Message from the Head of Sixth Form

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Welcome to The Royal High School Sixth Form

As the new Head of Sixth Form at the Royal High School, I am writing to introduce myself and to welcome your daughter into Year 12. Moving from GCSE’s to A levels or the IB is a significant step in your daughter’s educational journey and we will do all we can to ensure she settles in quickly to her new surroundings and adapts successfully to the demands of life here. We have a wonderful team of people here who will be able to help your daughter settle in quickly so that she feels comfortable and confident. Her teachers and tutor will work closely with her to and be ready to listen to any concerns she has. I am always on hand to resolve any difficulties or problems, as is Mr Nick Evans, the Deputy Head of Sixth Form. Mrs Louise Scott, the Sixth Form Administrator, is a vital point of contact and is available to sort out any practical issues. Miss Charlotte Hendry, Head of Higher Education Support, is on hand should your daughter have any queries about universities and UCAS. IB students will also be guided by Ms Jude Taylor, the IB Coordinator. Together we pride ourselves on being warm, friendly and approachable. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email me (n.hayward@rhsb.gdst.net) or Mrs Scott (l.scott@rhsb.gdst.net ).

It is important that your daughter develops effective study habits, the most important is that she should become responsible for her own work schedule so that she can manage her time in the most productive manner. Her time in the Sixth Form will be busy and she must aim to meet deadlines. The work conducted in lessons is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is expected from her and she should expect to be working independently each evening and at weekends. Showing initiative by reading round the subject and researching topics independently is often the hallmark of a successful student. Should your daughter fall behind with work, I will be running supervised study sessions after school when she will be able to catch up with missing or late work.

In addition to her A Levels or IB Diploma, your daughter will be studying Enrichment subjects, as well as having Life Skills sessions, PSHE and PE lessons. If your daughter is doing A Levels, she will also be introduced to the Extended Project Qualification, or EPQ, which is seen as increasingly desirable by universities, and I do hope that she will decide to complete the course. We would also like your daughter to become fully involved in Sixth Form life by making use of the opportunities to participate in clubs, debates, public speaking activities, Literary Lunches trips and competitions, all of which run regularly. As a way of bringing together all the extra-curricular stands of life in the Sixth Form, this year we are introducing the RHS Tripos, a self-accredited award which will be given to girls who fulfil three challenges while they are in the Sixth Form: firstly, the submission of a 1,500 word essay on a subject of their choice; secondly, involvement with the community by engaging in volunteering or work experience; and thirdly, the successful completion of a personal challenge, in whatever form your daughter chooses. Such a challenge could involve something physical like running a half-marathon or doing the D of E but it might involve taking part in the Model United Nations debates or editing the school magazine or completing an online course. The choice is really up to her! The aim of the Tripos is simply to encourage girls to be ambitious and to become involved in life beyond the confines of the academic syllabus. I will be giving them more information about the Tripos on Induction Day.

Finally, a couple of important practical points. The first one concerns absences from school. It is expected that your daughter will arrive at school at 8.40 am and will spend her day on site, leaving at 4.00 pm when the school day ends. Each girl is allowed a small number of periods out of school each fortnight. Beyond this, girls are normally only allowed off site for unavoidable reasons such as medical appointments or driving lessons. If your daughter is unable to attend school because she is ill, it is essential that you contact Mrs Scott on 01225 731020 or email her on l.scott@rhsb.gdst.net to inform us that she will not be in school that day.

We do have clear expectations as to appearance and the Sixth Form does have a dress code, the aim of which is to allow girls to dress smartly and with appropriate formality as for a place of work. Your daughter should either wear a suit consisting of a jacket and skirt or trousers or she should wear a smart blouse or jumper and skirt or trousers. Overly short skirts, strappy tops, leggings or jeans should not be worn. Shoes should be suitably formal; sports trainers are not acceptable. I would really appreciate your support in our implementation of this dress code.

I do hope this has been of use. I look forward enormously to meeting your daughter and to welcoming her as a student of the Royal High Sixth Form. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

Mr Nicholas Hayward