Timetable

The timetable will consist of:

  • Lessons in your chosen subjects
  • A number of individual study periods
  • Home study: You are expected to complete 5 hours of study for each A level subject you have chosen; or 15 hours a week for your BTEC or Applied courses

Assemblies and Tutor Periods

  • Assemblies will be held, bi-weekly, as per the rota
  • Your attendance is compulsory. Important information will be shared with you
  • Tutor periods and PHSCE will allow you to work on your general education and application to university/apprenticeships as appropriate
  • You will have the opportunity to become a Subject Ambassador

Attendance and Punctuality

  • You must attend all your lessons
  • You must attend all your individual study times
  • You must attend assemblies
  • You must arrive on time to all of these
  • You are allowed to leave the site at lunch time as long as you arrive on time to school in the morning
  • You must not bring take away food onto the school site
  • Your behaviour out of school should be polite and considerate of others. Do not congregate in large groups or drop litter
  • Your parents will be contacted if you miss lessons without a medical reason
  • Poor attendance will result in you being asked to leave the Sixth Form and study at another institution

Dress Code

Sixth formers are role models for the rest of the school and need to be smartly presented at all times. Identity cards should be visible at all times.

Boys

  • A suit or
  • Smart trousers
  • Shirt and tie
  • Suit jacket or blazer
  • Shoes

Girls

  • A suit or
  • Smart trousers, knee length skirt or knee length dress
  • Collared shirt or blouse
  • Suit jacket or blazer
  • Shoes

Jackets may be removed in warm conditions. Jewellery and make-up should be business-like. Clothing must be such that students can be facially identified as Cecil Jones students.

The following items are banned:

  • Denim jeans and jackets
  • Casual trousers – combats, track suits, leggings, jeans style trousers
  • Sports wear
  • Casual tops –track suit, hoodies, round neck jumpers for boys, low cut tops for girls, T Shirts
  • Shorts – only full-length trousers may be worn
  • Very short skirts, revealing clothing
  • Trainers
  • Patterns or shapes cut into student’s hair
  • Logos
  • Visible tattoos
  • Caps

The decision on appropriate dress belongs to the school and that decision is final.

Two Year A Levels

These require 5 GCSE grades 4-9.

Additional subject specific requirements:

  • To study A level Mathematics, you will need a minimum grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
  • To study A level Sciences, you will need a minimum of 2 x grade 5s in GCSE Science.

In A Level syllabi, the norm is two units of study in each year. In some subjects with practical units these are shown as a third unit. There are no longer AS examinations, although all students will sit mock examinations.

All A level students follow the enrichment course consisting of a range of courses along with PSHCE, private study and GCSE resits in English and Mathematics, if required.

The range of subjects offered at A level are:

Biology Drama & Theatre Studies History Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
Business Studies Economics Law Politics
Chemistry English Literature Mathematics Physics
Computer Science Geography Music Psychology
Sociology

Vocational Courses

We offer the BTEC Diploma in: Business Studies, ICT (OCR National) and Sport.
All are the equivalent of 1 or 2 A levels in terms of their UCAS points, timetable hours and level of work required. These subjects require a minimum of minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4-9, preferably including a grade 4/5/6 in English and Mathematics. The Extended Diploma course fills most of a timetable; there is room for GCSE resits in Mathematics and English, if required.

Enrichment Programme

Education is about much more than just your chosen subjects. It is preparation for a successful life. Opportunities will be provided to enable you to:

  • Develop your ability to work and learn independently
  • Take responsibility and provide leadership
  • Develop your ability to work effectively with others
  • Contribute to your local community
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of issues and subjects not directly offered in your subjects
  • Add qualifications
  • Develop your physical skills

There are a range of opportunities for example:

