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Registration and Attendance

Students must attend registration and all lessons, including the weekly Sixth Form assembly on Fridays. Attendance will be monitored on a day-by-day basis. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he/she is marked present or medical appointments have been properly recorded.

All students ARE EXPECTED TO BE ON SITE FROM 8.25 TO 2.45 EVERYDAY. Individual timetables will be reviewed with the Head of Post-16 in September to allocate time for work experience/voluntary work.

If an absence is unforeseen please telephone the Phoenix Centre (01773 712477)or email so the tutor can be informed. It is crucial that any missed work is caught up at the earliest opportunity. Should there be an extended absence or students are having difficulty catching up work, the tutor, and the Head of Post-16 (Miss Sarah Murray) are available to support them and help students plan a programme for completing missed work.

If an absence is known in advance, please inform both tutor and subject teachers beforehand as well as completing and submitting the ‘Planned Absence’ form – from reception. Students should check what work is being covered in any missed lessons, making every effort to keep up with it whilst away (if possible) or immediately on their return. Regular and punctual attendance is essential. There are clear links between good attendance and examination success.

In the event of staff absence – work will always be set. Where we are aware of the absence in advance we will endeavour to inform students before the start of the lesson and advise them of the work via electronic means.

Holidays should not be planned during term time. Since education/training became compulsory for students until the age of 18, holidays are not permitted in term time and parents may be fined up to £60 per parent, per child, preholiday.

Second year course teaching starts during the latter part of the summer term. Therefore, it is crucial that students are present unless there is a genuine and unavoidable reason. Medical and other appointments, where possible, should be made outside school time.


Copies of these are available from the P16 Office or on insight which parents can access

Private Study

This is an important part of Sixth Form study. Preparation, research, supplementary reading, written assignments and a range of other out of lesson tasks may occupy more time than taught lessons themselves. Whilst approximately a third of the timetable time for most students is designated for private study, it is necessary to spend additional time studying in the evenings and at weekends.

There are study areas for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students. The Resources Centre in P20 provides specialist resources (including Higher Education prospectuses and careers materials) and working space, as well as access to computers and the Internet.

Post 16 education is full time and students must make best use of ‘Free Periods’ in school. Students must also attend registration and all assemblies. In addition, the school will arrange certain events during the course of the school day, these form part of our statutory obligations and are therefore compulsory to attend.


High standards of conduct are expected from Sixth Form students at all times. As the most senior students in the school, it is expected that they will act as positive role models, setting an appropriate example for younger students in terms of both conduct and attitude to work. Mobile phones and MP3 players must be switched off in classrooms and only used at break and lunchtimes around the Phoenix Centre, NOT the Main School. We reserve the right to confiscate any that are being used inappropriately.


Student progress is monitored throughout the year. Target grades (based on prior attainment and cognitive ability) will be set early in the course and subject teachers will report formally on progress once in the autumn term and once in the spring term. Targets will constantly be reviewed in the light of progress to ensure that they provide the appropriate level of challenge.

There will be regular progress discussions between student and tutor throughout the year. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with tutors on parents’ evenings (one in year 12 and one in year 13).

All student progress will be monitored by subject and form tutors as well as the Head of Post-16. Where a student falls behind or is at risk of underachieving, a range of intervention strategies will be put in place to try to ensure that the student is successful. Students need to achieve 95% attendance in Year 12 to continue into Year 13.

Since September 2013 it has been a legal requirement that all Post-16 students undertake a ‘study programme’. This is made up in the following way:

A Study Programme 16-19
A substantial qualification
(e.g. BTEC First
(L2) Nationals
(L3) or GCE A levels)
English and Maths to Level 2 (if not already)
Preparation for work and/or Work experience
Tutorial, enrichment, non-qualification activity

Target 600 Planned Learning Hours

We will provide evidence of the ‘tutorial & enrichment programme’ and the ‘substantial qualification’, and will support you and collate the legally required evidence of your participation in work experience.

Work Experience

All learners are encouraged to undertake work experience of some kind. This can be in the form of paid employment, voluntary work, vacation internship, weekly or block placement. Indeed, in preparation for higher education in areas such as medicine, dentistry, midwifery and nursing, veterinary science and nursing, education, law, amongst others. It is essential to be able to discuss what ‘skills’ you have learnt from the placement and also those gained during the organisation of it.

16-19 Bursary

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The fund is made available from the government through its funding body – Education Funding Agency (EFA) for 16-18 year olds at the start of the academic year – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?
Students following government (EFA) funded full time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over and satisfy one or more of the following criteria: -

• Students aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/18 who are in care or are leaving care
• Are in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right
• Are disabled and in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance

Who is not eligible for 16-19 Bursary Funding?
• Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age on 31/08/18
• Students who do not meet the residency qualifications
• Students who do not fulfil any of the criteria described above

Social Events

Sixth Form social engagements and other events are organised through the Phoenix Centre Council, made up of representatives from tutor groups. The Committee meet regularly to discuss concerns and ideas for the Phoenix Centre.

