Your Parents have supported you throughout the compulsory stages of education and are encouraging you to continue your studies. Even though you are older, their support is still essential and they will want to share with you the important moments and decisions throughout Post 16, as well as encouraging you to achieve your full potential.
Primarily we will try to deal with students directly as young adults, but out of courtesy information will be shared with parents or supporting guardians. We reserve the right to share with and involve Parents/Guardians even though you are older and in voluntary education. This will happen automatically through reports and consultation evenings, but there is also an open invitation to parents to contact us at any time and this is very much encouraged. Contact can be made directly to teaching staff for subject specific issues or through the Personal Tutor.
We use a system called ALPS which is a student centred aspirational tracking system for progression and achievement – information is available here http://www.alps-va.co.uk.
A GCSE score will be calculated for each student based on the grades they achieved at GCSE. This GCSE score is then compared to a national database of A level results from students who achieved that same GCSE score and looking at what those students, who achieved the same as your son/daughter at GCSE actually achieved at A level. An ALPS grade for your son/daughter is then set based on this national database of achievement. If your son/daughter achieves their ALPS grade it means they will have achieved in the top 25% of students who got the same as them as GCSE level.
Throughout the year students should compare work they are completing against their ALPS grade to ensure they are on track to achieve their potential. At three points throughout the year subject lecturers will record a current performance grade (CPG) for your son/daughter and this is then compared to their ALPS grade to see if they are on track. In some cases it may be felt a student can and should aim higher than their ALPS so all students are set subject specific targets to aim for to ensure they are always pushing for their best.
Students will be monitored throughout the course and at regular intervals progress will be assessed. If a student is deemed to be making unsatisfactory progress parents will be notified by either the subject leader, Director of Sixth Form or Personal Tutor. Entrance to examinations will only be made available to those students that have fulfilled the course requirements and made sufficient progress to pass the course. The decision to enter a student into an examination lies with the Head of Faculty / Subject Leader and Director of Sixth Form. Where a student fails to make adequate progress parents will be notified in advance. Where a student fails to make sufficient progress to pass a course the decision to allow the student to continue further lies with the Head of Faculty and Director of Sixth Form. Parents will have the opportunity to discuss progress at Tutor Review in November and a subject specific evening later in the year. In addition our teachers are contactable via e mail if you should have any concerns.
If a student undertakes a placement outside of term time or not on our confirmed list this is deemed a Private Arrangement between the individual and the employer and we cannot take responsibility for this. If a placement in Derbyshire is not on the list we can if given sufficient notice have it Health & Safety checked and included. We have to give a minimum of 8 weeks notice to county for Derbyshire placements. Anything out of Derbyshire requires a minimum of 12 weeks notice and there is no guarantee that these will be authorised and may incur a charge.
We expect all students to undertake some form of Community Service during their time in the sixth form. This could involve for example:
Students are required to complete the blue Sixth Form Community Service Record Form and a blue Risk Assessment Form if the service is outside of the school. Both forms should be returned to your tutor. This is very important since it will provide tutors with the information they need to write university or employment references. There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that both universities and employers value such experience.
In addition to this all students are required to take part in Enrichment Week in Year 12, which offers a further opportunity to carry out community service or work experience.Students are also expected to assist with open evenings, acting as student guides, etc. and support Year 6 students during their transition.
Key members of the Sixth Form Team
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By accepting a place in the Sixth Form at Belper School students agree to the following conditions regarding attendance:
Authorised and Unauthorised absence
If you know that you are going to be absent from school, you should apply for ‘authorised absence’ at least 2 days before that date. For example, you could gain authorised absence for a hospital appointment – other examples are listed below. In this case you must complete the blue absence form available from the Sixth Form Office or from your tutor and get it signed by the teachers whose lessons you are missing and record any work that will be missed. Once completed the form needs to be returned to the Sixth Form office so that it can be input into the daily registers.
If you know that you need to be away, but you don’t apply for an authorised absence and you miss one of your classes, we will always assume you don’t have permission to be away and the absence will be marked down as unauthorised.
Examples of reasons to apply for ‘authorised absence’:
This list is not complete and the school has the right to make the final decision on whether an absence is authorised or unauthorised.
However, if you are ever away for a reason that you couldn’t have predicted, the school will consider whether your absence was really unavoidable - but you must let them know on the day you’re away before 10am.
(You should phone the School Office (Telephone number 01773 _825281). Unless you have a really good reason why you can’t contact them on the day, they will consider your absence unauthorised .
Reasons that are not generally acceptable for authorised absence:
Absence due to sickness needs to be explained or evidenced in some way.
Also the school is entitled to turn down an application for authorised absence if there is a pattern to your absences, you are absent a lot or if they have reason to doubt you! If you are ill you will need to ring the school before 10am. The School Office (Telephone number 01773 825281).
The school term and holiday dates can be found on the following link - http://www.belperschool.co.uk/term-dates/
The school operates a 50 period timetable set over two weeks.
For many students additional support is essential to a successful learning experience. This can range from support with dyslexia, special exam arrangements to in-class assistance.
A guide to the variety of support services on offer is available from the Learning Support Team. If you have any queries, please contact us so that we can forward your contact details to them.
It is important that your son or daughter discusses any support needs at their interview to ensure that they get the support they require during their time in the Sixth Form. All full time students are given an informal assessment at the start of the course so that we can identify those needing extra help. We also welcome parents letting us know if they think their son or daughter would benefit from extra help or have other support needs which have not been picked up elsewhere. This could include medical or social issues.
Wave 1 - strategies based on classroom intervention by the subject teacher and or tutor.
Wave 2 - will be passed to the Head of Faculty if concerns persist.
Wave 3 - passed onto Sixth Form Management Team and Head of Department. Final warning
Wave 4 - issues will be passed through the Head of School and may result in the removal of the student either from the subject or school.
The good news is that you don’t need to learn plate tectonics or astrophysics.
The basics of good support at home are unchanged, they possibly just require greater tact and sensitivity: