Welcome from the Associate Principal

At Arden sixth form we believe that Post 16 education is the most transformational and exciting stage of your educational journey. Furthermore, we believe that the educational environment and culture are both invisible prerequisite factors for student success and that we provide an academically rigorous, stimulating environment in which our students will excel. Our students deserve an education that broadens their experience and prepares them for the challenges of an increasingly competitive world and we commit to delivering this.

Fazal Rahman | Associate Principal

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ADDITIONAL Information and FAQs

Courses offered

Arden is a large popular sixth form which serves over 300 students. We are therefore able to offer a large number of level 3 programmes to our students. The majority of these courses are traditional academic A levels; we also offer a range of Vocational BTEC qualifications. Students at Arden have the opportunity to study traditional subjects such as Mathematics, English and the three sciences along with the more modern and creative subjects such as Photography and Media. We are also one of the few Sixth Forms offering what have become more difficult to find niche subjects including Music, PE, Design Technology, Drama and both French and Spanish.

Our prospectus will give you details of the extensive range of academic and vocational courses on offer

Courses we offer Curriculum Booklet

How many subjects can I study?

We are a large sixth form and consequently are able to offer a broad Level 3 curriculum which is reviewed every year in order to ensure that we continue to offer a curriculum which is relevant to meet the needs of our community in a rapidly changing world.  We enrol students on to 3 A Level courses or a BTEC extended diploma course of an equivalent size. 

Entry Requirements

Whilst we understand that applicants may have a strong desire to study a particular subject, our

priority is to ensure our students are successful in the next stage of their educational journey. Arden sixth form only offers courses at level 3. Nationally, all sixth forms and colleges have minimum entry requirements for level 3 courses as these form the foundation for successful completion of the course. To this end our entry requirements are carefully considered to ensure that students enrol on courses where they are most likely to succeed.  

A Level courses:  The entry requirements for an A Level programme is five or more GCSE at grade 5-9, alongside the specific entry requirements stipulated below.

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma courses:  The entry requirements for a Level 3 BTEC extended diploma courses is five or more GCSE at grade 4-9, alongside the specific entry requirements stipulated below.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Application Process

The deadline for completed applications is 19th January 2021.  Students are required to complete the online application form; we will then request a reference from your current school.  Successful applicants will receive a conditional written offer which is dependent on achieving the minimum entry requirements for the course/s and subject to references.  Students will be asked to confirm acceptance within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

Applications received after the 19th January deadline will be processed, but students will be placed on a waiting list where courses are oversubscribed.

In July we aim to host a Taster Day for all prospective Year 12 students.  On this day, students will experience a day as an Arden Sixth Form student. This event will offer students the opportunity to attend lessons that they are interested in pursuing. Students will also be able to get a feel for our culture and ethos and meet the staff and students.

Application Process

Can I change my subjects once I have enrolled?

We acknowledge that for various reasons, sometimes students will change their mind when it comes to the courses they wish to study.  Due to the amount of content involved in Level 3 study (whether it be A Level of BTEC),  we allow students to change subjects during the first two weeks of their courses only.  Enrolment onto a new course is dependent on a number of factors which includes the student meeting the entry requirements for the new course, there being space in the class and timetable restrictions.  If a student wishes to change a subject, they should seek advice from a member of the Arden leadership team as soon as possible.

Code of Conduct

This Academy is a caring learning community which respects the right of each individual student to have a safe, enjoyable and successful learning experience. As members of the Academy community, all students are asked to abide by its code of conduct which is outlined below: 

  • Show consideration and respect for others and for the Academy environment:

  • talk to all students, staff, Academy visitors and members of the local community with respect and behave at all times in an appropriate and courteous manner  
  • do not transmit any communications or images (via phones, IT or other means) which may cause distress  when using social media: behave in a courteous and honest way, respecting the privacy and the feelings of others at all times; and avoiding the use of names, contact details or images of other students or members of staff without their prior permission 
  • use the designated eating areas when consuming food and drink and do not take food or drink (other than bottled water) into lessons or other timetabled activities  
  • do not chew gum or drop litter on the Academy site  
  • dress in a manner which is appropriate for a working environment  
  • set mobile phones to silent in lessons, tutorial periods, the Library and in the ILC 
  • smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere on the Academy site, or in front of the school
  • Help to ensure a safe and secure learning environment:

  • wear your lanyard with your student ID card at all times on the Academy site making sure it is visible  
  • do not invite visitors on to the Academy premises  
  • ensure any external visitors involved in student organised events are approved by a member of staff. They must sign in at reception and wear a visitor’s badge  
  • leave the Academy site by 6.00 pm, and do not access the Academy during holiday periods, unless under the supervision of a member of staff  
  • behave at all times in accordance with the Academy’s health and safety policy and, when appropriate, with the fire evacuation procedures  
  • do not have in your possession:  
    • weapons or anything that can be used as an offensive weapon  
    • alcohol 
    • controlled (illegal) substances 
  • do not misuse or supply prescribed drugs  
  • do not enter the Academy site or participate in Academy activities under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Accept responsibility for your own learning:

  • participate actively and to the best of your ability in lessons and in the general life of the Academy  
  • attend punctually all required activities including enrichment, supported independent learning sessions and compulsory workshops  
  • complete assignments to the best of your ability and by the stated deadlines  
  • do not cause a distraction to others or disrupt the teaching and learning taking place  
  • be available for College activities during the College day (8.30 am – 3.200 pm); personal appointments should be made outside these times, as should any paid work  
  • take any personal and family holidays outside college term times
  • Promote good communication:

  • log on each day to your Academy email to check and respond to notices 
  • only send e-mails to staff and students from your Academy email account. Only include multiple recipients if you have the permission of a member of staff who appears on the email  
  • only use language in written and verbal communications that is polite and respectful
  • Promote the reputation of the Academy:

  • behave at all times in ways which will reflect creditably upon the Academy; instances of misconduct off the Academy site either on an Academy activity or elsewhere, which bring discredit upon the Academy may be treated as if they had taken place on Academy premises; this also applies to behaviour on social media  
  • do not leave litter and have respect for other people who work at or use the facilities  
  • seek permission from the Academy leadership team before making use of the Academy logo or any other  publicity material  
  • seek the Principal’s approval before broadcasting or publishing information about the Academy or members of the Academy community
  • Abide by all Academy policies and expectations, including those relating to:

  • equality and diversity 
  • acceptable use of IT  
  • health and safety  
  • bullying  
  • course work and plagiarism 
  • Misconduct

The College’s requirements in respect of student behaviour are made clear in this Code of Conduct. Allegations of misconduct will be treated seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the Academy’s Disciplinary Policy and Procedures for 16-19 Students. Types of misconduct include but are not limited to: 

  • Inappropriate conduct 

Relatively minor breaches of the Code of Conduct such as inappropriate and disrespectful language, eating and drinking while using computers in resource areas and failure to wear an Academy issued visible lanyard

  • Gross misconduct

Gross misconduct refers to incidents where a student’s alleged conduct is so seriously in breach of Academy conduct requirements that the student’s right to remain at the Academy may be in doubt. It includes, but is not restricted to:  

  • seriously disruptive behaviour  
  • violent, dangerous or intimidatory conduct, including sexual violence  possession or use of weapons or anything that can be used as an offensive weapon 
  • bullying, harassment, victimisation or discrimination against another student or staff member on any grounds  
  • serious damage to, theft or unauthorised possession of any property or facilities 
  • serious violation of health and safety procedures  
  • serious misuse of IT including misuse of social media interactions  
  • possession, use or supply of controlled (illegal) substances  
  • misuse or supply of prescribed drugs  
  • possession or consumption of alcohol  
  • deliberate falsification of college documentation/records. 
  • Serious misconduct

Serious misconduct includes, but is not restricted to:  

  • disrupting the learning of others intentionally or otherwise 
  • verbally threatening behaviour towards a student or member of staff  
  • inviting unauthorised external visitors on site  
  • allowing a person who is not a member of the Academy Community to access the site and/or providing an unauthorised person with an Academy lanyard  
  • smoking on Academy premises
  • behaving in a way that brings discredit on the student and/or the Academy, including through social media use  
  • deliberate and repeated failure to wear an Academy-issued visible ID lanyard  
  • cheating and/or plagiarism in an internal examination or assessment. The Academy reserves the right to impose its own sanctions in addition to the awarding body’s sanction for an act of plagiarism in an external examination or non-examined assessment
Dress Code

We expect Arden students to be the best ambassadors for both the sixth form and the Academy and consider the standards of dress to be an important reflection of the culture in Arden Sixth form.  The dress code in Arden is ‘smart’.

