Principal’s Blog

Hello, I’m Simon Firth, Principal of S6C. I’ll update this blog with a combination of news, celebrations and information about life at S6C and the wider community.

Principals Blog – 20th November 2020

Update from the Principal

Just a brief update this week with a Covid message for parents and some information regarding our mock week which is coming up soon. During mock week our year 12 lessons are going online to allow us to run socially distanced exams for our year 13’s. Year 12’s lessons will run during the normal timetabled slot. Students should be logging in using Google Meet. Teaching staff will provide a link.

A letter from the exam officer was sent out to all year 13s this week and if you require another copy please contact exams@salisbury6c.ac.uk 

Covid Update – message for parents 

Students are getting used to the Government guidance of wearing masks in communal areas in the building. Most students are feeling comfortable with this, but understandably some are not and are finding the adjustment difficult to understand, especially as they are not required to wear masks in lessons.  In most lessons, students face forward and therefore are not having direct face to face contact with each other.  In communal areas, students are required to keep on a mask unless they are eating or drinking at that time. We want all our students to understand the importance of maintaining social distance in communal areas from each other within their year group bubbles to maintain a higher level of safety for themselves.  Next week we plan on holding a Q and A session for year 12 and 13 students separately to allow our students to ask about our decisions and for us to explain further why we have enacted them to make the campus a safer environment.  We would really appreciate your support in discussing this with your son / daughter. 

We currently have a number of students self isolating and most are due to return to classes on Monday. We have had no positive cases reported to the college this week.

Online Open EveningA reminder than our online Open Evening on Wednesday 25th November 4-7pm where you will be able to attend live Q&A sessions with teachers for each of our courses. If you would like to attend, please register here. https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/open-evenings/

16th November 2020

Parents and students will have received a letter from me regarding changes to the Government guidance and the national lockdown.  If you have not had a copy of this letter please get in touch with my PA at hboddy@salisbury6c.ac.uk for a copy to be resent. 

In Life Skills, and via messages on the Information Classroom, we are encouraging students to take the message from the Chief Medical Officer very seriously and do everything they can to help protect themselves and those around them. Students are exempt from lockdown so that they can access the benefits of onsite education, and with this comes responsibility to help minimise any potential spread of the virus in college or at home. We are encouraging students to distance from each other wherever and whenever possible, to obey all lockdown rules in full, to think about how they sit to chat to each other (avoiding face to face), wear masks when not in class, and to consider a routine when getting home that includes hand wash, and maybe a clothes wash and shower, plus sanitising college stuff. Please do get in touch with Rebecca Anderson if you have any concerns or questions.

Changes in finances

We are aware that Covid is having a financial impact on some families, especially during the lockdown. If your circumstances change and you feel you may be in need of our discretionary bursary then please complete the form on the website and send us evidence as soon as you have submitted the form. All applications will be reviewed. 

Mock Week

We have our year 13 mocks week commencing 30th November and during this time Year 12 students will be taught online.  A letter from the exam officer will be sent out next week with the mock timetable and all the details.

New courses at S6C!

S6C is excited to present our new courses for September 2021 entry: we will be the only College in Salisbury offering Esports for 2021 entry which is an exciting new course that will help you navigate a career within the Esports industry or help you progress to university to either study Esports or subjects like marketing, video game development, computer programming, sports management and coaching and so much more. 

S6C will also be offering two accelerated pathway programmes which have been developed to support those students who may not have quite reached the grades to study a full A Level programme and will enable them to leave S6C with a level 3 qualification and a route to their next stage, whether that be employment, apprenticeship or university. As well as this S6C will be offering new courses in Environmental Science (A Level), Core Maths and, following the success of our Extended Certificate in Applied Science, we can now also be offer the Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

S6C are holding an online information session for careers advisers, careers leads, PSHCE leads and subjects leads or any member of school staff that is interested in finding out more about these new courses. At S6C we want to enable staff at our feeder schools to be fully informed about the local post-16 provision, course content and progression opportunities so that you can help your students make well informed decisions. The session will take place on Tuesday 10th November at 4:15pm

For more information and the link to join please email Rosie Roberts rroberts@salisbury6c.ac.uk

For students and parents wishing to find out about all of our courses, including the new offer for 2021 entry, we have an online Open Evening on Wednesday 25th November 4-7pm where you will be able to attend live Q&A sessions with teachers for each of our courses. If you would like to attend, please register here. https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/open-evenings/

UCAS 

Applications for next steps are underway in Year 13 and we have our first student with offers, at her top three universities. The college deadline for UCAS applications is Nov 29th (to meet the January external deadline), and many apprenticeships run to a similar timescale. We are regularly posting resources in the Classroom Stream outlining practical steps for choosing and applying to uni, apprenticeships or employment, and all our instruction slides are in Classwork. All Year 13s will have had a 1:1 with their tutor within the next two weeks, if not already. Students should get in touch with their tutor to make an appointment. Their tutor’s doors and Chat inboxes are always open and Rebecca Anderson and Rosie Roberts can be contacted for help, support and advice any time.

23rd October 2020

Update from the Principal

As we end the half term, I wanted to wish you all a relaxing break. 

It’s been a tough year, however returning to College in September has been an uplifting experience for everyone in our Community. This is, perhaps, captured best by our Student President, Jordan Markham:

“Learning this year has been unconventional, but the S6C community was prepared for everything that happened; I think the proactive approach had a significant, positive impact on how we all dealt with the pandemic. Now we’re back at college, returning students can definitely feel the changes – learning feels a lot more natural and I attribute that to our enthusiasm here at S6C, something that 2020 has brought out in all of us”.

Our students are a constant source of inspiration. 

Over the coming months, we’ll be including some updates from our faculties, here’s a brief update from Kirsty White, our STEM Faculty Lead. You will also notice some important guidance on e-safety which can be found below. In this Covid era, with students and staff engaging in more online activity than ever before, we need to keep safe online. 

STEM Faculty Update

Students in the STEM faculty have had a brilliant start to the academic year. The staff have been so impressed by the resilience shown by our Year 13s returning to college after lock-down teaching and the enthusiasm of our new Year 12s as they begin their Level 3 programmes. Students in both year groups have engaged in their classes and self-directed study, showing commitment to learning about their chosen subjects. In the core sciences, students have been able to complete practicals within current covid guidance, developing key lab skills that will help them to be successful in their assessments and beyond. As a college, we are committed to providing these opportunities to learn and use these skills whilst maintaining strict hygiene protocols to keep both staff and students safe. The entire STEM team is looking forward to what our students can achieve this year.

Important E-Safety message for our students

How does it affect me as a College student?

E-Safety is an important issue affecting 16-19 year olds. It can often be overlooked by your age group as most have had many years at school where it has been repeatedly signposted to be careful while browsing the internet.

