Behaviour and celebration system

Our Expectations – Professional Standards

To do the common thing, uncommonly well, brings success.
Henry J. Heinz

The culture at Trinity Sixth Form Academy is underpinned by our professional standards and civic virtues.  Being ‘life ready’ relies on strong academic outcomes that form the passport for students destination choices, but it is also much more than that.  We expect students to be self-reflective and add value to the culture at Trinity by engaging positively with all aspects of 6th Form life.  Part of this process relies on students abilities to know their best virtues, and to exercise these regularly and consistently, for the benefit of themselves but also for the benefit of those around them.  We reinforce that through our sanction and celebration system which emphasises the continual drive for self-development, discipline and commitment.  We aim to show students what their capacity is so that when they leave us, they have the ability to excel, despite life’s many challenges.  

We achieve this through a clear system of discipline that often celebrates and sometimes sanctions student conduct towards the professional standards and civic virtues.  Behaviour points are used for instances of lack of discipline or commitment and examples might include missing a deadline or being late to a lesson.  At the same time we celebrate effort through our achievement points and celebration assemblies, where we acknowledge effort and endeavour.  Students have access to a form tutor and Personal Progress Tutor (as well as their teachers) throughout their time at Trinity, and this three tier support system is pivotal in ensuring students feel valued and supported members of our 6th Form community.  

Students and parents will be required to sign a home-academy agreement as part of the enrolment process.  This outlines the expectations of all parties; students, carers and staff at the Sixth Form.

Our attendance is excellent – 96.7% (2017/2018).  This is a true reflection of the commitment of our students

Excellent attendance and punctuality is a key indicator of success at TSFA.  We expect students to commit in the same professional way that adults do in the workplace; this is an integral part of being ‘life ready.’  Holidays must be taken out of academy term time; taking holidays during term time can jeopardise a student’s place within 6th Form. Punctuality is also crucial and forms a key component of the student/PPT agreement.  Sanctions are used for persistent lateness and unauthorised attendance concerns, which can result in places in 6th Form being withdrawn completely. 

We expect students to attend the full 6th Form day, approaching lessons and study periods proactively in a bid to securing their 50/50 commitment towards lesson and independent study time.  We also expect students to attend weekly Achieve Sessions and any small group or one-to-one intervention sessions as appropriate.  Part of our culture relies on the fact that whilst in the building, staff and students should work hard not only in the pursuit of academic success but also in the pursuit of personal development. 

The hardest things in life are often the most significant and rewarding

Teachers, tutors and PPTs, have an important part to play in promoting attendance and doing everything they can to maintain a good record amongst students.  A phone call to the academy explaining any student absence is essential and should be made before 7.30am via a parent/carer.  An email to the PPT and form tutor would also be beneficial. Religious holidays will be authorised but will count towards attendance figures.  Each student signs a contract during induction day which stipulates various agreements between the academy and the student; one of these stipulations is that students will attend the academy as much as possible, and will seek authorisation for any absences via a parental phone call.

 

Effective independent study often needs to be learned and practiced.  At TSFA we operate a 50/50 policy towards independent study.  This means that for every hour of learning you complete in lessons, you back it up with an hour of independent study.  For a purely A-Level pathway this would equate to 15 hours of lessons and 15 hours of independent study (totalling a 30 hour week). Achievement Centre sessions, achieve sessions and study periods all contribute to this.  A students Personal Progress Tutor (PPT) will be on hand to support students in organising their independent study time, so that they are able to maximise the time that they have at the academy and focus on effective independent study.   

Students must have all necessary equipment to enable them to learn and participate in classroom activities. Every student is issued with a planner which can be used to organise independent study and deadlines. Students are encouraged to write ‘to do’ lists and engage with these lists on a regular basis.  The planner also enable students to keep a log of all deadlines and monitoring meetings with their PPTs and class teachers. 

Celebration assemblies are held during the last week of each full term (December/April/Leavers Assembly in May (Year 13) and Sports Day July (new Year 13). 

What do we celebrate?

During these assemblies we celebrate student contributions to the professional standards and civic virtues.  In some instances, we also celebrate achievement through our excellence awards. There are awards from every subject/ curriculum area (depending on cohort sizes) and from PPTs/form tutors.  Tangible rewards are not as important as the actual recognition that goes with the award.  As such, traditional ‘rewards’ are issued as tokens of respect.  These include neckties, badges and flowers.  During the final Leavers Assembly of Year 13, we award the leavers with the overall Professional Standards Awards.  Here we award: 

  1. Mental Toughness
  2. Attention to Detail
  3. Work Ethic
  4. Integrity
  5. Overall Professional Standards (A student who has consistently demonstrated all of the above)
  6. Excellence (A student who has excelled academically)

The past winners of the Professional Standards Awards:

  2017 Winners  2018 Winners       2019 Winners 
Mental Toughness  Joely Knight  Olivia Fitzgerald  Sara Manson 
Attention to Detail  Alfie Ingram  Ella Beevers  Megan Hindle 
Work Ethic  Matthew Bicknell  David Sokoya  Caitlin McMahon 
Integrity  Urussa Malik  Isbah Tariq  Maryam Shabaz 
Professional Standards  Sophie Rushworth  Theo Collins  Danny Rose 
Excellence  Jack Beevers  Victoria Evans  Morgan Cummings