You will have seen my note earlier this week regarding the changes to face mask wearing around the college. Students have been very mature and continue to make their own choices as to if they wish to wear masks in lessons, and these decisions have been respected by all members of our college community. We hope that rates remain stable within the local area and we will be responsive to the guidance provided to us by Public Health England, if a temporary reintroduction is required.
Last week I asked for your support to protect student’s breadth of course choices as Applied General courses are at risk of being discontinued. At the time the number of signatures was approaching 70,000 signatures and this has now grown as momentum has built to 92,000 this morning. The petition closes Sunday. I would like to thank you for getting behind the campaign. You can share your support –#ProtectStudentChoice campaign.
I was delighted to welcome the MLP Director of Education, Nicola Bull to the college on Thursday this week. We had the opportunity to walk the college and see some really great learning happening. We saw really strong questioning in classes and students having to think deeply. Students were able to clearly explain what their learning focus was and how the tasks linked to prior learning.
Also, today we have had our Chair of Governors, Sharon McKinley in for a visit with me so we were able to go through our college termly priorities. We look forward to welcoming the rest of the governing body in for their termly visits over the next couple of weeks.
Wishing you a restful weekend.
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
In Life Skills over the last few weeks we have been looking at the importance of exercise for physical and mental wellbeing – and having a go together at an exercise routine to use as a study break and revision boost (as recommended by University College London).
This week we shared resources to help us, or those we know, when we are grieving – research suggests that we support positive wellbeing if we spend some time thinking about grief throughout our lives. As this was a sensitive topic, students were told about the session in advance and I was so pleased to be able to let them know that I had every confidence in their kindness and maturity. Students have access to the materials and resources in the Information Classroom and I am sure they’d be happy to show these to family and friends.
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
The UCAS application window is about to close and we are so excited for students who have already received aspirational offers – and wish those waiting for decisions and interviews all the best. This is also part of the main application window for Apprenticeships and we are ready and able to support students in finding and applying for positions. I have been running drop in sessions and students can also request a meeting with our external professional careers advisor.
Rich Eno – Creative Faculty Lead
Creative Media Practice students have been approached by the Ox Row Inn in Salisbury to run some social media campaigns for them. They were so impressed with what our students did with Maul’s Wine & Cheese Bar that they wanted to get in on the action! Finley Reid and Penny Baker will be working with the Salisbury business over the next few weeks. Faculty Lead Richard Eno said, ‘It’s really great that our students are getting so much professional experience whilst they are studying, it means that S6C students have an advantage for when they progress to university and employment.’
Ex Creative Media and Software Design and Development student, Jordan Markham came to see us today and gave us an update on what he’s been doing since he left S6C last year. Jordan is a freelance graphic designer and did us a massive favour by designing our logo for the Esports course, the Salisbury Spitfires! Here’s a pic of Jordan showing off his designs which we had turned into t-shirts. Jordan has been non-stop busy with clients since leaving S6C such as QinetiQ, the security and defence contractors. If you or someone you know is looking for some graphic design then pop Jordan an email at JordanCMarkham@outlook.com with your pitch and he’ll give you a quote for what he can deliver.
Nathan David – Teacher of Esports
When you think of Esports you might think of students sitting at computers but our BTEC Esports students are currently studying a Health, Wellbeing & Fitness for Esports Players unit. Course Leader Nathan David says, ‘There is so much evidence and theory supporting the notion that when esports gamers take care of their physical and mental wellbeing they perform much better than the opponents who don’t. I’m taking the whole class for an intense workout!’
Steve Price – Teacher of Business
Dan Hassen-Zhada a S6C student raises over £320 for Cancer Research by having a new trim!
As part of his commitment to helping others Dan shaved his head in aid of Cancer Research. Virtually all of us during our lifetime will be touched by cancer, Dan is committed to helping families stay strong and keep fighting. We are very proud of Dan and would like to support him on reaching his next fundraising target of £400. Please do donate using his Cancer Research Fundraising page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/daniels-giving-page-932
The college calendar is currently heavily focused on vocational examinations and revision blast sessions, which will continue for another week, for both Year 12 and 13 students in unit exams. The students have been exceptional and these qualifications they are working to achieve are highly regarded, equivalent to their A Level counterparts. The vocational course entries at S6C make up approximately a third of our courses and are essential for successful university entry and higher level apprenticeship success.
You may remember that on the 15th November there was a significant debate in the House of Commons for the #ProtectStudentChoice campaign , to highlight the importance of these BTEC and CTEC qualifications that are significantly at risk of becoming discontinued in the next few years, disadvantaging tens of thousands of young people’s choices nationally in the 16-18 study programmes.
At the start of the week the petition was approaching 70,000 signatures and 100,000 signatures are required to trigger a debate in Parliament. The petition expires on 23rd January so I am asking you please to get behind this really important campaign, which In my opinion this is one of the most important moments in post 16 education. You can see from the petition map that the number of signatories in Salisbury is extremely low and we need the community’s help. I thank you in anticipation for your support in protecting the choices of our young people. You can share your support here –#ProtectStudentChoice campaign.
Wishing you a restful weekend.
Bridget Siddle – Pastoral Assistant – Attendance
This week we have launched the new Attendance Diamond with students in their tutor times – details of which were found in the letter to parents this week. If you have not received the letter please contact me directly on email@example.com.
This week students watched a video about attendance and how it can affect their learning and their overall grade. Each two weeks during their life skills lesson, students will get to see their overall attendance, what band they are in the attendance diamond and whether their attendance is falling or climbing, along with how many weeks this trend has been ongoing. With this information, students will be able to ‘own their own learning’, strive for an upward trajectory in their attendance and improve their outcomes.
If you are concerned about attendance, then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosie Roberts – School Liaison and Careers Lead
Local, current apprenticeship vacancies have been uploaded to the Apprenticeship topic in the Classwork section of the Careers Classroom. We recommend that Year 13 students interested in apprenticeships sign up to alerts through Find an Apprenticeship and other apprenticeship vacancy sites to see upcoming vacancies with a summer start date. If students would like support to search for or apply for apprenticeship vacancies they can speak to their tutor or the Careers Leader, Rosemarie Roberts.
Deloitte apprenticeships parents’ insight webinar
We have received the following information that we would like to pass on to you:
If your young person is in Years 10-13, don’t miss out on our parents’ insight webinar in partnership with Deloitte, on Tuesday 1st February at 6.30pm. Hear all about apprenticeship opportunities at Deloitte, and how your child can earn and learn, gain professional and degree level qualifications, and help to solve clients’ problems right from the start.
Find out about how apprenticeship opportunities at Deloitte can kickstart your young person’s career
Hear from experts at Deloitte on how your child can make their application stand out
PLUS a Q and A session, giving you an opportunity to ask any questions
If you want to support your child to forge a brilliant career with a business that is making an impact worldwide, register now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deloitte-parents-insight-webinar-tickets-239150564777?aff=odeimcmailchimp&goal=0_075a5d0dae-c60df8cefc-212063956&mc_cid=c60df8cefc&mc_eid=3548e676fa
Driving Achievement and Progress: Vocational Revision Blast Workshops
Steve Price – Deputy Faculty Lead for Humanities & Teacher of Business
You may not be aware but a significant number of our vocational students take part in a January external exam session. These exams are based on specialist learning focus and represent for most a considerable percentage of the whole qualification, for example in Business the two Units the Year 13 are taking represent 25% of the course!
Over the last fortnight the students have been taking part in ‘Revision Blast Workshops’ in Applied Science, Sport, Health and Social Care, Business and Applied Law. A whole day in length, delivered by their specialist staff, 24 hours before the examination, they focus on exam technique, securing knowledge and building confidence. This approach strips out the barriers many students face in getting down to revision and provides a framework to secure better outcomes.