We  want to highlight some of the issues that become more prevalent as we start our adult lives, such as:

  • Identity Theft
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Radicalisation

Identity Theft

“Identity theft is a very broad crime. In basic terms, it means getting hold of personal identifying data that allows a thief to assume the identity of someone else. This might be as simple as finding an email password that allows someone to send an email in your name, or as serious as stealing addresses, credit card numbers, and other data in order to take out loans, credit cards, and even mortgages in the name of another person. Identity theft is a real risk, and it’s something that happens every day”. (Henshaw, 2019)

Anyone is at risk of identity theft, but this is increased greatly if you have a social media account such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. The biggest vulnerability is when people use the same passwords across all websites because it’s easier to remember. 

How many of you use the same password for all your social media? Is this the same password you use for your college account too? Is it the same one you use for your bank?

The best advice against identity theft is to change your password AND have different ones for each account.

Most people will counter this with, ‘I can’t remember them all’.

The best way to help with this is to create memorable sentences for each password and then use the first letter of each word:

Example

‘I really enjoy sports and play football a lot’ = Iresapfal

This will create a really secure password and still allow you to remember them.

Change your passwords.

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation: “Actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.” (World Health Organisation, n.d.)

Sexual abuse: “Actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.” (World Health Organisation, n.d.)

16-19 year olds are often exploited by being given things such as; drugs, money, status and affection and then requesting sexual activities in exchange for explicit images or videos or having sexual conversations. Once an abuser has these, they may use blackmail or threats to force people into further sexual activity. (NSPCC, n.d.)

Gangs use this technique to exert power and control, initiation and to use sexual violence as a weapon. (NSPCC, n.d.)

If you are worried about any of this information, talk to someone, anyone about it. At college you can talk to any member of staff or ask one of your friends to do it for you.  

You can also report anything anonymously through CEOP

Radicalisation

Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist groups. (South Tyneside Council, n.d.)

Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. (South Tyneside Council, n.d.)

16-19 year olds often see radicalisation and extremism in the form of Articles, images, speeches or videos. They may come across these on social media, Youtube, chat forums and websites. 

The same rules apply as for sexual exploitation, If you are worried about any of this, or are concerned about a friend or your family, talk to someone, anyone about it. At college you can talk to any member of staff or ask one of your friends to do it for you.

You can get further information from the NSPCC.

Further information and help

S6C E-Safety and ICT Acceptable Usage Policy

Identity Theft

Experian

Equifax

Citizens Advice

ICO

Action Fraud

Which

Identity theft organisation

Sexual Exploitation

NSPCC

Barbadoes

Children’s Society

NHS

MIND

Radicalisation and Extremism

NSPCC

Runaway Helpline

UK Government

Educate against hate

Wiltshire Police

Bibliography

Henshaw, S. (2019, 05 16). Identity Theft Statistics: UK & Worldwide Cyber Crime by the Numbers. Identity Theft Statistics: UK & Worldwide Cyber Crime by the Numbers. Retrieved 10 22, 2020, from https://www.tigermobiles.com/faq/identity-theft-statistics/#:~:text=According%20to%20CIFAS%20(the%20Credit,massive%20125%25%20rise%20over%202007.

NSPCC. (n.d.). Child Sexual Exploitation. Child Sexual Exploitation. Retrieved 10 22, 2020, from https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/child-sexual-exploitation/

South Tyneside Council. (n.d.). Keeping children and young people safe against radicalisation and extremism. Radicalisation. Retrieved 10 22, 2020, from https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35878/Young-people-and-radicalisation-and-extremism#:~:text=Radicalisation%20is%20defined%20as%20the,then%20participate%20in%20terrorist%20groups.

World Health Organisation. (n.d.). Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Prevent and Protect. Retrieved 10 22, 2020, from https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/documents/ethics/sexual-exploitation-and-abuse-pamphlet-en.pdf?sfvrsn=409b4d89_2

19th October 2020

Update from the Principal

It’s hard to escape all the media coverage around coronavirus and the impact it’s having on schools and colleges. There has been one important announcement regarding the pushing back of exam dates in 2021 that I wanted to mention. An extract from the DFE press release is below:

“Students now have more time to prepare for their exams next year, as most AS, A levels and GCSEs will be held 3 weeks later to help address the disruption caused by the pandemic.

The Prime Minister and Education Secretary are clear that exams will go ahead, as they are the fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment.

Today (12 October), the government is announcing the summer exam series will start on 7 June and end on 2 July for almost all AS and A levels and GCSEs.

Results days are Tuesday 24 August for A and AS levels and Friday 27 August for GCSEs so students will start the following academic year as normal.”

For those of you making plans for next summer, please bear in mind these changes. 

Further details will be released with year 13 reports next week.

Covid Update 

You can find the latest government Covid guidance here:https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Applications for 2021

S6C is now accepting applications for 2021. Details are below. I would encourage you to follow us on social media to stay up to date with our latest news. 

This week our Application Process has gone live online for our 2021 intake.

UCAS and Next Steps

There is a universities and apprenticeships virtual fair on Wednesday 21st October from 12-6pm (drop-in)


If you have not yet attended a careers fair then I’d highly recommend you register for this one where you will have free access to universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers from across the UK. The cancellation of careers fairs, and the lack of in person Open Days over the summer may have made choosing your next steps more difficult. Whether you’re in Year 13 or 12, or if your parents would like to find out more about your future options, this fair is designed to provide you with everything you need to make the right decisions. 

13th October 2020

The mental health of our students and staff is an important part of our work at S6C. We encourage everyone in our community to support one another and act with kindness and integrity. Earlier this week, we ran a highly successful mental health development day. Rebecca Anderson, our Pastoral Leader explains more..

“On Wednesday we had our annual mental health development day – full of positive messaging, resources and activities to promote mental and emotional wellbeing, so students are empowered to look after themselves and others. 

Activities included outdoor sport, playing with clay, mindfulness, yoga, relaxing colouring, an interview on coping skills with a local doctor, an illustration of mental health using a backpack, a video on kindness provided by the Student Union, and making lists of unhelpful and helpful strategies. The newly created MHST (mental health service team) – which we are linked to as part of a national trailblazer test programme – delivered a talk on exam stress, how to manage panic attacks, strategies for minimising anxiety and tips on healthy sleep. It was so good to be able to facilitate the day for students in a covid secure way and know they have what they need to be able to get advice, information and help, 24/7, whenever they or a friend may need it, now or in the future. 

We all need a little help sometimes and being able to discuss mental health issues calmly and positively and practically is healthy and helpful. More information on the extensive pastoral support systems in college can be found on our website or by contacting the Pastoral Lead and students can access a wealth of handpicked resources in the Wellbeing section of the Information Classroom.”

Covid Update 

Like many schools and colleges, S6C has asked students and staff to wear masks while moving around the building. So far, it’s gone well and everyone has adapted to the change. 

