Standards and Ethos
We expect the highest standards of a Sixth Form student at Richard Hale and in return are sure that you will have a fulfilling time with us. The Sixth Form team, along with all members of our teaching staff are looking forward to working with you and helping you to fully realise your potential.
Our Sixth Form students are outstanding ambassadors for Richard Hale School and you will have an important role to play in maintaining those standards and the deserved commendations that we regularly receive from those who come into contact with you. Richard Hale Sixth Formers have a responsibility to act in a sensible, thoughtful and considerate way that will be both appreciated and respected by others. You have an invisible badge that says ‘Role Model’ to our younger students: we expect that badge to reflect a ‘Positive Role Model’ at all times. Consistent with our high expectations we ask you to sign your Sixth Form Contract to evidence your intention to comply with our rules, procedures and expectations of you.
Academic progress is directly related to attendance. Our expectations are that all of our students achieve a minimum attendance of 95% to registration and lessons. Attendance and punctuality to registration and lessons are closely monitored and action taken if either falls below this level. High attendance levels set the tone for the way you tackle your studies and can have a major impact upon your progress. For example, a student arriving 5 minutes late to each lesson in just one subject over the course of a single week would mean the loss of 25 minutes in that week. In an average 12 week term, these missing minutes equate to 5 hours lost which is equivalent to one full week of lessons in that subject. University admission tutors and prospective employers require applicant information; poor attendance and timekeeping could impact the potential offer of a degree/apprenticeship place or part/full-time job.
Wearing your lanyard with your identity badge is a mandatory requirement at all times whilst you are on the School site. In addition, you are required to indicate your daily presence at school by using a thumb scanner immediately upon arrival on site, conveniently situated outside the Sixth Form Office and in the Sixth Form Study Centre in the main school building. When leaving site, regardless of time, it is essential that you use the thumb scanning equipment to indicate your immediate intention to leave site. You are required to attend all Sixth Form assemblies which are held on Wednesday and/or Friday mornings immediately after morning registration. Attendance at House assemblies which are usually held fortnightly on Thursdays, is also required. Sixth Form students are permitted to leave the site from 12.30pm to go into town for lunch. If students do not have a lesson Periods 4 and/or 5, they may leave the site at 12.30pm to study elsewhere for the rest of the day.
Sixth Form Dress Code
A high standard of student dress is a clear feature of the Richard Hale Sixth Form; it sets us apart from other schools. RHS Sixth Form students are role models for the rest of the school, and their behaviour enhances our reputation in the community. We therefore expect our students to accept willingly the requirement to dress in a way which is appropriate to a school whose tone is business-like and whose core purpose is serious academic study. Lanyards with ID badges must be worn at all times (not in pockets/bags) when in school.
Male Dress Requirements:
- Suit or jacket and smart trousers with shirt and tie
- Jackets to be worn at all times around school unless otherwise instructed
- Shoes to be dark and formal in nature
- Plain v-neck jumpers may be worn as well as, but not in place of, jackets
- One single modest stud earring in each ear is permitted but no other visible jewellery or piercings of any kind eg nose rings/studs; tattoos are to be covered at all times
- Facial hair and hair styles must be neat and tidy; natural colour & no shorter than a number 2 anywhere on the head; “man-buns” are not permitted; should hair be longer than collar length, it must be in a ponytail at all times
- Appropriate sportswear is to be worn for Games lessons and fixtures.