Even during a challenging period of the pandemic, the students’ attendance has been outstanding, they have worked very hard, been committed and we as staff have enjoyed working with them. Results will be published towards the end of March and we will share with our community the impact the workshops have had on outcomes, as we head to the Summer Exam season.
Creative Faculty Update
Richard Eno – Faculty Lead for Creative & Teacher of Film Studies & Creative Media
Year 13 Film Studies are busy working on their coursework at the moment so are writing screenplays. One aspect of the coursework is that they have to write a detailed analysis of several professional short films which have been set by the examining board. Film teacher and Head of Faculty Richard Eno has tracked down one of the directors and asked him if he would speak with the students about the making of his film, ‘Over’.
Sport and Health & Social Care have had a busy start to the New Year revising for their formal external examinations this month,
The other exciting news for the Faculty but also the college is that we now have our very 3D printer! Rich Eno says, ‘I’m over the moon with this new purchase as it means we can do so much more with the creative work we produce like turning a 2D design into something physical you can pick up. We can also work with the STEM faculty where we can show them how to print out cross sections of brains!’
S6C Volunteering Globally!!
Steve Price – Lead for Volunteering Club
Francesco Pellegrini is part of our International Student Programme, who has been studying with us since September. Over the Christmas Holidays he was volunteering in Rome, his home city. We are extremely proud of Francesco and will be sad to see him go at the end of this week. He is a very hard working young man with a real drive to succeed, he has brought much to our college and he will be missed.
The Volunteering Hub continues to grow, currently working with Wyvern St Edmunds and Salisbury Food Pantry, we would encourage any of our community to contact Steve Price (email@example.com) to discuss any help that we may be able to provided.
Online Baking Club
Dr Sally Tye – Faculty Lead for Humanities and Baking Club Lead
Baking club are starting prep for student life focusing on healthy budget meals. This week we started with a basic bolognese made into chilli nachos! This is a healthy, simple and cheap meal that can be made in batches and used with spaghetti as bolognese, mash potato as shepherd’s pie or made into a chilli with rice or nachos. See the photo below for the mouthwatering results.
Welcome to 2022! I hope you had a wonderful Festive Season and Happy New Year.
We had two really busy days of testing students ready for full return to college yesterday. Testing has gone well, however as I mentioned in my recent email to parents, some students were a little unsure as to the process of testing which indicates they are not testing regularly at home. Please can you remind your young people that testing weekly is important to keep themselves, friends, family and the college community safe. Your support with this is greatly appreciated by all the staff at S6C. We have a small number of students self isolating currently, and teaching staff have been made aware. They will run a hybrid lesson, providing access for students isolating from home via Google meet so students can listen or participate in their learning with their classmates.
You will have also seen an updated letter sent out with details for the forthcoming Exams. If you haven’t seen this letter and require a copy please contact Lisa Lucas the Examinations Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Next Thursday, the 13th January we have our Year 13 Virtual Parents Evening 4 – 7 pm. Staff will be in touch to organise appointments to discuss progress demonstrated in the December mocks and next steps students need to work on.
Clubs and Societies
Luke Muchmore – Teacher of Sports and Lead for Clubs and Societies
Next week sees the start back of our Clubs and Societies. It is an important part of the college programme to participate in wider activities beyond the academic curriculum. We want to support student’s personal growth and help develop wider talents and interests. This term we have a whole host of opportunities for students to take part in. Listed below are the clubs running in terms 3 and 4:
Nathan David – Teacher of Esports
Yesterday, S6C welcomed two guests from the College of Esports, London, to speak to our Esports BTEC students. Professor Phillip Wilson and Jacob Golding of the institution presented to our students about their brand new facility, which is the UK’s first university-accredited institution solely built for Esports. The students learned about the various courses they can study, the state of the art equipment and facilities available, as well as general university life. We hope to visit the CoE later on in the year to get a real taste of what it’s like and continue building this exciting partnership.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Catherine Pennington – Mental Health Lead & Teacher of Business.
Happy New Year Everyone.
On 1st December 2021 I was so pleased to start working with a team which prioritises health and wellbeing. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to share with you how I have been training for this role and some of the work I have been involved in so far.
On 9th December I attended a webinar called ‘’Change Your Mind’’ delivered by Sophie McPhee at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall. Change Your Mind is a mental health and wellbeing volunteering programme designed to run the course of one academic year as an enrichment option to raise the awareness of mental health in young people. A series of 10 minute workshops are delivered by Year 12 students to Year 6 pupils on subjects from Digital Detoxing to Relationships. S6C will be one of 3 providers to offer this programme in Wiltshire, so I am looking forward to working with our MLP primary schools in the near future. S6C will become a nationally recognised hub for this type of initiative.
In college we have an amazing Mental Health Support Team who can help students deal with life’s difficulties. I have been enhancing my knowledge about our systems and supporting students who need specific assistance. We have two counsellors on site who students can self refer to. If you, or someone you know is feeling the pressure and not coping very well, please encourage them to come and see me for an initial consultation, in SF09. Look out for posters around college about ‘’Who can help me?’’ and meet our Mental Health Champions. Everyone has Mental Health and we need to look after it.
In December 2021 my Year 1 Business class made wreaths for charity as an exercise to learn the basics of business practises and as a wellbeing experience. Creative activity and giving to others are both very powerful ways to boost a good feeling. The students thoroughly enjoyed it and to date we have raised £101.
Excellent training is essential for this role to be successful; this week, I attended an introductory session on Mindfulness with Philip Anderson from Trusting Mind, Salisbury; it was wonderful. This was an offer to all MLP staff to enrol on an 8 week course to learn about useful practises to enhance wellbeing. As the weeks go by I will update you, or even better, enrol yourself and reap the benefits to improve your life and the experience of our students.
All our staff at S6C have the fantastic opportunity to join in our yoga classes with Hanna Boddy, she runs 2 online classes per week open to anyone, £5 per session and available on Zoom. I am looking forward to rejoining Hanna and the gang this evening. Please give it a go, it’s amazing to finish off the working week with a great stretch. If you want to join please do visit her website on www.happyboddyyoga.com and book your class. Hanna also provides these classes free for the students on a Wednesday afternoon as part of the Enrichment offer.
I am encouraging everyone in our college community to work towards boosting their wellbeing and I welcome any positive suggestions and feedback. I am looking forward to building a parents forum later on in the year to talk about ways we can help and support families in our community who are experiencing difficulties.
Please get in touch with me if you have ideas or skills that can help enhance the wellbeing of our college community further. I would love to hear from you at email@example.com .
Further to my letter on 14 December, which included the timetable, here is some information to help our students prepare for their exams which begin next week. Please note students should be present for a morning exam at 8:45 and an afternoon exam at 12:45. There was a typo on the previous schedule –
ALL MORNING EXAMS START AT 9:00 : ALL AFTERNOON EXAMS START AT 13:00
As you can see from the timetable there are exams for Health and Social Care, Sport, and Applied Science (all CTEC) and Applied Law and Business (BTEC). If students need confirmation of which exams they are entered for please check with their subject teacher or myself (Lisa Lucas).
Duration does not include extra time for those students who are awarded this as an access arrangement.
Please read the exam guidance to help prepare for the exams on the following pages which has key information about the exams and other FAQs such as illness on the day.
Please contact me if you have any questions by emailing LLucas@S6C.MLP.college, or telephone 01722 597970.
Lisa Lucas Exam Officer and Office Manager
GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS
You need the following equipment:
Transparent pencil case containing; black pens, pencils, rubber, long ruler, pencil sharpener, protractor, compass and a calculator.
Water may be brought into the exam room but must be in a clear bottle with no label or writing.
