Weekly College Update

Friday 9th July 2021

Another busy week at college this week.  Year 12 had their Destinations Day, where we linked with our local community to find talented individuals to come and speak to students regarding their career paths, more details of this day are listed below. 

The colleges  senior and middle leaders have been meeting with our Challenge Partners. Who are an external group of 4 staff from schools and sixth forms throughout the country who are able to review the robustness of our systems, process, teaching and leadership. Our visiting team was made up of:

  • Lead Reviewer – An experienced teacher and now Educational Consultant who has also been an Ofsted Inspector                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Senior Deputy Headteacher from The Wellington Academy
  • Director of KS5 from Tolworth Girls School
  • Assistant Headteacher from Chew Valley School 

It has been a really positive process for all staff involved.   We have really enjoyed welcoming them on site. 

Also this week we have had our current year 12s enrolling into year 13 following discussions with their tutors and reviews of their progress, grades and career planning.  Students performance grades are based on their last formal exams here at S6C, and are therefore not holistic, there is still plenty of time for students to develop from this point.  

With England taking on Italy in Sunday night’s Euros final the country has really got into the footballing spirit. We have had our very own 5-a- side football tournament this week.   Luke Muchmore, our Sports Teacher headed up the S6C staff team, consisting of Catherine Pennington, Stuart Halford, Andrew Lomas and Steve Price. 

Regards

Louise
Head of College

Year 12 Work Experience – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

If students do not have Work Experience arranged for the last few days of term, Monday 12th-14th July, then they can continue their career planning and research work, and make a start on their subject Summer work, as these are college days and they are accountable for their time whilst working from home.

Oral Histories Project

Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities,Teacher of History & RS

History students completed the recording this week and were able to complete transcripts for their British politics coursework.  A great grandmother of one of our students said “..I have had an uplifting and enlightening time. Such wonderful young people who have mixed so well with the older generation”. 

Destinations Development Day

Rosie Roberts, School Liaison and Publicity Officer

‘Destinations Development Day’ on Monday this week received positive feedback from students and the visiting speakers who said that our students were polite, welcoming and engaged.

We had 30 speakers involved in the day.  In the morning students received information on Identifying strengths and making decisions, researching university choices, finding and securing a job after College, employability and career planning and apprenticeships awareness. They then had the opportunity to meet with employers in the afternoon.

Employers joined us online and in-person here at the College and included NHS and healthcare workers, primary education and social workers, scientists and engineers including an aeronautical engineer, university graduates including S6C alumni, artists and an emerging playwright and a product designer from Spotify.

Students can rewatch the recordings of the virtual talks and revisit the slides from the talks delivered in the morning by accessing all of the resources in the Google Information Classroom under Classwork > Year 12 > Destinations Development Day. We would also encourage parents to explore these resources with their young people.

Weekly College Update

Friday 2nd July 2021

Our training day on Monday was incredibly productive and allowed staff to reflect on the successes of the year and to collectively focus on priorities for the next academic year. And what a year it has been for our whole community!!  A Trust wide afternoon session was led by our Director of Learning Nicola Bull in the afternoon, bringinging together networks of staff to enhance the collaboration and sharing of outstanding practice across the MLP primary and secondary academies.   

On Tuesday we welcomed our new students for their  Fresher Day, and it was incredibly successful, with the inclusion of our year 12 and 13 students remoting into sessions to share their experience of life as an S6C student and being part of such a special community. The day included the presence of Miss Bellamy from Wyvern St Edmunds over the lunchtime period to talk to students about our enhanced enrichment offer that we will have on Wednesday afternoons in collaboration with the school.   From September we intend having a wider range of clubs and societies running on both sites and will be able to utilise the sports facilities on the school campus. A detailed programme of the activities will be launched with all students in September.  

Year 12 students returned to college on Wednesday and have started to receive back their assessment papers and results from their tests.  It is important that we all recognise the challenges our students have faced this year and we must congratulate them all for the resilience and effort they have shown. All students will be given individual feedback on their achievement and they will be set reflection tasks and activities to complete over the summer holidays – to close down some of the gaps in their understanding and knowledge. These summer tasks will be set for them in Google classroom.  Where students have achieved lower grades,  support conversations will take place to ensure students realise the importance of addressing weaknesses over the summer, and that they will be retested early next term to ensure that some of those areas have been addressed and strengthened. 

