This A to Z guide has been put together to provide basic information about life as a Sixth Former here at KES.
The School is happy to answer any questions you may have and your first route is through the School Office; no problem is too trivial. If you are unsure who needs to deal with your query, the office staff will endeavour to ask the relevant member of staff to return your call at the earliest opportunity.
The School website (www.kes.hants.sch.uk) also contains a large amount of useful information.
The normal sequence of pastoral enquiries regarding students in the Sixth Form should be in the following order:
- Group Tutor
- Head of Year (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Director of Sixth Form (email@example.com)
- Assistant Head (Pastoral)
- Senior Deputy Head
Issues or questions arising from the students’ choice of university and/or career should go to the Group Tutor in the first instance, and then to Mrs Millar, Deputy Director of VI Form (HE and Careers).
For academic enquiries you may contact the group tutor but you might find it more appropriate to get in touch with the subject teacher or Head of Department.
However, the Head is always most happy to speak to any parent, on any subject, at any time.
Academic, cultural, sporting, charitable, thought-provoking, challenging… the list of what goes on at lunch time, after School and in the holidays is wide and varied. From sports teams and charitable projects abroad, to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and Historical Society, Sixth Formers are encouraged to join – and in many cases run – clubs and societies. The following are some of the many opportunities which are exclusive to Sixth Formers:
- Residential field courses for Sixth Formers studying Biology and Geography, foreign language exchanges for those studying languages, History trips in Europe, Art trips in New York, regular trips to the West End of London for Theatre Studies and equivalent events from time to time in other subject areas.
- The Summer Camp team organises a holiday for children who are young carers, nominated by the City of Southampton, and also organise many events to raise money. A separate team take some local primary school pupils to our Rural Studies Centre on Dartmoor.
- The School works with the Goedgedacht youth support project in South Africa, fundraising all year and visiting the project for a fortnight in August.
- Sports Tours run regularly and have seen the teams playing across the Globe. These trips obviously run alongside regular senior squad fixtures in all major and some minor sports.
- Many Sixth Formers choose to challenge themselves with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, up to Gold level, with expeditions taking place on Dartmoor, in the Lake District, the Elan Valley and further afield.
- Young Enterprise enables students to run a company and gain business experience in this National Competition.
- International expeditions run each year. In recent years expeditions have been run in Honduras, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Galapagos Islands, Alaska, Mexico, Thailand/Cambodia and The Himalayas.
Sixth Formers lead from the front with whole school groups such as Green Team, the Charities Commission, the Partnership Schools programme and a host of academic societies, where they either invite, or are themselves, guest speakers on a range of topics outside of the A level syllabuses.
Participation and leadership in the House Events means that there is a host of opportunities for all types of competition or support in a range of sports and activities, be it House Hockey, House Choir or House Ready Steady Cook.
There is a Sixth Form Committee which deals with social and school matters relating to the Sixth Form. Membership includes the Director of Sixth Form, the Head of Year, representatives of the Sixth Form tutor groups and other members of staff by invitation. It is open to any member of the Sixth Form or any members of staff to attend as an observer. Sixth Formers are encouraged to chair these meetings.
A dignissima may be awarded by the Head to a Sixth Form student who has gone well beyond normal expectations in the production of an extended piece of work or an exceptional project. A gift voucher accompanies this reward.
The School is keen to encourage safe driving and responsible parking, and all Sixth Form car drivers are asked to register any cars they intend to drive to School. A registration form is available from the Sixth Form Office and must be signed by a parent.
Sadly we have had a number of casualties, and even a fatality, over the last few years. The following guidelines are in place to help minimise the risk of future incidents:
- We strongly recommend to parents that they make clear to their son or daughter whether they are permitted to carry passengers, and if so to ensure that the parents of any passengers are aware and happy with this.
- Following advice from road safety experts, the School strongly recommends that students do not carry more than two passengers in their car.
- There is no parking on site and we have agreed with our neighbours that on-road parking should be confined to Wilton Road wherever possible, and that parking is not allowed on Kellett Road.
- If a Sixth Former wishes to use their car to travel within the School day, such as to Games, then permission must be granted by the member of staff organising the activity, and if granted, written parental approval will also be needed. If a Sixth Former needs to use their car within the School day for non-School business then they should seek approval in advance from the Head of Year.