All outerwear (e.g coats and scarves) needs to be removed inside lessons. The exception is at teacher discretion. Lanyards must be worn at all times.

Please take note that the following items are categorically banned and cannot be worn at any time whilst on the premises.  If you are wearing these items, you will be sent home to change.

Not allowed:

  • Crop tops
  • Denim
  • Flip-flops / sliders
  • Caps (in addition to this, any other style of hat must be removed when inside buildings on site)
  • Large logos / slogans
  • See through tops
  • Strapless tops
  • T-shirt dresses
  • Hoodies
  • Sportswear/ athleisure e.g tracksuits, trainers, hats etc.
  • Sports brands e.g Nike, Adidas etc.
  • Outerwear such as jackets and coats must also be ‘smart’.  Outerwear that resembles ‘hoodies’ or athleisure wear is not permitted.
  • Short skirts / shorts with bare legs
  • No Mobile Phones or Headphones to be used or seen on site (with the exception of the use of Mobile Phones for learning at the teachers discretion in class)

There is not a prescriptive list and final decisions on what constitutes adherence to the code will reside with the Arden leadership team.   Students who fail to follow the dress code will be asked to go home and change and will consequently lose valuable learning time.

The Current School Day

Every Sixth Form student will need to attend three allocated tutor sessions per week.  These are scheduled as best that they can be to fit in with students period 1 lessons.

On the other two days, students should attend school in time for the start of their first lesson.  Sixth Form students are not required to stay on site during the school if they do not have lessons, however we do have facilities to complete independent study in our Independent Study Centre on the second floor of Arden and encourage students to utilise this resource as often as possible. 

Please Note: The times are subject to change in academic year 21/22

Every Sixth Form student will need to attend three allocated tutor sessions per week.  These are scheduled as best that they can be to fit in with students period 1 lessons.

On the other two days, students should attend school in time for the start of their first lesson.  Sixth Form students are not required to stay on site during the school if they do not have lessons, however we do have facilities to complete independent study in our Independent Study Centre on the second floor of Arden and encourage students to utilise this resource as often as possible. 

Independent Study

Arden students are encouraged and given the opportunity to improve their research and independent study skills as we acknowledge that these are vital to success in life both within the sixth form and beyond. We believe that our students have the potential to be leaders, bring about positive change both within the local and global community. 

All sixth form students will have non-contact periods on their timetable. The non-contact sessions are ‘study periods’ and are to be used constructively in order to study and maximise learning and progress. Students in Arden do not have free periods. 

Independent study is an essential skill that has to be learned in order to be successful on post-16 courses. There is a difference between studying for GCSEs and post-16. An independence of mind is vital for success both for life within Arden and beyond, this can only be achieved through reading and/or research. Study time should be used for this important work, as well as fulfilling the fundamental requirements of the course by completing work set by teachers.

A level students are expected to study at least 5 periods a week per subject per week. Full-time BTEC students should be studying 15 periods a week.

Students do not have to remain on site during study periods, but are expected to keep up with their work.

The facilities available for independent study in school are the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), room 208 (computer room), break-out areas in Arden and the school library (subject to availability). These facilities are not fully supervised, and there is an expectation that students will behave appropriately and respect the environment and equipment. Failure to do so will result in sanctions being issued.

