Expectations

We offer our Sixth Formers great opportunities at Wren.  In return however there are responsibilities and we have expectations which all of our students should meet.  These expectations are hopefully not onerous and they help to make Wren a better place for all members of our community.  The standards we expect from our Sixth Form are also good for them as they help prepare the Sixth Formers for what will be expected in the workplace and allows them to put something back into their community.

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All of our Sixth Formers are role models for younger students in the Academy and all are leaders.  Younger students will look up to them and will often take a lead from the way they behave.  We expect all Sixth Formers to be polite and well behaved around the Academy.  In the Library and other study areas, Sixth Formers are expected to demonstrate good learning habits.  Often, Sixth Formers will find themselves working with younger students (perhaps at a charitable event or school performance).  On these occasions the Sixth Formers must always be aware of their responsibility to encourage younger students and to set a positive example.
 

Religious Education and Collective Worship

As we are a Church of England School students with be expected to engage regularly with religious education and collective worship. This will allow them to consider moral and spiritual values and the chance to explore their own beliefs. Sixth Form students are expected to lead reflections in tutor time and deliver assemblies to the Sixth Form.
 
2_1030_sPart of the responsibility which all of our Sixth Formers must exercise is the organisation of their studies.  Whilst Wren has a range of support in place for our students, it remains the case that A Level study places more responsibility upon them for their own learning, than anything they have previously encountered.  First and foremost, students are expected to always work hard and to follow the guidance of their teachers.  All work set in class and for home learning must be completed fully.  It is the responsibility of students to discuss academic issues with their teachers and to ask questions when they do not understand or want to find out more.
 
Sixth Form students are also expected to read around their subjects and not to stick just to the texts which form part of the examination syllabus.  As well as inspiring interest, this wider reading may well be valuable when it comes to university applications.

Attendance

  • It is expected that attendance in the Sixth Form will be 100% and should never fall below 98%. We have to comment on students attendance in a UCAS reference.
  • Parents are expected to contact the attendance office on the first day of a students absence.
  • When students return to school after any period of absence, they must bring a note signed by their parent/carer giving full reasons for absence.  Permission for holiday leave must be requested in advance from Mr Smith and is strongly discouraged.  
  • Students may wish to visit university open days.  This is encouraged, but we would ask them to select carefully and limit themselves to no more than two visits during school time. Students should inform their tutor in advance and bring in a note.
  • Students are expected to inform all subject staff prior to known absences and to ensure that they catch up with class and independent work missed due to any absence.

Clothes and Appearance 

Sixth Formers are no longer required to wear school uniform, but they are expected to follow the dress code below:

Dress code for male students

  • A dark business suit with full length trousers. 
  • A formal shirt of conventional style and colour, tie optional.
  • A knitted jumper of conventional style and colour maybe worn over the shirt when it is cold but it is not a substitute for a suit blazer. 
  • Smart leather or “leather look” shoes or boots with no motifs or coloured stitching.
  • Lanyards with ID cards must be worn at all times for security reasons.

Dress code for female students

  • A smart trouser, skirt suit or dress of conventional style and colour. Skirts must be on the knee or longer. Trousers must be full length.
  • A formal button up blouse or top of conventional style and colour. 
  • A formal blazer or cardigan of conventional style and colour.
  • Smart leather or “leather look” shoes or boots with no motifs or coloured stitching.
  • Lanyards with ID cards must be worn at all times for security reasons.

The following will not be permitted

  • Trainers, plimsolls, canvas style shoes such as vans or high heeled shoes.
  • Sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts, tee shirts, tight leggings or shorts.
  • Denim, cords or leather clothing.
  • Short skirts, bare midriff, strap tops that do not cover the shoulder or tops that are see through.

Hair, Make-up and Jewellery

  • Make-up and jewellery should be discreet. 
  • There should be no visible body artistry.
  • One set of earrings may be worn, one small discreet nose piercing can be worn but no other visible body piercings are permitted.
  • Hair colour should be a natural shade and of a conventional style with no shaved patterns. Facial hair should be kept neat.

Religious Dress

Where religious dress is worn such as a hijab, turban, abaya etc., it should be worn in conjunction with the dress code and maintain its spirit.

Sports Kit

Students may choose their own sports kit but it must be appropriate for physical exercise. All students taking part in sport should have a pair of trainers, socks, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a sports t-shirt. Students who represent the Academy at sporting fixtures will be asked to ensure they have the appropriate team kit.

It is a students responsibility to be appropriately dressed throughout the day, whilst in lessons and around the Academy. If students are unsure about the acceptability of an item, they should seek the guidance of their tutor or Head of Year. Where an eventuality is not covered by the above guidance, students should maintain the spirit of the dress code. Ultimately, the decision about what is, or is not, acceptable is at the discretion of the Director of Sixth Form. 

If students do not follow the dress code, they will be asked to make amendments or sent home to change. Students will not be allowed into lessons until these expectations are met.

To see a copy of our Sixth Form Contract for all students please click here.