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Sixth Form Student Handbook

Contents:

  School Contact Information
  School Calendar
  School Term Dates
  Map of Sixth Form
  Timetable
  Assemblies
  Attendance
  ID Badges
    > Pedestrian and Car Gate
    > School Gate Opening Times
    > Student Access Times
    > FAQ: What to do if...
  Advice on Learning to Drive
    > Getting Licensed
    > Learning
    > Driving Tests
  Rules for Sixth Form Students Driving Cars to School
  Sixth Form Behaviour Charter 2017/18
  Sixth Form Dress Code 
  Sixth Form IT Information and Resources
    > Computer Login
    > Online Resources
    > Printing
    > Library Catalogue
  Monitoring Progress
    Reports and Parents' Evening Information
    Parents' Evening Bookings
    Sixth Form Exam Information
    Exams FAQ
    Our Exams Policy
    > Support System
  Sixth Form Student Leadership
    > Sixth Form Council
    > Head Boy/Girl
    > Mental Health Ambassador
    > House Captains
    > Subject Prefects
  UCAS, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Jobs
  Sixth Form Study Advice
    Sixth Form Study Guidelines
    Coursework
    Hints for studying Effectively
    Private Study
    Hints for Revising for Exams
    > Revision Tips

Map of Sixth Form

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Timetable

Nine hours per fortnight are usually allocated to each A-Level subject. If re-sit classes clash with A-Level lessons, the latter have priority. Sixth Form are expected to use all of their study periods productively, by registering with a member of staff and attending the supervised and silent study periods allocated on their timetable. The exact amount of time will vary from student to student dependent on how many A-Levels they are studying.

Every student will receive a printed copy of their timetable at the start of the academic year. In the case of a timetable becoming mislaid, lost or damaged a new timetable is available upon request from Sixth Form Reception.

Empty timetable templates which you can customise are also available from the links below:

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Assemblies

Every Sixth Former will have:

  • One house assembly per week
  • One Sixth Form debate assembly per week
  • One year group seminar/tutorial per week

House

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Bisham

Year 12 seminar/tutorial

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

Sixth Form Assembly

 House Assembly

Debate Day

Bray

House Assembly

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

Sixth Form Assembly

Debate Day

Year 12 seminar/tutorial

Cookham

Year 12 seminar/tutorial

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

Sixth Form Assembly

Debate Day

House Assembly

Dorney

Year 12 seminar/tutorial

House Assembly

Sixth Form Assembly

Debate Day

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

Eton

Year 12 seminar/tutorial

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

Sixth Form Assembly

House Assembly

Debate Day

Henley

House Assembly

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

Sixth Form Assembly

Debate Day

Year 12 seminar/tutorial

Marlow

Year 12 seminar/tutorial

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

Sixth Form Assembly

Debate Day

House Assembly

Windsor

Year 12  seminar/tutorial

House Assembly

Sixth Form Assembly

Debate Day

Year 13 seminar/tutorial

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Attendance

Attendance is compulsory for Year 12. Students may only leave the school site during break 1 and 2. As is the case with the rest of the school, people who are sick should report to the Sixth Form Reception for assistance. In case of an emergency students should report to Sixth Form reception to request permission to go home. Year 13 students have the privilege to sign in and out of school, during free periods. However, if students do not make expected levels of progress, this privilege can be withdrawn.

With the exception of break times, you are expected to be on the premises during the length of the school day. All students must sign out and sign in on their return with Mrs Pasa. If you are absent please call the Sixth Form absence number below to inform us of your absence before 8.30am.

Sixth Form Absence Number: 01628 762236

On your return, you need to ask each of your subject teachers what work you have missed and catch up as quickly as possible. "I was away" is no excuse for not being up to date with set work and class notes.

The content of A-Level courses is very high; it is important that you do not miss lessons. Do not take time off school unless it is essential. This includes family holidays during term time.

Any appointments resulting in a lesson being missed should be notified by a parent/carer in advance to your form tutor, or Mrs Pasa if the form tutor is not available, but we would appreciate it if all such appointments should be made out of school time where possible. Any other requests for absence should be made in writing to Mr Dollery, Head of Sixth Form - james.dollery@furzeplatt.net.

It is expected that students achieve at least 95% attendance throughout the year. Attendance is calculated from 8.45am every day, students who miss registration are then absent for the rest of the morning, regardless of lessons attended. Maintaining high attendance is essential for Year 12s continuing into Year 13, all attendance data is quoted on references and passed on to universities.