Absence procedures

Type of absence

Action

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Unplanned absence for more than 3 days

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Parent/guardian required to contact the academy on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Planned absence (e.g. funeral)

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Speak to Miss Francis or a member of the Arden leadership team in advance, or parent/guardian to:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Feeling unwell whilst in school and unable to attend lessons

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Speak to Miss Francis or a member of the Arden leadership team to sign out officially

Medical/dental appointments

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Medical and dental appointments must be made outside of lesson time wherever possible. If this is unavoidable, please provide evidence of the appointment in advance and authorise the absence by speaking to Miss Francis

Attending a university open day (no more than 2 days during term time)

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Inform Miss Francis in advance to authorise the absence, and provide proof of the event

Any other planned educational activity not arranged by the school

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

The student will need to discuss this with a member of the Arden leadership team. This needs to be done with as much notice as possible

School trip or educational activity

Unplanned absence for 1-3 days

Certificate absence on the day of absence on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Trip leader to inform Miss Francis and other teaching staff in advance of the activity, and an authorised code given in the register

Unplanned absence for more than 3 days

Parent/guardian required to contact the academy on:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)
Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Planned absence (e.g. funeral)

Speak to Miss Francis or a member of the Arden leadership team in advance, or parent/guardian to:
Email: catherine.francis@scwa.org.uk
Phone: 02088507678 (option 4)

Leave a voicemail clearly stating the name of the student and the reason for absence

Feeling unwell whilst in school and unable to attend lessons

Speak to Miss Francis or a member of the Arden leadership team to sign out officially

Medical/dental appointments

Medical and dental appointments must be made outside of lesson time wherever possible. If this is unavoidable, please provide evidence of the appointment in advance and authorise the absence by speaking to Miss Francis

Attending a university open day (no more than 2 days during term time)

Inform Miss Francis in advance to authorise the absence, and provide proof of the event

Any other planned educational activity not arranged by the school

The student will need to discuss this with a member of the Arden leadership team. This needs to be done with as much notice as possible

School trip or educational activity

Trip leader to inform Miss Francis and other teaching staff in advance of the activity, and an authorised code given in the register

Bursary

Students and their parents/carers are invited to apply for funding once they take up their place in the sixth form in September. Each applicant will be required to present information and evidence to support their case. Each case is assessed individually and payments distributed accordingly. The expectation is that the payments will be used to assist with any school costs such as transport, educational visits, equipment etc.

Application forms will be available from Miss Francis at the start of each academic year.

Payments are subject to students reaching the required attendance target.

Bursary Information and Application form 2020

Parent/Carer communication

At Arden we value the support of parents/carers.  As a parent/carer of a Sixth Form student you will receive progress reports at the end of each half term.  These reports supply parents/carers with key data (target grades, current grades and predicted grades) alongside an attitude to learning grade for each course studied. 

Parents/Carers are actively encouraged to attend Year 12 / 13 parents evening to enable them to have a thorough discussion with the subject teachers.  We also hold additional parental events such as the annual Welcome to Sixth Form and Planning for the future events.

Post 18 Advice and Guidance

Sixth form is all about next steps and setting a path for your future career. At Arden Sixth Form we have a rolling programme of events and activities dedicated to this, including access to an independent careers advisor, trips to UCAS and apprenticeship fairs and external speakers from universities and the world of work. We closely support students applying to university by giving 1-2-1 help and guidance with the UCAS application and assist those wishing to take the apprenticeship route through the Pathways CTM programme alongside working with other organisations such as the Amazing Apprenticeships ASK programme. Our tutors are also on hand to deliver materials throughout the year and offer assistance with practical steps such as applying to courses, writing a CV and filling out application forms.

The vast majority of our students leave sixth form to take up a place at university. Our most popular subjects studied at university are Law and Business related courses.  Medicine, Biomedical Science and Engineering are all popular choices for our Science students whilst many of our Health and Social Care students go on to study Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work degrees.  Media, Film, Art and Design students successfully apply to study at Ravensbourne University and Art Colleges such as Central St Martin’s and Camberwell College of Arts. Jobs and apprenticeships are the choice for the rest of our students, with more recently choosing Level 4 and 5 apprenticeships; securing opportunities in a range of companies including most recently, BDO, ATOS, Designer Group, Access Insurance and The Fashion Retail Academy. 

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Co-curricular offer

Life at Arden is not all about the subjects that you study. Alongside the curriculum we offer a range of support and opportunities to enhance your experience and help you to move on to whatever you want to do after sixth form. Taking part in co-curricular activities is actively encouraged as it helps to develop social skills, as well as giving you the soft skills which are essential to higher education and the world of work. Below are some examples of activities you could take part in as well as a glimpse into some of the support we offer.

Find out more about Co-Curriculum