Expectations of Sixth Form Students

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We offer our Sixth Formers great opportunities at Wren.  In return however there are responsibilities and we have expectations which all of our students should meet.  These expectations are hopefully not onerous and they help to make Wren a better place for all members of our community.  The standards we expect from our Sixth Form are also good for you as they help prepare you for what will be expected in the workplace and allow you to put something back into your community.
All of our Sixth Formers are role models for younger students in the Academy and all are leaders.  Younger students will look up to you and will often take a lead from the way you behave.  We expect all Sixth Formers to be polite and well behaved around the Academy.  In the Library and other study areas, Sixth Formers are expected to demonstrate good learning habits.  Often, Sixth Formers will find themselves working with younger students (perhaps at a charitable event or school performance).  On these occasions the Sixth Formers must always be aware of their responsibility to encourage younger students and to set a positive example.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

As a student in a Church of England School you with be expected to engage regularly with religious education and collective worship. This will allow you to consider moral and spiritual values and the chance to explore your own beliefs. Sixth Form students are expected to lead reflections in tutor time and deliver assemblies to the Sixth Form.


Part of the responsibility which all of our Sixth Formers must exercise is the organisation of your studies.  Whilst Wren has a range of support in place for our students, it remains the case that A Level study places more responsibility upon you for your own learning than anything you have previously encountered.  First and foremost, students are expected to always work hard and to follow the guidance of their teachers.  All work set in class and for home learning must be completed fully.  It is the responsibility of students to discuss academic issues with their teachers and to ask questions when you do not understand or want to find out more.
Sixth Form students are also expected to read around their subjects and not to stick just to the texts which form part of the examination syllabus.  As well as inspiring interest, this wider reading may well be valuable when it comes to university applications.


  • It is expected that your attendance in the Sixth Form will be 100% and should never fall below 98%. We will have to comment on your attendance in a UCAS reference.
  • Your parents are expected to contact the attendance office on the first day of your absence.
  • When you return to school after any period of absence you must bring a note signed by your parent/carer giving full reasons for absence.  Permission for holiday leave must be requested in advance from Mr Smith and is strongly discouraged.  
  • You may wish to visit university open days.  This is encouraged, but we would ask you to select carefully and limit yourself to no more than two visits during school time. You should inform your tutor in advance and bring in a note.
  • You are expected to inform all subject staff prior to known absences, and to ensure that you catch up with class and independent work missed due to any absence.

Clothes and Appearance 

You are no longer required to wear school uniform, but you are expected to follow the dress code below:

Dress code for male students

  • A dark business suit with full length trousers. 
  • A formal shirt of conventional style and colour, tie optional.
  • A knitted jumper of conventional style and colour maybe worn over the shirt when it is cold but it is not a substitute for a suit blazer. 
  • Smart leather or “leather look” shoes or boots with no motifs or coloured stitching.

Dress code for female students

  • A smart trouser, skirt suit or dress of conventional style and colour. Skirts must be on the knee or longer. Trousers must be full length.
  • A formal button up blouse or top of conventional style and colour. 
  • A formal blazer or cardigan of conventional style and colour.
  • Smart leather or “leather look” shoes or boots with no motifs or coloured stitching. Very high heels or fashion shoes are not appropriate.

Hair, Make-up and Jewellery

  • Make-up and jewellery should be discreet. 
  • There should be no visible body artistry or piercings. 
  • Hair colour should be a natural shade and of a conventional style with no shaved patterns. Facial hair should be kept neat.

Religious Dress

Where religious dress is worn such as a hijab, turban, abaya etc., it should be worn in conjunction with the dress code and maintain its spirit.

Sports Kit

Students may choose their own sports kit but it must be appropriate for physical exercise. All students taking part in sport should have a pair of trainers, socks, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a sports t-shirt. Students who represent the Academy at sporting fixtures will be asked to ensure they have the appropriate team kit.

Prohibited items

It is your responsibility to be appropriately dressed throughout the day, whilst in lessons and around the Academy site. Students may not wear trainers, canvas shoes, hooded tops, denim of any colour, combat trousers, cords or leather clothing. If you are unsure about the acceptability of an item, you should seek the guidance of your tutor or Head of Year. Where an eventuality is not covered by the above guidance you should maintain the spirit of the dress code. Ultimately, the decision about what is, or is not, acceptable is at the discretion of the Director of Sixth Form. 

If you do not follow the dress code, you will be asked to make amendments or sent home to change. You will not be allowed into lessons until these expectations are met.

To see a copy of our Sixth Form Contract for all students please click here.