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Punctuality

Teachers are required to monitor both your attendance and punctuality. You are expected to be punctual at all times, lateness for no good reason is bad manners. 

If you are late for your lesson without due reason, then you should expect to be sent away with that lesson's work and sanctions may be imposed. 

There is a weekly Sixth Form detention which is supervised by Mrs Pasa, for those students who are late to tutor time during the week. 

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ID Badges

Every Sixth Form student receives an ID badge at the start of time with us. These badges are expected to be worn visibility at all times for the duration your studies at Furze Platt Sixth Form. The standard gate access on the student ID cards will only open the pedestrian gates. Ungraded access to the car gate can be acquired if needed at Sixth Form Reception. Full details on our policy for students wishing to drive and park on site can be found here.

Pedestrian Gate

Car Gate

School Gate Opening Times

Student Access Times

FAQ: What to do if...

  • your ID Badge is broken or damaged?
  Take your ID badge to Miss Chetwood in the portacabin, this office is near the pedestrian gate next to the bike sheds.
  • you need your ID bagged access ungraded to include the car gate?
  See Mrs Pasa at Sixth Form Reception to discuss upgrading your access to the car gate. Full details of the documentation we require from you and our policy on driving around site can be found in this section.
  • you have lost your ID badge?
  Pay £5 to Sixth Form Reception for a replacement ID badge. You will be notified once the ID badge has been printed and is ready for collection.
  • you have left your ID badge at home?
  Explain what has happened to Sixth Form Reception and they will lend you a temporary student badge. Please note, these temporary badges do not open the School gates.

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Advice on Learning to Drive

For many people, learning to drive can be a milestone in our wish to become more independent and take on more responsibility.

Getting Licensed 
Before you can learn to drive, you will need to apply for a provisional driving licence. You can apply for one online at Gov.uk (www.gov.uk/browse/drivinq/drivinq-licences) or fill in the 01 form from the post office. You cannot learn to drive until you are 17 years old for cars or 16 for mopeds.  When applying for a licence you must tell the DVLA about any medical conditions or special needs that could affect your driving. These include things like heart conditions, diabetes, cancers/tumours and vision problems. For further details, visit the DVLA's website (www. dvla.gov.uk). 

Learning 
Once you've got your licence, you will then have two options: learn with an accompanying driver or a registered driving instructor. The Government's Driving Standards Agency (DSA) strongly recommends learning to drive with a registered Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). There are thousands of driving schools and instructors around, ranging from small, independent instructors to national driving schools.  If you do decide to practice with an accompanying driver, they must be over 21 years old and have had a full driving licence for at least three years. They also must put you, the learner, on their car insurance, ensure the car is safe and roadworthy and put L plates on their car. 
 
Driving Tests 
The theory test is a two part test conducted on a computer. The first part is a multiple-choice test where candidates need to answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly. The second part of the test is called a hazard perception test. This test consists of 14 video c!lips in which you must identify when hazards start to develop. Once you have passed your theory test, you have two years in which to pass your practical test. 
Once you've taken enough lessons, you will then need to take a practical driving test. These are set by the DSA and you will need to book your test beforehand. You can contact the national test booking line on 0300 200 1122 or book online via their website (www.gov.uk/book-driving-test). Practical tests normally take around 40 minutes and are designed to see if you can drive safely and demonstrate that you know the Highway Code. 

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Rules for Sixth Form Students Driving Cars to School

Driving lessons must not be arranged during school time. Students may however arrange a lesson immediately prior to a test. You should notify the Sixth Form Manager, Mrs Pasa (mary.pasa@furzeplatt.net), well in advance when you have a test during in school time.

