Life in the 6th Form
This year we have 27 Senior Prefects. Prefects are asked to apply in writing for the post and are interviewed by a senior member of staff before appointment. We value our prefects hugely and the role they have in the school.
Prefects are engaged in a number of activities such as Community/Charity Projects. Senior Prefects have overseen a number of charity days including Macmillan coffee mornings, Wear it Pink days and Isabel Hospice charity fundraising events.
Senior Prefects also take a leading role in the SCIP (Stanborough Community Involvement Project) programme. Students visit primary school, nurseries and local hospitals to work with others to develop their personal qualities.
Duties include supporting the good running of the school at lunchtimes. Prefects are visible around the school and promote our school ethos. They are fabulous role models who our younger students seek to replicate.
Enrichment and activities outside the curriculum
The Sixth Form experience is more than gaining academic qualifications – although this is of utmost importance. We place great emphasis on ensuring that our students are also well rounded individuals.
We pride ourselves in offering a wide range of responsibilities and activities which give the students an opportunity to develop themselves and give something back to the wider school community. These additional roles and responsibilities also add credibility to both job and UCAS applications.
Here are just a few opportunities that are available:
- House Captains, Senior Prefects and Head of School
- Taking a lead in a whole range of activities within houses
- Community service both within school and in the wider communities
- Representing the school at official events
- Peer mentoring and academic mentoring
- Higher education visits to universities and conventions
- Mock interviews with university lecturers and senior business figures
- Guest speakers
- Music – school, district and international tours
- Sports teams – school, district and county competitions
- Theatre visits
- Sixth Form Subject Conferences
- Duke Of Edinburgh Awards : Bronze – Gold
Heads of 6th Form 2017/18
I’ll be leading the extra-curricular cluster and helping to organise events, clubs and a new student-penned newspaper. I’ve prepared for this role by talking to other students about the type of activities that they would like to see the school offer outside of lessons, as well as talking to teachers about the kinds of things we can do to make it happen.
I’m actually a very competitive person and I guess that I work best under pressure. Much like during my time as one of Ashridge’s House Captains, I hope to see more people getting involved in things around the school and local community.
I think that the most enjoyable part of being a Head of School will be discussing things with the different people that I am hoping to meet, both students and teachers.
My new role at means I aspire to be a role model and ambassador for our school and work with the students and teachers. I plan to consistently work with my cluster to the best of my ability, meaning I meet them twice a month and communicate regularly via group emails. I will also be working with students lower down the school on events and to improve communication of ideas, ensuring we all get a say. I am planning a new system for the school giving students a chance to show off what they are good at. Whether it’s history, French, dance or maths, they will get to focus on their talents and utilise them for big events.
I will enjoy working with the other year groups to create something amazing and guide/encourage confidence in the student ideas. Also seeing students enjoy themselves (even if we get stupidly stressed) would make me so proud.
Throughout my time at Stanborough, I have been involved in leadership roles which have prepared me to take on this role. So far, this role is definitely a step-up from anything that I’ve done before but it’s the challenge that makes it so interesting!
I think I will most enjoy building good relationships with the teachers but also, most importantly, the students. Through these relationships, I am looking forward to passing on the experiences and knowledge I have gained from the last 6 years, to then aid others in achieving their potential. In my eyes, one of the most rewarding things is seeing the successes of others and so this will definitely be the most enjoyable aspect for me.
My role is as a Head of School, as Leading House Ambassador. In my role, I will be heading up the charity cluster which is an honour, especially for a cause which I’m so passionate about, and I will be attached to the year 9 school council which will allow me to get to hear the opinions of younger students, and hopefully bridge the gap between us.
From a young age I’ve had a very keen interest in mental health and it’s a cause very close to my heart. Through running the charity cluster, I’m looking forward to having a prominent role in school fundraising, especially for such a fantastic mental health organisation. By the time I leave in Year 13, I hope to have made my mark at Stanborough with regards to mental health, through raising awareness, uniting all in tackling it, and by getting more young people talking about it.
My role also includes ‘in-lesson’ support coordination, which I’m pleased to be taking on as I think it’s a great way to strengthen the relationship between the lower school and post-16, with benefits for both.
My role is known as “Leading House Ambassador” and this involves helping and aiding the new house captains throughout the year in the main house events and helping with any problems they may have. I have prepared for this role by getting involved in the House Captain interviews and helping to select a few of the applicants for the role. I also have set out my ideas of how I can make the House Captains lives as easy as possible. I have already planned out my ideas for the upcoming year so I am prepared and ready to carry them out. I hope I can bring each House Captain together to feel like a team and to hopefully expand my leadership skills further.
I feel like what I’ll enjoy about the role the most is being able to watch and support others, seeing them achieve what they wanted at the end of the House events. One thing I really enjoy doing is helping others and this role is perfect for that. I also love seeing the students enjoy themselves in the House events and seeing what they get out of it.
