Absence & Attendance
The only reason for absence should be ill health, interviews or unavoidable family emergency. Parents are required to telephone your base site on the first day of your absence.
Lateness and truancy is dealt with in line with the Sixth Form policy as detailed in your student planner. As in the lower school, holidays will be regarded as unauthorised absences.
It is your responsibility to catch up on work you have missed through absence (although in the case of hospital treatment or prolonged absence known in advance arrangements can be made to have work sent to you). You must not use timetabled lesson time for medical/dental appointments or driving lessons.
You are expected to be in school by 8.25am every day. All students go to registration time in the morning with their tutor.
You must attend Faculty assembly once per week as designated by the Head of Sixth Form at your base site. (You are expected to attend whole Academy assemblies at your base site).
Individual departments will issue texts for part or all of the duration of your course. It is important that you return all texts issued, (unless you have purchased them under the advice of the subject area) as you will need to complete a leaving form before being signed off roll.
You can apply for an ISIC student card, an Oyster card or a London Transport Card if over 18, to obtain discounted travel.
These are vocational qualifications that are equivalent to GCSEs / A Levels. They focus on a particular industry sector e.g. Health & Social Care and Business.
Parking is available at the Merton site only. A permit must be applied for from the relevant Head of Sixth Form. If you are using the local neighbourhood you must drive and park carefully and sensibly. Driving lessons must not be booked during lessons.
You will almost certainly need to consult the Careers Service at frequent intervals during your time with us. See your form tutor for full details or the Careers notice board. Appointments should be made in advance, although a drop-in service is occasionally available.
Change of Timetable
From time to time you may find that your timetable changes when you move into a different group or change option groups for example.
All timetable changes must be discussed with the Head of Sixth Form. As changes may have consequences on career and/or higher education placements, any change of subject must be discussed fully with subject teachers, parents and careers advisors.
You are reminded that most Universities and many employers see the equivalent of a combination of 3 A Levels / BTEC Nationals as standard. You will therefore be expected to carry on with the equivalent of 3 A Levels/ BTEC Nationals into Year 13.
Clubs & Societies
A range of clubs and societies are offered depending on the interests/experience of the Sixth Form students themselves.
Coursework takes many different forms (i.e. an investigation, case-study, independent project, essay, report, etc.) Where subject areas have fixed dates for completion these will be clearly stated. You are expected to hand in work by the deadlines given. Failure to do so will result in a formal referral which may lead to a review of your position in the Sixth Form. Use the pages in this diary to record your personal deadlines. BTEC students must pay close attention to deadlines as these are linked to external dates that are set by the exam board. BTEC students should ensure they study their course summary booklet which will detail all deadlines.
You are expected to conform to the Harris dress code at all times. A copy of this can be found in this diary and in the student handbook.
Activities will be offered at all sites on a Wednesday periods 6 & 7. Year 12 students can choose between additional AS Qualifications, additional awards or areas of interest. Enrichment is compulsory for all Year 12 students.
Each Academy is a Enterprise Academy. This means we will work with you to give you opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that link to enterprise. You will have a wide variety of whole day challenges and subject specific tasks/activities that will enable you to make progress in becoming a team player, showing your leadership potential and focusing on taking risks to ‘make things happen’. Employers / HE / FE are looking for enterprise qualities in their new recruits so take full advantage of what is on offer.
Head Boy / Head Girl
You will be able to apply for the position of Head Boy / Head Girl at your base site in the Spring Term of Year 12. Those already taking an active role in the student voice will be looked upon favourably. The elected Head Boy / Head Girl from each Academy will become the Ambassadors for the Harris Federation.
A formal programme of preparation for application to higher education institutions takes place through the tutorial programme. Advice from tutors, subject teachers, senior staff and the careers service is available throughout the student’s Sixth Form experience. You will also attend a higher education day in Sixth Form. You are entitled to attend university Open Days in curriculum time subject to a maximum of five visits.