The following rules must be observed at all times:-

  1. Sixth Form students who wish to drive to and from school should apply for permission from the Sixth Form Manager. Such permission is ultimately at the school’s discretion and should generally be sought only if other suitable forms of transport are unavailable. We encourage students to use public transport whenever possible and to walk to the school if they live nearby.
  2. Any student driving to school must possess a current full driving license. His/her parents must confirm that the vehicle authorised for use, is fully taxed, fully insured against all risks, and has a current MOT certificate (where needed). The relevant documental evidence must be submitted to the Sixth Form Manager. Once this evidence is provided students will be able to have their personal ID badge upgraded to include vehicle gate access. All students will also be issued with a car parking permit which must be displayed on their dashboard or front windscreen at all times.
  3. Passenger lifts should only be given if there is full passenger liability insurance, and drivers must not carry passengers under 18 without first having obtained the permission of the passengers’ parents.
  4. Cars should be parked in the Leisure Centre car park at all times. This is necessary to avoid congestion and parking problems and for pedestrian safety.
  5. Those students who are learning to drive should not drive on to the school site, even whilst under the supervision of an instructor.
  6. Sixth Form students are reminded of the importance of safe driving. The provisions of the highway code must be respected at all times, as must all legal and other provisions affecting drivers and passengers (including the use of mobile phones). No-one else’s car is to be manhandled or interfered with in any way. It is specifically forbidden for any Sixth Form student to drive another student’s vehicle.
  7. Sixth Form students must not use their cars during the course of the school day (even if they have a study period). Cars must be used strictly as a means of transport to and from school. Students may travel to an authorised activity with the permission of a member of staff and permission is subject to the provisions of rules 1 and 2 above. Before they travel to a school activity in another student’s car, the passenger must give a letter giving permission to do so from their parents, to the teacher in charge of that activity.
  8. The registration number of any car which may be driven to school must be notified to the Sixth Form Manager on the proforma provided. Any subsequent changes in the registration details of a student’s car must be notified to the Head of Sixth Form in advance of it being driven to school.
  9. Picnicking in cars should be avoided, and car radios should never be left on at such a volume as to disturb others while cars are parked there. Any litter from parked cars should be deposited in the nearest rubbish bin.
  10. The speed limit on School grounds is 5 mph.

Any Sixth Form student who ignores and/or breaks the rules is liable to have permission to drive to school withdrawn.

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Sixth Form Behaviour Charter 2017/18

Being a member of the sixth form means that you set an example to a very large number of more junior students, and from the start of your sixth form career you must be aware of this. We confidently expect a high standard of behaviour from you when you are seen in public, which is for many of your school days. You will be seen by other students, by visitors to the school, including the parents of prospective students and, in the immediate environs of the school, by our neighbours and the general public, all of whom will form judgements about you and the school from what they see. 
The steady development of mature and responsible behaviour in you is also very important for your future. You are people on whom responsibilities are likely to be placed early in your working lives because o·f your abilities. You cannot hope to learn adulthood the night before a job or University interview! 

Under this agreement, the Sixth Form will endeavour to provide students with:

  • A curriculum of courses that is delivered by suitably qualified and effective members of staff using
  • Appropriate facilities and resources.
  • A friendly, caring and supportive environment.
  • A tutor who monitors your progress and provides guidance and assistance in setting targets for improvement.
  • Careers guidance suited to your needs with easy access to expert careers advice.
  • The opportunity to take part in leisure and extra-curricular activities.
  • Opportunities each year for your parents/guardians to come into school to discuss your progress.

In return, all Sixth Form students agree to:

  • Attend all scheduled lessons/sessions punctually (as shown on official timetable), including tutor time, biweekly year group tutorials, supervised independent study, independent study, career planning sessions, rec and demonstrate the VESPA (Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice & Attitude) Sixth Form mind set when presented with challenge.
  • Commit to being an outstanding role model for students around the School.
  • Effectively manage relationships in a mature, respectful and intelligent manner.
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to life in the Sixth Form and embrace the opportunities presented (including mentoring, careers research and involvement in extra-curricular activities).
  • Accept responsibility for your own learning with the support of your subject teachers and tutor, and to engage in any form of intervention and support provided to ensure that progress is made.
  • Consistently maintain an acceptable attitude to learning grade Good or better (1 or 2) for all my subjects.
  • Take responsibility to complete ALL assessed work and submit by set deadlines.
  • Maintain an attendance rate of at least 96% and accept that should my attendance drop, appropriate intervention will be implemented by the school.
  • To dress smartly and meet the Sixth Form dress code and always wear your student ID badge.
  • To have a collective responsibility for maintaining the condition of the Sixth Form block, and not to drop litter or deliberately damage fixtures or fittings.
  • Take personal responsibility to regularly check school emails.
  • Attend all compulsory visits and events scheduled in the Sixth Form.