With rates of infection rising around the country, it’s important that we all stick to the guidelines and the Covid protocols that we have in place at S6C. Thanks to everyone for their support so far.

You can find the latest government Covid guidance here:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Applications for 2021

S6C is now accepting applications for 2021. Details are below. I would encourage you to follow us on social media to stay up to date with our latest news. 

This week our Application Process has gone live online for our 2021 intake.

UCAS and Next Steps

Year 12 have had an initial session on Who Do You Want to Be? Want Do You Want To Do? with a message to start thinking, but not worrying, about their next steps to university, apprenticeships or employment. 

Year 13 have had two training sessions this year, building on last year’s Destinations Day, and have everything they need to research, choose and apply for their chosen courses, or prepare themselves for employment and apprenticeship applications later in the year. Tutors are available to support this process and they can also make appointments to see Rosie, our Careers Lead, or Rebecca. All the slides are available on Classroom if students, parents or carers would like to look at them together. This week students will be sending off their applications for Oxford, Cambridge and medical school and preparing for their entrance exams – we wish them all the best. 

The Aspire to Excellence programme has launched for Year 12 and we will meet every fortnight for information and inspiration. Expectations at S6C are high because we believe in our students – all students are welcome to join the programme along with our highest achievers, who have been invited and should attend.

Parent Governor Vacancy

S6C is seeking two new parent governors to join the Local Governing Body.  The Local Governing Body (LGB) is appointed by, and reports to, the Magna Learning Partnership Trust Board.  Its role is to provide focused governance for the academy at a local level.  It does this by supporting, challenging and encouraging in two principal areas:  Vision, ethos and strategic direction; and the educational performance of the school (pupils and staff).  Governors come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the academies and are the link between the academy and the community it serves.  If you are interested, please contact Carina Sawyer, MLP Company Secretary via compsec@magnalearningpartnership.org.uk for an application form, or to find out more about the role and the appointment process.  

Closing date is Friday 16th October 2020. 

Staffing Vacancies

Magna Learning Partnership requires outstanding, dedicated and flexible teachers of English and Mathematics to support our high quality teaching and learning. As a result of Covid-19 we have students in our schools and our sixth forms who will benefit from one to one and small group support to ensure success at GCSE and beyond.  The role will entail working across two or more academies out of our three secondary schools and sixth form college. 

S6C also as a couple of staff vacancies: 

5th October 2020

S6C is now accepting applications for 2021. Details are below. I would encourage you to follow us on social media to stay up to date with our latest news. 

Applications for 2021

This week our Application Process has gone live online for our 2021 intake. https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/applications-for-2020-are-now-open/

UCAS and Next Steps

Year 12 have had an initial session on Who Do You Want to Be? Want Do You Want To Do? with a message to start thinking, but not worrying, about their next steps to university, apprenticeships or employment. 

Year 13 have had two training sessions this year, building on last year’s Destinations Day, and have everything they need to research, choose and apply for their chosen courses, or prepare themselves for employment and apprenticeship applications later in the year. Tutors are available to support this process and they can also make appointments to see Rosie, our Careers Lead, or Rebecca. All the slides are available on Classroom if students, parents or carers would like to look at them together. This week students will be sending off their applications for Oxford, Cambridge and medical school and preparing for their entrance exams – we wish them all the best. 

The Aspire to Excellence programme has launched for Year 12 and we will meet every fortnight for information and inspiration. Expectations at S6C are high because we believe in our students – all students are welcome to join the programme along with our highest achievers, who have been invited and should attend.

Parent Governor Vacancy

S6C is seeking two new parent governors to join the Local Governing Body.  The Local Governing Body (LGB) is appointed by, and reports to, the Magna Learning Partnership Trust Board.  Its role is to provide focused governance for the academy at a local level.  It does this by supporting, challenging and encouraging in two principal areas:  Vision, ethos and strategic direction; and the educational performance of the school (pupils and staff).  Governors come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the academies and are the link between the academy and the community it serves.  If you are interested, please contact Carina Sawyer, MLP Company Secretary via compsec@magnalearningpartnership.org.uk for an application form, or to find out more about the role and the appointment process.  

Closing date is Friday 16th October 2020. 

Staffing Vacancies

Magna Learning Partnership requires outstanding, dedicated and flexible teachers of English and Mathematics to support our high quality teaching and learning. As a result of Covid-19 we have students in our schools and our sixth forms who will benefit from one to one and small group support to ensure success at GCSE and beyond.  The role will entail working across two or more academies out of our three secondary schools and sixth form college. 

S6C also as a couple of staff vacancies: 

Follow S6C on Social Media 

Covid Update 

We now have a number of students self isolating, however, there have been no positive tests amongst the students or staff yet. Students who are self isolating should be dialing in to lessons via Google Classroom. 

You can find the latest government guidance here:

Mask Wearing Around College

You will note from the letter that went out earlier (copy of the letter can be found here in the week that from Monday 5th October it will be compulsory for students and staff to wear masks while moving around the college and in the queue at the S6C Cafe. Masks are not required in lessons, in the study centre or whilst seated in the breakout areas. You may also have seen this spoken about in the local press, here

Development Day

On Wednesday 7th October we have our Student Development Day focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing. Students will have the opportunity to take part in various activities to help improve and look after their mental health. 

Parent Governor Vacancy

S6C is seeking two new parent governors to join the Local Governing Body.  The Local Governing Body (LGB) is appointed by, and reports to, the Magna Learning Partnership Trust Board.  Its role is to provide focused governance for the academy at a local level.  It does this by supporting, challenging and encouraging in two principal areas:  Vision, ethos and strategic direction; and the educational performance of the school (pupils and staff).  Governors come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the academies and are the link between the academy and the community it serves.  If you are interested, please contact Carina Sawyer, MLP Company Secretary via compsec@magnalearningpartnership.org.uk for an application form, or to find out more about the role and the appointment process.  

Closing date is Friday 16th October 2020. 

Staffing Vacancies

Magna Learning Partnership requires outstanding, dedicated and flexible teachers of English and Mathematics to support our high quality teaching and learning. As a result of Covid-19 we have students in our schools and our sixth forms who will benefit from one to one and small group support to ensure success at GCSE and beyond.  The role will entail working across two or more academies out of our three secondary schools and sixth form college. https://www.magnalearningpartnership.org.uk/join-our-partnership/careers/

S6C also as a couple of staff vacancies: https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/about-s6c/vacancies/

Clubs & Societies

Students this week have been taking part in their enrichment activities. Please see some photographs of students taking part in their yoga enrichment on our S6C_sport Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/sport_s6c/

25th September 2020

Covid Update 

You can find the latest government guidance here:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

There are a few important aspects to the guidance that I would like to draw your attention to:

  • NHS Covid 19 app – this was launched on Thursday 24th September. You can find out more here – https://covid19.nhs.uk/ Students and staff are encouraged to consider downloading the app though you should read the privacy statement which can be found here – https://covid19.nhs.uk/privacy-and-data.html – there is a useful explanatory video below

Open Evenings

This week saw the S6C Open evenings going ahead on line.  They were very successful seeing a good number of prospective students to each separate subject speech giving them time to meet with the teachers virtually and ask any questions they wanted answered. 

