Student voice 2023:
"My transition from year 11 into year 12, was smooth and seemingless due to the welcoming environment created by the Sixth Form Team, as well as the introduction programme in place".
Cecil Jones Sixth Form is a great opportunity for our students to continue their studies in their own school, with teachers they know and who know them well. Students joining from other schools are equally welcomed and we are pleased that the number of outstanding students is increasing year by year.
We welcome applications from many students who wish to join us for their sixth form education. Our vibrant Sixth Form ensures students achieve their potential and make informed choices about their future.
We look forward to welcoming students for two years of inspiring study and opportunity in our sixth form. As an innovative school we offer an exciting range of academic, and extra-curricular opportunities within a unique environment that will suit all students.
We offer the traditional two-year A level including BTEC Extended Certificates which are the equivalent to 1 A level. These are successful and provide the springboard for students to enter university or a higher-level apprenticeship. We have a strong commitment to independent advice and guidance and through the pastoral system our learners are supported in making the right choices for further study through UCAS or work-related pathways.
We believe in developing students beyond the classroom, to fulfil their potential as a fully rounded person with an extended enrichment entitlement to leadership, volunteering and cultural opportunities. Students are expected to undertake a volunteering activity whether it be in our local primary schools, participating in the Junior Leadership Team, acting as a ‘Student Subject Ambassador’ or in a placement relating to your future. In addition, this extra-curricular package will give students the edge in competing for jobs and university places. We also offer opportunities to work closely with external agencies such as The Carer Ready mentor programme, Make Happen, Uplearn and the University of Essex schools plus membership, as well as the Lox 100 Programme to develop wider skills, independence and critical thinking.
Choosing the correct Sixth Form courses is a very important educational step as it may determine a student’s future career. The courses are far more intensive than GCSE and it is difficult, although not impossible, to change courses once started. It is essential, therefore, that students inform themselves and obtain appropriate guidance and advice before making their choice. The school will provide much of this information and advice, but it is essential that the students themselves talk to subject teachers and other students/adults about their suitability as A-level students and their career aspirations. It is important that students choose sixth form courses that they can realistically hope to complete successfully.
Since joining The Loxford School Trust, Cecil Jones Academy is delighted to see, once again, another large cohort of students opting to continue their studies at university or take on an apprenticeship.
The students' hard work and dedication to their studies has been a privilege to be a part of during their time at Cecil Jones Academy. Teachers, parents and carers have been blown away by their resilience and determination to succeed.
Year 12 and 13 are two of the most demanding years of education you will ever experience. You will need to develop excellent organisational skills and resilience. The sixth form team are here to help, guide and support you, on your path towards your very bright future.
We have high expectations of attendance and punctuality. We will do all we can to support you in your successes; you must have outstanding attendance and punctuality to achieve this. All students are set the target of achieving at least 95% attendance each year. The same can be said of your standard of dress and work ethic. Deadlines are there for a reason and we will monitor your ability to meet them.
You need to know your grades, take ownership of them and be in constant discussion with your teachers to know how to make the necessary improvements. Be aware of where you are on the Achievement board in the sixth form office and strive to exceed your targets.
Cecil Jones Academy has a strict dress code which all members of the sixth form must follow.
Sixth formers are role models for the rest of the school and need to be smartly presented at all times. You are expected to wear ‘Smart Business Dress’. For male students, this means a shirt, tie with trousers, a blazer and smart shoes. For female students, this means a shirt or blouse, a blazer, a skirt to the knee, or trousers and smart shoes. Leggings, jeggings, or tight trousers are not permitted.
It is not acceptable to wear hoodies, trainers (including vans), low cut tops, T-shirts or very short skirts or dresses for girls. If you are unable to meet the dress code due to an extenuating circumstance, a note must be written in your planner by a parent/carer. We are proud of the individual nature of our students and the way they present themselves within the dress code.
All students must at all times wear their student Cecil Jones lanyard with their ID.
ASSESSMENT & TRACKING
Parents will receive formal “tracking” information at three key points in the year. This will assess how well students are doing, including the A Level grades that they are currently on. Parents and students should use this information to help them plan their work and revision, by comparing the present grades to their target grades and the grades they need for their university choices. Some parents will be invited in for meetings with the Achievement Team Leader after the tracking, with students placed on an Achievement Support Card if necessary. These interventions are intended to help students to achieve their target grades. Any parent who would like to discuss the tracking information, or indeed discuss their son or daughter’s progress at any time, should feel welcome to contact their form tutor, teachers or ATL.
As a school, we have two very clear priorities for Year 13:
- All students should aim to maximise their achievement. Whatever grades they received or how many units they completed in Year 12, we expect all students to work towards the next grade up. If you are on a C, try to get a B by the end of the year. Go further, go beyond.
- All students should complete an application to university during the autumn term via UCAS. If a student is unsure about whether they want to go to university, they should still write their application. You can always change your mind later. If you don’t write an application, then you cannot change your mind if you decide you want to go! We will support students in this UCAS process.
Students and parents are reminded that universities and employers often ask for references throughout Year 13 – including on results day in August – which will include questions about attendance and punctuality. The school can only say that attendance is “outstanding” if it is over 95%. Poor attendance and punctuality in Year 13 can seriously affect your future plans.
Please note that permission to attend extra-curricular activities will only be given if attendance to school is above 90%.
As the ATL, I can guarantee an open door policy to both students and parents and I am relentlessly committed to making the sixth from at Cecil a truly outstanding experience.
Mrs C Dudbridge
Achievement Team Leader