We are looking forward to a range of exciting personal development activities for students over the coming weeks prior to the end of term. Details about our careers event for  Destinations Day and  Enrolment to Year 13 are explained in this update by Rebecca Anderson.  Further details about the end of term virtual work experience will be sent out to students and parents next week. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Louise
Head of College

Freshers Day – Kathryn Clarkson, Business Manager 

On June 29th S6C were excited to welcome prospective new students through the doors for the first face to face Freshers Day since 2019.  Although the event was staged under COVID control measures,  this did not dampen the atmosphere or excitement of both staff and students at being able to meet teachers, look round the college,  and make new friends.  Students were able to discuss their subject choices and undertake activities such as a ‘Dragon’s Den’ pitch in Business and practical experiments involving water daphnia in Biology. In Software Design and Development students were tasked with coming up with concepts for new technology which generated an impressive range of ideas such as robots for picking up all forms of litter, technology to detect and remove plastic from the sea and apps monitoring health and wellbeing. Current students also joined the day via virtual links to answer questions about college life and why they had chosen S6C.  

It was lovely to see so many smiling faces and S6C is really looking forward to welcoming them into our community in September.

Dr Sally Tye (Humanities Faculty lead), Rich Eno, Creative Faculty lead) and Steve Price (Business) led a cookery demonstration to students on how to cook a cheap, nutritious meal as a student. As a result it is likely that the baking club will be more popular next term. 

Character Curriculum – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

July 5th Destinations Day

A carousel of talks has been planned from experts in their fields: Identifying strengths and making decisions, Researching university choices, Finding and securing a job after College, Employability and career planning, Apprenticeships awareness. All students will attend all talks to encourage them to be open minded and well informed so they can find the path that is perfect for them and which will inspire them to build their skills and interests and self confidence. 

This will be followed by an afternoon of meet and greet sessions with external guests, including the owner of a boutique in a bus (who will be bringing the bus), a lawyer, engineer, aeronautical engineer, university students at a range of stages, teacher trainee, emerging playwright, nurse, paramedic, primary school teacher, dementia care, physiotherapy, Careers in Sport, Financial Services provider to Premier League Footballers and Hollywood stars, nursery apprenticeship provider, and more! 

Some talks are online and some onsite and guests will be socially distanced from students and staff. Students who are self isolating can join the online talks and remote into the live talks by Google meet, by arrangement with their teachers. All other students should be onsite for this much needed experience. Students have a timetable for the day with all the compulsory talks and options, so they can plan over the weekend. If any student is unsure about what their experience will look like then they can contact their tutor for clarification. 

July 9th Enrolment to Year 13 Day 

All students need to attend this full day where they will register for a  teacher reference from college, check that they have completed their Careers Passport and have a one hour Career Pilot Pathway Planner (which will indicate what further support may be needed in September), and, most importantly have a 1:1 review of the year (progress, attendance, careers, and wellbeing) with their tutor. 

Some students may need to see the Faculty Leads if they are going to need additional summer work to support their progress to Year 13 (in addition to personalised tasks that will be set for the class). Tutors will then be able to complete the enrolment into Year 13. We realise that some students will have to wait for their booked slot so we have also arranged some online workshops from external national providers and an opportunity to do a mock interview or have their CV checked, as well as a menu of online talks and guidance on a range of Destinations topics. We are just waiting for the last few workshop confirmations and then students will get a menu and checklist for the day and will be able to sign up for their tutor slot. 

Students will need to bring their laptops and headphones on both of these days

Go Ape Trip – Luke Muchmore Teacher of Sport 

On Wednesday, 25 sport students attended the visit to Go Ape in Itchen Valley Country Park to complete the high ropes course. Overall it was a great experience with all students completing all 5 stages, despite initial nerves from some students. This trip contributes towards their Practical Skills in Sport Unit, where they had to complete an outdoor and adventurous activity, and learn the health and safety requirements for this type of activity.

Baking Club – Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities and Lead for Baking Club

This week saw the last baking club of the year and students baked a wonderful Chocolate Cake. 

This masterpiece was baked by Maddy Shelley 

Weekly College Update

Friday 25th June 2021

The year 12 assessment week has  taken place this week and this has meant that the college has felt rather quiet at times, but staff have been busy making preparations for the last few weeks of term when we will host Freshers Day, Destinations Day, Work Experience and Enrolment into year 13. 