  • Tuesday saw the Creative Faculty Open Evening. 
  • Wednesday saw the STEM Faculty Open Evening. 
  • Thursday was the Humanities Faculty Open Evening. 
https://www.instagram.com/p/CFcpJz7HQyK/

University Fairs and Virtual Events Autumn Term 2020                                                                                                  

These free events allow you to dip in and out of subjects and universities you are exploring without the cost of travel. The events feel quite different to a standard visit, but you will find that there are live chat options where you can ask questions of staff and students at the university.

Some of the content is flexible, once you have registered you can access anytime, others may be live and disappear after the event so check if you want to save things you find. Upcoming virtual exhibitions where you will find a range of universities and live talks are listed below.

DateProviderEvent TimeEvent TitleTo Attend
Tuesday 29 SeptemberUCAS10:00 – 16:00Virtual ExhibitionRegister
Wednesday 30 SeptemberUCAS07:00 – 20:00Virtual Exhibition – business, law, and financeRegister
Wednesday 14 OctoberUK University Search12.00 – 18.00 Virtual Fair – East of England, East Midlands & Yorkshire and the Humber FairRegister
Friday 16 OctoberUCAS10:00 – 16:00Virtual Exhibition – biological and physical sciencesRegister
Wednesday 21 OctoberUK University Search12.00 – 18.00Virtual Fair – South West, West Midlands & Wales FairRegister
Friday 23 OctoberSaturday 24 OctoberUCAS10:00 – 16:0010:00 – 16:00Virtual Exhibition – Social Sciences, humanities and teachingRegister
Monday 2 NovemberTuesday 3 NovemberUCAS07:00 – 20:0007:00 – 20:00Virtual Exhibition – maths, engineering, and computingRegister
Wednesday 04 NovemberUK University Search12.00 – 18.00Virtual Fair – London, South East & Home counties FairRegister
Wednesday 11 NovemberUK University Search12.00 – 18.00Virtual Fair – North West, North East, Scotland & Northern Ireland FairRegister
Friday 13 NovemberSaturday 14 NovemberUCAS10:00 – 16:0010:00 – 16:00Virtual Exhibition – creative subjectsRegister

UniTasterDays

Have launched their programme for the whole Autumn Term with a range of general and subject specific sessions taking place on Tuesdays at 12:00 and 14:00. Recordings sent if you sign up online and are on the website.

To see all the sessions available visit UniTasterDays

Open Days

Universities have a huge range of virtual events, Many of the open days are online to manage numbers visiting the campus, however some are running social distanced campus tours.

To get the latest dates visit OpenDays.Com

Uni4Me

Holds information and sessions from a range of universities and covers topics such as is uni for me, student finance and what about an apprenticeship, as well as course talks.

Content changes as it’s being updated by universities. To see what is on offer visit Uni4me

University of Bristol – contextual offers and online resources 

Year 13 – Considering applying to the University of Bristol? We’ve been notified that as a College we qualify for contextual offers for students taking A levels who apply to study there – that means you could get a reduced offer of up to 2 grades below the standard entry requirements. You don’t need to do anything extra to get a contextual offer, it will be applied automatically when you apply through UCAS to Bristol. More information here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/contextual-offers/ 

The Uni has also signposted us to online resources they have for A level students. Some are related to the UCAS application and some to subject areas. You’ll find them here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/outreach/post-16/

University webinars

The University of Portsmouth have a series of live webinars to help you research university choices. These are live and you must book your place and then watch them at the time they are delivered (all of them are outside of lesson times). They will cover topics such as writing your personal statement, choosing a course, student life and more. You can access them here: http://uni.port.ac.uk/getting-stated-li 

21st September 2020

Covid Update 

As you would expect, Coronavirus has been dominating the news over recent days. Whilst the infection rates are rising, we need to do our best to reduce the spread and keep the risk of disruption to learning to a minimum. Our policy has remained the same since the start of term. Washing hands or hand sanitising between every lesson, year 12 and 13 students sticking to their areas of the college and social distancing from staff. Above all everyone in our community needs to be calm, caring and careful.  

For those students who do need to self isolate, lessons can be broadcast live through Google meet so no learning time needs to be lost. Students will be able to participate fully in the lessons and can submit work through Google Classroom. In the event of a partial or full closure, lessons will simply move online. Timetables will remain the same for all students and staff. We will keep you posted through this blog with any updates.

There is a useful guide for parents and carers regarding Covid-19 at the end of this blog. 

Open Evenings

Next week we’ll be holding our first online Open Evenings. The evenings will be held online only due to the current restrictions in place, however, we do hope to offer an opportunity for students to visit the College at a later date if the restrictions are lifted. 

Each open evening will focus on a different faculty:

  • Tuesday 22nd September is the Creative Faculty Open Evening. 
  • Wednesday 23rd September is the STEM Faculty Open Evening. 
  • Thursday 24th September is the Humanities Faculty Open Evening. 

Each evening will start at 5pm with an information session with the Principal who will answer pre-submitted questions. 

On Tuesday 22nd September there will be a session at 6:40pm with our SENDCO and also a session with our Pastoral Lead who will explain about our Life Skills and tutoring programme as well as the Aspire to Excellence programme. 

Booking is essential and can be done on our website (linked from the homepage) as the links to join the sessions will only be sent to those who have booked to attend the evening.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFKZX2pna6s/

Life Skills programme

Encouraging students to be kind to themselves and each other is at the core of our Life Skills programme and pastoral support. In these first few weeks of term, students have been warmly welcomed, reassured that they will be treated with respect as young adults, and hopefully inspired by our high expectations of their progress, be it academic or personal growth. Year 13 have been reminded of all the resources and support available to them as they make well informed decisions about their next steps; their tutors will work with each of them personally as they plan and apply for employment, apprenticeships and university. Year 12s have been introduced to our Life Skills programme and given an insight into how we learn, both in tutor time and in each subject, so that they can build good study habits from the start. We are always impressed with the positivity and maturity of our students and the incredible resilience they are showing in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Students and parents/carers can always get in touch with tutors, teachers and the pastoral lead if they would like some extra support.

Learning Mentor 

Our Study Centre is a calm and welcoming environment where students are set high expectations to focus on their Self Directed Study. They are able to access support from our Learning Mentor, Diane Newton who is a fully qualified teacher with significant experience of learning support at all stages of education. The role of the Learning Mentor is to support all students to develop independent learning skills, to provide additional formal support for identified students and informal support for students using the Study Centre throughout the day. 