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Sixth Form Dress Code 

One of the simplest, but most effective ways in which you can show your maturity is in your appearance. We recognise that the, way you dress is one form of self-­expression, but this needs, in a community such as this school, to be tempered by moderation. 
We expect the Sixth Form to dress in a conventional, smart manner, and that your appearance gives a clear impression to others that you have taken care in your dress and grooming. Lanyards and ID badges must be worn at all times. 
We consider that denim jeans and jackets of any colour, T-shirts and sloppy jumpers are unsuitable for school wear. Sports wear, e.g. tracksuit jackets and trainers are also unacceptable. Relaxed, comfortable dressing need not and should not be untidy dressing. Nose rings or studs are forbidden. 

Male: smart shoes, smart trousers, shirt, tie and jacket.

Female: smart shoes, smart trousers or skirt, blouse, jacket. Skirts should not be too short and tops not too low.

Items not permitted:

  • Hoodies of any kind (even if worn under smart jackets)
  • Trainers or stiletto high heels
  • Leggings or Jeggings
  • Jeans/denim trousers
  • Short skirts, jersey stretch style skirts
  • Shorts of any kind
  • See through tops/chiffon blouses if worn without a top underneath
  • Crop tops/anything with thin straps that exposes the shoulder
  • Low cut tops
  • Slouchy big knits (that do not fit under a jacket)

Please ensure that you have spare items of the dress code, so that you do not come to school in unacceptable dress. Those repeatedly offending will be sent home to change. Students and parents will sign an agreement on the dress code at the start of the academic year. 

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Sixth Form IT Information and Resources

Computer Login

Login in to a desktop or laptop with primary username and password.

You have 2 usernames!

  • Primary username allows access to all school PCs and laptops. (e.g. smithj)
  • FP Online username (primaryusername@furzeplatt.com, e.g. smithj@furzeplatt.com) allows access to Google documents and Gmail hosted by FP Online – https://sites.google.com/a/furzeplatt.com/welcome/
    This is also your email address

Your initial password will be the same for all logins.

Online Resources

Most school resources can be accessed via the “Resources” tab on the school website http://www.furzeplatt.comOpen Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. The home page should be http://www.furzeplatt.com, if not, type it in.

These are the options which appear on he menu bar when you click on the 'Resources' button:

Online Resource How to Access Description/Comments
FP Online

Click the "FP Online" link under “Resources” on the Main School website, then click on the “Students” or "Sixth Form" section. 

Enter your email = smithj@furzeplatt.com, next, enter your password.

This will give you access to various resources, Email, Docs, etc.

Remember to log out of computers when you have finished. You can only log in to one computer at a time, so if you don’t log out you won’t be able to use another computer.

Show My Homework This can be accessed from any browser via Resources on the school website, or https://furzeplatt.showmyhomework.co.uk/sign_in You must click on the red g+ button (do not try to use your username and password in the login fields as this won’t work) and then on the new windows type in your FP Online username and password. Alternatively, from the landing page on FP Online, click on the SMHW logo on the left hand side, then click on the red g+ button. This is a web based homework setting facility.
Moodle Use your primary username and password. This resource is primarily used for ICT and Computing lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printing

You have a printing and photocopying allowance of £10. Use it wisely. You can use any of the Multi- Function Printers (MFPs) to make photocopies. Use your primary username and password on the touch screen on the MFP. 

How to Print?

  1. Either using >File >Print or CTRL+P, enter the printing options screen
  2. From the printer drop down, choose the Sixth-Printer1 on fpss-prn
  3. In printer properties, set up any document parameters (such as double sided, etc)
  4. Now click on ‘Print’
  5. A  green Job Notification screen will now appear. Double check the details of the job and then click on ‘Print’
  6. Your document will now be sent to the copier outside of the Common Room

If the Job Notification screen in point 7 does not appear, please restart the computer and then send the job again

How to use the copier functions?

  1. Login to the printer copier with your primary username and password.
  2. On the PaperCut screen, click on the 'Use copier functions' button.
  3. An account confirmation screen will appear. Double check these details and click ‘OK’.
  4. Using the on screen functions, set up any document options (such as doubled sided, etc).
  5. Once you are happy with the parameters, insert the document into the document feeder or place it on the glass.
  6. The go button will now light up (this is the big round button on the bottom right hand-side). Press this button to start the copying process.

Laptop Bank

You can take out laptops from the laptop bank in the Sixth Form lobby. Use the fingerprint scanner and follow the onscreen instructions to access a laptop. When returning laptops please ensure the power lead is plugged back in, otherwise it will not register as being returned properly and you won’t be able to book out another.

