SMSJ Expectations for Sixth Form Students.
We will offer our students at Sixth Form a great experience and opportunities, however, in return there are responsibilities and expectations which we would like our students to meet. We believe they contribute to making the Sixth Form and SMSJ a harmonious community. In addition these expectations will prepare our Sixth Formers for Higher Education or the world of work, and it encourages them to give something back to the community.
We expect our Sixth Formers to be role models for our younger students. We expect our Sixth Formers to be show respect, dignity and have a sense of responsibility. We also expect our Sixth Formers to be leaders. In the Sixth Form Centre, as well as other study areas, we expect students to demonstrate good learning habits. Our Sixth Formers will be working with young students, supporting them in their learning or develop their wider skills during enrichment activities. On such occasion they should encourage younger students to do their very best, and to set a positive example.
As a Church of England School our students are expected to engage daily with Collective Worship through our programme of Pause for Thought and community collective worship. This enables students to reflect and consider core theologically and philosophical themes as well as engaging with the spiritual, moral and philosophical dimensions of current affairs. Engagement with these resources gives them the chance to explore their own beliefs, values and spirituality. Sixth Form students will be expected to lead on Pause for Thought as well as contribute in Collective Worship, where appropriate.
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
Students will take part in drop down days focused on topical issues in the field of philosophy, religion and ethics. These days involve a series of workshops, often incorporating visiting speakers. Topics covered include Religion and Politics in the Middle East, Business ethics and Matters of Life and Death.
Service to the School Community
Service is one of our school values and we expect all students to complete a minimum of one hour of service within the school or wider community per week. We believe these opportunities not only enrich the school community but offer invaluable experiences that enable our Sixth Formers to gain key skills that will prepare them for higher education and the world of work.
Opportunities available include:
- Peer mentoring
- Classroom learning assistant
- Primary school reading helper
- Citizenship committee lead
- Library lead
- PTA student link
- Music Practice Assistant
- Technician - Food/Art/DT
- Charitable work.
Organisation and Independent Learning
As part of the responsibility that comes with being a Sixth Former, it is important that students are able to organise themselves. While there will be a range of support put in place for A level students, Sixth form students have a greater responsibility to manage their own learning. We therefore expect students to work hard and be diligent and listen to the advice of their PAM or subject teacher. They must complete all work set either in class or for homework, as well as attend any additional sessions, when required. It is students responsibility to discuss any academic issues with their teachers and to ask questions when they do not understand or seek further assistance when needed.
Students are also expected to read about their subjects beyond the set texts. Wider reading is valuable when it comes to applying for universities.
Attendance and Punctuality
We expected Sixth Form students to have 100% and not to fall below 98%. This commitment to learning will ensure academic success and demonstrate to universities or employers students’ commitment to learning and to work. Parents are expected to contact the office on the first day of a student absence. If students are absent for a period of time they will require a note from their parents or a doctor’s note. Permission for holiday can only be given by Mr Serrao, and will be strongly discouraged.
Students wishing to visit university during open days, may do so, however, we would encourage students to be very selective and limit themselves to no more than 2 visits during school time. Students will need to inform their PAM in advance and bring in a note.
Students are expected to inform their PAM and subject teachers prior a known absence and catch up with any missed work.
Clothes and Appearance
Sixth forms are not required to wear the school uniform but they are to follow the dress code, which is smart office wear.
Dress code :
Students need to be in smart office wear at all times. This means:
- Full suit, with full length trousers, or skirt on knee or longer, in conventional style and colour.
- Dress in conventional style and colour.
- Formal shirt/ formal button up blouse of conventional colour and style.
- A knitted jumper /cardigan of conventional style can be worn.
- Smart leather or ‘ leather look’ shoes or boots with no motifs or coloured stitching. Very high heels or fashion shoes are not appropriate.
Hair, Make- Up and Jewellery
Hair colour should be a natural shade and of a conventional style, with no shaved pattern. Facial hair should be kept neat.
Make-Up and Jewellery should be discreet.
There should be no visible body artistry or piercing.
Religious dress, such as hijab, turban, abaya etc, should be worn in line with the dress code
Students must be appropriately dressed during the school day, whilst in lessons, or around the school. Students must not wear trainers, canvas shoes, hooded tops, denim, combat trousers, cords or leather clothing. All of these go against the dress code. If students are unsure about the acceptability of an item, they should seek the guidance of their PAM. Where an eventuality is not covered by the above guidance, students should maintain the spirit of the dress code. Ultimately, the decision about what is, or is not, acceptable is at the discretion of the Director of Sixth Form.
If students do not follow the dress code, they will be asked to make amendments or sent home to change. Students will not be allowed into lessons until these expectations are met.
In addition to these items, all other items as noted in our school behaviour policy are also prohibited. All Sixth Form students must abide by the SMSJ behaviour policy.