Examples of the support provided within the first two weeks of term include: transition support for SEN students, weekly small group support sessions for an identified group of RS students, pastoral mentoring for self referrals, organisation, note taking and revision skills for identified individuals. An initial impact already identified from students has been a boost to self esteem and raised self confidence in their ability to succeed. For example, an English Literature student who struggled to engage with aspects of the text during lockdown left her study session with a renewed focus on her learning as she had got to grips with the text and was ready to move forward.

In the coming weeks Diane will be inviting all students to attend Study Skills sessions on Effective use of study periods, Reading and Note taking plus Revision.

11th September 2020

As we come to the end of our first full week back at college I would like to say how pleased I am to see all of our students returning.   

This week parents  should have received from us, via email our Covid Risk Assessment. A copy is on our Website under the parents section https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/covid-19-information/ 

If you have any queries regarding this please do let me know. Feel free to email  – sfirth@salisbury6c.ac.uk 

Our key message to students is to be calm, caring and careful in this Covid era. Talk to us about concerns or worries and we will do our best to provide support. The latest government information regarding Covid 19 can be found here.

New Parents Information

We had hoped to hold our usual new Parents Information Evening onsite, but due to the current situation we will not be able to do so.  Therefore details will be coming out over the next week on what we will be offering as an alternative to welcome new parents but also to keep connected!  Along with this information will be a list of Key Dates for both year 12 and year 13 students for the year. 

Clubs and Societies

Our Clubs and Societies for our year 12s start back next Wednesday 16th September. We have a host of things on offer, from online Cookery, Netball, Football, Music, Gaming, Enterprise,Yoga and many more.  Students should make contact with one of our Sports Teachers for further information (Luke or Emma).

Keep safe everyone and stay connected.

Simon

6th September 2020

After a summer break unlike any other I’ve experienced, my heart goes out to students around the country who had to go through the trauma of having their grades awarded by the ‘Government Algorithm’ and then changed. We got there in the end…. Let’s hope for a more settled picture next summer and a quick decision on any changes that may be coming. Our current students and parents will receive a key dates list for the year by the end of next week. 

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new year 12 students who started last thursday. It was lovely to see so many happy faces, grateful to be back in education after such a long break. Our decision to bring our students back in full time has been well received and we are starting to see a number of students transferring to S6C. We still have some spaces, so contact admissions@salisbury6c.ac.uk if you would like to know more. 

The results achieved by our students in the summer are a culmination of two years of incredibly hard work. We are proud of them all. We would also like to share some of their destinations with you:

  • Jack S is off to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge having achieved 4 A*’s (Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Tom H is off to study Medicine at the University of Exeter having achieved 4 A*’s (Chemistry, Biology, Geography and an EPQ)
  • Kitty S is off to study History at the University of Southampton having achieved A*A*AA  (English Language, Sociology, History, EPQ) 
  • Mia M is off to study English at the University of Exeter having achieved A*AA (English Literature, Psychology, Religious Studies)
  • Corina T is off to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College London having achieved A*AAB (Maths, Business, Economics, Further Maths)
  • Stefan F – is off to study Chemical Engineering at either Bath or Lancaster University having achieved A*A*A*A (Chemistry, Economics, EPQ, Maths)

Once again our vocational students have been highly successful. 

  • Jasmine W is off to Oxford Brookes University to study Paramedic Science having achieved Distinction*Distinction*Distinction* (BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care)
  • Katie S is off to the University of Winchester to study Childhood and Youth Studies having achieved Distinction*Distinction*Distinction* (BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care)
  • Dylan G is off to the University of Roehampton to study Anthropology having studied Distinction*Distinction* (BTEC Sport), Distinction* (BTEC Applied Science), A level Geography – C. 

Our year 13’s return to college on Tuesday 8th September and we are looking forward to welcoming them back. As I reported last term, we were able to continue live online lessons throughout the lockdown which helped our students make excellent progress. 

I have written to all parents recently about our arrangements to keep college safe during the pandemic. Should you have any questions, feel free to email me directly – sfirth@salisbury6c.ac.uk 

For new parents, please keep an eye on this blog. We publish every week – usually on a friday. 

Keep safe everyone and stay connected.

Simon

10th July 2020

Message from the Principal 

This week some of our year 12 students returned to college. It was great to have them back in class and meeting with their teachers and tutors. All the students I spoke to during the week agreed that they were looking forward to getting back to college in september. A letter to parents will be coming out shortly.

As a college, we have agreed that returning to as near normal as possible in september is in the best interests of the students and staff. Year 12’s will begin on Thursday 3rd September and our year 13’s will return on Tuesday 8th September. 

A copy of the letter to prospective students and parents can be found here.

This is the time year when we say goodbye to some of our staff who are moving on to other things:

  • Sophie Bellars (Art and Photography)
  • Nikki Mesnard (Psychology)
  • Chris Forster (Biology and Applied Science)

Diane Newton (Health and Social Care) is retiring from teaching but staying on at S6C as our new Learning Mentor. 

Results Day 

A letter was sent to year 13 parents regarding results day arrangements. You can read this here.

S6C Destinations Development Day

On Monday 6 July, Salisbury 6th Form College held an online development day. This term the off-timetable day focussed on careers and destinations after S6C. This is the second development day run entirely online since the College had to close earlier this year but this is the first online development day to use live interactive workshops and talks from guest speakers from outside the College.

The day started with live talks from the University of Portsmouth and ASK Apprenticeships service to give all students an overview of how to research and search for opportunities in higher education and training after their level 3 studies.

The afternoon session welcomed employers from across all sectors who gave students an insight into their own careers and their workplaces which helped students understand the range of job opportunities linked to their current studies. Students met with employers, S6C alumni and CEOs of companies through live online meetings and pre-recorded videos covering careers ranging from Flight Test Engineer, to Hypnotherapist to Sports Analysis to Space Mission Scientist! Many of the videos and all of the live talks were created specifically for S6C students.

TEDx Southampton

S6C’s Richard Eno got through to Stage 2 of the TEDx Southampton conference and had to perform an audtion at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCdDuR2pfvL/

“It was an amazing experience but quite nerve wracking! But standing on that stage and looking out onto the enourmous theatre was an incredible experience.” Said Eno. His talk about all about film can be used to explore the big questions in life, what he calls ‘the human condition’. He’ll find out soon if he’s been successful.

