S6C Celebrate Topping Out of new building


The “Topping Out” ceremony for our new building took place on Wednesday 24 February on the roof of the new building.


A Topping Out ceremony is traditionally held when the last part of a building is in place and the building has reached its full height. The S6C building was at full height some weeks ago due to the quick nature of a modular build, and so for us, the topping out was an opportunity to celebrate the progress made through staff, students and governors having a guided tour of the building which ended on the roof of the building. Now that the exterior of the building is nearing completion the work continues on the inside of the building in order to complete all of the classrooms and communal spaces ready for teaching to begin from May.


Principal, Simon Firth says, “In creating a new 6th form college for students, the S6C project is a huge opportunity for providing a focal point for the local community as well as creating jobs. We are looking forward to growing even closer links with local residents, businesses and St Martin’s Church now that we have our own building. It is a very exciting time not only for everyone involved in the project, but also for the future of post-16 provision for young people in Salisbury.”



You can watch a timelapse video of the progress made in recent months where you will see the top two floors being added to the steel frame structure and get a better idea of the height at which the Topping Out ceremony will be held. The time lapse video is available here www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/new-build

On Friday 12 February, the Student President and Vice President, Emily Bisdee and Robben Sherburne travelled to Belfast with Leanne Tarbard (Health and Social Care Teacher) and Rosie Roberts (Student Services Manager) to visit McAvoys, the building contractors for our building on the new site.

McAvoys explained how they create buildings offsite using a modular construction method and then transport the components onto site to be fitted together – this is how they can ensure a quick build time making sure that we can be on the new site and in our own accommodation this academic year.  

Soon, the front of the building will be fully clad and rendered and an S6C logo will take pride of place above the entrance proudly marking the new site.

Student President, Emily Bisdee said, “Getting the opportunity to travel to Northern Ireland to visit McAvoys where our new sixth form building was built was an incredible opportunity. Having a tour around the factory has enabled me to realise the benefits of modular building and I am now able to explain to both current and prospective students more about how the building was built at the McAvoys factory. Getting to see other schools and sixth form buildings that have been built in the same way and seeing how incredible they were has made me more excited to get into the new building. It has also made me very thankful that we will have a sixth form building built this way. Whilst at the factory you could clearly see the passion that everyone had for McAvoys and the hard work that goes into building each section of the building. It was interesting to see how much work goes into the planning stage right through to the sections of the buildings being transported on lorries to the site. We had an amazing day and it has made us want to visit Northern Ireland again in the future.”

Interviews for September 2016 entry

All applicants to join S6C in September 2016 should have now received an invitation to an interview to discuss their application further.

This week and next week we’re in the following schools interviewing prospective students:

Test Valley School

Trafalgar School

Leehurst Swan

Wyvern College

Stonehenge School

St Edmund’s Girls’ School

St Joseph’s School

If you have applied but have not received an invitation to an interview, please email office@salisbury6c.ac.uk

If you have not applied yet and would like to join us in September 2016, we recommend that you complete the online application form ASAP and we will be in touch as soon as we receive it.

S6C teacher wins Teacher of the Year Award

S6C Maths and Further Maths teacher, Kevin Grimsley, was awarded the Teacher of the Year award at the Spire FM Local Hero Awards after being nominated by a student he taught at GCSE.

The student who nominated him said: “He was my GCSE maths teacher, He ALWAYS tried his best to help students 1 to 1 which must be difficult when you’re trying to teach a class of 25 students. He always organised extra days outside of lessons and school days to help students with any particular problems. He also was just so good at keeping his students motivated, he gave 110% in every lesson, he actually shows you how to do something instead of just doing it for you unlike some other teachers. He responded to any emails if you were stuck at any time of the night and without him I would have never achieved my A grade in Maths. Also after results day he sent everyone in our class a personalised ‘congratulations’ card which is more than I received from any other teacher. He works his socks off and totally deserves this award”

We’re so pleased that one of our teachers has been recognised for the excellent work that they do.

Application deadline for September 2016

The application deadline for September 2016 entry is the end of January.

If you haven’t applied yet, you can apply online by completing the application form.

If you would rather complete a paper copy of the application form, please email office@salisbury6c.ac.uk and we will happily post a copy to you.

Time lapse of the new building

We now have a time lapse video on the new building being constructed which you can watch here: https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/about-s6c/new-build/

The team on site are working hard and the building is mostly sealed. The activity over the next few weeks will involve the external finish of the building, so we should see the Trespa wood effect cladding go up and the render (weather permitting.)

S6C visits earthquake struck Nepal

Two of the six Year 13 students who visited Nepal last year with S6C have written reports about their trip which have been shared on the Projects Abroad website.

You can read the reports here:

Heather’s report: http://goo.gl/ldXV8o

Emily’s report: http://goo.gl/9qqng2

If you are a current or prospective student interested in going to Nepal with S6C, contact Sophie Bellars, Art and Photography teacher.

Open Evening – Thursday 7 January 2016 – 6-8pm

Our next Open Evening for September 2016 entry will be on Thursday 7 January 2016 from 6-8pm with welcome talks from our Principal at 6pm and again at 7pm.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information please email office@salisbury6c.ac.uk

You’ll find more details about the evening here:https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/open-evenings/

If you’re unable to attend, please email office@salisbury6c.ac.uk to arrange an alternative time to visit.

S6C goes to Nepal

Six S6C students visited Nepal over October half term to help schools affected by the devastating earthquake in April this year.

Emily Clark, Heather Trudgill, Ellie Abbott, Adam Harris, Charlie Green and Selina Sheldon travelled to Kathmandu and worked in Yuva Prativa School, decorating the classrooms and teaching the children.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better school to have gone to, they were so welcoming,” said Ellie. “Painting the three classrooms was not the hardest job but they were so appreciative of it and thought it was the best thing ever. You feel you have done something for the greater good.”

Art and Photography teacher, Sophie Bellars and English and Drama teacher, Lyall Dew, travelled with the students and helped them to create murals on the classroom walls and teach the children English.

Our students also planned sessions to teach the children about personal and dental hygiene. Students and staff at S6C collected over 100 toothbrushes prior to the trip which were then distributed to children in the school during the informational session.

As part of the trip they also visited a HIV clinic. The students were moved by seeing the effects of this disease and have therefore decided to raise money for the MSPN Centre by organising a fancy dress day at S6C.

The visit also incorporated the opportunity to venture outside of the classroom and visit Chitwan National Park and an elephant sanctuary. The group also canoed down a river where they saw crocodiles entering the water ahead of their boat.

The students say they are far more appreciative of the luxuries they have at home since returning from the trip and they would love to have the opportunity to return. We are planning another trip of a similar nature for next year; if you’re interested in participating in the trip, please contact Miss Bellars.