Expectations of a Sixth Form Student

Registration and Attendance

We want you to develop good habits and routines as part of Sixth Form life, and so all students are expected to attend morning registration every day in September. We try and make this as painless as possible for you, by offering the opportunity to use the Sixth Form kitchen and we are developing our own 'Snack Shack'.

We think it is very important in the first few weeks of studying at this level to be in regular contact with your tutor and the Sixth Form team; however after October half term, as long as your attendance, punctuality and a good approach to your studies has been shown to be excellent, you will have the privilege of negotiating arrangements with your tutor for those mornings when your timetable allows you to come into school later if you want to. This privilege can be withdrawn if it is abused. All students are still required to attend morning registration at least twice a week.

Any absences from registration or lessons, at Sir John Hunt or at any partner sites, will be closely monitored. Good attendance is essential for achievement and success and is a condition of being a member of the Sixth Form.

Exact signing in and out procedures will be explained to you on Induction Days.


As a Sixth Form student, we expect you to challenge yourself, become independent in your learning, be involved in the life of the Sixth Form and the wider community and be an excellent role model for the lower school pupils. We also believe that punctuality, organisation, hard work, meeting deadlines and positive communication are all skills that employers will want from all of you, and so they are vital now.

All Sixth Form students are required to take part in timetabled Enrichment activities each week, and there is a menu of voluntary, creative, business and sporting groups to sign up to. Spend some time doing things you enjoy and trying out new activities too!

All of these aspects of Sixth Form life are covered in the Learning Contract that you are asked to agree to and sign when you join us.

In return, the staff at Sir John Hunt, have high expectations of our staff and their teaching, marking and assessment here. You can find more information about these teaching pledges in your Learning Contract. We also have a clear cycle of academic review and individual target setting, parent events and subject evenings to help guide you through your course. This is all scheduled on the Sixth Form Calendar that will be given to you in September.

Study outside of lessons

Studying at this level means that you will need to regularly spend as many hours of your own time on reading, research and assignments as you do in lessons for each subject. There is a quiet and well resourced study centre in the Sixth Form Block, as well as a Key Stage 5 area in the Library in the main school. Many subjects also have their own areas of study specifically for their students. Membership of the library and access to ICT are all arranged at Induction in September.

Dress Code

There is no uniform in the Sixth Form, but we expect common sense and acceptable standards of dress. You are also role models for pupils in the lower school and representatives of the Sixth Form in the community. Your appearance therefore needs to be neat and tidy, not present a health and safety hazard and show that you are on site to learn. Therefore, high heeled shoes, bare midriffs, low cut tops and excessive piercings are unacceptable, as are baseball caps, hoods and offensive slogans on clothing inside school and Sixth Form. Any issues around dress code and individual rulings not covered by the above will be decided on by members of the Sixth Form Team. Your ID badges need to been worn so we can see them.

What to do if...
  • I am going to be absent and won't be in a lesson or at my placement?
    Call the Sixth Form office to inform us on the first day of your absence. If your Home Sixth Form is Sir John Hunt, we will notify any partner sites on your behalf. However, you are also expected to contact individual subject staff yourself to catch up on missed work wherever possible. If you come to Sir John Hunt as a PLE student, please notify your Home Sixth Form of any absences.
  • I miss my arranged transport between sites?
    Call Miss Corne in the Sixth Form office on (01752) 581604.
  • A lesson is cancelled?
    In the very rare event that this happens at Sir John Hunt, your teacher will always set work for you to complete. If a lesson is cancelled at a partner site, our partners will always try to let us know as soon as possible, and before you reach their site whenever possible. We will always let you know in advance if we can. Work will always be set for you and if you are at the Partner site and a lesson is cancelled unexpectedly, you will be expected to stay there and complete the work independently.

    As a Sixth Form student, you would be expected to spend any of these unexpected occasions in independent studies.

  • I am unhappy in my studies in any way?
    Speak to your tutor and to subject staff in the first instance and as soon as possible. Many students will have questions or difficulties at the start of their new courses, and all staff are here to help make the transition into Sixth Form studies as comfortable as possible for you.

    If there continues to be a problem, Mr Dunkerley and Mr Fort are here to offer advice and help you to find solutions to problems; if you are on a Vocational course and you have any questions or problems with a placement or Training Provider, Mrs Morley–Trapnell is also on hand to help.


6th Form