Library Catalogue

The “Library Catalogue” shortcut, found on school computer desktops, allows you to access and search the school library.

IT Support

You can email itsupport@furzeplatt.net if you have any technical problems with school systems or software. 

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Sixth Form Common Room

Our Sixth Form common room has been furnished to a high standard, providing comfortable accommodation for relaxation and discussion. It is not suitable for serious study. The general condition and tidiness of the common room is the collective responsibility of the whole Sixth Form. Generally, it is maintained well by its users. In order to encourage responsible behaviour, a Common Room Fund is payable on entering the sixth form. The common room committee will have access to these funds but priority must be given to any maintenance and repairs.

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Learning Resources Centre (Library) and Study Rooms 

Sixth Form students are the primary users of the library, it is important to maintain high standards of private study by adhering to the following essentials: silence, no eating or drinking, iPods are permitted at a reasonable volume level. Avoid using the library as a corridor and remain in the library for the whole period to avoid disturbing others. The same guidelines apply to the study rooms for Years 12 and 13.

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Monitoring Progress

Half term tests marked to 'A' level standard and graded A, B, C, D, E and U for attainment, are conducted in the last week of the first three half terms. Effort grades for the half term's work range from 1 Very Good) to 4 (Unacceptable). Both sets of grades are recorded on grade sheets which are taken home at the end of the first week of the following half term. 
In addition, in Year 12, the legacy A-Level subjects will have Pre Public Exams (PPE) in January as well as their AS public exams in the summer. New A-Level subjects will only have end of year internal exams in Term 6 of Year 12, and not external AS exams. In Year 13 there will be PPE in December.

Useful Links:

 Support System 

This is provided, for at least half a term in the first instance, for those students whose progress is happened by inadequate effort and attendance, as indicated by a '4' grade for effort. Form Tutors liaise with subject teachers, using short, detailed weekly reports, to review progress more regularly and intensively. Interviews are held between the Form Tutor, the Head of Sixth Form an the student. Strategies for tracking work are devised. If necessary, a case conference with parents will be called. Additional support through an academic mentor may be offered. In extreme cases, where no progress has been made over an extended period of time, a recommendation to seek opportunities elsewhere might be adopted.

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Sixth Form Student Leadership

Sixth Form Council

This body meets regularly to organise activities such as social functions, fund-raising activities, community service, liaising with staff.

The Sixth Form council comprises of: 

  • Head Boy and Head Girl
  • Mental Health Ambassador
  • House Captains (usually two student house captains for each of the eight houses)

Full details on the bullet points below can be found here on FP Online:

  • Student Leadership Application Process
  • List of the current Student Leadership
  • Agendas
  • Meeting minutes

Please note this information is only available to our students and will require login details.

Head Boy/Girl 

These leaders of the senior school have shown outstanding personal and social qualities, with a strong capacity or leadership. Among their responsibilities are the organisation of the prefect rota, representing the school at major public functions such as Open Day and Celebration Evening, and the general oversight of Sixth Form life. 
Head Boy and Girl are appointed to attend the Pupils and Parents Governors Committee meetings. Although they have no voting rights, the representatives will have ample opportunity to express their view on sixth form and general school matters. 

Mental Health Ambassador

 

House Captains 

House Captains are positions of great responsibilities throughout the school, and it is expected that House Captains will act with suitable maturity. House Captains are directly responsible to their Head of House. House Captains will be required to arrange a regular meeting with their Head of House to discuss roles and responsibilities. The large bulk of the work of House Captains will be to organise house challenges as per the published calendar. 

Subject Prefects

Becoming a Prefect is regarded as a privilege and also recognition of your achievements and participation. It is not an automatic award and prefects are expected to maintain the highest standards of work and behaviour.
Subject Prefects will be directly responsible to their Head of Department and they will be expected to attend open evenings, run clubs and promote the department. We expect that members of the Sixth Form but especially prefects will take an active role in the life of the school and develop a sense of responsibility towards their fellow students and the community beyond.
The number of students who may become Subject Prefects is not restricted. All those who have a satiable profile will be considered. 
Not everyone wants to become a Prefect, but all students should aim to be able to offer a good profile since it is precisely this level of achievement and participation that Universities and employers look for and which will enable you to write a convincing Personal Statement on your UCAS application.

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Sixth Form Study Advice

Advice on the list of topics below and much more can be found under our 'Useful Documents' section here on FP Online:

Please note this information is only available to our students and will require login details.

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