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									Whitby Community College
       Sixth Form

   YEAR 12

Sixth Form Information for Parents

Sixth Form Team

Alison Dimbleby          KS5 Director of Learning
Dale Corcoran            KS5 Learning Manager / Interventions
Trudi Lowe               KS5 Learning Manager / Pastoral
Michelle Waudby          UCAS / CEIAG
Hilary Pickering         Admin Support

UCAS Mentors              PMIS Mentors

Mr Corcoran               Mr Corcoran
Ms Beattie                Mr Ferguson
Mr Berry                  Mr Flynn
Ms Craven                 Ms Gilbert
Mr Ferguson               Ms Wright
Ms Waudby                 Mr Leaf
Mrs Whelan                Mrs Whelan

Ms Ross             Ms Jackson
Ms Collett          Mr Woods – Work Experience

English and Maths GCSE Resit Tutors
Mrs Ward / Mr Almond
Your Expectations of Us
Course Overviews
The Course Overview is available from subject teachers and will contain the
following information:
1. A week to week breakdown of what you will be studying.
2. Hand out and hand in dates for coursework and homework.
3. Coursework deadlines and examination dates.

Independent Learning during study time
Independent studies are an important aspect of your course. Use your study
periods wisely and make use of the Learning Centre and IT facilities.

Like any organisation we realise our success is based on how we self-
evaluate. An important aspect of this is the Student Perception of Courses
Questionnaire that is completed by students twice a year. Here you are asked
to assess the Quality and Provision of your course. (As well as assessing your
own contribution!). Your views and opinions make a difference.

Assessing your progress in the Sixth Form
You are entering the Sixth Form to prepare for employment, further
education, training or university. Staff will work with you to ensure that
progress is maintained. Subject monitoring and negotiated targets will help
you plan your work and measure your progress. You will be informed regularly
about your current and target grades. Key staff members who will help you
achieve this progress are; Teachers, Mentors and Learning Managers.

Monitoring your performance
Upon your arrival at College we will calculate your suggested grades in your
chosen subjects based upon your performance at GCSE. This becomes known
as your ‘Calculated Grade’. However, we want you to exceed calculated
grades! Therefore we set ‘Target Grades’ which are aspirational and are
usually a grade higher than your calculated grades. We then monitor your
formative and summative assessments in your chosen subjects and just as
importantly we monitor the effort your putting into your studies. At key
monitoring points in the year we collect report and monitoring reports. Those
students who are significantly beneath their predicted/target grades or they
are showing minimal effort are placed on the PMIS Programme.
Enrichment Programme

Why? In this day and age students need more than just academic grades to
progress, whether applying for a job, apprenticeship or university.

When? During the course of the year students will be participating in the
College Enrichment Programme which involves attending approximately one
week of activities every half-term mostly during the College tutorial time.

What? Below are just some examples of the sessions that students can choose
to attend:
     Organising your Workload
     Revision Techniques
     Health and Fitness
     Improving ICT
     Come Dine with Me!
     Leadership Training
     Opening a Bank Account

There are many other sessions to choose from and it is viewed as a
compulsory part of a student’s overall Sixth Form Programme. Each session
accumulates a certain number of credits and students must choose at least
one activity from each half term. The aim for the student is to achieve at least
twenty credits during the course of the year and as a result they will receive a
certificate of attendance.

It is hoped that by participating in the Enrichment Programme students will
leave the College with a much more ‘rounded’ education and experiences that
will help them in the future.
Post-Monitoring Intervention System (PMIS)

PMIS is not a disciplinary procedure but is a system that we operate to enable
students to reach their full academic potential. It is intended to motivate
students by giving them extra guidance and targeted support.

Students are initially identified after each round of monitoring by a process
which highlights where they are underachieving in every subject. Monitoring
takes place 4 times per year in the sixth form.

Teachers of the relevant subjects are informed, parents are notified by letter
and students receive a copy. We aim to open up a 3-way discussion between
student, home and school to provide the most appropriate intervention
support necessary.

Students are assigned a Sixth Form Personal Mentor whose responsibility is to
meet with the student and parents to identify the issues and implement an
action plan to improve performance in the particular subject(s). Lesson
observations may, also, take place in order to inform the action plan. Meetings
with students are likely to take place every week to two weeks to continue to
monitor progress and action.

Mentoring is on-going until the students’ monitoring grades improve. For
some students this may be happen quickly, for others the intervention may be
on-going for a longer period of time.


