to confirm with parents their absence.
Sixth Form Dress Code
All students to have ID badges visible.
Students should look smart at all times, as if they were going to work in an office. Outside clothes should not be worn in class or corridors – coats, hats, gloves, scarves etc. Jewellery, make-up and hair should not reflect any extremes of fashion.
- Gentlemen should wear suits or smart business shirt, tie and trousers, plain jumper or cardigans. Smart shoes should be worn.
- No trainers or canvas shoes and definitely no jeans / combats / sports wear/ Hooded tops, flannelette checked shirts / trousers with jean style pockets and no shirts with logo’s or bold patterns.
- Visible tattoo’s should be covered and facial piercing’s should be taken out.
- Ladies should wear suits or blouses and smart knee length skirts / trousers with suit jacket, plain jumper/cardigan / smart dress / plain T-shirt / smart shoes (with a sensible heel) not trainers/sandals or Ugg style fur boots
- No denim or sports wear. No vest tops, plunging necklines or exposed belly buttons. No jumper dresses / leggings / footless tights / trousers with jean style pockets / tracksuits / hooded tops and no excessive jewellery for health and safety reasons: Earrings should be studs; necklaces should be inside your blouses, limited bracelets and belts. Visible tattoo’s should be covered and facial piercing’s should be taken out.
If students fail to meet these expectations, we operate a zero tolerance system, so students should be expected to be sent home.
Please remember that most of ‘dressing smart’ is down to the interpretation of the individual, but if you are asked to remove any items by a member of staff, please do so without debate. If you feel it is terribly unfair, tell me and we can discuss it later.
We welcome student co-operation in the following areas:
All students will all be expected to participate in enrichment activities. Most of these will take place outside of lesson time, but some are directly linked to your subjects such as work experience and practical activities.
Enrichment activities offer an ideal opportunity for you to make new friends and try something new. Enrichment will also help you to develop skills and qualities valued by employers and will help to boost your CV and UCAS application.
Use of personal devices
You are permitted to bring personal electronic devices into school, however these must not be used during lesson time unless the class teacher permits this.
Aldersley will provide a scheduled regular free minibus service and provide students with a transport timetable during enrolment and a timetable will also be displayed in the Sixth Form area. Students are advised to be on time for buses and that any alternative travel arrangements are made at their own expense. If a bus is late, full or a student misses the bus, they will need to contact the consortium school reception to explain what has happened. If students drive their own vehicles to sixth form, they must take full responsibility and provide their number plate information, driving licence and insurance details to the Sixth Form administration officer.
The school has been given a small amount of money that they can use to make discretionary awards to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of their students. Bursary awards are targeted towards young people facing financial barriers to participation, such as the costs of transport, meals, books and equipment however, we do try to include all our students.
The first payment is due December 2017; I would like to point out that there are conditions of payment. These will include: All payments are based on Record of Progress (ROP) grades being secured at 1 and 2. Failure to secure such success will result in the student allocation being held back. If improvement is made by the next ROP, on the next payment date, both payments will be received. This will be ongoing until the end of the academic year.
We recognise that students may seek paid employment during their time at the Amethyst Sixth Form in order to benefit from financial freedom; however, we must stress that student’s studies must remain a priority. If we feel that students are falling behind with their studies as a result of paid employment, we will arrange a parental meeting.
Re-sitting of exams/modules is an option, but there may be a fee. All students will need permission to take resits.
In all instance there is a resit form that needs to be filled in and agreed by the Subject Curriculum Team Leader (CTL).
All payments should be made to the Business Office.
Further information will be available from the Sixth Form office.
Reward and Recognition
There will be reward and recognition assemblies at various points throughout the year. Students will be rewarded for: 100% attendance, progress, attainment, attitude and work ethic, independence and for partaking in extra-curricular activities. Class teachers will issue reward points in class and these will be monitored and celebrated by the Head of Sixth Form.