Parents’ guide to attendance in the Sixth Form
When students join our sixth form, they are making a commitment to themselves, their subjects and the school. We will do everything we can to ensure they meet their academic potential. The most important factor in this is attendance to registration and lessons.
Attendance in the sixth form is expected to be above 95% over the course of the year; the same as in the rest of the school. Failure to achieve this level of attendance not only puts your son’s place in the sixth form at risk, but it will also have a detrimental impact on future exam results.
On average, students drop a grade for every 10% of school lessons missed over the course of a year.
All students are expected to attend morning registration on Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 to 09:15. This tutor time is when students will get one-to-one mentoring from their tutors, attend assemblies, deliver ‘Thursday Thought’, receive UCAS and careers advice and/or take part in leadership and mentoring sessions with lower school students.
If students do not have lessons during Periods 1 and 2, they are expected to study independently or attend supervised study sessions during which they will be expected to bring work allowing them to complete homework, conduct independent research or read widely around their subjects.
Studies have shown that more than 10 hours of paid work a week results in students dropping at least a grade at A level nationally.
We would be grateful if you could bear the following in mind:
- Holidays should not be taken in term time.
- All dental/medical appointments and driving lessons should be arranged outside of lesson times. Please give prior notice of these.
- Full-time study commitments take priority over part-time work.
- Absence should be reported on the first day. Please ring the main reception and leave a message when prompted about attendance.
Students will be supported to improve their attendance and such support includes:
- Discussion with Form Tutor
- An interview about attendance with a Director of Sixth Form
- A meeting with the Pastoral Manager and/or Academic Mentor
- After-school or Saturday detentions may also be issued
Failure to comply with this could result in them being asked to leave our Sixth Form.