Parent Information

16+ Attendance Procedure

Absences and lateness must be covered by a telephone call by parent/guardian to the 16+ Office by 9.00 am on the first day of absence.(Telephone Number 02476251756 Ext. 3062/3063)

Absence must be covered by a note immediately on return to school.  Failure to do so will result in the absence being marked as unauthorised, which will be unacceptable by the Academy.  Persistent absence from school or lessons will result in an attendance meeting to discuss the student’s suitability for 16+. Absences which are considered to be unacceptable are; holidays during term time,  birthdays or similar celebrations, babysitting, waiting for the post, plumber, decorator etc. to arrive, routine medical and dental appointments, missing a lesson in order to complete un-finished work, part-time work which does not constitute part of a student’s course.


Absences known in Advance

You must inform your tutor and the 16+ office prior to any events which are listed below: e.g. Hospital/Orthodontist/Doctors appointments (a maximum of ½ day absence wil be authorised), Interviews, University Open Days, Driving Tests, Career Appointments, Student Leadership Official Business, Study Leave etc.
Where possible the above appointments should be made outside of Academy hours.
Teaching staff must be informed in advance.



Holidays must not be arranged in term-time and these will not be authorised.


16+ Dress Code

16+ students will need to dress smartly. This means that students will wear the following:



  • Skirt/Suit
  • Trousers/Suit 
  • Smart jacket, jumper or cardigan
  • Shirt or blouse
  • Dress
  • Smart shoes
  • Smart cultural dress/headwear



  • Smart jacket
  • Shirt and tie
  • Trousers/Suit
  • Smart shoes 
  • Smart cultural dress/headwear


On identified Fridays students are allowed to dress down to school day for Charity and we would hope that everyone would participate in this. The cost is £1 per day and we would ask students to pay termly. The dates can be found in the 16+ calendar.


Private Study Time

The proper use of private study time is an important feature of 16+ courses. All students entering year 12 will find that sometime during the week that they have some private study lessons, and it is often difficult initially to use that time productively. Each student needs to plan properly so that written/practical work or reading can be undertaken during private study periods. These are NOT free periods and should NOT be regarded as social occasions.

16+ is divided into two study areas.  On the first floor is a silent work area with a quiet study area on the second floor.  Students are asked to respect others who are working quietly.  Tutors, 16+ Teaching Assistant and subject teachers are happy to advise on how to use this time.  Every student will be expected to spend 2 or 3 lessons a week in the silent work area and times will be allocated.

It should always be remembered:

  • That the best results are invariably gained by students who have acquired the ability to work independently.
  • That a minimum requirement of at least SEVEN hours outside of lessons is needed for every AS/A2/BTEC subject being studied and around TEN hours for level two courses.
  • Re-sits English and Maths these subjects need to be given at least TWO hours study time each per week outside of lessons.


16+ Quiet Study Area Work Ethos

Please come to this area knowing what you want to achieve. Out of respect to other students, there should be no talking otherwise students will be asked to leave the area. A phone call will be made home and persistent offenders may be given a one hour detention.


Financial Support - 16-18 Bursary Fund

This fund has been introduced by the Government for some students from low income families to get assistance towards the costs of transport, books, trips, meals etc. Forms must be completed fully and the required documents must be brought in when making your application.  Proof of free school meals, household income (or income-based benefits) etc. will be required. Payments are made half-termly direct from the school and the dates are below:


Week beginning - 7th November 2016, 9th January 2017, 6th March 2017, 1st May 2017 and 12th June 2017.


Directed Study

To ensure that their study time is focused and productive, all Year 12 students will have 3 compulsory lessons of Directed Study which will take place in the post 16 area or a designated room. These will be indicated on their timetables. Year 13 students will be told if they have Directed Study. Students will be supervised by 16+ staff and all will have access to lap-top computers.