All Sixth Formers participate in the Games session every Wednesday afternoon. Those in teams are able to play fixtures and train in squads, and there is also a wide range of other sports on offer – including aerobics, golf, climbing, squash, fencing and sailing.
In recent years well over 40% or our students have taken the GAP year option. Mr Hyder is the School’s GAP Year Co-ordinator; he can help the students to ensure that this opportunity is a well-planned and rewarding experience.
There is a full programme to prepare Sixth Formers for application to Higher Education degree courses at universities and colleges. The Lower Sixth receive a series of general information sessions on the application process, with the opportunity to attend dedicated sessions on topics such as Oxbridge and foreign universities. Dedicated tutor time is made available in the Autumn and Spring terms for students to discuss Higher Education with their tutors, and timetabled time for supported research and application preparation is made available in the Spring and Summer terms.
Parents are invited to an introductory talk on the Higher Education application process in the Spring term of the Lower Sixth year.
There are organised visits to some university open days each year and parents are welcome to join us on these.
The School's intranet contains a great deal of information and relevant PowerPoint presentations on the Higher Education process.
This is the last day for the Upper Sixth and is normally held towards the end of June. The Upper Sixth come into School at the normal time for the Leavers’ Assembly and to say their good-byes, as well as to complete more prosaic activities such as clearing lockers and returning books.
This is held on an evening towards the end of term. All Upper Sixth students and their parents are invited to attend this formal evening, which is held in the Main Hall at School.
Lower Sixth Welcome Evening
This is held in the first half of the Term and is a chance for Lower Sixth Parents to meet with their child’s tutor (subject staff will not be available during this evening). Presentations also take place regarding aspects of Sixth Form life.
Private Study Periods
All Sixth Formers are allocated some private study periods during the timetabled week. These allow students to work independently and enable them to experience some element of preparation for university life where study is largely unsupervised. The Study Centre adjoining the Sixth Form Concourse has ample work space and is connected to the School network and has a printer. Some reference works and academic magazines are kept there to encourage wider reading.
Privileges and Responsibilities
Members of the Sixth Form have access to the Concourse for relaxation during free periods, lunch times, breaks, before and after School. They may use the Sixth Form Study Centre, O.E. Library, Gould Library, Careers Area, IT facilities or any available study areas to work during their private study periods.
For the first term, Lower Sixth Formers are expected to remain on site during the school day, other than at lunchtime or if they do not have a timetabled lesson at the end of the day. From the Spring term onwards, members of the Lower Sixth may leave the site during free time during the School day.
Members of the Lower Sixth are encouraged to act as stewards for School functions, such as Open Evening and Parents’ Evenings. They will also be asked to assist with duties in School. Providing such support helps Sixth Formers develop leadership, organisation and communication skills, as well as assisting in the smooth running of the School.
In the Spring term of the Lower Sixth year, students will be asked to apply for Senior positions, such as Head of School, Head of House, Head of Charities, Head of Partnerships, Chief Librarian, Prepositor, or Lower School Prefect.
From the second half of the Autumn term, Upper Sixth Formers who have free periods before break may, with the agreement of their tutor, arrive in time for their first lesson of the morning. In this instance they must register in the Main Office as soon as they arrive. We do, however, require the Upper Sixth Formers to attend Friday group base sessions, to ensure that there is a regular point of contact with tutors. Fire safety requires knowledge about who is in School at all times and the School naturally has a duty of care for its students in this respect. It is for this reason that we require Upper Sixth students to sign in with the Main Office, and all students to use their ID cards on exiting the School gates during the School day. In the event that an ID card is lost, a new one must be purchased as soon as possible from the Main Office. Students will need to sign out at the Main Office if they do not have their ID card and wish to leave during the School day, or if they are leaving the site and not returning until the next School day.
There are many prizes and awards exclusive to the Sixth Form. There are also a number of prizes for Outstanding Contributions to School Life awarded at the end of the Upper Sixth year as well as other endowed prizes for leadership, academic achievement, and for integrity.
Sixth Formers may take an early lunch from 12:30 if period 4 is a study period.
Sixth Form students are not expected to wear school uniform but their dress and appearance should be in a style that would be appropriate for a formal business environment, as well as in keeping with a School environment. All students will be expected to attend their first day in a suit and wear this for all formal School occasions e.g. Prize Giving. Details of the Sixth Form Uniform Policy can be found here.