Agreements

Student Learning Agreement

The Student Learning Agreement is intended to give students a clear understanding of what they can expect from The Henry Box School Sixth Form and what will be expected in return.

 

Under this agreement The Henry Box School will endeavour to provide:

  • A programme of courses that is delivered by suitably qualified and effective members of staff using appropriate facilities and resources.
  • A friendly, caring and supportive environment
  • A tutor who monitors your progress, provides guidance and assistance in setting targets for improvement
  • The provision of structured private study time and the regular setting and marking of formal work to be tackled during private study time.
  • Support in developing good study skills.
  • The opportunity to take part in leisure and extra-curricular activities.
  • Careers and higher education guidance and advice.
  • The opportunity for your parents to come into school to discuss your progress.

 

As a Sixth Form Student at The Henry Box School you will be expected to:

  • Be determined to make the most of your time in the Sixth Form.
  • Accept responsibility for your own learning with the support of your subject teacher and tutors.
  • Complete all work to the required standard by the required deadline.
  • Use your private study time in school effectively.
  • Act as a positive role model for the younger students in both school and the community.
  • Contribute to the life of Henry Box and the wider community by undertaking community action.
  • Adhere to the Sixth Form Dress Code (see uniform agreement)

Student attendance agreement

In order to fulfil the requirements of the Henry Box Sixth Form you must ensure full and punctual attendance in all scheduled sessions including lessons, silent study periods, tutor times and assembly.

The following are examples of reasons that will tend to be acceptable:

  • a medical appointment that cannot be arranged out of school hours
  • a need to look after someone for whom you have caring responsibilities
  • a religious holiday
  • a university open day or interview; or career related interview (no more than two a term)
  • an appointment with a careers advisor
  • Significant extra-curricular activity (student’s current attendance will be taken into account)
  • attendance at a funeral a practical driving test

The following reasons for absence will not generally be acceptable:

  • holidays
  • paid employment
  • leisure activities
  • birthdays/other celebrations
  • babysitting younger siblings
  • shopping
  • driving lessons and theory test
  • dentist appointments

Absence Procedure (absences which cannot be foreseen in advance)

If students are not able to make it into school due to illness or another valid reason the school must be notified on the day of absence.  A parent/carer is required to contact the school via telephone 01993848104 or via email tcole@henrybox.oxon.sch.uk.  If we do not receive communication from a parent/carer the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.  Students are encouraged to contact subject teachers on the day via email to alert them of absence and request any work missed. 

Examples of unforeseen absence that will tend to be acceptable include:

  • isolated periods of genuine sickness
  • emergency situations involving someone for who you have caring responsibilities
  • transport problems where these were not known in advance.

Sixth Form Uniform Policy

Our sixth form uniform policy has been written in line with our staff policy to ensure consistency. Although students are given personal preference over their clothing they should be dressed safely and appropriately so that appearance promotes a positive image, and does not render them vulnerable or open to criticism.

Dress should not be offensive, revealing, sexually provocative, cause embarrassment or give rise to misunderstanding.

While studying with us you represent us with younger students, parents and the public. Your appearance contributes to our reputation.

Clothing should not be dirty, frayed, ripped or torn (no ripped jeans). Tops should not carry wording or pictures that might be offensive or cause damage to our reputation. It is inappropriate to wear clothing such as cut-off shorts, crop tops, see through material or clothes that expose areas of the body normally covered at work. Sportswear is also not permitted which includes club shirts/kits, tracksuit trousers and leggings.

Footwear must be safe and clean and take account of health and safety considerations. Flip-flops are not acceptable.

Students should not wear excessive or unconventional clothing or jewellery that could present a health and safety risk. Nose rings are not permitted but nose studs are acceptable.

Hair should be neat tidy and well groomed. Hair styles and colours which are considered extreme may be deemed as unacceptable. Hats should not be worn in the classroom. Teachers are within their rights to ask students to remove outer clothing such as coats, hats, etc.

We recommend that tattoos where appropriate should remain covered at all times if they compromise a professional appearance.

Failure to comply with the dress code may result in action under our Disciplinary Procedure.

Where a students’ appearance is, in their teacher’s view, unacceptable the student may be required to return home to change.