Life in the sixth form

At The Crest Academy Sixth Form, we offer our students a real opportunity to achieve success.  Our mission statement is ‘Every student ready for University, Every student a leader’. Our aim is to equip every student in our sixth form with the qualifications and skills to be ready for university.

The Crest Sixth Form is a vibrant, friendly and highly successful learning and social community, which offers the support and challenge to each student to enable them to embrace the requirements of higher level and more independent study.  A student joining our Sixth Form will be expected to work hard in a broad range of challenging courses, but at the same time make a wider contribution to the school and community at large.  They will be working with likeminded students and receive support and guidance from a range of dedicated specialist staff.  During their time here we expect every student to develop their independent learning skills, so they become well equipped for the challenges of university and the work place. Private study time will be allocated within each student’s timetable and it is also an expectation that everyone should spend a minimum time of 15 hours per week studying outside of timetabled lessons.

Away from academic study, students in Year 12 receive timetabled Enrichment periods each week.  This allows them to become rounded individuals, willing to take on responsibilities and extra-curricular activities to ensure they develop more than just their academic abilities.  We hold a Visiting Speaker (VSK) session regularly and invite people in from all walks of life, such as Women’s Aid, Project Trust, various charities, judges, politicians and universities.  These sessions broaden and enrich our students experience and often lead into very interesting debates and Q&A sessions.  The Sixth Form also offers a unique opportunity for aspiring volleyball players to combine professional full time training alongside their academic studies.

The majority of our students go on to University or Higher Education once they have completed their studies, however, we recognise that university is not the only option and we have a Careers Advisor to offer advice and guidance on careers applications.

The aim of the Sixth Form is that all students will leave well equipped for the next stage of their lives, whether it is university, an apprenticeship, school leaver programme, employment or a Gap Year.

We are able to offer students:

  • A wide choice of subjects
  • Excellent teaching from a team of highly qualified teachers with a track record of success
  • A Sixth Form Tutor Team skilled in monitoring and raising student attainment who also prepare students for Higher Education, training and employment.
  • Modern purpose built accommodation
  • Opportunities outside the classroom to help the local community, try new activities and be a leader in the School

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct for Sixth Form students sets out our expectations regarding attendance, behaviour, attitudes to learning and many other aspects of Sixth Form life at The Crest Academy.

1. Our dress-code is business wear. Boys must wear a shirt and a tie, trousers and shoes. A blazer is options but no outdoor jackets / hoodies. For girls, skirts must not be above knee length. Blouses / blazers are required and not t-shirts.  Students who do not follow this rule may be sent home.

2. Mobile phones must be switched off and out of sight in lessons, in the Study Centre and during all timetabled activities.

3. All students must attend all timetables activities on time every day.

4. Timetables study periods are to be used to extend your learning: independently, in pairs or in groups. This is a time to consolidate learning.

5. The Centre reserves the right for a student to be searched, by an appropriate member of staff, if required.

Sixth form Dress Code:

Boys:
• Black/Charcoal Grey/Dark Brown/Navy tailored (suit style) trousers
• Shirt (formal polyester cotton with collar)
• Tie (students can buy from sixth form office)
• Black/Charcoal Grey/ Navy or Dark Brown leather or leather look shoes
• Smart Pullover (no logo) or Suit jacket

Girls:
• Black/Charcoal Grey /Dark Brown/Navy tailored (suit style) skirt
• Blouse/suit style shirt with short or long sleeves (not low cut or off the shoulder)
• Cultural dress – Hijab must be either black/grey or cream. Abayas must be black and can not be worn with jeans/ trainers underneath.
• Plain knit Jumper /cardigan or Suit jacket (must be worn on top of Abayas)
• If tights are worn they should be plain.
• Black/ Charcoal Grey/Navy or Dark
• Black/Brown leather or leather look shoes (no boots or canvas shoes

Examples of inappropriate clothing might include:
• Beach wear, miniskirts, lycra cycling shorts or leggings on their own, loose hanging trousers, leisure shorts, “see-through” blouses/dresses/ shirts, tracksuits (unless you are doing sport), denim jeans or jackets, clothing with tears, holes and rips, low-cut T shirts or blouses, shoestring strapped tops (unless under a blouse), crop-tops, off the shoulder tops, onesies, hoodies and jewellery
• Plimsolls/converse/scruffy shoes/flip flops/open backed sandals/trainers/Vans. Shoes should be polishable and smart.
• Students are not permitted to wear facial studs.

If students do not adhere to the correct dress code they will be sent home to change.

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