A reminder to our year 12 students that it is a Trust wide INSET Day on Monday 28th June 2021, so students will not be required onsite.  On Tuesday 29th June we are holding our new intake Freshers day. Normally we would ask student ambassadors to join us from year 12. This year we have chosen not to do this to ensure we are not mixing year group bubbles, to maintain our Covid procedures. Year 12 therefore we have a reading day with work set on Google Classroom, and we will welcome them back for face to face lessons on Wednesday 30th June. 

Currently there is a rise in Covid positive cases in the local area, with a few positive cases emerging in schools and colleges in the surrounding area.  We need to remain vigilant with our testing and continue to complete our weekly lateral flow tests.  A new supply of test kits has arrived into college this week and this can be distributed to students on their return to college next week. If any young person is exhibiting any of the main symptoms listed here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/ please remain at home and keep the college informed. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Louise
Head of College

Freshers Day – Carolyn Port, Admissions Officer

Plans are progressing for our Freshers Day which is going ahead on Tuesday 29th June 2021. This day is designed to allow students the opportunity to take part in a taster session of the subjects they would like to study with us and give them a real taste of what their college life will be like when they start with us in September. 

Current year 12 students have an independent study day.

Upcoming Destinations Events

Supporting students find a pathway where they can be the best version of themselves

Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

Destinations Day: 5th July

All students will be in college all day for our Destinations Development Day. In the morning all students will attend talks and workshops on how to plan for the future, employability Skills, university, apprenticeships, and how to find employment – delivered in person onsite by experts in these fields. In the afternoon teachers are inviting onsite and online guests, with a link to their subject, to meet and greet students, talk about their role or career or studies, and answer informal questions. We have an amazing lineup of guests willing to give their time. Students will be in college until 4pm and should speak to as many guests as possible – they are free to look at the programme and attend whatever they like. Onsite guests will be strictly socially distanced and will wear masks when moving between areas. Teachers will be guiding their classes on guests which are an essential for their subject. It’s a really exciting day!

On Friday July 9th

Students are in all day to register for an S6C reference on the UCAS portal which they also use later for university applications. They will complete an online Career Pathway Planner which we are funding, and have a support meeting if required, along with an end of year review meeting with their tutor (and Faculty Leader if needed).

While they wait for their 1:1 there will be a menu of activities to help them research and start to plan their steps after S6C, whether this be apprenticeship, university or employment. We are also hoping to offer mock interviews, CV checking and a range of high quality online live workshops and recorded talks.

Both these days are an exceptional resource and integral to the college programme for each student and are compulsory for students to attend all day. Anyone self isolating or shielding will be patched in online wherever possible and students should be in touch with teachers and tutor to arrange a bespoke solution.

Pastoral Support

We are able to signpost and refer students to support for the summer break so please do see your tutor or Pastoral Lead ASAP if you think this may be beneficial.

S6C Freshers Day Update

Our Freshers Day on Tuesday 29th June will be going ahead as planned unless the local situation changes substantially or government guidance alters.  Students attending have been interviewed and offered a place and as such we consider this will be your first day as an S6C student and is therefore critical to successful transition into S6C life. 

A full risk assessment will be available on our website early next week and we will be asking students to ensure they carry out a lateral flow test on Monday evening or Tuesday morning, wear masks on public transport and in communal areas around the college and in classrooms if social distancing cannot be adequately maintained.  Lunch is pre-packaged for safety and as long as the weather is reasonable we will have seating outside for breaks and lunch.  

Weekly College Update

Friday 18th June 2021

We have had a really productive week with our Character Curriculum this week, which includes Life Skills, Enrichment as well as the Speakers and Careers Programme. Enabling students to have a rounded curriculum is essential in developing the tools they need to help build them into confident and capable young adults. 

This week we have also seen a busy week at the college welcoming more prospective students through the doors, as we finish off the College Tours.   We have welcomed small family groups of over 135 prospective new students from a variety of local secondary schools, including, Wyvern St Eds, Trafalgar, St Jospehs, Stonehenge and Shaftesbury.  This has given students and their families an opportunity to look around the college and ask any questions they may have. 

Below is a review of some of this week’s stories. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Louise
Head of College

Student Life Skills Programme

Equality and Diversity in Life Skills – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

Year 12 met together for a Pride Month themed Life Skills education session this week, as part of our celebrations of equality and diversity. The importance of our national values of freedom of speech and expression, the protection ensured by the rule of law, and the impact of tolerance (as a bare minimum expectation that widens to kindness, acceptance and solidarity) were also highlighted. We expect S6C students to challenge all and any prejudice – and to commit themselves to always being willing to listen, learn and show kindness. An excellent opportunity to remind our students to value themselves and those around them highly. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to address such an attentive, engaged and open audience, in person, and I was, as ever, impressed and moved by their maturity, kindness and respect. 

