Dear Students and Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Update July 2011
I can now confirm arrangements for the Sixth Form Enrolment day on Monday 5th September.
Students should meet in the Sixth Form Centre at 9.45am. Please bring a pen and notepad with you. If
you are new to the school, please come to the reception area at the front of the school where you will be
introduced to some other students who will act as your guides for the day.
The aims of the enrolment day are to welcome you to the Sixth Form and for you to:
find out more about what we will expect of you and what you can expect from us
meet with subject teachers and confirm your subject choices
learn more about how to be successful in the Sixth Form.
An early lunch will be provided for you and will be an opportunity for you to meet with the Sixth Form
Tutor team. The day will finish for you at 1.15pm.
If you have still not returned your £20 AND consent form, please do so immediately. You can contact
Mrs Evans to discuss any issues via email@example.com.
Dates for your diaries
12, 13 September: Lancaster University residential trip
22 September: Expectations Evening for Year 12 students and parents
13 October: Progress Review Evening with students, parents and tutors
16-19 Bursary Fund
You may be aware that the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is being replaced by this new
scheme to support students in most need. Details and application forms will be available in September.
The Sixth Form Team
And finally, you may have now heard that Mr Tideswell is retiring at the end of term. “Mr T” has made a
real difference to the futures of so many students and is much loved and respected by them; we will all
miss him greatly!
In September I will become the Director of Sixth Form and Mrs Berry the Assistant Director of Sixth
Form. She will have responsibility for year 12. Sixth Form tutor groups will be constructed after
enrolment day. Mrs Banner will continue to be the Sixth Form Administrator and can be contacted via
firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs Leslie will also be supporting students to achieve their potential in
her role as School Intervention Manager. Exactly “who does what” will be explained at the Expectations
Evening on the 22 September.
Overleaf, I have attached a reminder of some of the information we sent out in May including details of
what will happen on results day.
We all wish you “good luck” for results day and hope you have a lovely summer!
Assistant Headteacher/Co-Director of Sixth Form
Reminders from letter sent in May
GCSE results day is Thursday 25 August. Results will be available from 9-11am.
We very much hope that you will achieve grades that make you smile and that meet the entrance
requirements for the 6th Form! However, if your grades do not meet our normal requirements, we will
talk with you to see if changing options might help and about any special personal circumstances that
we should take into account. We will be available on results day and the day after (between 10.30 and
12.30am) to discuss this with you. We may also need to discuss your application with subject teachers
so, if your results are borderline, final decisions about entry might not be possible until September. If,
unfortunately, you have clearly failed to meet the entrance requirements, we will of course let you know
as soon as possible and along with Connexions will advise you about possible alternative next steps.
Please do not request time off for holidays in term time as A-level courses are very demanding and it is
very difficult to catch up what you miss! Please also be aware that A2 courses (the second year of
A-level courses) start immediately after AS exams have finished in June. Your summer term will
therefore finish at the same time as the rest of the school in July.
Part time jobs
To be successful at A-level you should be spending around 4-5 hours studying per subject per week in
addition to timetabled lessons. You will also need and want some relaxation time and time for sport,
music etc. A small part time job (up to 8 hours?) may bring you some benefits in terms of experience
and confidence but more than this is very likely to impact on the grades you achieve. You should also
avoid jobs that keep you up late at night during the week and so make you too tired to get the best from
school the next day.
We believe that high standards of appearance are important. The way students present themselves
signals a serious attitude to their studies and a pride in their school community.
Whilst there is no “uniform” we do ask that students dress in a responsible manner. You must not wear
anything that could cause offence or embarrassment to others. Your clothes must not distract others