  • Mentoring in younger students in the school
  • Teaching Assistant training
  • Literacy Leaders Award
  • Sports Leaders Award
  • Financial Management
  • Pathways advice and programmes including medicine/veterinary science and dentistry
  • Becoming a Subject Ambassador
  • Southend Mock United Nations conference at Southend High School for boys
  • NHS careers morning at Southend University hospital
  • Autumn University at LiBF
  • EPQ workshops run by University of Essex
  • Spectroscopy in a suitcase outreach with University of Westminster
  • Study skills seminars to prepare for A Level study
  • UK University search at the Emirates stadium
  • Essex University Superfair
  • Power to Perform – how to cook meals to prepare for study
  • Presentations from the Teenage Cancer trust, Dementia Friends, Mind, Transpire and the NHS Organ Donation team
  • Presentations from volunteering organisations such as NCS and Frontier
  • UCAS support programme for university applications
  • Interview skills and CV writing workshops
  • Support programme for advanced, higher and degree level apprenticeships

Study Time

There are times in the week when you are not in a timetabled lesson. Making effective use of this time is an important life skill.

The times for study are the same as a timetabled lesson.

Study includes the following activities:

  • Revision of notes from previous lessons
  • Essay and coursework writing
  • Research (book and internet) of a subject
  • Reading a novel or quality newspaper
  • Reading articles and magazines/gazettes linked to your subject area e.g.
    • The Economist; New Scientist; New Horizons
  • Essay planning
  • Any advice given by your teachers
  • Future Learn courses

You may study in the following areas:

  • The Sixth Form Study Room (silent study)
  • The Common Room (quiet study)
  • The Library (silent study)

 

Vulnerable Students

You will be eligible for a small amount of financial support if you are in either in care or you are on free school meals.

For 2018/19 this is £15 per week, this could change after final numbers are considered.  This is increased if students are in care.  Payments are made to match students weekly attendance.

If you think you will be eligible then complete the application form which is available from the Sixth Form office.

The Bursary is only guaranteed for students in care.

All students who have been in receipt of Free School Meals or who have been in receipt of the discretionary bursary last year, with no changed circumstances are entitled to apply for the discretionary bursary. Other students, who are not or have not been in receipt of Free School Meals in the last 6 years, but who are experiencing hardship related to the costs of study are also entitled to apply.  You might be eligible for financial support if your family earns less that £25,000.

Please see the bursary policy below:

Cecil Jones Academy Sixth Form Bursary Strategy in Line with The Loxford Trust Policy

Eligibility Evidence required
A young person in care Supporting letter from key worker
In receipt of FSM in the last 6 years Proof of eligibility from Council
Young people in receipt of Income or Employment Support Allowance and DLA Copy of benefits paperwork dated within the last six weeks
Previously in receipt of Bursary with no change of circumstances (Y13) Previous Bursary paperwork
Study a subject that requires additional equipment (Art, Photography, Textiles, and Engineering) and can evidence hardship. Name of subjects and benefits paperwork
I need to purchase something for my course/future which I cannot afford and can prove hardship Name of subject’s benefits paperwork
I need to buy something, which I cannot afford so that I can remain studying and can prove hardship Name of subject’s benefits paperwork
Other relevant need

Dependent on circumstances

benefits paperwork

 

  • All students require a bank statement in their own name
  • All bursary payments are dependent on students’ conforming to all school rules
  • Student’s whose attendance is 85% or below, per week, are not eligible
  • All students eligible for bursary in year 12 will be eligible in year 13
  • Consideration will be given to low income students who do not meet the FSM criteria but can evidence hardship with proof of parental income. Access to the discretionary bursary pool holding will be considered on an individual basis

 

Stress & Anxiety

Sixth Form can be a stressful time, with workload and deadline pressures never seeming to go away

Students’ emotional wellbeing is of great concern to us. Staff are available at all times during the school day to talk to students. We also have on site counsellors available if required. There is no stigma attached to asking for help – whatever the concern.

Remember your Form Tutor is;

  • A parent in school
  • An academic mentor
  • A supporter and advocate
  • A UCAS guide and referee
  • Your first point of call- Academic and pastoral

Times of the School Day

Registration  8.40am – 8.45am
Lesson 1  8.45am – 9.45am
Lesson 2  9.45am -10.45am
Break  10.45am -11.05am
Lesson 3  11.05am -12.05pm
Lesson 4  12.05pm – 1.05pm
Lunch  1.05pm – 1.45pm
Lesson 5  1.45pm – 2.45pm
Registration/Assembly  2.45pm – 3.00pm