Pupil Emotional and Wellbeing Support – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

Students have been offered drop in lunchtime support this week for anxiety about exams and tips for managing revision and stress. A little bit of pressure can boost progress but this needs to be carefully managed to protect our wellbeing. Students can contact tutors or the pastoral lead any time for more help or look at the Wellbeing resources on the Information Classroom.

Local Community Links and Support – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead 

S6C leaders also met with our local community police liaison officer this week to talk about issues that sometimes affect our students, whether this be experiences of harassment at work or in public, knowledge of employment law, fraud, issues surrounding sexting, and the rise of local county lines activity which aims to draw young people into criminal or sexual exploitation, often in ways which mean that young people are not even aware. We cover all these areas of personal safety and wellbeing in our Life Skills programme but in the coming year we are going to extend this by inviting the police education outreach team to share their direct experience of these issues with our S6C students.

Students, parents/carers and members of our local community are reminded that all harassment and abuse and exploitation and fraud , whether in person or online, should be reported – young people should never feel that they have to put up with these things; we can work together to raise awareness and encourage action by getting in touch with the police on 101, or 999 if there is an immediate threat.

If students have been affected by any of these issues then pastoral support is available via tutors or the pastoral lead, our safeguarding team (safeguarding@salisbury6c.ac.uk), and our college counsellors, or via The Mix or Childline online, or through external referrals which we can arrange.

Student Enrichment Programme 

STEM Club – Chris Papp, Teacher of Chemistry and STEM Club Lead & Lisa Rodway, Science Technician and STEM Club support. 

The Stem Club have recently been growing their own crystal gardens.  The Gardens are created by using coloured silicates which begin to form overnight and grow into gardens in a week.

DodgeBall Tournament – Luke Muchmore Teacher of Sport – and Enrichment Lead

On Wednesday afternoon, Double Sport Students Harvey Roberts, Amy Webb, Ed Price and Ryan Fernando hosted a dodgeball tournament outside on the MUGA as part of their Organising a Sports Event unit. Overall it was very successful with over 30 students competing. Congratulations to the winning team: George, Finn, Ben, Louis & Jess. A great effort from all involved, next up we have a 5 a side football tournament hosted and organised by students on July 7th!

Baking Club – Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities – and Baking Club Lead

Baking club this week made millionaires shortbread – the perfect treat to make revision more productive

Yoga Enrichment Club – Hanna Boddy, PA to the Head of College and Yoga Teacher 

Staff and student Yoga continued in person at S6C this week, with practices centered around exploring ‘Alignment’. Not just the alignment of the body in postures, but also alignment of the mind and breath, in order to support both physical and mental wellbeing, specifically in times of stress. 

Curriculum News 

BTEC Business Finance Workshops with Bournemouth University (BU) – Steve Price, Teacher of Business 

BA (Hons) Business and Management | Bournemouth University

A UCAS report from 2018, quoted in What Uni noted nationally just 10%  of students studying just a BTEC qualification will attend university. This year our Year 13 cohort  are on target for over 85% to take up a place. 

As part of the BTEC Business teams programme we were joined this week by the BU Business School delivering a workshop on Personal Finance. Delivering at Undergraduate Level, not only does it ‘raise the bar’ in terms of the challenge our students need, it gives them a chance to work with specialists in the industry. 

The programme of workshops has covered the use of Artificial Intelligence, Developing a Marketing Plan and Driving Innovation. The intention for the BTEC Business Team is to develop this relationship, with a programme of visits to BU next academic year, COVID dependent, allowing our students to have the full university experience.

The programme over the last 18 months has been important in supporting our students to make the right decision regarding the University pathway.  Even though much of the work we have done has been online, students have seen the reality of University life and its potential as a pathway Post 18.

History and Philosophy – Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities 

History and Philosophy students are taking part in their first oral history session this week.  Discussing childhood memories with older members of the community. Salisbury Museum arranged with Wiltshire Council to bring the older members of the local community onsite to meet with students. 

