- To ensure all learners, including the most disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, are provided with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they require for future learning and employment.
- To make the communities we serve better places to live and work
Sixth Form students have a degree of flexibility built into their school day. This is a privilege, not a right, and therefore can be withdrawn if appropriate.
The school day
The school day starts at 8.45am with tutorial and finishes at 3.15pm, students are expected to be on site throughout the day. Students are required to attend all lessons including PSHE and contemporary studies, supra-curricular (supervised and non-supervised, tutorial and reading, volunteering, enrichment sessions, tutor Masses, assemblies and relevant meetings.
Leaving the site at lunchtime is discouraged but students are permitted to go off site on foot for the duration of their lunch period.
If students leave site for any reason during the day they must sign in and out at reception in accordance with fire regulations, failure to do so could result in disciplinary.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure you have a present mark at the beginning of the day or as soon as you come on site if you are late for tutorial.
Sixth Form study areas and the common room are open for use before school, at lunchtimes and until 5.30pm on a school day. The library and ICT resource is open to Sixth Formers during lesson times and after school.
If students are bringing a car onto site, they must be on site by 8.30am and are not permitted to leave site until 3.30pm unless there are exceptional circumstances. Students are NOT permitted to take cars off site at lunch times. Students must register their car by completing a student car registration form and they will be allocated a parking bay
We take attendance very seriously as missing lessons can have a big impact o n your results therefore students are expected to achieve a 95% or higher attendance rate. If you cannot attend college due to illness you must ring and inform us before 8.30am, any unexplained absence will be followed up with a phone call and a text message home and evidence may be required for medical appointments etc. (please try and book these outside of lesson time where possible).
If an unavoidable absence is planned such as a hospital appointment then the student must complete a ‘request permission slip’ as soon as possible, seek permission from Mrs Robinson and hand the form to Mrs Stones to enter on Sims.
For any university visits, or other educational trips, please seek permission from Mrs Robinson and inform class teachers, complete a ‘request permission slip’ as soon as possible (available from Sixth Form Office) and submit to Mrs Stones.
Please note that, in line with Department of Education guidelines, we cannot grant holiday requests in term-time except in exceptional circumstances. Urgent requests should be sent to Mrs Robinson or Mrs Cessford (Headteacher).
In line with Department for Education guidelines, any student who has missed four consecutive weeks without approved reasons will be withdrawn from the Programme of Study
Behaviour and appearance
Byron Sixth Form College is a caring learning community which respects the right of each individual student to have a safe, enjoyable and successful learning experience. As members of the College community, all students are asked to abide by its Student Code of Conduct which can be found in Appendix 1
As a member of Sixth Form, students are a role model to the rest of the school. We expect very high standards of behaviour at all times when representing the school, either in school or as a recognisable member of St Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form College in the community.:
Students should dress in a manner which is appropriate for a working environment; clothes that would be worn in the gym, on the beach, in a nightclub are not appropriate for the working environment. Sixth Form hooded sweatshirts are available to order but are not a compulsory uniform.