Sixth Form

TWGSB Sixth Form FAQs

You probably have many questions; these tend to be sorted out in the first few days but we thought we’d answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

What are the times of the school day?

Morning Registration starts at 08:45
Five lessons per day (1 hour)
Break is 10.10-10.30
School day finishes at 15:35

If I miss registration what should I do?

Go to the Front Office and sign in. It is essential you try to achieve 95% attendance. Job references and universities always ask for your attendance record.

If I am ill during the day what should I do?

Go to the Welfare Department near the Library and if you are sent home sign out at the Front Office.

Should my parents phone in when I am ill?

Yes, but this needs to be supported with a letter on your return. The school will text parents of students who have not arrived and not left a message on our answer phone, by 9.30.

Do I need a note when I am ill?

Yes, it is essential or it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

How can I record my homework?

You will be issued with a school planner, with plenty of space for a timetable, noting your  homework and weekly targets for independent learning.  You are welcome to buy your own style of diary if you wish.

Where can I study in my non-contact lessons?

 We are lucky to have a designated staffed 6th Form Library, it is equipped with 30 computers too. This is available for silent private study during non-contacts, break, lunch time, before and after school study. Work which requires discussion can be completed in a vacant classroom, the New Hall, Dining Hall or in computer rooms.

How do I access the school computers?

You will be given a login code and password on arrival, you can change the password to something you will remember. This gives you a printing allowance to use around the school.

How can I access my school work and e-mails from home?

Email and Home Access, which allows you to log into the school shared resource area can be accessed from the top right hand section of the home page of the school website: www.twgsb.org.uk.

Do I need to buy stationery?

Some teachers will issue you with exercise books, whereas in other subjects you will need to buy folders, dividers, highlighters, post-it notes and file paper. It’s really important to keep your notes organised! Check with teachers for subject-specific equipment, you will need a scientific calculator for all sciences. You will be told if you need to purchase a text book or texts in your first lesson. Throughout the Year there will be folder checks to ensure you are organising your studies effectively.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

We offer a wide range particularly in Sport and Music and access the local sports facilities but there is also Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh, Debating Society, MUNGA, Robotics Club, mentoring in local primary schools and many more.  You are also welcome to set up an extra-curricular club in the Sixth Form.

How can I apply for extra responsibilities?

There are plenty of opportunities available such as Head Student, Senior Prefects, Prefects, Form Representatives also, Form support, subject coaches, peer mentoring, cyber bullying mentoring, Year Book Team. You will be notified as and when these opportunities are available.

When can I have my driving lessons?

These have to be before/after school or at weekends. You may have to book your Theory and Diving Test during the school day.

What if I would like to discuss making a change to my subjects?

Speak to your tutor immediately who will consult with your teachers. If it’s within a month of starting in September it may be possible to change subjects.   Our policy is that all students do 3 subjects continuing until the end of Year 12 with 2 hours of Community Service per fortnight.

How will I know if I’m on track with my subjects?

You will be issued with targets, which will give you a benchmark. Throughout the year you will get 4 Assessment reports which look at Learning behaviours (1-5) and attainment (A-E) and one full report with teacher comments and targets. Don’t hesitate to ask your teacher for feedback on your progress. There is also a Parents’ Evening for you and your parents to discuss your progress. You may be supported by monitoring via our Individual Student Action Plan system.

What should I do if I have a problem with an exam?

Speak to your subject teacher, or alternatively see Mrs Bell-Man in the Examinations office in the staffroom. Your Head of Year will always be happy to discuss any problems you may have (E2 in English or 6th Form Office above the Common Room). If you have particular needs in exams such as laptop use or extra time this needs to be assessed by the SENCO, Mr Stevens.  Speak in the first instance to your Head of Year who will arrange this for you.

What help is there if I feel stressed?

We are very proud of our support which we offer through our tutor system and in particular through our Welfare Department near the main Library. They can give advice on medical matters, emotional support and set up counselling sessions. The 6th Form Team led by Mrs Fernandez (Head of 6th Form), your Head of Year, Mrs Corp, Mrs Adkin (Admin support) and your tutor are always on hand to help.

How do I pay for lunch and snacks?

You can use the dining hall, but we use a cashless system which means you have to have money paid into your account and a SQUID card. There is no eating allowed outside to deter seagulls attracted by litter and food waste.

How can I store my books and belongings?

Students are allocated a locker by the site manager Mr A Mitchell whose office is upstairs next to lab11. It is first-come first served and requires a £20 payment (which is includes a £10 refund upon returning the key).

Where are the toilets?

There are some Female toilets next to the Common Room, another under the stairs near the Library and 4 on the ground floor in English.  Male toilets are all around the school site and there is a Sixth Form toilet next to the Common Room.

How strict is the Dress Code?

We expect you to be smartly dressed as though working in an office, meaning no jeans or denim. You should carefully read the Dress Code before purchasing school wear to ensure that they conform to our policy.  You can be expected to be challenged in the morning if you are not meeting the Dress Code.  Students can hand over their mobile phone for the day to the School Office and borrow suitable clothing or we will send students home who we identify as not being suitably dressed. Remember, Sixth Formers act as role models to all other students.

How will I know how/when to apply to University?

We are very proud of our student support for university applications and we are very successful in advising students towards securing first choice offers. We have a specialised programme which will see you and your parents/carers through the whole process. We organise an Oxbridge support programme and residential visit. We also invite guest speakers in to discuss Admissions, personal statements and Finance. We also offer each student a personalised interview in June from a volunteer from the world of work. Tutors lead a carefully planned UCAS/ Apprenticeship/ Employment preparation in tutor time and fortnightly PSHE lessons. Each Year the whole of Year12 visit the Higher Education Conference usually at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London.

When should I visit Universities?

The best time is the summer term of Year 12, during the summer holidays, at Easter, or early in September in Year 13.

How many visits does the school allow?

We recommend about four visits. You need to do your research online before deciding to visit any university. Your parents need to email E Sales, Attendance Officer at thegrammarschool@twgsboys.kent.sch.uk  to ask permission giving the date and University you plan to visit. You need to catch up on all missed classwork and set work during your absence.

Where can I read prospectuses and find out about Open Days and careers?

The careers library is in the 6th Form library near the careers Adviser’s Office (Mrs Adkin) is available Monday to Thursday. We also have external careers advisors visiting to offer impartial career advice. Research online too.

Where can I park?

We offer limited parking on the 6th Form Carpark near the 3G pitches. You have to complete an application form and register your car registration with the office. You may not park in the staff carpark or in the Sports Centre. You will risk being clamped if you do this. If you decide to park in the neighbouring streets you must be responsible and not block pavements or access to houses.

How do I get a reference for a part time job?

Ask your tutor, Mrs Fernandez or Mrs Corp, and they will gladly write you a reference. Please ask their permission first before passing on their contact details.

May I leave the School Site?

Students do leave at lunchtime and in Year 12 they may leave if they have a non-contact lesson P5 to study at home or in their local library. Other non-contacts must be spent in private study on the school site. If you do leave the site please be respectful to our neighbours, local shopkeepers and never drop litter. Our school is a no smoking site and we ask you not to smoke in public near the school, our neighbours have a right to expect excellent responsible behaviour from you at all times. Please remember you are an ambassador for our school at all times including travelling on public transport/ school buses etc.

Can I keep my phone with me?

You may but it must be turned off and out of sight during all lessons. You may use headphones in the Library but in class only if the teacher has given specific permission.

July 2017