Expectations and Work Ethic
Students are to be punctual and attend all registrations and lessons. Students who are to be out of school for valid reasons must, prior to the absence, ensure that they collect and complete a ‘Leave of Absence’ form. Failure to meet the minimum 90% attendance to individual subjects will result in your progression to Year 13 being put at risk.
Students must arrive fully prepared for lessons. Students may not be allowed to join the lesson if homework / preparation work is not completed to the required standard, or just not completed. Students may be sent away to complete the work and must return as soon as they have completed the work, at which point they can be readmitted to the lesson.
Students are to take responsibility for their own learning and be proactive in seeking help. This includes seeing teachers outside of lessons if they are struggling with any work, organising 1:1s as necessary and managing the demands of Sixth Form study.
Students are to adhere to the Sixth Form dress code, including wearing the Sixth Form identity badge. Failure to dress appropriately will result in students being sent home to change
Students are required to check emails daily.
Sixth Form Work Ethic
We would like to reiterate the study hours to remind parents and students of the expectations for successful Post 16 study. The most important thing a student can do is put in the required amount of study.
This sounds very simple but you would be surprised at how many students fail to meet this expectation. On average a student should complete five hours per week per subject. For most students, this is 15-20 hours per week. Students SHOULD be making revision resources on a weekly basis in order to be successful in the summer.
The extra study may include: coursework, homework, extended reading, revision or past examination papers.
We actively encourage our students to become independent learners and to manage their time effectively. Not all students find time management easy and we work in small groups, with those students, to help them create a study timetable for both in and out of school. If you would like your son or daughter to access this, please let us know.
Here is our top 10 list of tips which all students should be embedding into their weekly academic work:
Ensure they have a planner or reliable electronic device to record all homework and coursework. Logging work should obviously include hand in dates.
Students should have a study timetable, this should outline when they plan to work and what subject they will be studying. 15 -20 hours study a week does not just happen, it should be planned for!
Ensure that they have a file for each subject, with dividers to separate work for different teachers or topics.
At the front of each file should be the subject specification, this can be downloaded from the exam board website. Students should check with staff that they have the correct one.
Students should highlight topics on the specification as they complete them. Ideally three different coloured highlighters should be used, green for topics they understand, amber for topics they are a little unsure on and red for the areas they really struggle with.
Complete all set homework, in a quiet, uninterrupted study area (yes this means turn off your mobiles /facebook /twitter etc!)
Read around topic areas covered in the text book, as you go along. This should be part of your homework.
Make revision resources from lesson notes and wider reading (mind maps/post it notes) – these should include trigger words, again this should be done on a weekly basis.
Completion of past papers (use mark schemes to self-assess strengths and weaknesses). Again this should be a weekly activity, not completing a whole paper but picking particular sections /topics to answer and mark. Ideally keep a box of all past papers and mark schemes that you download from the exam board website.
It is a student’s right to be delivered a full programme of study in their subjects and to be given proper support and assistance by their tutor and other staff.
For this to happen you need to attend all lessons and tutorials on time. One of the first comments made in any reference concerns attendance and punctuality. Attendance is based on prompt arrival to registration as well as attendance to all lessons. They are very important aspects of your ability to organise yourself as well as good manners.
If you know that you will be absent from school for some reason, including university and college open days, you must collect a Leave of Absence Request form from the Sixth Form Office. This should be signed by a member of the Sixth Form Team. If the absence is unplanned, due to illness for example, the school must be notified as soon as possible and students will need to see teachers in order to catch up with work as soon as they return to school. Unauthorised absences do not look good on your record and again reflect negatively on any reference. Truancy will be sanctioned under the terms of our behaviour policy.
During the school day students must remain on the premises during lesson time. If there is a legitimate reason to leave, you can speak to someone in the Sixth Form office who may give you permission to sign out. It is important that students sign in and out when they leave the school site.
Be in lessons on time
Arrange doctors, dentists and orthodontists appointments etc. out of lesson times
This is obviously the time when many students start having driving lessons. You can arrange these outside of school hours only.
Holidays are not authorised during term time.
We strongly believe at Stanborough that financial considerations should not detrimentally affect a student’s ability to pursue Post 16 study. We are aware of the additional expense necessitated through the purchase of text books and study materials; thus we have a bursary system in place and the process of application is through a letter to the Headteacher. For your application to be considered you will need to meet certain pre-existing criteria. The bursary policy can be found on the main school website.
Post 16 Pastoral Care
Post 16 represents a new beginning. Students, however, continue to benefit from the excellent pastoral care offered at Stanborough School.
The Post 16 team are well-versed in the specific needs of Post 16 students, and offer support and guidance on the next phase of their lives, whether that is an application to university, apprenticeship programmes, seeking employment or taking a gap year.
The pastoral programme is geared towards the needs of a young adult, and covers issues such as good study techniques, preparation for university, citizenship, time management, safe driving, fire safety, living away from home and drugs and alcohol awareness talks.
We operate an open door policy giving students access to guidance and support when needed.