Female Dress Requirements:
- Business style suit with jacket, or dress and jacket
- Jackets are required to be worn at all times around the school unless otherwise instructed
- A blouse or shirt is to be worn under the jacket; it must not be see-through or low cut either at the front or the back; blouse and shirt sleeves may be long, short or ‘sleeveless’; ‘strappy’ tops are not permitted and girls need to ensure underwear straps are not visible
- A jumper may replace the blouse or shirt; it must be of a formal nature ie fine knit rather than chunky, open knit
- Skirts/dresses are required to be of an appropriate length; be wary of tight, jersey skirts as they have a tendency to ride up when walking
- Trousers are to be of a formal style and material; ‘ankle grazer’ style trousers are permitted, but no shorter; leggings, jeggings and jeans are not permitted; girls should be wary of tight fitting trousers sold as ‘business style’
- Modest earrings and other jewellery are permitted, but no other visible piercings eg nose rings/studs; tattoos are to be covered at all times; hair is to be of a natural colour
- Formal shoes are to be worn; ankle height boots of a formal style may be worn; canvas shoes are not permitted
- Appropriate sportswear is to be worn for Games lessons and fixtures.
If any aspect of attire is deemed inappropriate, Year Heads or members of SLT will speak to students in the first instance, in order to ensure the dress code is adhered to from the next day onwards; sanctions will be put in place if students continue to fail to meet the standards required. Girls, in particular, tend to interpret the dress code in a variety of ways: our advice to you is to remember you are in school which is a professional environment.
In keeping with the rest of the school:
- Denim or leather jackets, baseball caps, hoodies and jeans are unacceptable
- Outdoor coats, hats, scarves and gloves are not to be worn in the school buildings.
Timing of the school day
08:45 Morning registration for students
08:50 Assembly – Year/House or tutor period
09:10 Lesson 1
10:10 Lesson 2
11:10 Morning Break
11:30 Lesson 3
12:30 Lesson 4
13:25 Lunch Break
14:20 Lesson 5
15:20 End of day
During the period of public examinations (May and June) the timing of school day changes with lunch occurring an hour earlier than usual (12:30 – 13:20) which also impacts on the timing of Period 4 (13:20 – 14:20). It is occasionally necessary to conduct a small number of lessons during the lunch break (13:30 – 14:20) which will also include consortium lessons. Should you have a lunch lesson on your timetable, arrangements for lunch will differ (see section on signing in/out).
If used effectively, private study time can greatly enhance your academic development and potential. It is something you will not have had previously in school and helps you to develop the independent skills you will need in life.
During Periods 1 to 4, Year 12 students will be supervised by a member of staff for their private study periods which are undertaken in the Sixth Form Study Centre. Should you require internet access during Study Periods, you can make use of the computers found in the Sixth Form Computer room located in the main school building beneath reception (or the computers in the library when there are no lessons on). If you wish to access the internet in the Sixth Form Study Centre, you are expected to provide your own laptop or tablet. Mobile phones are not be used during private study periods.
It is expected that you at least match your taught lesson time with study outside of the classroom, a good proportion of which can be undertaken during your supervised study time in school. It is vital that your time is used effectively. You will receive study skills guidance from your subject teachers on how to plan your work more effectively and this will also be discussed during tutor time. We endeavour to develop the theme of effective study early in the first term in Year 12, looking at how best to maximise your use of study time and how to turn it into effective and appropriate study that enables you to fulfil your potential. Mrs Dixon, our Sixth Form Study Support Officer, works with students daily in both Years 12 and 13 to ensure they maximise the use of this vital aspect of post-16 learning.
You can expect to receive 9 hours of taught lessons per subject every fortnight, usually split between two Sixth Form teachers. You are expected, as a minimum, to match this amount of lesson time outside of the classroom which should be used to complete assignments / homework tasks set by your subject teachers and to conduct independent research and reading of material relevant to your chosen courses. With approximately 20 hours of private study at school each week, the larger component of your work outside the classroom could be achieved in private study, but only if you use your time effectively. Remember, your attainment by the end of Sixth Form will directly reflect the amount of time you have spent on your subjects outside of the classroom, with our very best performers consistently exceeding the minimum required. It is school policy for all assignments / homework tasks to be published on Google Classroom which not only affords task instructions but also provides your teachers the opportunity to post valuable relevant resources. Be sure that you check each of your Google Classrooms on a daily basis.