Sixth Form Expectations

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we approach our Whitsun holiday we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our expectations for students in the sixth form. Whilst it may be tempting for some students to wind down and consider the next half term the end of the academic year, this is a crucial time for year 12 students to embed all they have learnt and prepare for year 13 with a positive work ethic and determination. 

The main focus for year 12 students after half term will be their PPE’s.  These will take place week commencing the 26th June.  The majority of students will be attending the UCAS convention on Tuesday 27th June provided they have returned the consent form that was issued for you to sign last week.

As always, it is vital that students are well prepared and spend time revising at home for these mock examinations. The results from these tests allow staff to identify current performance and support students in achieving their best possible A Level grades.  These examinations will also support staff in making predictive grades for UCAS applications and references objectively.

Details on how to revise can be found on our web page along with other links for advice on supporting students in creating revision plans and study skills.  Teaching staff have also provided students with individual details on what they need to revise for each exam and specific exam and revision techniques pertinent to their subjects.

We would very much like to thank you for your continued support as we prepare students for the demands of the coming months. We appreciate that revising for and sitting exams can be a challenging experience. Therefore, it is our intention to provide students with the best ways to organise their time and revision to achieve the results they deserve.  Please also see details on how students can manage their anxiety and mental wellbeing during this stressful period, as well as other useful resources below;

Could I also take this opportunity to draw your attention to our Sixth Form Dress Code. We regard post 16 students as student leaders in the school community.  Their dress and appearance must therefore be appropriate to support and encourage the ethos of the school and the uniform and appearance policies in operation in Years 7 to 11.  Please could you ensure your child is following our sixth form dress code after the holiday break.

Once we return, our usual expectations of high attendance and punctuality will remain until we close for the summer.  It is important that students attend regularly and on time in order to obtain maximum benefit from time in school.  Those students who are below 97% attendance will continued to be monitored.  For those students who are absent due to illness we will ensure that subject teachers provide resources and support they need to catch up on missed learning.

Students will also need to bring their study booklets into school daily so that they can continue to record study tasks set by subject teachers and organise their study lesson schedule accordingly.

Thank you for all that you do to continue to support us with our efforts to maintain the highest standards within our Sixth Form. Such strategies will continue to build excellent foundations for the final year of study in year 13.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any of the above expectations any further.

Yours sincerely,

Assistant Headteacher | + posts

Mrs K Chesters is the Assistant Headteacher at St Thomas More Catholic School.