You are required by the college to wear appropriate clothing for the examinations as per college rules. You may not wear hoods or hats, or have your face obscured in any way.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED INTO THE EXAM ROOM
● Mobile phones and watches. These items may be left (on silent mode) outside the examination room or in a locker during the examination for safekeeping but no responsibility will be accepted for these. If you accidentally take one into the exam room, give it to the invigilator immediately;
● Bags – leave them in your locker or the café area;
● Food (unless approved due to medical condition);
● Calculator lids;
● Water bottles with labels, or bottles with logos or writing. Only still water is allowed in the exam room;
● Correction pens / fluid / Tippex
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The JCQ (governing body for exams) has strict rules and regulations to ensure that exams are fair. You must read the JCQ ‘Notice to Candidates’ which is published on behalf of all of the awarding bodies. Breaking these rules will result in you being reported for ‘malpractice’ – sanctions will be decided upon by the awarding body and can include disqualification from a specific paper, a whole subject, or disqualification from all of your examinations. The following are examples of malpractice:
● Borrowing equipment from other candidates during the examination
● Communicating or attempting to communicate with other candidates in any way – this includes speaking, passing notes, sign language of any description, facial signals etc.
● Having a mobile phone or watch in an examination, even if it is turned off / in your pocket / hasn’t been used / you forgot you had it
● Taking notes into the examination room
GOING INTO THE EXAM ROOM
Exams will take place in the theatre or in the dance studio… Please be in the café 15 minutes prior to the start of the examination.
Check your seat allocation on the seating plans outside the exam room.
Listen carefully to the announcement by Lisa Lucas (Exam Officer), the teacher in charge or the invigilator prior to going into the room. You MUST enter the room in silence and in an orderly manner – you are under exam conditions as soon as you go through the door. Any communication after this point is malpractice and will be reported to the awarding body.
IN THE EXAM ROOM
● Sit in silence at your allocated desk, facing the front, until instructed by the invigilator.
● Listen carefully to the instructions read out by the invigilator – there may be amendments to the paper which you need to know about.
● Check you have the correct exam paper – subject, paper number, correct exam board, tier of entry and the date on the paper is correct. If you are not sure, put up your hand and ask the invigilator.
● Check you have all the materials required – these will be listed on the front of the exam paper.
● Read all the instructions on the front of the paper carefully to ensure you understand which questions need to be answered.
● When instructed, fill in the boxes on the front of your paper.
o Your candidate number and centre number will be on the label on your desk.
o You MUST write your legal name on your paper, not the name you are known by if this is different.
● Do not open your paper until you are told you can begin.
● No papers may be removed from the exam room.
THE EXAM PAPERS
➢ Ensure each question is numbered correctly, particularly in answer booklets.
➢ Continuation sheets must have your name, centre number and candidate number clearly written on them.
➢ Write legibly! You can’t be awarded marks for something the examiner cannot read!
➢ Show your working where this is appropriate – there may be marks available even if your final answer is incorrect.
➢ Write all of your answers IN THE SPACE PROVIDED – papers are scanned electronically and each question may be sent to a different examiner. The paper will have the spine and areas surrounding the questions (where it says ‘do not write here’!) sliced off before scanning and work may be lost.
➢ Black pen is important as other colours do not scan well and marks may be missed. Gel pens do not scan well – DO NOT USE THEM!
➢ DO NOT draw graffiti or write offensive comments on your paper – if you do, the awarding body may refuse to accept your paper. ALL extra sheets of paper have to be attached to your main paper and sent to the awarding body.
DURING THE EXAM
If you need to attract the attention of the invigilator for any reason – put up your hand
If you feel ill – tell an invigilator
If you need the toilet – the invigilator will call for an escort. You will be allowed to leave the room but will not receive any extra time.
If you are entitled to a rest break and wish to take one – tell the invigilator. The invigilator will temporarily take your paper. You will be allowed a short break at your desk, or by prior arrangement an escort will be called to allow you a short walk outside the exam room. The clock will be ‘stopped’ for approved rest breaks and will begin again when you recommence the paper
If the fire alarm should sound – wait for instructions from the invigilator. You will be required to put down your pens, close your papers and remain in silence. You will leave the room in the order in which you are seated by the external doors onto the staff car park and must remain in silence throughout. Stand away from other students and await further instructions. In the event that the building has to be evacuated, the college will apply for special consideration for all students affected.
If you have finished – check over your work. Check you haven’t missed out any questions / turned over two pages at once by accident. Read the questions again – have you read them correctly? Missed a key word or phrase?
AT THE END OF THE EXAM
You must wait until the formal end of the exam before you will be allowed to leave the exam room. If you are entitled to extra time, you may leave at the end of the normal exam if you have finished but do not rush in order to do so – this is your future you’re short-changing if you leave before you’re ready! If you choose to leave early you will have to sign a statement to show you understand that you are entitled to extra time and have chosen not to use it. If you remain into your extra time you must remain in the exam room until the scheduled finish time. These rules are in place to avoid distractions for remaining candidates.
When the invigilator tells you to stop writing you must do so immediately – not at the end of the next sentence or phrase… immediately. Failure to do so will be malpractice and reported as such. You will be given a few seconds to fill in any gaps on the front cover, to cross through work you do not wish to be marked and to write in answer numbers if these have been missed but you must wait for the instruction before you pick up your pen to make these amendments.
If you have used more than one answer booklet or extra sheets these must be attached using a treasury tag (these will be provided).
Invigilators will collect your papers. You are still under exam conditions and must remain in silence until you are outside the examination room and well away from the doors.
Question papers, extra paper and answer booklets MUST NOT be removed from the examination rooms.
INVIGILATORS / QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PAPER
Invigilators are members of S6C staff and should be afforded the same respect and courtesy as any other member of staff. Students are required to follow their instructions at all times.
Invigilators are not allowed to explain questions to you or answer any queries about the paper other than to help with the instructions on the front cover. If you think there is a problem with a question or there is something inaccurate on the paper then raise your hand and tell the invigilator, who will alert the exams office who will contact the awarding body for clarification. You should carry on with the paper as normal unless told to do otherwise. Remember that every other student in the country will have the same issue if there is a legitimate problem so you will not be disadvantaged. In such cases the usual action from the awarding body will be to disregard that question when marking the paper but you should attempt to answer the question anyway, in case they decide the question is legitimate and will be included in the marking.
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
Results day for BTEC exams taken in the January Season is 23 March 2022 and CTEC results day is 13 January 2022 and will be issued on these dates.
Something is incorrect on my / Timetable / other administrative paperwork – what should I do?
Notify Lisa Lucas asap.
What should I do if I’m ill on the day of an exam?
Ring college (01722 597970) and let us know as soon as possible (prior to the exam day if you can). We will advise you as to what action should be taken whether you should come in or stay at home, and what the consequences will be for each option. Please don’t rely on emailing as in the whirl of action at the start of the day emails rarely get checked before the exam has already begun.
IF IN DOUBT TELEPHONE THE COLLEGE – 01722 597970
Please note that misreading the timetable will not be accepted as a satisfactory explanation of absence. Although we encourage all students to arrive in plenty of time for all exams so that there is not a last minute panic, it is important that we have up-to-date contact telephone numbers for both you and your parents, or anybody else who might be able to help in an emergency.
What should I do if I’m going to be late?
First of all, try not to be! Give yourself a margin of safety – it’s better to be very early than late! Late arrivals are usually stressed, disrupt everyone else, may not be allowed to take the exam, could incur extra invigilation costs and may automatically fail the exam.
