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Policies and Complience

Sixth Form Admissions Policy 

Sixth Form Admissions Policy

Our Sixth Form is designed to serve the College community and to be as inclusive as possible. The maximum number for admission in each year will be 150 applicants. Priority will be given to the first 140 applicants from Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College who meet the entrance requirements and to the first 10 external applicants who meet the entrance requirements.

In the event of under-subscription, places will be made available to applicants from any school who meet the entrance requirements. In the event of over-subscription, internal and external applicants meeting the entrance requirements will be placed on a waiting list and, should any further places become available, offers will be made on a first-come first-served basis.

An application form is available from the Sixth Form website and should normally be submitted by mid-November each year.

Entrance Requirements

  • Applicants are nrmally required to have at least five grade 5 or above at GCSE, including at least grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics
  • All applicants must meet the minimum requirements fr the A level / BTEC subjects which they wish to study. For the majority of subjects applicants are required to have achieved at least a grade 6 (equivalent t a grade B) at GCSE in that subject (r a related subject where the chosen subject is not offered at GCSE) and it is expected applicants will have obtained the higher tier of entry where applicable.
  • All applicants are required t have a strong work ethic and commitment to our ethos, standards and code of conduct. This includes having an excellent attendance, punctuality and behaviour record throughout Year 11. This will be determined from the application form, school reference and interview.
  • All applicants are required t support and adhere to the Catholic ethos of our Sixth Form and promote the Catholic life of the college with younger pupils in the main school. All applicants are required to attend compulsory Religious Education classes. They are also required to take part in the daily act of worship and attend assemblies and Masses.
  • Entry int Year 13 relies upn success in the Year 12 assessments. As a minimum all applicants are normally required to achieve a D grade (or the equivalent) in each of the subjects they continue to study in Year 13.

Under the terms of Education Act 1998, all candidates and parents of candidates refused admission have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel against any decision made by the school. The decision of the Independent Appeals Panel is binding on both the school and parents/carers. Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged

Attendance and Punctuality Policy 

Attendance and Punctuality Policy
The aim of the Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Sixth Form attendance and punctuality Policy is to ensure all our students enjoy their experience and thrive in our Sixth Form. To guarantee this we rely on the close partnership between the Sixth Form, the community and the home. The Sixth Form will monitor every student’s attendance and punctuality record throughout each academic year, with an official data analysis at the end of each half term. This policy should be viewed in conjunction with the College’s Pastoral Policy.


Punctuality in the Sixth Form:
All students are expected to be present by 8.55am and to leave no earlier than 4.00 p.m. unless previously authorised by the Head of Sixth Form. If a student persistently arrives late in an academic year, the following staged approach will be implemented:

  •  5 or more lates – The Sixth Form Tutor discusses the issue with the student and devises an action plan to rectify the situation. The Sixth Form Tutor is to continue to monitor the situation
  • 10 or more lates – The Sixth Form Tutor contacts the parents/carers, discusses the issue with them and devises an action plan to rectify the situation. The Sixth Form Tutor is to continue to monitor the situation
  • 15 or more lates – The Head of Sixth Form contacts the parents/carers to invite them in to meet with the Head of Sixth Form to discuss the issue with them and devise an action plan to rectify the situation. The Head of Sixth Form Tutor is to continue to monitor the situation
  • 20 or more lates – The Head of Sixth Form liaises with the Head of Pastoral Care and the Educational Welfare Officer who contacts the parents/carers of the student. Parents/carers are invited in to meet with the Head of Sixth Form, the Head of Pastoral Care and the Educational Welfare Officer to discuss the issue and devise an action plan to rectify the situation. The Head of Sixth Form and the Educational Welfare Officer will continue to monitor the situation. Bursary payments stop for any student receiving the 16-19 Bursary
  • 25 or more lates – The Head of Sixth Form liaises with the Head of Pastoral Care and the Chair of Governors’ Pupil Welfare and Discipline Committee who contacts the parents/carers. Parents/carers are invited into meet with the Head of Sixth Form, the Head of Pastoral Care and the Chair of the Governors’ Pupil Welfare and Discipline Committee to discuss the issue with them and devises an action plan to rectify thesituation. The student will be issued with a final warning to improve, otherwise an exclusion will be considered

Absence from the Sixth Form:
All students are expected to be present every day in the academic calendar unless previously authorised by the Head of Sixth Form. If a student accrues a number of days absent from school, or a pattern of days off emerges during an academic year, the following staged approach will be implemented:

  • 95% or less – The Sixth Form Tutor discusses the issue with student and devises an action plan to rectify the situation. The Sixth Form Tutor is to continue to monitor the situation
  • 90% or less – The Sixth Form Tutor contacts the parents/carers, discusses the issue with them and devises an action plan to rectify the situation. The Sixth Form Tutor is to continue to monitor the situation
  • 85% or less – The Head of Sixth Form contacts the parents/carers. Parents/carers are invited in to meet with the Head of Sixth Form to discuss the issue with them and devise an action plan to rectify the situation. The Head of Sixth Form is to continue to monitor the situation
  • 80% or less – The Head of Sixth Form liaises with the Head of Pastoral Care and the Educational Welfare Officer who contacts the parents/carers. Parents/carers are invited in to meet with the Head of Sixth Form, the Head of Pastoral Care and the Educational Welfare Officer to discuss the issue and devise an action plan to rectify the situation. The Head of Sixth Form and the Educational Welfare Officer will continue to monitor the situation. Bursary payments stop for any student receiving the 16-19 Bursary
  • 75% or less - The Head of Sixth Form liaises with the Head of Pastoral Care and the Chair of Governors’ Pupil Welfare and Discipline Committee who contacts the parents/carers. Parents/carers are invited in to meet with the Head of Sixth Form, the Head of Pastoral Care and the Chair of the Governors’ Pupil Welfare and Discipline Committee to discuss the issue and devise an action plan to rectify the situation. The student will be issued with a final warning to improve, otherwise an exclusion will be considered

Examination charges

Those with 20 or more lates and/or attendance below 80% may be charged for all external examinations.
 

Bursary payments:
Bursary money is linked to attendance and behaviour and payment will be stopped immediately if attendance reaches 80% or below or if a student accrues 20 lates to Sixth Form in one academic year.

 

Behaviour and Discipline Policy

Pastoral Policy