Although our sixth form does have a ‘university-like’ feel, and we encourage independence, as we are a place of work and study, the sixth form does have high expectations of student conduct.
Our dress code
Our standards are high at Jane Austen College. This applies to work ethic and effort, and also presentation and appearance. It is important to maintain high standards of personal appearance; the sixth form is a place of study and work and our dress code reflects that.
The general principle is that “all students should wear appropriate smart dress for school”, for example, smart jeans with a smart T-shirt and smart trainers, or casual office-style attire.
THERE ARE CERTAIN CLOTHING RULES BASED ON THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS OF THE SCHOOL:
- Flip flops should not be worn.
- Shoes with a very high heel, or with an open toe should not be worn.
- Cropped tops, low-cut tops, short skirts, or short shorts should not be worn.
Most jewellery is considered acceptable. However, students may be required to remove items if an excessive amount of jewellery is worn. Facial piercing should be kept to a minimum.
It is the right of all members of staff at the school to determine whether a particular item of dress is appropriate for the sixth form or not. Should you arrive inappropriately dressed you will be spoken to and, if necessary, your parents will be informed.
Mobile phones are only to be used for educational purposes. Your teacher may request that you use your mobile phone in-class time for recording key dates and reminders. Please speak to a teacher first if you would like to record a deadline on your mobile phone. Otherwise, phones should not be used in lessons.
Personal laptops and tablets
You may bring in your own laptop or tablet for use in lessons or to study (where such usage is appropriate). Your form tutor will let you know the login details for accessing WiFi in the building. Please bear in mind that on some occasions your teachers may need you to handwrite your work or notes; on these occasions, it would not be appropriate to use a laptop or tablet.
Leaving the site
Students may also leave the site in social time or free periods, as long as they are not required to stay for study support, and as long as they use their card to sign out. If students do not sign out when leaving the building they are putting others at risk in the case of a fire.
Food and drink
Food and drink should not be consumed in classrooms or corridors. It is not appropriate to bring hot drinks to lessons and carry them in corridors. Chewing gum should also not be brought onto the premises. Food and drink can be consumed in the refectory and sixth form common room.
Respecting the sixth form environment
It goes without saying that students should respect the sixth form environment and keep it free from litter. The common room should be kept clean and tidy. Any plates taken from the refectory should be returned promptly.