Student Handbook

Dress and Appearance

It is important that Sixth Form students keep to high standards of professional appearance.  Students must wear a suit as specified in the Dress Code and jewellery, make up, hair styles, footwear and other clothing must meet the standards expected of members of staff.


Good attendance is essential for academic success. Students are expected to achieve at least 95% attendance over the year. Attendance at all timetabled lessons is compulsory.  Students who miss lessons without authorisation can expect to have to make up for the time lost by attending compulsory extra study periods.

Leave of Absence and Authorisation of Absence

It is important that “known in advance” absences are covered by a Leave of Absence.  If a student needs to apply for a Leave of Absence he/she should bring in a letter, signed by their parent/guardian, giving it in the first instance to their form tutor.  This includes absences for University Open Days, which must be authorised in advance.  Students are asked not to attend more than 3 open days, during the time when they would normally be taught, in any one academic year.  If a student is away due to illness, a parental note confirming this is still required and needs to be given to their form tutor.

Punctuality and Hours of Attendance

Punctuality remains an important priority.  Students must be with their tutor group for 8.35 am. Attendance at the Academy is compulsory, every day, between 8.35 am and 1.15 pm. If students do not have a commitment after this time they are free to go.  Students who are persistently late at the start of the Academy day can expect to have the privilege of early leaving at 1.15 pm withdrawn.

Independent Study

One of the big challenges for Sixth Form students is that they can only achieve success with a much greater amount of independent study than is required at GCSE.

Every year 12 student must identify on their timetable, a one hour slot each week for each subject they study when they will be committed to doing independent study at the Academy. This is in addition to homework.  In year 13 each student should identify 2 hours for each subject every week which they will use for independent study.

Sixth Form Facilities

Students have the use of the following exclusive facilities:  The Sixth Form Café, the Sixth Form Study Room and the Sixth Form Quiet Study Room in Willow building.  They may also use any free areas in WG1 for private study.  The LRC in Chestnut Building is also available for Sixth Form use, although younger students may also be in there.

Sixth Form Privileges

Sixth form students are an integral but distinctive part of the Academy.  To recognise this, students have a number of privileges which other years do not. In addition to not having to wear the year 7 to 11 uniform and having the opportunity to leave at 1.15 pm on some days, movement rules around the Academy are more relaxed for them.  They may access the same public areas as staff, eg. use the front entrance. Students may have ipods and mobile phones in their possession but their use must be confined to within Sixth Form areas. They must not be used around the Academy. Students have their own Café, which is open from 8.30 am until 2.00 pm and they may also use the Café in Oak Building during their free time.

The Executive Board and Student Leadership

An Executive Board of year 13 students is elected each year. Its function is to give students real responsibility and leadership positions.  It will be running various events and all students are urged to get involved and contribute.

Academy Policies

Being a Sixth Form student at the Academy entails accepting Academy policies. This includes a complete ban on smoking on site and the expectation that students will work hard, complete all work that is set and meet Academy standards in terms of dress, attendance and punctuality.  Sixth Form students are role models within the Academy and their behaviour is to reflect this.

The Academy has disciplinary and support policies in place for Sixth Form students. Students who fail to meet our expectations may have certain privileges withdrawn, such as that of leaving before 3.00 pm. Students may also be required to engage in extra, supervised study or to attend extra classes arranged by staff. These may be after 3.00 pm.

More serious, or repeated breaches of expectations will be dealt with by the Academy’s formal Sixth Form disciplinary procedure.

A copy of the Disciplinary Policy is available from the Academy, on request.

Student Cars

Subject to parking constraints and strict health and safety requirements students are allowed to bring cars onto the Academy site but must display a parking permit (available from the Academy). Any student wishing to do so must see Mr Flood beforehand. A register is kept of all student cars being brought onto the site and students must ensure that they have a copy of the safety regulations which are available from Oak Reception.  These must be adhered to.  Students should not park cars on roads around the Academy as this causes significant congestion problems.