Year 12 Psychology

For their projects during lockdown, Year 12 Psychology students were given the task of applying psychological approaches to anything they’d like. Kirsty has been blown away by the creativity and knowledge they’ve shown in this task. Students have used a range of skills and a range of resources to do this. If you’ve noticed changes in your pets’ behaviours, it might be because your child taught them a new skill using the principles of classical and operant conditioning (we saw dogs, cats, guinea pigs and even a tortoise learn new things!); if you’ve seen an increase in desirable behaviours from the siblings of our students, it might be because they’ve implemented a token economy system to reward them for doing certain behaviours; if you’ve noticed your son/daughter beavering away at their laptop, it might be because they decided to plan their own piece of research; if they’ve been playing a lot of video games, it might be because they were trying to see how psychology is used within them (honestly!); if they’ve been on social media, it might be because they were looking to see how companies use the principles of social learning theory and role-models to encourage people to buy their products.

Not only have they been incredible in lessons under lockdown, but they’ve approached this task with enthusiasm and have shown themselves to be more than students – they are budding Psychologists and Kirsty is so proud of all they have achieved this year. If they haven’t shared their projects with you, then please encourage them to do so – they really are amazing!

S6C Freshers Day for new students

On Thursday 2 July, Salisbury 6th Form College held their first ever Virtual Freshers Day for applicants who have been made offers to study at S6C in September.

The day started with a video message from the Principal, Simon Firth, and a video tour of the College with images and videos from trips, visits and enrichment activities. The video also gave applicants an opportunity to hear from current and alumni students from S6C who all shared why they love S6C and what student life is like. 

Following the pre-recorded video students then had the opportunity to meet with each of their teachers through live online Q&A sessions. The live sessions were run through Google Meet giving applicants an insight into how S6C’s current students have been keeping in touch with their teachers and how live online teaching has continued at the College throughout lockdown. Applicants also had access to information about starting College such as travel, IT and the enrolment process.

Term Dates 2020/21

A reminder of the Term Dates for next year are on the website at the this link

Year 12 students start back on Thursday 3rd September with Year 13 starting back on Monday 7th September.

3rd July 2020

Message from the Principal 

Everyone at S6C is excited about having many of our students back in next week. It’s been a while and we’ve missed having them around.

The programme is as follows:

Tuesday 7th July

Students have been informed which sessions to attend.

  • A level Physics practical – 9am to 11am with Chris Papp
  • A level Biology practical – 9.30am to 11am with Nicky Miller and Chris Forster
  • A level Chemistry practical – 12pm to 2pm with Chris Papp

Subject reviews will also be happening during the day. For those coming into college, subject teachers will have been in touch to agree times. 

Wednesday 8th July 

  • BTEC Business with Steve Price is running between 9am and 2.30pm – Students have been invited in for small group sessions throughout the day. 

Pastoral interviews and year 13 enrolment will take place during the day for those students who have opted to come into college. Tutors have been in touch to agree times. 

Thursday 9th July

  • BTEC Business with Steve Price – 9am to 10.30am
  • A level Physics practical with Chris Papp – 9am to 11am
  • A level Biology practical with Nicky Miller – 9.30am to 11am
  • A level Chemistry practical with Chris Papp – 12pm to 2pm

For those students who have opted for subject reviews or pastoral meetings online, they will be conducted at some point between Tuesday and Friday. If they haven’t done so already, Teacher and Tutors will be in touch. 

Development Day 
This Monday the 6th July is year 12 Development Day, a letter was sent out on Thursday to parents with details of the day, a copy of which is enclosed. There is a full day programme of talks and meetings for students and that parents have been invited to join talks from 4pm onwards.

Letter to parents about Development Day

Freshers Day

Our very first online Freshers Day was incredibly successful. It was all designed for students to access Q&As with their subject teachers as well as videos, information about starting college such as travel and IT devices. Of course, we would have preferred to have had the students in but we are getting so good at adapting to any situation which comes our way! Here’s the video welcoming students to S6C.

Raising money for Alzheimers 

Jake McNickle has been taking part in a charity event to raise money for Alzheimer’s please see the link below if you wish to donate and congratulate Jake for such an amazing effort. This is an incredible challenge to take on and we are very proud of him. Check it out here.

Baking Club 

Last week Baking Club made Butternut Squash Curry, this week was Custard Tarts


Social Media

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and we now also have a LinkedIn accoount!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCLs3Q_HrUh/?igshid=14uhwp3dlziwa

26th June 2020

Important message for year 13 parents

Parents will have received a letter last week from our Exams Officer, Lisa Lucas. It is important that your son/daughter is aware that we will be using their College email address for communication. College emails should now be accessed using Gmail and not Office 365. All students have been sent a test email to ensure we know that the communication is being received. If that is not the case, please can they make us aware at office@salisbury6c.ac.uk

Preparations for returning to College

The support staff have been very busy over the past couple of weeks preparing the college for staff and students towards the end of the term.   Here are just some of the images of the work they have done

You will be aware that lessons next week will be ‘Project Based’ so not online as we have been doing until now. This allows our staff to come into College for training and to run an online induction day for our new intake.

Important dates for parents and students – Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July

Destinations day for year 12 students

All day Monday 6th July. Our annual Destinations Day is a highlight of our S6C Careers Programme and is going ahead online using a mixture of live and recorded presentations.This full day event will provide students with everything they need to know about planning their next steps to university, apprenticeships or employment. External academic and industry specialists will share expertise in Employability Skills, Choosing a University, Getting the Most from University, and Apprenticeships. Students will register with UCAS and explore a vast bank of links to academic and industry-led resources. In the afternoon, staff have invited guest speakers in their subject fields, and students can choose from a menu of live and specially recorded meetings in areas that interest them. We will make content available to parents and there will be dedicated parent talks from the University of Bath and ASK Apprenticeships – details to follow by email. The regional careers service would like to use S6C as a case study for what can be achieved in lockdown. All Year 12s should link in, and Year 13s are more than welcome. We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity and look forward to seeing you (virtually) on the day.

Tuesday 6th July – Student subject reviews

Our staff are delighted that most students were able to successfully complete their mock papers and students are working incredibly hard on their vocational units as well. Therefore we now feel we are in a position to be able to report back progress that your son/daughter is making through the summer term and at the mid point of their courses.  A personalised end of term letter will be sent home in the final week of term to all parents to share the guidance that staff will be giving to the students in their subject 1:1 reviews. 

The information shared with parents will indicate how students can further close gaps in their knowledge, understanding or skills as specific summer work tasks. The report will indicate the students progress in the summer term against their minimum target, a mock grade for A level subjects, levels of  engagement  in lessons and the work required to be submitted.

Wednesday 7th July – Pastoral meetings 

All students will have a meeting to discuss returning to College. Most of these meetings will be with Tutors. We will also complete the year 13 enrolment process so it is essential that all students engage with these meetings. 

We recognise that some subject review and pastoral meetings may not be completed on the 6th and 7th July, so these may take place online later in the week. Practical sessions will also be running on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students attending these sessions will be contacted directly. 

Economics 

In Economics Catherine has been interviewing her students to review their progress in year 12 and discusses with them how they can move forward into year 13 with confidence .  She highlights their successes and celebrates how well they have done.  All her students will have a recording of their interview to share with their parents if they wish followed by a central letter from college detailing summer work and extension tasks.  Libby has agreed to share her interview with you.

