Life at Light Hall Sixth Form

Sixth Form Day

This is what your Sixth Form day will look like: 

Tutorial Programme

In Light Hall Sixth Form, our students benefit from both academic and pastoral support throughout their time with us.  This includes a dedicated personal tutor along with a Sixth Form Learning Mentor to best support them.

The personal tutors will oversee the personal welfare and academic progress of students throughout Years 12 and 13.  They will not only respond to individual student needs but also follow a Sixth Form mentoring programme designed to best support students at key points throughout the year.

Students will benefit from mentoring conversations, individual target setting and action planning, transition and organisation support at the start of year 12 and UCAS advice at the end of year 12 and into year 13.  Students will also have individual one to one progress reviews scheduled during their two years to allow time to reflect upon their progress and discuss any personal issues they may be experiencing.

Student progress and well-being are important to extremely important to us here at Light Hall and we will do everything we can to try to ensure that time with is as enjoyable and productive as possible.

Academic Studies & EPQ

All Year 12 students will follow a compulsory course at the start of their A-Levels in order to help them achieve their full potential in their chosen courses. This academic studies course will best support them in meeting the challenges of A-Levels. This academic studies course will also form the basis of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is highly regarded as adding important study skills as well as offering additional UCAS points, relevant to many university applications. The EPQ course is highly encouraged as a way to help support A-Level study and future academic success, both for A-Level Exams and future university study. However, through agreement with the Head of Sixth Form, students may choose not to study the EPQ.

The change from GCSE to A-Level can be a difficult one.  Not only are your chosen A-Level subject courses more demanding in terms of the amount of content, but the knowledge and skills required are also more challenging.  You will be required to lead your own research, evaluate the validity and authenticity of evidence (including digital literacy), academic writing, referencing and creating a bibliography.  The focus is on independent learning, aimed at developing essential research, study and presentation skills, as well as higher order critical thinking.  These skills will be taught to all students to help them meet the needs of the A-Level courses that they have chosen and also support them in the future at university.

The EPQ is recognised and welcomed by all universities as it demonstrates dedication to independent learning.  Students have the opportunity to explore a topic area or a question that is of particular interest to them.  An EPQ is recognised by UCAS as the equivalent to half an A Level, and is very likely to enhance applications to Higher Education or for a job and will help students to stand out in both their Personal Statement and at interview.

 

Programme of Study

3 A-Levels 

Suitable for those students who wish to concentrate on three chosen subjects whilst retaining some breadth in their studies. In addition to the three chosen A-Levels, this route may be combined with an EPQ as appropriate.

4 A-Levels 

Possibly suitable for the most-able students and those preparing to apply for university courses with specific requirements. The fourth A-Level will usually be A-Level Further Maths or A-Level Chinese. This route may be combined with an EPQ as appropriate.

Enrichment

Alongside our academic offer, we will be running a comprehensive enrichment offer through which students can opt for a variety of additional qualifications or activities. This is a compulsory part of their timetable. It will not only enhance the students’ curriculum vitae (CV) and university applications, but it also boosts students’ ability to thrive not only as learners but also as adults in the working world and members of their community. This time can also be used for university events, trips, visits, interviews and work experience. 

It is envisaged that students will choose their enrichment on a termly basis, but this is subject to change dependent on availability. 

Examples of enrichment activities will include:

  • Range of (afternoon) sporting activities
  • Outdoor Education – working towards Duke of Edinburgh Awards
  • Mentoring younger students as an Academic Scholar
  • Mentoring younger students as a Reading Buddy
  • Young Enterprise – student entrepreneurs running their own businesses
  • Volunteering – in the community
  • Student Leadership
  • Work Experience
  • Optional workshops throughout the school year

Sixth Form Dress Code

Welcome to our sixth form dress code — a testament to our commitment to fostering an environment of excellence, professionalism, and personal growth.  As a vital stage in your academic journey, the sixth form presents numerous opportunities for growth, self-discovery, and preparing for future endeavours.  A well-defined dress (or uniform) code not only promotes a sense of belonging and identity but also instils values of discipline, respect, and responsibility among our students. 

Purpose:

The purpose of our sixth form dress code is to create a cohesive and inclusive community, where students can focus on their academic pursuits, personal development, and future aspirations. By establishing a standardised dress code, we aim to eliminate distractions related to attire, reduce socio-economic differences, and cultivate an atmosphere that values individuality within the parameters of professionalism.

Appearance & Presentation:

Our sixth form dress code strikes a balance between maintaining a dignified appearance and acknowledging the transition from lower school to the more independent sixth form. We believe that by adhering to the code, students exhibit a level of maturity, respect for themselves and others, and a commitment to the values of our school.

 General Guidelines:

1.      Formality: The sixth form dress code reflects the professional environment students will encounter in their future endeavours. It consists of smart attire that reflects a business-like appearance, emphasising professionalism and maturity.

2.      Gender-Neutral Uniform: Our dress code is designed to be gender-neutral, ensuring inclusivity and eliminating any unnecessary distinction between students based on gender.

3.      Flexibility: While our dress code outlines general guidelines, we provide flexibility to accommodate diverse preferences and individuality. This may include variations in colour, accessories, or personalised touches within specific boundaries defined by the school.

The Head of Sixth Form will address those who dress or appear in a manner that may be considered as inappropriate.  The following, however, should be noted:

  • The Light Hall Sixth Form ID badge and lanyard must be visibly worn at all times.
  • Jewellery should be discreet and kept to a minimum. Ear and nose piercings are permitted provided that they are discrete and in line with Health & Safety practices and policies.
  • Hair should be styled and coloured in line with professional environment that students will find themselves in. Where students have long hair, this should be tied back when in practical settings such as laboratories and workshops. Extremes of hair styles, shaved heads or patterns shaved into extremely short hair are not acceptable.
  • Where facial hair is opted for, it too should be it should be respectful of the professional environment.
  • Outdoor wear should not be worn inside the school building (including caps and hoods) as lockers are provided for their safe keeping and storage

 

Dress Code:

  1. Tops: Students are required to wear collared shirts or blouses, which may be tailored. They should be of a suitable fabric and tucked in. A Light Hall Sixth Form tie must be worn with a more formal collared shirt (boys and girls).
  2. Bottoms: Students may choose from tailored trousers, skirts, or dresses. Hemlines must be modest and appropriate, and trousers should be well-fitted (denim, shorts, or casual trousers are not permitted).
  3. Jackets and Blazers: A jacket or blazer is a standard part of many professional dress codes. If a student chooses to wear a jacket or blazer, it should be tailored (boys and girls) and maintain a professional appearance.
  4. Footwear: Students are expected to wear professional style shoes of a solid, robust and traditional style, in a suitable colour. Shoes that look like trainers, trainers and sport branded shoes are not permitted.

Our sixth form dress code is an embodiment of our institution’s values, emphasising professionalism, discipline, and self-expression within established boundaries. By adhering to this dress code, students contribute to a cohesive and respectful environment that fosters academic and personal growth. As you embark on this important phase of your educational journey, we trust that the dress code will inspire you to reach your full potential and represent our institution with pride.

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