Expert Careers Advice
Please refer to Ms Ellis for expert and independent careers advice. To arrange
a personal interview with Ms Ellis students should see the Sixth Form Office.
Our Expectations of You

The Sixth Form is a transitional stage in your education as it is preparing you
for Higher Education or Employment. With that comes responsibility and we
expect you to act as 'Role Models' for the rest of the school. This means
providing consistently good examples of behaviour, hard work and aspiration.

The Student Code of Conduct
Our aim is to provide students with the best opportunity to succeed in
To do this we need to ensure that students perform to the best of their ability,
which includes working to deadlines, attending lessons and behaving in an
acceptable manner. To help us to support students and parents, we have a
rigorous Student Code of Conduct. At stage 1, the student will be advised by a
member of the Sixth form Team about the improvements needed. If issues
persist, then further action will be taken, and greater support will be
identified, culminating in a 'Contract' which the student must adhere to.
Failure to do so will mean that the student may be considered for withdrawal
from a course or courses.
This policy is currently working very well, and is fully endorsed by the Student
Council. Student and parental feedback has been very positive about the Code
of Conduct, as it gives clarity as to what is expected from students.

Signing in and out
Registers are taken at the beginning of every lesson. Students must also sign
in and out in the Sixth Form Centre whenever they enter and leave site.
Students who have not returned their parental off-site consent forms must
remain on site during the College day. If a student needs to go home ill they
must inform the Sixth Form Office.

For all students, attendance is an important aspect of ensuring a successful
outcome to courses. Examples of authorised absences to regular attendance
• Negotiated study leave
• Official work experience or community service
• Signing out for negotiated private study time
The following absences should be authorised in advance: religious holidays, a
medical appointment that cannot be rearranged at another time, a careers-
related interview, an appointment with a careers advisor, attendance at a
funeral, severe disruption to transport or a driving test. Attendance at
assembly is compulsory.

Notification of Absence
If you are ill please ask your parent/carer to telephone the Sixth Form Team
on the following number between 8am and 9am: 01947602406 and choose

What is not accepted as Authorised Absence?
Examples include:
Holidays, part-time employment, leisure activities, birthdays, baby-sitting for
your brothers and sisters, shopping and driving lessons. For students who
receive the bursary award they must have at least 75% attendance at lessons
and not advance beyond Stage 2 on the Code of Conduct system
Part-time Employment
Due to the demands of independent study it is our policy that students do not
exceed 10 hours per week of paid employment during term time. Under no
circumstances should this be during College hours either timetabled lesson or
study periods.
Personal Presentation whilst in the College
Clothing and accessories should be 'smart casual' in appearance and should
be clean, tidy and not revealing. Our aim is to prepare you for the next step of
your education or employment which may involve working in a professional
Consequently with the aim of encouraging a working atmosphere the
following are NOT acceptable:

    •   Offensive language or images on clothing
    •   Footwear should be safe and sensible
    •   Too much bare flesh - particularly bare midriffs.
    •   Shorts *(trousers/jeans should be full length)
    •   Visible underwear
    •   Visible tattoos
    •   Any form of facial piercing
    •   Chains attached to garments
    •   Beach wear
    •   Very short skirts or full length skirts
    •   Track suit bottoms
    •   Vests or sleeveless tops
    •   Torn or ripped jeans
    •   Hats or hoods.
       Extreme haircuts or colours

*Shorts are allowed during the second half of the summer term; they must be
knee length and smart

Stage 1
Learning Manager (TL) to speak to student. Report to the
Learning Centre every tutorial for 1 week – non-attendance will
result in detention

Stage 2
Letter home. Learning Manager (TL) to speak to student. Report
to the Learning Centre every tutorial for 2 weeks – non-attendance
will result in detentions

Stage 3
Letter home. Learning Manager (DKC) to speak to student and
place immediately on an orange attendance report losing 50% of
study periods for 4 weeks.

Stage 4 Formal Review
Broken report – Parent/Carer invited in for a meeting with Mr
Corcoran. Student placed on formal contract and orange report
card losing 75% of study periods for 4 weeks

Contract Review
Successful completion of report. Revert to stage 2 – letter home
informing parent/carer

Failure to complete contract
Parent/Carer invited in for a meeting with Ms Dimbleby. Student
placed on final contract and red report card losing 100% of study
periods for 4 weeks.
   Whitby Community College

8.55     Period 1
9.55     Tutorial
10.20    Period 2
11.20    Break
11 .35   Period 3
12.35    Lunch
1.25     Period 4
2.25     Period 5
3.25     End

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