Social Media

Our social media on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook has been really busy lately sharing images, vidoes and storis of life at S6C. But did you know we also have a LinkedIn account you can also folow? Click here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CB272YEHDVr/

17th June 2020

Our return to college is getting closer. Staff and contractors will be onsite next week putting up the signage, protective equipment in reception and hand sanitiser dispensers around the building. I’ll upload some pictures to my blog so you can see the progress. 

All our staff will return to College from the week beginning Monday 29th June. We will run through a series of workshops on social distancing, health and hygiene protocols, and classroom organisation. A copy of our risk assessment will be posted here before the students return. 

Last week, we published a survey to students regarding the return to College. We’ve had 106 responses so far. For parents reading this, please ensure your son/daughter has completed the survey by 4pm on Monday 22nd June.

Sneak Peak

Media and Film students have been helping teacher Richard Eno to make a new video for the college’s upcoming Fresher’s Day for our new students joining us. Here are some sneak peaks on what’s going on.

Sneak Peak of our new video
https://www.instagram.com/p/CBdDgXqnCz-/

Pride Month

June is Pride Month and S6C encourages students to support equality, embrace diversity, and stand alongside all those seeking to protect their rights.

We have shared links to a history of the LGBTQ+ movement, an article on the intersection between these rights and BLM, and an article on the importance of marking Pride this month even though parades have been cancelled. Students and their families may wish to take part in the Salisbury Virtual Pride Event on 27th June and the Amnesty International Pride celebration online.

Business Studies

Catherine Pennington has certainly been busy with her A Level students during lockdown, have a look at this short video learn about all the amazing work her students have been doing!

Exams

Year 13 students who had extra time in the exams will have an email sent to their college google mail account which will have their access arrangement paperwork attached which should be saved and may be useful at university.

There will be a letter coming out shortly from Lisa Lucas the Exams Officer, to the year 13 students explaining how their results will be released on results day which will be on Thursday 13th August.

Art and Photography

The Art and Photography students sat a 4 hour practical mock this week. In such unusual circumstances it was a real pleasure to see the students achieve such great results. Huge congratulations to all of the students!

Here are some examples of the students work

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBnepv6H3MN/

13th June 2020

As you know, the government has started to relax lockdown measures. A useful BBC article can be found here (published on 10th June)

The latest government advice can be found here (updated on 12th June)

Last week, I posted our plans for reopening and the latest announcements haven’t changed our position. We are fortunate to have amazing students who have risen to the challenge of online learning and continued to make progress throughout this period. I am proud of them all. Our staff have also had to adapt to the new normal and develop new ways of teaching through video and audio conferencing whilst balancing young children and families at home. It hasn’t always been easy and I am also incredibly proud of our staff. 

Whilst we have adapted to the challenge of online learning, we are keen to get back to normal when it is safe to do so. As you can imagine, we are thinking about September and how the first few weeks back are going to look. We can tell you that the start of term for year 13’s will be Tuesday 8th September 2020. Plans for that day will be sent out to students and published here in due course. Your views will be welcome. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAFm9_eHX7l/

Students will be sitting their mock examinations next week. A timetable is below. 

We know that this may be a stressful time, but we want to emphasise these exams are not just about the grades. They are about identifying gaps in knowledge so we can plan summer work  and interventions at the beginning of next term. 

The last few months have been challenging for everyone and we want all our students to know that we are here to support them. We are all in this together.

Pastoral Support 

Wiltshire Council are now offering a 24/7 mental health support line for young people and parents, and a self referral counselling service: as well as a website with advice and help across a number of areas including sleep, coronavirus, anxiety, LGBTQ+ support, bereavement, trauma, and drugs/alcohol. https://www.onyourmind.org.uk/

Student Union 

We are looking for the new Student Union!

The S6C Student Union is appointed by an application/interview process. They liaise between students and the college leadership team and represent you as Student Voice for S6C. They are given responsibility, with support, to arrange events, fundraising and awareness days. They help ensure that S6C is diverse, equal and fair. And they promote sustainability and ecological care. We will be looking for a President, Vice President, Events Manager, Equality & Diversity Representative, and Eco Representative. Further details of roles and the application process will be shared with students shortly.

The 2019 Student Union

S6C on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBP8-LMHv2c/

Work Experience 

There is another excellent opportunity for students to partake in some virtual work experience.

In response to the current situation Jacobs has developed a virtual work experience programme. The programme will centre around the design of a Coronavirus vaccine research facility. Students will be introduced to the wide range of people within the STEM fields that come together to make this project a reality from architects and engineers through to project managers and safety specialists. In addition to focussing on the technical skills, Jacobs are also aiming to introduce students to some of the key skills they will need in the workplace in the 21st century such as creativity, team work, leadership and resilience.

The programme has been rated to the Silver Level by Industrial Cadets. This means the students will have about 30 hours of structured work experience. It will allow the students to use this experience on their CVs going forward as they apply for universities or an apprenticeship.

The proposed start date is Monday 22nd June, subject to demand. Jacobs are also looking at offering the programme as a one week “intensive” programme in the summer holidays period after the 22nd of July if there is sufficient demand.
More information about Jacobs can be found here www.jacobs.com. If you have any questions about it or would like to sign up, please email Rosie Roberts rroberts@salisbury6c.ac.uk

5th June 2020

We have now agreed on a plan for reopening the College over the coming weeks. The timeplan below is similar to the one published before half term but there are some minor changes. I do want to be clear that whilst we will be inviting students into college for one to one meetings and in small groups, this is not compulsory and students will be able to engage online through Google Meet. 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter and we should all be committed to challenging racism and prejudice wherever we see it, whenever we see it, every time we see it – peacefully but actively. Students have been encouraged to look at resources, including a link to Trevor Noah’s explainer and  facts about inequality in the US and UK. In Life Skills students watched a compassionate, powerful and inspiring Speakers for Schools livestream discussion on Challenging Inequality. We encourage everyone to take time to listen. 

The killing of George Floyd and the riots in America – click to find out more

Film Studies discussed how they explore racial tension in cinema by revising their work on the Spike Lee film, Do The Right Thing.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA5GTjIn4Wr/

Apprenticeships 

ASK (Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for schools and colleges programme) have agreed to do a bespoke session for any Year 13s who are interested in applying for an apprenticeship or who have started the application process for an apprenticeship. They will cover how to search for jobs in the current market, preparing for digital/online recruitment processes and practical ways to boost your employability skills at home. We’re looking to hold this session in the week beginning 6th July. 

Please email rroberts@salisbury6c.ac.uk if you’re interested in the session.

