Students entering the Sixth Form at Bramcote College will find many differences from their previous experience of study. In particular, students are expected to work far more independently, taking more responsibility for organising their time and developing effectaive study habits. You will be given guidance in the development of learning skills required for individual subjects by the appropriate teachers and through tutor time. However, there are some general expectations that you should be aware of before embarking on a course in the sixth form.
In particular, please take note of the following attendance and progression policies.
Entrance onto any sixth form course is dependent on meeting the minimum entry requirements as specified in your offer letter. However, progression once a course is started is not guaranteed unless a minimum standard of effort, homework and attendance is maintained throughout its duration
Every student will be allocated a target grade for every course based on their GCSE performance. This grade, along with assessment data and predicted grades will be used to monitor a student’s progress. Interventions will be put into place for students not making satisfactory progress.
Our expectation is that all students will maintain 100% attendance. Attendance at Bramcote College will be formally monitored.
• Any student whose attendance drops below 90% in any area will have a review meeting with their tutor.
• Any student whose attendance drops below 80% will automatically be placed on attendance review and will have a formal discussion with the Head / Deputy Head of College and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
It should be stressed that ALL absence will count towards these figures. Authorised absence due to illness, job interviews / training or university visits will nevertheless disadvantage your ability to progress satisfactorily with your studies. Students and their parents/guardians must be aware of this and wherever possible students must attend ALL lessons
Students at Bramcote College are expected to:
• attend Bramcote College registration and all lessons punctually.
• give notice in advance, to both form and subject tutors and to the Post 16 Administrator of any planned future absence.
• provide on the day of return to Bramcote College, following an absence for illness or personal reasons, a letter of explanation from a parent/guardian.
• In year 12: remain on site during all lessons and registrations utilising private study facilities when not in taught classes, unless a student is performing well across all subjects.
• In year 13: attend Bramcote College as agreed with your form tutor (in line with your levels of progress).
• Sign-out with the Post 16 Administrator if leaving due to illness.
• ensure that any work/assignment missed is completed on return from a period of absence
• Under no circumstances arrange driving lessons during timetabled lesson times.
• arrange dental and medical and any other appointments outside timetabled lesson times wherever possible.
Regulations & Procedures
• Dress appropriately for studying in sixth form avoiding extremes of fashion and items such as facial or body piercings.
• Wear any identification that may be needed for security purposes.
• Refrain from using I-pods / MP3s, or mobile phones, around the site or in any building or room apart from the sixth form common room and ensure that they are switched off in all lessons and meetings.
• Keep the common room and any sixth form areas litter free and treat facilities with respect at all times.
• Abide by the Bramcote College rules as displayed. Note that smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not allowed on site, or in the vicinity of the Bramcote College, or any area where contact may occur with uniformed students.
• Behave in an appropriate manner to being a post-16 student and therefore a role model to younger students.
Study & Extra-Curricular Participation
• prepare fully for ANY formal assessments to ensure progression throughout the year.
• devote a significant amount of time each week to independent study. This will include consolidation of work done in class and wider reading or research. For example, at least 4 hours independent study should be devoted to each single advanced level subject e.g. 4 hours for one AS level.
• ensure that any homework/work/assignment/coursework drafts and coursework set is completed on time in agreement with the subject teacher.
• participate in all activities specifically arranged for sixth formers by Federation staff.
• represent the Bramcote College, if selected, in sport, music or other extra-curricular activities.
• become fully involved in College enrichment.
• it is strongly advised that students undertake no more than 10 hours per week paid employment during term time. If students do choose to undertake employment, it should be mainly at weekends.
Plagiarism is taken very seriously at Bramcote College, especially if it is connected with coursework or controlled assessment work. Plagiarism can result in an exam board cancelling a student’s exam entry and refusing to award a grade. Students who engage in plagiarism at Bramcote College not only risk having their exam papers and coursework disallowed by the exam board, they also risk being ejected from the Sixth Form.
• drive with due care and consideration for local residents and other students. Students who drive or park dangerously risk a driving ban from the Bramcote College premises.
• register details with the Post 16 Administrator of the number plates, make and colour of any car or motorbike/scooter driven to Bramcote College. The College also needs to keep a photocopy of your licence to drive or ride a vehicle and a copy of your certificate of insurance for the vehicle in order for you to be able to park it on site. If we do not have details for your vehicle, you will be asked to remove it from site.
Bramcote College agrees to:
Provide a private study facilities;
Provide guidance on learning/ study techniques;
Provide regular assessments of performance, opportunities for self-assessment, and target setting;
Provide opportunities for the student to get involved in the life of the college.