However, if you are going to be unavoidably late, ring college as soon as possible to let us know. Louise Henderson will make the decision whether or not you will be allowed to sit the exam if you arrive late and the earlier we know about the situation, the easier it will be to make arrangements for you to still sit the exam. Get to college as soon as is safely possible and report to the exams office immediately. You must not enter the exam room without being escorted. Students arriving over an hour late for an exam have to be reported to the awarding body who will decide whether or not to accept the paper for marking. In most instances they will not accept it.
We suggest you and your parents both save the college number into your mobile phone to enable you to alert us if there is an issue during your journey to college – 01722 597970.
Can I go to the toilet during an exam?
Yes, but it’s wise to make a visit before each exam to try and avoid this! It will distract you from your exam, distract other people and you will lose the time you spend outside the exam room. You will need to be escorted.
What do I do if I feel ill during an exam?
Raise your hand and tell the invigilator. We will arrange for you to leave the room if necessary, stop the exam temporarily and discuss your options with you.
How do I know how long my exam lasts?
This is shown on your timetable under ‘duration’. Once the exam is in progress, the start and finish times for the exam are displayed on the board at the front of the room. Invigilators are not allowed to tell you how long you have left, nor prompt students with regards to timing.
There are a number of access arrangements in place for individuals in the college. If you have been granted access arrangements and use these as a normal way of working these will be allocated to you in your public examinations. These arrangements are mostly awarded via formal testing and approval by the awarding bodies only, but in emergency situations approval may be granted, for example a laptop may be awarded for an injury affecting writing, rest breaks for someone suffering from significant illness etc. It is therefore important that you bring any issue that you think may affect you on the day which could not be foreseen to the attention of Nicola Miller to determine whether there are any arrangements which can be made to help you.
If you are fully prepared for your examination but are ill on the day of, or just before your exam, or suffer a bereavement or other significant unforeseen circumstance we may be able to apply for ‘special consideration’. This is a formal application to the awarding body concerned outlining the circumstances and is applied by the awarding body at their discretion. You will be required to provide evidence; therefore, you should obtain a medical certificate to support your application if appropriate. The awarding body will indicate whether it has accepted your application and will apply between 0% and 5% extra marks but will not say what percentage they have awarded. If you feel you have grounds for an application for special consideration, please make sure you see Lisa Lucas.
Attached is the JCQ information for candidates and JCQ social media guidance.
I am so incredibly proud of how hard all our staff and students have worked this term, and what they have achieved. We have seen our young people grow and develop both personally and academically. Year 12 students have established strong work patterns and have now adapted well to the requirements and commitment needed of their courses. Year 13 tutors have supported students in getting early UCAS applications sent for university places and some students have already undergone interviews and are awaiting decisions including places at Oxford and Cambridge. How fantastic are our young people?
I’m sure you will join me in thanking our staff for their exceptional commitment they give to our students to both challenge and support every young person. A big thank you also has to go to all the staff that have worked tirelessly to maintain the safety of our site through COVID.
We have received updated COVID guidance from the Government for colleges, and I can confirm that staff, students and visitors will continue to be asked to wear masks in communal areas as they have been doing. Our guidance is that it is not advised for students and staff to wear masks during lessons in classrooms, although they are welcome to do so if they wish.
Our last day of term is Wednesday 15th December, finishing at lunchtime. All students will have lessons period 1 and 2. Year 12 students will then leave for their Christmas break whilst Year 13 students have their final Life skills tutorial to tie up discussions about their progression planning before our Christmas break. This session will finish at 12.45pm.
We return to college on Wednesday 5th January 2022, and will write to parents next week once we have confirmed the requirements needed for lateral flow testing before college commences in the new year.
Many of our vocational students have scheduled external exams in January which they have been working hard to prepare for. Lisa Lucas will write to parents and students next week to confirm further examination details.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe festive season and we look forward to seeing students back in College on Wednesday 5th January 2022.
Community Links & Charity Work
Christmas Jumper for Joy
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
As mentioned in last week’s Update, this year the Magna Learning Partnership have signed all academies within the trust up to the help support Save the Children and are taking part in a Christmas Jumper day Today (Friday 10th December) to raise money for this great cause. It was lovely to see so many Christmas jumpers and festivities around the building. If you would like to make any additional donations to the charity to support as a community then you can do so by following this link to the Just giving page
Catherine Pennington – Mental Health Lead & Teacher of Business.
In the last week of term, Catherine Pennington’s A-Level Business Class have been making Christmas Wreaths for Asthma UK. The project was an operation to demonstrate the workings of a real business. There were some executive roles within the group: we appointed an accountant (Hannah Fergusson), a Sales Director (Rachel Hook), Head of Marketing (Liv Bowman) and our website designers (Toby Mortimer and Harry Redshaw). Lily Davis, who has recently joined S6C was quickly promoted to Team Leader on Production. Students were assigned to pre-ordered wreaths, so they were responsible for producing products for customers who were known to them, therefore it was so important quality was of a high standard and passed Catherine’s Q.C. threshold. Training was delivered by Catherine on how to add value to a basic douglas pine wreath. The materials for the products were sourced in a variety of ways to keep the cost down; Peter Hopkins, a retired pensioner from Dorset helped gather holly, rosehip and pine cones from the land he farmed as a young man; the class donated their old christmas decorations from home; pre-loved christmas cards were turned into personalised tags for customers to collect and gift; wreath frames from last year were donated back to the project and, sorry Laurence, we used some gold spray from your art room 🙂 The project linked to the Business A Level Syllabus in many ways, we had so much fun being creative and finishing off the Autumn term with a really worthwhile project. If you feel you could make a donation to Asthma UK.
Catherine would like to thank her class for the enthusiasm and resilience shown by every one of her students during this project. Our young people at S6C really are amazing and they can achieve anything they set out to do in life with the right recipe for success.
A huge thank you to our customers and supporters.
Student Union Message
Angus Archer – SU Events Officer
S6C volunteers have been delivering our donations received so far to the Salisbury Pantry and they are very grateful so please keep the food coming. If you are able to check through cupboards at home or pick up some additional supplies whilst shopping at the weekend, then we would love to receive them please. Please donate tins, dried goods or long lasting foods. We will be able to make a further delivery before the end of term. Thank you so much for supporting our community!
Support at S6C
Mental Health & Wellbeing – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead
We are pleased that Catherine Pennington has joined the pastoral support team as our S6C Mental Health Lead. Catherine will be promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for staff and students and will introduce herself in the new year. Students can now message or pop in and see her if you’d like support. Rebecca will still be available, as Pastoral Lead; we also have Bridget joining us in the office to help support attendance; and Hazel is always there for you for our students with a smile and a listening ear on the way in or out. First point of contact is still your tutor – Di (our Learning Mentor), the Safeguarding Team, the college counsellors, and external agencies and helplines are all here when needed.
If students need emotional or mental health support over Christmas, please contact The Mix (who offer experienced professional support to under 25s), The Samaritans (who are there to listen to any concerns 24/7), or take a look at the newly updated Salisbury Camhs website, which has lots of resources and advice for young people and families, details of the local mental health support line (which can be used by young people or their parents), and guidance on what to do in a crisis. Take care of yourselves and each other.
We want to raise everyone’s attention to the potential threats that online chat sites can bring to our community. Students and parents are familiar with common social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and we hope that everyone uses these safely to communicate with their networks of people.
As the internet continues to accelerate in it’s content, it is quickly becoming a significant part of our daily lives. There will be a growing range of video and chat sites available that are uncensored, have low level monitoring and create a risk of exposure of inappropriate material or communication to our young people. One site that has been drawn to our attention is Omegle, and we want to share with you the message we have shared with our students about it in their Google Information Classroom.