Psychology Investigations – Kirsty White, Faculty Lead for STEM

Before half-term, Year 13 Psychology students took part in an interactive crime scene investigation. Using content they had been learning about in earlier lessons on Forensic Psychology, students had to critically analyse a crime scene and profiles of suspects. Working in small groups, they had to decide on who they thought committed the murder, using their psychological understanding, as well as excluding the other suspects. Students were incredible at verbalising their thoughts and presenting to quite a large group of people as the class groups were combined. It was a great session and such a lovely way to end their time with us at S6C (after such an odd experience due to Covid)!  Polly and Kirsty are really going to miss them and wish them all the best for the future!

Weekly College Update

Friday 11th June 2021

This week we celebrated some of the close links we have to our local Salisbury Community. Our S6C Art Students have a wonderful art exhibition open at Salisbury Library;  our S6C Sports teams had a Futsal match with Wiltshire College students held at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, as well as our S6C History Students linking in with Salisbury Museum for their most recent project.  Further details of these exciting local community links can be found below in this bulletin.  

We have also been really pleased to welcome onsite prospective students and parents for small family tours of the college.  We have had some wonderful feedback and it has given families an opportunity to look round the college in small groups for a personalised tour.  We hope to see some familiar faces. 

We look forward to welcoming our new students for our College Freshers Day on Tuesday 29th June.  Staff have been preparing taster lessons that should inspire students and provide an exciting start to the courses they will study in September.  

Today, sadly we say goodbye to our international students who have joined us this year from the European Community. Every year we are blessed with an amazing group of young people who show such maturity and passion for learning. They add a wonderful richness to our community and thrive in their personal development.   The students will return home with their S6C course certification and recommendations for their future studies  before they  finalise preparations before University. 

Wishing you a restful weekend, enjoying the sunshine. 

Louise
Vice Principal 

S6C Sports – Luke Muchmore, Teacher of Sports

S6C finally returned to competitive football action in a Futsal (5 a side, indoor) match against Wiltshire College at Fiver Rivers. Despite being new to this version of the game, S6C ran out 13-4 winners despite early pressure from the opposition. Louis Cartwright opened the scoring after a good one-two with striker Finn Russell. Two left-footed goals by George Goff before halftime gave us a 6-0 lead. Harvey Roberts scored two quick goals after half time to extend our lead, after this Wiltshire College came back into the game which made for a more interesting last 20 minutes. 

A special mention goes to international student Matija Rados, who was finally able to appear in a competitive fixture for the college despite arriving in September – he leaves for Croatia next week, so we wish him all the best for the future. S6C football are looking forward to returning to 11 a side fixtures in the next academic year, where we will be once again competing in and looking to win the Wiltshire Schools FA u18 Boys Cup.

Goalscorers: Harvey Roberts (4) Ben Hayward (3) Louis Cartwright (2) George Goff (2) Matija Rados (1) George Allen (1) 

Art – Laurence Rushby, Teacher of Art & Photography

S6C Art and Photography students have a showcase of some of their artwork in an exhibition which opened on Thursday 10th June at Salisbury Library.  This is part of the Salisbury Schools Art Exhibition, which has been running for several years. This is our third time exhibiting at the gallery. 

From the acorn...

From the acorn to the ‘mighty oak’, the art and photography  students at S6C have explored the process of growth that they experience through the elements of their art course and  many aspects of their everyday lives. 

Following an exceptional year they have reflected on their work and selected the moments that showed best the process of learning through perseverance and resilience.

The quote inspired us never to give up. It marked our journey through COVID and online teaching, and helped us  remember that great things come from the small experiments, the mistakes and the many trials that make an artwork.

The artists have written a short statement to accompany their work.  To visit you just need to register at the library door for track & trace.  Please do feel free to pop in and have a look, we would love to hear some feedback from you. 

History & Philosophy – Dr Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities 

A group of history and philosophy students are taking part in a local oral histories project with Salisbury Museum. Students will have the opportunity as part of this to create some of their own oral histories which can be used as primary sources for their coursework on British Politics 1951-1997. This will not only introduce them to a new historical technique and a wider range of careers in history but also put their coursework at the forefront of historical research.

Careers – Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead

Parents can now access the slides from the Life Skills session on Work Experience using their own email address by following the link in the letter sent to parents before half term.