(There will be a separate session for Year 12s interested in Apprenticeships as part of the Development Day)

Work Experience 

There is an opportunity for students to take part in a type of virtual work experience. It is called the Crest Award and can lead to a certificate which is recognised by employers and universities, however, students can complete the individual online projects without paying for it to be certificated and still gain valuable knowledge, experience and an insight into careers.  Projects could also be entered into competitions for additional recognition (such as the Big bang Young Scientist/engineer)

Please check out this website for more information

Local STEM Ambassadors have created videos with ideas for CREST projects (https://www.crestawards.org/) for students to do at home. Some relate to the Ambassador’s job and some to the current situation, but all of them are real projects students can use as inspiration or a starting point for their own investigation. 

The Project Inspiration videos can be found here. Please take a look at the projects and decide which one you’d be interested in completing.Interested students need to email rroberts@salisbury6c.ac.uk with some details (name, project title, name of STEM ambassador etc) and we will then be put in touch with the Ambassadors who can be light touch mentors for the projects.

Business Studies 

Catherine Pennington challenged her students to develop a Business Plan for a new start-up firm and then face her in The Den for some gruelling questions. First Year student Thomas Green said ‘’ I loved doing this task, as it just helps bring out the creativity in people and I want to be able to express myself through my subjects. I’ve learnt a lot about building a business over the past few months so it was nice to be able to put it in an actual plan’’

The students worked with business partners of their choice to create a plan worthy of potential implementation. Catherine felt it was an awesome way for young people to express a ‘’CAN DO’’

Attitude, and encouraged her students to use the recording of their Business Plan Review in a digital CV when they are ready to find work or put their plan into ACTION.

Term Dates 2020/2021

The Magna Learning Partnership has changed the date of the Staff INSET Day next academic year from 9th October 2020 to the 28th June 2021.  Please seen the new Terms Dates 2020-2021 on the Term Dates section of our Website 

Baking Club 

After a number of weeks of students joining Dr Tyes Baking Club, one student really took the baking to another level. Megan Streeter’s red velvet chocolate cake with cream cheese butter cream and fresh raspberries was completed on Wednesday.


Be sure to follow us on Instagram for regular updates!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAFm9_eHX7l/

23rd May 2020

Many thanks to our year 12 parents for completing our survey. It’s good to hear our online provision is well received. Here is a brief summary:

  • All parents felt there had been sufficient communication regarding our online provision
  • Most parents stated they were happy with the online provision
  • All parents agreed that feedback on work submitted was being provided by Teachers
  • Most parents agreed that our online provision is excellent
  • Most parents felt that we provided excellent guidance about personal wellbeing 

With regards to our provision after half term, here is what you said:

Forms response chart. Question title: How do you feel about your son/daughter returning to college in small groups after half term?. Number of responses: 87 responses.
  • More than half of our students use Public Transport to get to college
  • 20% of students need to stay home to shield either themselves or member of their family
  • 35.6% of parents think the college should continue to teach online until the end of the academic year and should remain closed to students
  • 42.5% of parents think the college should continue to teach online until the end of the academic year and should open for small groups of students
  • 23% of parents think small groups of students should be allowed to come into college for practical subjects such as Science, Art and Photography
  • 21% of parents think small groups of students should be allowed to come back into college for one to one support.

In the light of your comments and feedback from staff, we are proposing the following arrangements after half term:


As you would expect, our focus is the health and wellbeing of the students, staff and the wider community. Should you decide to keep your son/daughter at home in July, don’t worry, we will deliver the sessions online. If you would like to share any comments or concerns, please email me at sfirth@salisbury6c.ac.uk\

We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday 1st June (online). 

Update from OFQUAL regarding awarding of grades this summer

Click here for guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers

World Mental Health Week 

UCAS

Rosie Roberts has started to compile a list of virtual Open Days at universities over the coming weeks – this list is not exhaustive, more events are listed on the UCAS events website but many more may only be advertising their events on their website so I’d encourage you to check the websites of the universities that you’re interested in. This list is only online open events and does not include online webinars giving advice and subject information – check the UCAS events website or the universities’ websites for online webinars. I will add to it if any more events get sent to me. Please see the list here

Student information on the Google Migration

Please click here to download our guidance on our move to Google.

30 Day Health and Fitness Challenge 

The S6C 30 day Health and Fitness Challenge is still going on the Sport Instagram account


16th May 2020

Year 12 parents will receive a letter from me and a link to a survey regarding our current online provision and some questions about our provision after half term.  We would like to ensure that whatever onsite activities we do offer are done so with your support and as safely as possible.

You can access the survey here if you are the parent of a Year 12 student.

Our Premises Team will be working hard to ensure the building is ready when we do invite students in.

Business Studies 

In Business, students have been developing their own business plans for potential implementation in the future… Catherine Pennington has been interviewing people in business to help students understand how theory can differ from practice in business and would like to appeal to any parents who are in business themselves and would be willing to appear in a short video chat.

Pastoral

We have reminded everyone that the slightly amended lockdown rules still emphasise the importance of staying at home and maintaining strict social distancing to save lives – but we do encourage everyone to make the most of longer periods of fresh air and exercise.

This is a time for patience, as well as being careful, calm and kind – and it remains a difficult time. We are able to offer a range of support options for Year 12, and Year 13 students, including a new option to refer for some introductory CBT (a very effective mental health programme which promotes healthy patterns of thought and behaviour).

Students can get in touch with tutors or Rebecca Anderson for support or information.

Tutorial for Year 12s has been continuing and this week the students and teachers focused on Discrimination and Prejudice. You can access the material here.

Art

Students have recently had information on Grayson Perry’s Art Club.  

Be creative during Lock Down and follow Grayson Perry and take part in challenges with your family, whatever your experience of art is – Everyone is an artist!

You can contact our art teacher, Laurence Rushby by email.

Careers

UCL have created a free online course to help students prepare for university study – it’s open to all students in Year 13 regardless of which universities they’ve applied to and Year 12s who are considering university and would like to prepare. You can access it here.

We are keeping the University, Careers and Apprenticeship channels topped up with the latest information.

Stuart Halford’s YouTube Channel

English and Law teacher Stuart Halford has started a YouTube Channel to help his students and their parents get to grips with subject content. Check out the channel here and below is one of his videoes.

Life Skills

Life Skills ideas for eating on £1 a day – useful for meals at home or university. We recommend #jackmonroeslockdownlarder for tips and recipes for healthy cheap meals while everyone is at home and there are still gaps in supermarket stock. Check it out here.

50 things to do in Lockdown

FutureLearn have published a new list of things to do in lockdown  which we have shared with Students this week – Have an open mind and scroll through all 50 ideas! Check it out here.

S6C Year 13 Baking

Year 13 RS did another baking lesson with banana muffins.

These are Megan Streeters, she added chocolate chips!

Beat ingredients and divide equally between 12 muffin cases. Bake at 180c for 20-30 mins.

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