“Hello all. Although Omegle seems like a fun way to connect with people in a global community, their own website states that “predators have been known to use Omegle, so please be careful.” It has a spy feature (meaning your chats can be monitored by an unseen viewer), it is poorly moderated, and has recently gained a reputation for exposing young people to unwelcome sexual content, as well as creating a platform for experienced groomers to gain your trust. We are not allowing the use of Omegle in college, when you should be focused on your studies anyway, and we recommend you avoid it. Stay safe and look after yourselves! “
Please can you discuss the importance of safe internet use for communication with your young person. If you have any concerns you would like to raise about ICT acceptable usage and safety then please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every student has a copy of our ICT acceptable use policy in their subject classrooms and it is also published on our website under statutory information.
Here is the link to our updated Policy that was ratified by Governors in November 2021.
Creative Faculty Update
Art and Photography
Laurence Rushby & Sophie Bellars, Teachers of Art and Photography
A student perspective – Venturing out to Roche Court on an interesting trip allowed for us all to experience different types of art, as well as develop our photographic research and public speaking skills.
Roche Court is a gallery with a unique layout, giving the whole place a more humble and ‘easy on the eye feel’ than most galleries. Its presentation as a gallery house packs in a lot of artwork from multiple diverse artists. Despite the harsh conditions of Storm Barra, we travelled around to view all of these inspiring pieces outside as well as going around inside different buildings to see sculptures, prints and paintings. These helped us to develop our ‘See, Think, Wonder’ routine, practised in class as a way of thinking critically, which allows us to describe an artwork in depth.
While we went around to see all of these artworks, a series of activities prompted our preparation for our afternoon challenge of speaking publicly. We are taking part in the ARTiculation project, so developing our public speaking skills is an extremely important part of becoming confident to present in front of a larger crowd, a skill that also prepares us for any job interviews for the future. We were split into three groups and given a specific piece of art to analyse and research, then to turn into a presentation for the rest of the class. These pieces were ‘High Wire’ by Allen Jones, ‘Tame Buzzard Line’ by Richard Long and ‘Espaliered Girl’ by Laura Ford.
While public speaking about a subject you only learned about an hour ago can be extremely daunting, every group did exceptionally well. We received constructive feedback on how to improve our script or speaking from our hosts, as well as how we did well. Having background information about the artist and our specific piece was a key factor for our presentations, but the main body was our in depth analysis and further elements such as our initial thoughts, a description of colours and composition and the intentions of the artist. Every group made their presentation extremely engaging and clear, as well as providing a lot of information. Finally, the day ended with sunshine purring through the clouds to allow for a final walk in the park after the storm.
Overall, the trip was an enjoyable experience and extremely useful as we got to develop so many useful skills – not just artistic skills, but ones that can be used in any situation. Seeing artworks in person was a greater experience than just looking online, as we can see so much more through our own eyes.
Reported by Clay Ingram, Isaac Kerley, Liv Bowman
Nathan David, Teacher of Esports
The Extended Diploma Esports students are thrilled to have their S6C bespoke jerseys for their Salisbury Spitfires Esports team. Each shirt has our logo (designed by S6C alumni Jordan Markham) as well as the S6C logo and our country of birth. The backs have our gaming tags and number. We even managed to persuade Head of College Louise Henderson to wear her Spitfires jersey for the shot as well as Assistant Head Craig Chambers!
You can follow the adventures of the Spitfires at their Instagram and also via our Twitch
Teacher of Esports, Nathan David, has been working with HyperX on a sponsorship deal which we’ll be able to announce very soon. “It’s incredibly exciting to be working with them as we’ll hopefully have some fantastic peripherals for the Esports students.”
The Extended Diploma in Esports is currently in its first year at S6C.
Creative Media Practice
Richard Eno, Teacher of Media & Film
The students are still in production for their music videos but they’ll soon be in post-production. Here’s a picture of our student Cosmin in costume for the Sparks song, ‘So May We Start’, which is also used in the latest film by Leos Carax and starring Adam Drive, Annette.
Second year students are busy developing their Salisbury business project where they are making video promos and social media campaigns for Maul’s Wine and Cheese, Vintage Corner No. 5 and the Rocketship Bookshop.
Clubs and Societies
Pop Up Christmas Craft Club – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead
Year 12 practicing their open mindsets “I can’t make an origami Christmas star – yet! But I will get better at it if I practice ….” Students had a chance to have another go on a pop up Christmas craft club in the foyer.
Sally Tye, Baking Club
Baking club took on a big challenge this week – pastry making! Some students made last month’s mincemeat into mince pies and some made jam tarts. Here are Tom Stewart’s jam tarts!
Nye came to S6C from our MLP feeder school, Trafalgar, studied History, English Literature and Sociology at S6C and secured a competitive place at University College, Oxford, studying History and Politics. He had to sit an entry exam, was invited to online interviews for both subjects in the combined honours degree, and then had to secure A grades in all his subjects – a milestone which he surpassed by getting A* in all three of his subjects. A real achievement, we are very proud!
There has been an air of anticipation, excitement and nerves around the college this week with Year 13 Mock Exams taking place. I have been very impressed with the maturity and organisation in which students have approached these mock exams. Staff will now be marking and preparing feedback lessons for the students. Rather than releasing all results together, we are releasing individual paper results once staff have had the time to complete their marking and have analysed the trends and be able to provide guided advice on areas that students need to personally focus on in the new year. Student reports will be sent home on Thursday 13th January, the same day as Year 13 Parents Evening taking place online 4 – 7pm. Please save the date and further details will be sent out to parents in the week of Monday 3rd January.
As you are aware the government guidance has changed regarding the wearing of face masks in college, this has been well received by the students despite the majority of them being vaccinated. I would like to thank students and parents for their support in implementing these guidelines successfully. Although our Covid rates still remain low, we do need staff and students to be LF testing twice a week to ensure we are keeping these rates as low as possible as we enter towards the last weeks of term. Any students having to self isolate will be fully supported with their learning and will be able to access their lesson online.
A minority of students are arriving at college without their lanyards and are having to sign in daily. This prevents them from being able to access the upper floors to their lessons, and makes it difficult for staff to identify students that are part of the S6C community, particularly now that we are wearing masks again. If your young person has lost their lanyard and student ID then these will have to be replaced. Students can action this at reception at a cost of £10. Parents can contact the office by phoning 01722597970.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Christmas Jumper for Joy
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
This year the Magna Learning Partnership have signed all academies within the trust up to the help support Save the Children and are taking part in a Christmas Jumper day on Friday 10th December to raise money for this great cause. Please do encourage your young person to wear a Christmas jumper on the day and bring in £1 to donate.
Learning about the cell membrane in Biology
Nicola Miller – Teacher of Biology, SEND Lead and DSL
This week in biology with Nicky we have been looking at the cell membrane, as a more practical lesson we used play-doh, pipe cleaners, pom-poms and a range of items to create a stop go animation in groups of how molecules are transported through the cell membrane in different ways. We moulded and labelled our diagrams and captured pictures to create the full video of the different types of transport including diffusion and osmosis. This was really engaging and gave us a clear representation of the different types of transportation. Overall this gave the class a greater understanding through a really fun method. Reported by Chloe and Immy.
Laurance Rushby – Teacher of Art
On Thursday the 25th November, the Art class curated an art exhibition showcasing some of the work that we have been working on recently and general pieces that we are proud of as a class from yr 12 and yr 13. These pieces ranged from wire structures inspired by human form to mixed media pieces and a wonderful mannequin displaying Scarlett’s hand made paper dress and Ash’s amazing paper wig. We showcased Ibrahim, Kai, Robin and Fynn’s fabulous painting with Christmas crackers! Also presented was a range of small sculptures and larger paintings done by the yr 13’s. Overall we curated our exhibition to present our work in a way that shows our audience how proud we are of the work we have done so far.