Exams and Assessments

It is important that Sixth Form students take responsibility for managing their own learning. Therefore, it will be your responsibility to check administration documents and exam timetables.
Points to note:
• Special arrangements – if students have had them in the past, or feel you may be entitled to special arrangement or consideration for your              exams, please bring this to the attention of your personal tutor at the start of the course
• Re-sits, appeals and script access – these will be payable by you in full and must be organised through the Exams Officer
• Clashes – it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Exams Officer of any timetable clashes in plenty of time
• Sitting exams – rooms will be displayed on notice boards, arriving 10 minutes before the start time is essential, late arrival will result in non-            entry
• Failure to attend – this is chargeable in most instances unless a doctor’s certificate is provided
• Mobile phones – are strictly prohibited including the Apple watch and can lead to disqualification

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There are a range of extra-curricular opportunities for students in Post-16. These include:
• Phoenix Council
• Sports Teams
• Curricula support in Lower School
• Community Support
• Mentoring Lower School Students

We are continually adding to extra-curricular activities and seek to listen to what our students ask for. If there are activities that you would like to see us offer, please talk to us about it.

Programme of Events

Throughout the school year we organise a wide range of events, not just for our students but for parents too.
• UCAS Workshops
• CV & Job Application Workshops
• Road Safety Day
• UCAS Parents Information Meeting
• UCAS Parents Finance Talk
• Higher Education Fair
• Parents Consultation Evening
• Target Setting Day
• Masterclasses at various Universities
• Nottingham Trent University Summer School
• Study Skills & Team Building
• Visits from Armed Forces Personnel
• Challenge Days at Nottingham Trent and Derby Universities
• Summer Schools with Social Mobility Foundation
• Derby Cathedral 6th Form Parliament programme
• NTU – Street Law programme

Dress Code

While there is no uniform for Sixth Form students, it is expected they will dress in a sensible and appropriate manner.

Students will not be permitted to wear: -

• Tatty, torn, ripped denim
• Jogging/tracksuit bottoms (except for PE)
• Unsuitable or inappropriate footwear
• T shirts carrying offensive or lewd material
• Combat material clothing
• Skirts or shorts of an inappropriate length
• Clothing that leaves the shoulders or midriffs bare
• Caps, hats or hoods
• Excessive jewellery and/or body piercings
• Excessive make up
• Outlandish hairstyles


The refectory is open from 10.00am until 1.00pm for students to purchase breakfast and/or lunch. Food purchased from the refectory or packed lunches may be eaten on site. Students are NOT allowed to bring food onto site that they have purchased from local fast food restaurants

Health & Safety

Instructions on dress, hair and personal protective equipment must be followed in relation to specific subjects with identified H&S implications. Failure to follow these instructions will mean you are unable to participate in that particular lesson

• Use of Mobile Phones are permitted on the School Campus during break and lunchtime only. This applies to the Phoenix Centre. NO mobiles to    be used in and around the Main School. They will be confiscated
• Smoking including E-cigarettes will not be permitted anywhere on the School Campus (inside and outside)
• On hearing the fire alarm leave the building immediately, following emergency exit signs and make your way to the Fire Assembly Point (next to    the Infant School), do not stop to collect belongs, or use lifts. Do no re-enter the building until instructed to do so by a member of staff
• On discovering a fire, alert a member of staff immediately, if possible and get out of the building following the instructions above. If there are no      members of staff available, activate the nearest alarm and make your way to the fire assembly point
   Deliberate misuse of the fire alarms and extinguishers, is very serious and will be treated as misconduct. It is also a criminal offence.

First Aid and Medication

If students feel unwell, are involved in, or witness an accident, report to reception who will contact a First Aider.

Staff do not keep stocks of, nor are they allowed to dispense drugs or medication. However, they are able to provide advice and emergency first aid before referring you for other help if needed. If students need to take medication whilst on the premises, they will need to ensure that their tutor is aware of this. Do not dispose of medicine or medical equipment in School. Ask for guidance if this applies to you.

Car Parking and Driving on Site

There is very limited parking, therefore priority will be given to students accessing from a significant distance and/or with disabilities. Where parking is allocated, a permit available from the head of Post-16 and must be displayed in the vehicle. This will be revoked if driving on site is irresponsible. We expect sixth form students to be dropped off at the school gate or on Cromford Road, to ease traffic problems within the estate.


While we accept students may choose to bring items of value into school, the school accepts NO responsibility for their security whilst on campus

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