Our Sixth Form

The ethos
Ralph Allen School has a thriving and successful Sixth Form. We are ambitious for our students and we provide excellent teaching across a broad range of subjects. Our outstanding results are a consequence of our unique combination of high quality teaching and tutoring, excellent facilities and a firm belief in the value of the individual. In the Sixth Form we will encourage you to develop an awareness of contemporary issues, to acquire life-long skills and to show initiative both within and outside school. We want you to strive for excellence and to be an active part of this school community.

The facilities
You will be able to enjoy the full benefits of the school's sporting facilities, the Learning Resource centre (including the Library), the Lee Centre and our ICT suites. The Sixth Form social area is available for relaxation at break and lunchtimes. The Sixth Form team are very easy to find as the Sixth Form office is located off the Hub. The Sixth Form also have a dedicated study area within the Learning Resources Centre.  We continue to consider the demands of advanced level study and to develop our resources and facilities to support independent learning in the future.

The Sixth Form Council
The Sixth Form Council symbolises the trust we place in our students to provide and maintain a stimulating environment. Sixth Form students feature prominently at major school events. The sixth form council meets regularly and is part of the student voice in the school.

The student community
Every year we are always pleased to welcome new students into our Sixth Form. In our experience new students appreciate the friendly welcome they receive as they integrate quickly and successfully into our thriving and dynamic Sixth Form community. If you are transferring from another school we will be pleased to arrange for you to visit the school prior to making an application.

The next step
One of the appealing aspects of continuing education beyond compulsory schooling in Year 11 is the exercise of choice - by reading this web page you will have taken an important first step in making a choice of course that is right for you. We offer a wide range of AS and A level courses.  At Ralph Allen Sixth Form Centre, we have two induction days in June and other events in September to help you to settle in to sixth form life. Please telephone or email j.squier@ralphallenschool.com, the sixth form assistant if you would like to check anything that we have not answered here. We are happy to help when we can.

For a pdf of the correct sixth form prospectus, see the Prospectus page.  For a paper copy, please email Jane Squier at j.squier@ralphallenschool.com or enquiries@ralphallenschool.com

Application forms for 2017 entry  will be available from November 2016.

16-19 Bursary Fund 2016-2017

Independent study off site

Post 16 students are expected to attend registration at 8.40am-9.05am each day and assembly on Fridays.

If students do not have a timetabled lesson period 1 (9.05am) then after registration they can:

Sign in at the Lee Centre and complete independent study in: the library learning resources area, the Lee Sixth Form Centre or free classrooms/ICT spaces.

All post 16 students are expected to be on the school campus from 8.40am until 12.30pm. either in lessons or completing independent study.

If students do not have a timetabled lesson period 4 or 5 then they can:

a.  Sign out at the Lee Sixth Form Centre and complete independent study at home (a timetable should be completed and signed by Miss Haggett authorising this home study time and a copy of this agreement is given to the student upon its completion).

b.  Sign in at the Lee Sixth Form Centre to complete independent study in the library learning resources area, Lee Centre or ICT spaces

c.  Complete ‘community action’/’additional studies’ tasks such as supporting KS3 lessons or helping in the library or canteen.

Individual study programmes are sometimes authorised by Miss Haggett . We may withdraw permission to study off site and insist students work in the school library if the student is underachieving and missing deadlines.

On site and Off site study is individually timetabled so it appears on the students timetables hence signing in and out is essential to accurate attendance data collection.

UCAS

The deadline for applying to UCAS is 5 October (for the 15 October deadline) and 15 November (for the 15 January deadline). Please anticipate that it may take up to 10 days to add a reference at very busy times. Please talk to your tutor well in advance. References will then be added and forms sent electronically to UCAS in time..

Student Finance Explained - 2016/17 (PowerPoint)

CHANGING COURSES

The deadline for changing courses is 15th September. In a small number of cases you may be allowed to discuss a course change before the end of term 1.

UNIFORM - SIXTH FORM DRESS CODE  

The sixth form dress code is due to be reviewed during 2015/16. At present you may find this guidance helpful.  Year 12 students are expected to have a business wear outfit and the students will be told on occasions to wear these smarter clothes as we discuss the transition to a new dress code. Business wear might be a full suit or a smart shirt/blouse and jacket or a dress and smart jacket with smart shoes.

Students are expected to come to school dressed in a manner appropriate for a working environment. Students must set a good example of dress and appearance and adhere to the Sixth Form dress code. Students need to be dressed in tidy, smart or smart casual clothes.

Students will be asked to go home if seen wearing inappropriate dress. The Head of Sixth Form/Leadership Team will determine what is considered appropriate dress and their decision is final and non-negotiable. It must be borne in mind that the Sixth Form is part of the school. The main school is in school uniform.

During the warmer spring/summer weather please remember that cooler clothes which suit a working environment are acceptable but ‘beachwear’ is not. Please avoid extremes of fashion and colour as these may give offence and affect a good working atmosphere. Cropped trousers are acceptable - shorts are not.

Jewellery should be appropriate for school (e.g. one pair of earrings, a necklace or one discreet nose stud).

Visible body piercing (other than of ears) is generally NOT acceptable.

Hair should be a natural colour.

 

Girls' dress code

The following items of clothing are NOT allowed to be worn to school.

•   Shorts or mini/denim skirts of any kind.

•   Short skirts or short dresses (see rules for main school uniform re length/planner).

•   See-through lacey tops/dresses.

•   Wearing of strappy tops with shoulders and underwear showing.

•   Leggings may be worn with a dress/tunic top over which should be an appropriate length for a working environment (see rules for main school uniform re length/planner).  Clothing should not be so tight that we can see underwear through it.  Leggings should not be worn as trousers.

•   Trousers/jeans should not be torn

We should not be able to see underwear through clothing or due to the short length of clothing.

Boys' dress code

•   No shorts of any kind.

•   We should not be able to see underwear above jeans/trousers.

•   Trousers/jeans should not be torn.

 

This is in line with previously published guidelines, with more specific information to clarify our expectations.

Miss J Haggett, Assistant Principal/Head of Sixth Form

 

Contact with tutors

If you wish to contact your child's tutor direct, this is the email address convention: 
firstname initial.surname@ralphallenschool.com

The next step

One of the appealing aspects of continuing education beyond compulsory schooling in Year 11/12 is the exercise of choice - by reading this web page you will have taken an important first step in making a choice of course that is right for you. We offer a wide range of AS and A level courses. At Ralph Allen Sixth Form Centre, we have induction days in June and other events in September to help you to settle in to sixth form life.

Please telephone or email j.squier@ralphallenschool.com  (Mrs Jane Squier, the sixth form assistant) if you would like to check anything that we have not answered here. We are happy to help when we can.

 

Miss J Haggett, Assistant Principal/Head of Sixth Form