Creative Media Update Dec 2021
Rich Eno – Faculty Lead for Creative
This past week the Creative Media team have been working on various projects so have been really busy. The Year 13 group are working with clients in Salisbury city centre so their project briefs are 100% professional allowing them a real world experience. Here’s Lucy and Penny producing a social media campaign for a local business, they are also producing a promotional film as well as a 360 virtual tour of the premises.
The Year 12 class are in production with their Sparks music video project. Here are a few shots of Ewan and Ed during their shoot earlier this week.
Year 13 Film Studies have been doing mocks this week but they are also half way through their Contemporary US/UK Film unit where they are studying the role technology has played in film production and consumption as well as debating how relevant The Auteur Theory is in modern films.
Year 12 have been studying the Silent Era of cinema and have just started to explore the Golden Era of Hollywood so they have been researching the classic stars of cinema such as Humhprey Bogard and Ingrid Bergman. Head of Faculty Richard Eno said, “The Golden Era Of Hollywood is my favourite era of cinema so this is such a fun unit to teach. I just wish I was as cool as Humphrey Bogard!”
The S6C Instagram and Twitter have photos and video of last week’s TeachMeet so if you missed it you can find out more there. The social media for the evening was produced by two Creative Media students, Lucy Ferguson and Finley Reid.
This week you can see the progress the students have been making in their fixtures as part of the British Esports Association.
S6C Future Students
Kathryn Clarkson – Business Manager
S6C Family Tours are now available to book if families were unable to attend the Open Evening to see the college working during a college day. https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/open-evenings/ For those students who have already applied for September 2022, the first interview evening is taking place on the 9th December where staff will be meeting with potential students.
We have had an amazingly busy week here at College. On Tuesday we held our second Open Evening of 2021, where we saw many families attending. It was lovely meeting parents and their young people, with many students leaving with much greater certainty about what subjects they wanted to study with us. Many thanks to our passionate staff and our amazing student ambassadors who helped to make the evening run smoothly for our visiting families. Once again parents commented on how articulate our students are, talking with confidence and passion about their learning.
On Monday, Mr Burley the Head of School at Wyvern St Edmunds accompanied me on a learning walk around the college, dropping into lessons. He spoke to a number of former students and was taken aback at how much some of our young people have grown both academically and personally. He was delighted that some students who had not always had success at WSE were flourishing at S6C and had clear progression plans for their next pathways.
On Thursday, S6C and WSE held its first ever TeachMeet here at the college. Teaching staff from the local community – and further afield, joined for an evening of short presentations as well as a Keynote Speech from Adam Boxall, Head of Science at TTA and co-founder of Carousel Learning, as well as a wonderful presentation from education adviser and writer Mary Myatt. The presentations were inspiring and thoughtful and we are very proud of all the staff including 3 of our own that shared their personal stories of innovation in their practice. A special thank you and recognition needs to be given to Rich Eno, our Faculty lead for Creative subjects. It was Rich’s desire to run the event, promote and organise all aspects of the presentations, sponsorship and raffle prizes. The event was a huge success, bringing together staff from over 15 different schools or colleges in the local area.
You will remember that the closing date for Parental Surveys was last week. I would like to thank you for taking the time to respond to the survey. It is really important for us to gauge the views of our parents particularly as unlike school contact on a daily basis tends to be with the student rather than the parents, as we try to build their confidence, resilience and independence as young adults. We have now analysed the feedback of the survey and overall the results are overwhelmingly positive, which is what we would want as the experience for all our young people. We are in the process of contacting a few parents where something has been flagged so that we can improve the communication or access to information you may require. One of the questions specifically asked about access to online safety information. A few responses highlighted they were unsure about Online Safety for their young person. Below is an update from Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead on the most recent focus with students on Online Safety which was covered again as part of this week’s Life Skills sessions with tutors.
A reminder that Mock Exams start next week for year 13 and we wish students luck for these.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Nicky Miller – Designated Safeguarding Lead and SEND
In an ever changing world, advice regarding online safety is regularly reviewed by the authorities and by S6C. We want students to be able to make safe and well informed choices about online content, online contacts, online conduct and online commerce. Both year groups have had a chance to consider points across all these important areas – including current scams, reporting online abuse, setting up secure passwords, being wary of online contacts that may have links to criminal or sexual exploitation, and the laws around the sharing of sexual images. They also had a chance to explore practical websites offering advice and support to keep us all safe , including the Citizens Advice Bureau, a helpline for those who have been scammed, the Which? guide to current scams, and a reminder that the college safeguarding team can be contacted with any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of an S6C student.
We have sent a message this week to our Year 13 students interested in apprenticeships and suggesting it is a good idea for them to attend this event next Tuesday (details are in the link below) – there are talks and sessions ALL DAY so students can work it round their mock timetable if feasible. Registration is free.
The tutoring team are offering full support for students applying to university – the fast approaching internal deadline is 10th December, to allow us to write references ready for the final UCAS closing date on January 26th. Tutors are the first port of call and are seeing students for individual guidance as requested. Rebecca has also been running drop-in sessions for anyone wanting additional support, and has been circulating round college offering help with university and course choices, apprenticeships, and personal statements, for anyone too shy to come and ask. There is an abundance of guidance on every step of the process on the Information Classroom, Careers Classroom and the UCAS website. Rebecca has also recently posted a very quick headline guide to writing personal statements. We have sent off our first six applications and want to congratulate the students who already have offers and interviews. There is plenty of time, and no need for stress, but we are very keen for students to engage with the support or encouragement they may need in order to take this next step towards independence.
Creative Media Practice
Rich Eno – Faculty Lead for Creative
Creative Media Practice Year 12 students are busy in pre-production for their music video project. Each group has been given a song by the band Sparks to help promote their upcoming UK tour.
Here are a few photos of the students testing make-up and costumes. Faculty Lead Richard Eno says, “The reason I chose Sparks is because they are outrageously creative and innovative in their music and visual style so I thought it would match the approach we take in lessons”.
Kathryn Clarkson Business Manager
We have a S6C vacancy for a Data Manager – please see the link for more information https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/about-s6c/vacancies/
Also within our MLP Trust Sarum Academy have some vacancies for a Caretaker role, please see below.
This week we have had our year 12 and 13 students sitting internal practice exam papers for Health and Social Care units, in preparation for external exams in January. Many papers have already been marked and reviewed in class with students. Some performances were exceptional and significantly above the mark boundary to achieve Distinction grades. We are incredibly proud of how well all the students have prepared and have acted on the advice of our staff to develop high quality answers. This should give our students real confidence ready for the January papers.
I am also incredibly proud to talk to staff about improvements Year 12 students have made in their second data capture this month. Many students that were supported on action plans to improve their performance after data capture 1 have shown that development in these test papers, so there is clearly an impact in the work they have been focusing on as they continue to make the transition from GCSE to Level 3 courses. Some of this support has come from direct interventions from our Learning Mentor, who is always available to advise any students in the Study Centre where she is based.
Year 13 Mock Exams will take place from Monday 29th November to Friday 3rd December, and this information and timetable has been shared with students and parents. If you need any further information please speak to our exams officer, Lisa lucas at email@example.com. A copy of these timetables can be found in the student Information Classroom. Talking to many Year 13 students this week, it is clear that nerves are increasing about sitting these papers. My advice to them is that they must see this as a learning opportunity to experience an exam series, and use the time wisely now to prepare as best as they can. That way their strengths and areas for improvement will be more accurate to identify and action.
We have our second Open Evening next Tuesday and we are very pleased that tickets have all sold out, with a lot of interest across the community. If this affects you and you have missed the chance to attend for younger siblings, we are booking family tours for December and January dates. Please get in touch with our admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will accommodate you.
