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Guide to our Sixth Form
Page Links:      Your Timetable          Assemblies and Tutor Periods          Attendance and Punctuality         

                           A/S and A Level Courses          BTec Courses          Computers          Dress Code       

                           Bursary          Enrichment Programme          Study Time          Times of the School Day


Your Timetable Your timetable will consist of:

•    Lessons in your chosen subjects
•    A number of individual study periods
•    Home study: You are expected to complete 5 hours of study for each A/S or A level subject you have chosen; or 15 hours a week for your BTec or Applied courses.


Assemblies and Tutor Periods Assemblies will be held as per the rota which is on the student news area of the protal.

Your attendance is compulsory.  Important information will be shared with you.

Tutor periods and PHSCE will allow you to work on your general education and application to university as appropriate.


Attendance and Punctuality •    You must attend all your lessons.
•    You must attend all your individual study times.
•    You must attend assemblies.
•    You must arrive on time to all of these.

•    You are allowed to leave the site at lunch time.
•    You must not bring take away food onto the school site.
•    Your behaviour out of school should be polite and considerate of others.  Do not congregate in large groups or drop litter.

•    Your parents will be contacted if you miss lessons without a medical reason.

•    Poor attendance will result in you being asked to leave the Sixth Form and study at another institution.


A/S and A Level Courses Advanced courses are modular in structure and each module builds to your final result.  

The A/S modules are very important as they are excellent predictors of your final grades.  

The higher the A/S, the higher the A level result.  A* grade has been introduced to identify really strong candidates (90% or higher in the A2 modules).  

The A2 modules offer more challenge and stretch than A/S.  However in A/S 80% equals grade A but a higher mark is usually required to achieve A overall.  Some universities, e.g. Cambridge look for the marks of 90% or higher at A/S.


BTec Courses (2 years) These courses are equivalent to 3 A’ levels (Business, Media and Science) or 3.5 A’ levels (ICT).  The modules are organised on different themes and assessed by coursework and practical assignments.  The awards are Distinction, Merit and Pass grades.  To reach the top awards at least ten hours of private study a week is required.

BTec Courses (1 year)

A one year course enables students to build up experience and qualifications from GCSE.  They are assessed by coursework.  To reach the top award (Distinction) ten hours of private study a week is required. You need to get at least a Merit if you want to join the BTec National courses in the following year.


Computers Networked computers are available for your use in the Main and Sixth Form Library and the Sixth Form Study Room.  There are often groups of students having lessons in the main library, please show consideration for the class you join. Fill up the Sixth Form Library before using the Main Library.

Stand alone netbooks for writing essays and coursework are available in the Quiet Study Room.


Dress Code Sixth formers are role models for the rest of the school and need to be smartly presented at all times.  Identity cards should be visible at all times.

Boys
  • A suit
  • Smart trousers
  • Shirt and tie
  • Suit jacket or blazer
  • Shoes

Girls
  • A suit
  • Smart trousers, knee length skirt or knee length dress
  • Collared shirt or blouse
  • Suit jacket or blazer
  • Shoes

Jackets may be removed in warm conditions.

Clothing must be such that students can be facially identified as Loxford’s students.

The following items are banned:
  • Denim jeans and jackets
  • Casual trousers – combats, track suits, leggings, jeans style trousers
  • Sports wear
  • Casual tops –track suit, hoodies, round neck jumpers for boys, low cut tops forgirls, T Shirts
  • Shorts – only full length trousers may be worn
  • Very short skirts, revealing clothing
  • Trainers
  • Patterns or shapes cut into student’s hair
  • Logos
  • Visible tattoos
  • Caps

The decision on appropriate dress belongs to the school and that decision is final.



Bursary Do you have a bursary scheme?
You will be eligible for a small amount of financial support if you are in either in care or you are on free school meals. If you are
in year 13 then we will continue to support you if you had the bursary or EMA last year. For 2012/13 this will be £10 per week if you meet the requirements of the Home School Agreement e.g. 90%+ attendance. If you think you will be eligible then complete the
application form which is available from Student Reception.


The Bursary is only guaranteed for students in care. All other students MUST apply for free school meals and have this given to them
by their local council, please go to the relevant website.


You might be eligible for financial support if your family earns less that £15,860. This will be publicised when we know if we have
sufficient funds available. Please listen for information from your tutor in your weekly bulletin.


Enrichment Programme Education is about much more than just your chosen subjects.  It is preparation for a successful life.  Opportunities will be provided to enable you to:

•    Develop your ability to work and learn independently
•    Take responsibility and provide leadership
•    Develop your ability to work effectively with others
•    Contribute to your local community
•    Develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of issues and subjects not directly offered in your subjects
•    Add qualifications
•    Develop your physical skills

•    There are a range of opportunities for example:

o    Assisting in the Primary School
o    HEAPs (Higher Education Access Programme)
o    SMF (Social Mobility Fund)
o    Board game club (including chess)
o    Subject Ambassadors
o    6th Form Reading Group
o    New York Trip amongst other cultural visits
o    Teaching older adults in using the WWW.
o    Competitions e.g. debate
o    Sixth Form Committee organises Valentines’ Day, Iftah; dances and talent shows for the Sixth Form
o    Sport Leaders’ Award


Study Time There are times in the week when you are not in a timetabled lesson.  Making effective use of this time is an important life skill.

The times for study are the same as a timetabled lesson.

You may study in the following areas:

•    The Sixth Form Study Room (silent study)
•    The Common Room (quiet study)
•    The Library (silent study)
•    The outdoor picnic areas (quiet study)

Study includes the following activities:

•    Revision of notes from previous lessons
•    Essay and coursework writing
•    Research (book and internet) of a subject
•    Reading a novel or quality newspaper

Reading articles and magazines/gazettes linked to your subject area:

•    e.g. Law Review; The Economist; New Scientist; New Horizons; Photography
•    Exam practice of past papers
•    Essay planning


Times of the School Day 8.55am-9.00am        Registration
9.00am-10.00am       Lesson 1
10.00am-11.00am    Lesson 2
11.00am-11.20am    Break
11.20am-12.20pm    Lesson 3
12.20pm-1.20pm       Lesson 4
1.20pm-2.10pm        Lunch
2.10pm-3.10pm        Lesson 5
3.10pm-3.25pm        Registration/Assembly