Mail & Telephone calls
Messages for students may only be taken in emergencies and must be made via the main school switchboard. Post cannot be delivered on an individual basis (unless in an emergency). Mobile phones may only be used in the social base area and never during lessons or private study. Anyone bringing in a mobile phone on site does so at their own risk. The Academy cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage to such items.
You may bring your mopeds to the Academy and park it in the designated area. You must be fully insured and have registered your moped with the Head of Sixth Form at the relevant site. The Academy will accept no responsibility for student mopeds. Due care and attention must be paid whilst driving in or around the Academy, otherwise permission will be withdrawn.
Personal stereos are only allowed to be used in the Social Base and responsibility for the equipment rests entirely with you. Please respect the needs of other students. You must not walk around any of the Academies with a personal stereo visible.
Sixth Form Social Base/ Study Centre
This is one of the key focus areas for Sixth Form life. These areas are provided as a privilege not a right. They must be treated with care and respect and will be closed by the Head of Sixth Form if they are neglected or abused. Tutor groups as designated on the responsibility rota, are accountable for tidying the Social Base & Kitchen Area at the end of the day.
Private study arrangements for quiet independent study is an essential requirement for students of further and higher education and you have the right to pursue quiet independent study.
Your subject teaches will give you guidance on how to work productively on your chosen subjects and you are encouraged to make good use of the Academy Intranet site. Internet facilities are provided but must be used for research purposes. If you are found violating the code of conduct for the use of ICT, you will be disabled from the network which may have severe implications for your programme of study. Please note the Quiet Area/Computer Area is a SILENT study area. SILENCE must be maintained to allow other students to work. You are also welcome to use the main school library at any time, although they should avoid busy periods for the lower school, such as break time.
Your progress will be formally monitored at key intervals during the course. The object of progress monitoring is to keep you informed about your work to date and to provide you with next steps to take in specific subjects. Data will also be collected on attitude to the course, meeting deadlines, absences and participation. Cause for concerns will result in a letter home to parents as will performance meriting commendation.
The rewards system runs across the Federation. See your planner for further details.
You are expected to be a positive role model for the lower Academy students. You should show exemplar standards in dress, use of language and behaviour around the Academy.
Signing IN and OUT
You must sign IN/OUT when returning/leaving the premises at all sites.
Smoking is not allowed on Academy premises nor is it expected that you go off premises to smoke in the vicinity during Academy hours. The same applies to substance abuse.
Various social events will be organised throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to participate in the planning, organisation and delivery of events.
You are expected to supply your own stationery.
The Student Council at each site meets on a regular basis to discuss Sixth Form matters. There is also a joint Federation Council who meet on a regular basis.
Upon entering the Federation you will have the opportunity to apply for roles of responsibility at your base site such as student council, fund raising, Academy guides. For each role one lead prefect will be elected who will have the added responsibility of leading the team of students within the team.
You can be placed on Study Support by any subject. If you are placed on level 2 and above you will not be allowed to leave site for the duration of the Academy day for as long as you remain on support.
You will all follow a tutorial programme during registration time. Topics cover: PSHE, Religion and Philosophy and Careers.
Your tutor is the important link person regarding your academic progress and personal welfare in school. He/she is responsible for your registration, passing on information about any concerns and helping you make a smooth transition from Year 11 to that of Higher Education or employment. He/she will write your personal references and deal with day to day matters that arise.
You are not permitted to invite non-centre friends onto any of the Federation sites as this can result in security concerns. All visitors must sign in at reception.
Most Sixth Form students do tend to do some kind of paid employment in addition to their studies and we encourage you to take up some form of paid employment if appropriate. It is important to note, however, that many recent studies have shown a direct correlation between hours of paid employment and academic performance. We advise you not to exceed 8/9 hours of employment per week. Excessive hours may help the wallet/purse feel fatter at weekends, but grades will suffer!
All Year 12 students are encouraged to find a suitable placement during the summer holiday before returning for Year 13. This will give you experience to state on your C.V.