I hope you have a great weekend
Lily Jackson & Thomas Booth on behalf of the Student Union:
Hello everyone! Every year the college takes up the festive spirit and selects a charity operating locally to support.
This year we have selected to support ‘The Pantry’ a food bank type charity which is open to anyone who goes through the day hungry, offering both cooked and pre-packaged food. The Student Union would be very grateful if students could bring in dried/ tinned or packaged foods to go into the box for the Salisbury Pantry, located at Reception, as they are urgently in need of donations.
We are keen to help our community by supporting the Salisbury Pantry – they really need these items right now so please bring in donations as soon as possible. It is an extremely worthy cause which would massively benefit from our food donations whilst aligning with our pledge to make sure that every member of the S6C community is valued, respected and heard.
Our donations will allow members to be able to choose from a selection of food, meaning that local vulnerable people, who are struggling to pay bills, still have choice, something many take for granted. The Pantry are asking for:
Canned and tinned foods (baked beans, soup etc.)
Foods with long shelf lives (non-perishables, UHT milk etc.)
Foods which can be served as large helpings (pasta, rice etc)
S6C/ WSE TeachMeet
S6C and Wyvern St Edmund’sare proud to host our first ever joint TeachMeet for the teachers of Salisbury on Thursday 25th November!
Our theme is, ‘Innovation In The Classroom’, so we are welcoming presentations from teachers which will inspire and challenge us. There are two presentation options:
7 minute presentation
2 minute micro presentation
We would like to encourage you as a parent to attend as an audience member if you are in the teaching profession, the evening will be suitable for teachers from any of the teaching phases.
Some of the presentations already confirmed include:
Literacy in Maths
Disruption in Art
Promoting a Gameful Mindset
Adapting to Technology
And many more!
We are delighted to have the highly acclaimed Adam Boxer and Mary Myatt presenting. Mary is an educational adviser, writer and speaker and is passionate about curriculum design. Adam is a highly sought after teacher trainer with a passion for evidence based practice and is heavily involved with researchEd.
There will be a free raffle at the end of the evening with a variety of prizes, and refreshments will be available.
Monday 15th November was a big day for Education and for the #ProtectStudentChoice campaign as the Skills Bill was debated in the Commons for the first time. It was the first opportunity the new ministerial team had to officially chart a different course on BTEC/CTECs and hopefully the momentum generated by the campaign will persuade them to take it.
So why is this important and why should we be asking for your support to back the campaign?
Nationally a high proportion of students in post 16 study course combinations of vocational BTEC/CTEC courses as a programme either alongside or instead of sitting A Levels. These courses provide a fantastic stepping stone to university pathways, apprenticeships or employment. At S6C many of our alumni have gone on to get first class honours degrees in many specialist areas including audiology and computer programming after taking a vocational route of BTEC/CTEC courses.
The Government has stalled on the plans to remove these larger BTEC/CTEC qualifications for now, as they continue to develop an alternative pathway of T levels which will reduce the breadth of choices available. We believe that removing these Level 3 BTEC/CTEC courses is taking away student choice and we strongly believe they provide an outstanding curriculum alongside A Level courses. If you want to support this campaign, the link can be found here.
Year 13 students on the BTEC Creative Media Practice Diploma have recently been working with local independent businesses in Salisbury on a new unit designed to produce promotional videos and social media content.
The class have been allocated three separate businesses to work with: Maul’s Wine And Cheese Bar, The Vintage Corner and The Rocketship Bookshop.
Each group has had to deliver professional pitches to each business owner on what they can produce for the company and then work in collaboration with the owner on producing a promotional video, social media posts as well as a 360 degree virtual tour of each company location.
Teacher and Faculty Leader Richard Eno said, “These students have had limited real world experience because of COVID so I felt obligated to make sure they finish college with some professional work experience. They have had to pitch to real business owners in a professional environment and for some of them this was incredibly intimidating. But I knew they’d pull this off because I truly believe in them and have been training them for 12 month. I’m especially proud of one individual who has struggled with confidence and social anxiety throughout his first year with us and here he is now in the city centre delivering a professional business pitch in a real world professional environment.”
The BTEC Creative Media Practice Diploma course is a two year course where students spend their first year learning a variety of media related techniques and then focus on a major project in their second year. There are no exams but there is a huge amount of work which they have to produce. Richard Eno is a huge fan of the course for the following reasons, “The course is very industry focused and allows for a holistic approach to delivery and assessment. It means that students are able to develop a huge range of practical and technical skills which they can apply to a variety of situations within the creative industries and beyond”.
Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities
This week we have been making Coffee Cake – a wonderful sweet treat. Below are some photos of Maddy Wood’s coffee cake creation.
As the nights start to draw in, exams are once again being completed at S6C. This time it was the turn of the GCSE Maths students. On the week starting Monday 29th November, Year 13 will be completing their Mock Exams and planning is now underway for this and students will shortly receive the timetable.
We are in the process of getting our new prospectus and course booklets delivered to the local Secondary Schools in readiness for our second Open Evening on Tuesday 23rd November.
Thank you in advance to parents for agreeing to let your young person take part. This is an integral part of the evening with prospective students being able to get relevant information from peers that have lived through the transition to sixth form. Following the last open evening, we had some wonderful feedback from attendees about the exceptional work the student ambassadors did and we look forward to the same for this open evening.
We received the final report from our external quality assurance reviews and further details can be found below from Louise, along with pastoral, enrichment and faculty news.
Have a great weekend.
Craig Chambers Assistant Head of College
External Quality Reviews – Louise Henderson, Head of College
Behaviour and Attitudes
On the 4th and 5th November we had visiting reviewers to validate the quality of behaviour and values in the college. They visited lessons, met with staff and interacted with students in forum groups, in lessons and in different communal areas of the college, talking to nearly 100 students over the 2 days. The feedback we have received has recognised how exceptional S6C is as a community, and how the culture and ethos of the college is student centred – that every student’s experience really is ‘All about them’.
Key highlights identified
High expectations are clearly set out to learners at the start of the academic year in terms of behaviour. This is evidenced by exemplary behaviour in lessons where learners are respectful to staff and their peers. Learners can articulate that expectations are set in an initial induction period.
Learners can articulate clear new learnt behaviours such as independence, confidence and self-led study skills. They articulate that they feel as if they are treated as young adults and note the difference between the sixth form college and school.
Students are proud of the work they produce, are able to articulate the work they had created and can explain how they had been encouraged to try new skills.
Learners are polite and respectful in both the classroom setting as well as in the communal areas.
Learners in a number of lessons and the focus group articulate that they feel supported well and believe the provider’s mission ‘It’s all about you’ flows through.
Learners provide evidence that the programme of learning they received during lockdown was excellent. Staff were ahead of the game and Google Classroom was set up pre-lockdown so that all lessons were able to continue following their curriculum plans and attend lessons remotely.
The enrichment programme has seen development over this year, more learners are engaging and the programme is adapted to meet the learners needs
The majority of learners can articulate their progression plans. For example, many of the learners are planning to go to university, take a gap year or complete a higher apprenticeship.
Learners feel that the staff care about them and feel very well supported from personal tutors and the pastoral lead. This results in learners getting the support required in most cases. Staff show genuine care for the learners and are proud of what they achieve. Staff highlight examples such as learners volunteering in the community, working confidently with peers and producing high level work.
Areas for development
Attendance and punctuality of some learners is not in line with college expectations. As a result a newly appointed attendance officer will be working with teaching staff on improving accountability with students. This will be launched with students in the weeks ahead.
The 1:2:1 tutor meetings held termly need to be reviewed to incorporate the same experience for all learners which is currently not consistent. Some students are also receiving an academic review so the process will change to provide a holistic experience for all students. This will include a review of attendance, engagement, progress and barriers in learning and progression planning.
To be told by the reviewers that the behaviour seen was better than any other college they had visited makes me incredibly proud, and I hope it makes you feel the same way.
We have had three Governor visits in college in the last few weeks, having the opportunity to review teaching and learning and the personal development of our students, as well as joining the senior leadership team in strategic planning and discussions. Governors have reviewed our action plans and spoken directly to students about their learning experiences. They are delighted that students are enjoying being back in college and enjoying their learning experience, and they are confident that we have a strong focus on the areas we are targeting. Across the MLP Trust we have a commitment to work with our young people on ‘Closing the gap’, and staff are working with ALL our students to support the identification of learning gaps that have come about from the impact of Covid.
Armistice Day – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead
S6C paused for a two minute reflection on remembrance and peace at 11am on the 11th, with a series of images supporting this important moment of stillness.
British Values – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead
Year 12 and Year 13 tutor groups have been considering fundamental British Values in Life Skills – it is so easy for us to take these global values for granted if we live in one of the many countries that offers the protections of the rule of law, democracy, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of each other’s protected characteristics (such as faith, belief, age, gender, and sexuality).
We considered the nature of regimes that do not hold these values, and reasons why refugees might flee to countries that uphold them, and also the way the values interact with each other. We also talked about the importance of being able to identify extremist beliefs, and arrange support for those who might be in danger of holding damaging views, such as anti semitism, Islamophobia, or white supremacy.
Year 13 extended last year’s reflections with discussion on the danger of extremist views such as the anti-vax conspiracies, and considered whether the word ‘tolerant’ is adequate to describe the acceptance we should have towards the faith and beliefs of others.
We were very proud of the insight and maturity of our young people in their consideration of these key elements of society and citizenship; we are committed to a college ethos where these values are not just understood, but lived out, by all members of our S6C community.
Psychology – Kirsty White, Faculty Lead for STEM
On Wednesday 3rd November, we were lucky enough to welcome back Dr Alex Corcoran from the NHS. He delivered a similar talk on NHS careers and basic medical skills to Year 12 students that Year 13s experienced before half-term.
The session provided excellent advice and guidance on how to enter careers in the NHS, the different routes that students can take and the types of job roles (all summed up in a wonderful booklet – copies can be found in the Health & Social Care and Psychology classrooms, and the Study Centre). The Year 12s were dynamic and enthusiastic and wrote excellent questions to ask Dr Corcoran. We hope that this experience will continue to drive students’ aspirations!
Health & Social Care – Jo Mason, Teacher of Health & Social Care
Starting from December, when Rachel Fernandez turns 18 or possibly sooner, she has been offered a position at Salisbury District Hospital within the obstetrics theatres. She will be required to work full days during the week which would be Wednesdays and Fridays.
This will be invaluable in helping Rachel to gain experience in a hospital setting and will have the opportunity to be able to observe operations and possibly births which will help towards her university application. We are delighted to celebrate this news with our college community.
ESports enrichment – Nathan David, Teacher of ESports
This past Wednesday saw the mid-way point for our Esports Students in their British Esports Association Champs competition for the Winter, and what a Wednesday it was!
The teams produced the ‘perfect Wednesday’ as our Rocket League team beat Newcastle-under-Lyme School 3-0, whilst the Valorant team beat Llandrillo College 13-0.
This leaves the Rocket League team top and unbeaten of their group and the Valorant team with a respectable W2-L2 Record. Fixtures take place immediately after Esports Enrichment (3-4pm) until 6pm in TF02 – please do come up and join in!
Baking Club – Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities
This week Baking Club made Jamaican Beef Patties, as well as getting their mincemeat ready for making mince pies.
I hope you all had a wonderful half term break and managed to get some time together with your families.
The return to College started on Monday with a Trust Wide virtual INSET day for all staff within the Magna Learning Partnership; the highlight being a Keynote Speech from Tom Sherrington, a renown teaching consultant who aims to work with teachers and school and college leaders to explore and implement contemporary educational ideas that help deliver excellent all-round education for all young people. The day was very successful and well received by our staff. Teachers focused on expert practice in the classroom and how we can support and maximise our interactions with all our young people to ensure that any gaps in learning are closed.
We hope that students that have had a disrupted week for travel due to the rail line closure to Salisbury have been able to continue their learning effectively by joining lessons online. We will be actively encouraging staff to check the learning with students next week and support any issues that may have arisen.
Our Student Union met again this week to discuss a range of events and also teaching and learning in the college. They have been presented with materials that will support all our students to develop effective testing routines of knowledge in their Independent Study time. In the coming weeks we will explore how these materials will be used and shared with students, and will send these to parents as a reference to support strong study habits at home.
The college community currently has a very small number of reported positive Covid cases from tests taken during the half term break. We are not at or approaching the threshold to have to consider bringing in stricter regulations, but continue to monitor closely in the event that we will have to revert back to mask wearing in communal areas. All deep cleaning of the building and sanitation has continued and the students are behaving very maturely in their interactions with each other. Testing kits continue to be available for students to collect from reception, and we strongly encourage students to report their results on the NHS app to allow accurate data to be collected from the college.
This half term, like many others, is a busy one, and includes our second Open Evening on Tuesday 23rd November. If you know of friends and family who are exploring the opportunities for their young person’s next stage in education, please book to attend the evening and see what wonderful facilities and teaching staff have to offer here at the 6th Form College. Bookings can be made via our website at; https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/open-evenings/
I hope you have a wonderful Bonfire Night this evening and have an enjoyable weekend.
Louise Head of College
Exams Officer – Lisa Lucas
The resits for GCSE Maths and English and the Cambridge Assessment entry examination have run smoothly this week. There were obviously some nerves and for the majority of students; particularly as due to the pandemic, this was their first experience of sitting an External Exam.
Well done to all students who had exams this week, most of whom were well prepared, adhered to exam regulations and were polite and receptive to instructions. There is one paper left for Maths GCSE on Monday. So good luck to those students sitting this paper.
InvestIN – Rosie Roberts, Career Lead and School Liaison
In addition, parents in the College community can attend their free-of-charge event for teachers and parents at the University of Bristol at 6pm on 23rd November to launch these events.
The evening will aim to not only provide information about these opportunities, but also offer tailored careers advice and complementary resources to students.
Parents and teachers can sign up for the event here.
Volunteering at S6C – Steve Price, Teacher of Business
As we reported in our previous Weekly Updates, we have Volunteering Club as part of our Clubs and Societies on a Wednesday afternoon. The group is working on assisting students at WyvernStEds. But we were keen to know, are we seeing an impact of the work we are doing, not only on the organisations we support, but the students themselves who are volunteering?
It is very early days in the project and we shall do a formal review at the end of Autumn Term 2. Anecdotal feedback from WSE is that the S6C students bring energy and drive to the sessions they support, that they are outstanding role models for their students and that the link we are trying to establish is starting to embed.
The impact of volunteering on the students themselves has been significantly positive, attendance each week is at 95% plus, students on discussion enjoy their experience and WSE value their support and hard work(Two students now run an additional homework support group on a Wednesday) The key highlight though has been the growing sense of ‘belonging’ in the group and the development of relationships amongst themselves and the staff involved. Great work Volunteering Members!
Baking Club – Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities (and baking extraordinaire)
This week at the Baking Club students learned how to make a white chocolate malteser cheesecake.
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at some Christmas recipes, including a delicious mince meat recipe with my secret ingredient! Great to enjoy yourself, or make in a decorative jar and give as a Christmas present. Remember it is time to get your Christmas Puddings prepped too!
Here are students Erin Penn and Madeline Woods’ wonderful and scrummy looking efforts at the malteser cheesecake.