If your young person has not registered yet then please can you help them go through the slides:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1oxIvi13gaE8YuwA-n_WoYTa5q-vZmlPDOKR9YnlK618/edit?usp=sharing

Weekly College Update

Friday 28th May 2021

Today has been a sad and emotional farewell to Year 13 students.  In the blink of an eye we say goodbye after 2 years  to the most amazing young adults that joined us in September 2019 as young nervous young people embarking on the start of their ventures of adulthood. Every teacher has endless tales of the personal growth of our young adults and are immensely proud of how they have adapted through the pandemic and shown incredible academic commitment in their studies.  On a personal level, I have had the pleasure of teaching our  A Level geography students and accompanied them  on a residential trip last year that will always be memorable to me.  This year I have taught our GCSE Maths class and have seen student confidence grow and a determination  to work harder to ensure that they can secure the grades  needed for University. 

We wish our students well in their future careers and happiness, and hope they stay in touch. Most students join our Alumni every year and stay in regular contact with teachers.  We hope this continues this year and Rosie Roberts will be in touch to support this.  

Louise Henderson and staff,  bidding farewell to some of our year 13 students at lunchtime today. 

In the coming weeks, Lisa Lucas will be sending out further guidance about the results days in August. This will be sent to both students and parents. 

I have asked Year 13  to remain in touch if they need further career guidance in the coming weeks or months. It is not unusual for a student to change their plans from university or employment and we will continue to guide and support any individual needs. 

The Year 12 assessment plan has been created for the assessment week of 21st June.  Students will have been informed about the length of papers they will sit and whether it will be one or two papers, depending on coverage of the course so far. Copies of the timetable for that week will be shared once we return to college after half term and will be emailed to parents. 

I hope everyone has a very restful and relaxing half term and enjoys the much needed sunshine we have been waiting for.

With best wishes, 

Louise Henderson 

Vice Principal

Life Skills – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

In Year 12 tutor this week we looked at time management – which can have an impact not only on productivity and progress, but also on positive mental health and work/life balance, both now and in the future. Students used a tool for prioritising tasks, which you might like to try. Make a detailed list of tasks – then go through a rank them A to C depending on importance. You then look at the Bs and re-categorise them as As or Cs. The Cs can wait – the As are then number ranked in order of importance/urgency. You start at the top. They also looked at 5 activities that can be used to consolidate learning if you have 5 minutes to spare. Great for revision for end of year exams.

A reminder to Year 13s that they can still access support applying to university, apprenticeships or employment – next week, next term, even next year! They just need to get in touch. We shared a link this week to Reed employment agency with some tips for finding work in sectors other than retail or hospitality – there are some local opportunities and we wish all our job seekers all the best. 

Online Baking Club

Online baking focused on prep for life at University this week. We looked at batch cooking these Mcdonalds style sausage bacon and egg muffins which can be frozen and then reheated in the microwave in 2 mins from frozen!  The trick is a piece of kitchen roll to absorb the moisture!

Year 12 Careers Passport  – Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead

Alongside the academic studies completed this year, Year 12 have been working on sections of their Careers Passport.  Many students have been extremely proactive in completing the sections of their careers passport and are building awareness of employment law as well as spending time reflecting on career goal plans. Building on the letter sent to parents yesterday about Meaningful Employer Engagement of work experience, we would like students to reflect on what they have completed so far and take some time over the next week to consider how the curriculum is supporting their knowledge of career pathways. This is all available to them in Classroom. 

Weekly College Update

Friday 21st May 2021

Year 13 students have now finished their final assessments and are all busy in class with teachers adding the final touches to prepare for their next stage in life, whether that’s university, an apprenticeship or employment. This will continue in the run up to the half term holiday when year 13 students will be leaving us, on Friday 28th May.

Teachers are very busy collaborating and moderating work both internally and externally as we prepare to start reporting TAG grades in the later half of June. Further moderation will take place across the trust next week to ensure consistency and fairness in the process. If you’d like to know more detail please contact our Exams Officer, Lisa Lucas via office@salisbury6c.ac.uk 

The weather may be poor at present and the forecast not great, but we can now meet socially in small groups and our students have enjoyed not having to wear masks in classes which has allowed lessons to feel more like they did before Covid and college life is getting back to normal.

Best wishes,

Craig
Assistant Principal

Pastoral – Nicola Miller, Designated Safeguarding Lead and SEND

Congratulations on completing the assessment period and I hope you are enjoying your lessons for your remaining time at S6C. There are many decisions to make now that you are leaving college and for many it will involve choosing where to study next. It is likely that you will want your exam access arrangements to continue wherever you choose to go. Every university will have their own policy on what they will accept as evidence for access arrangements and for many it will involve you being reassessed which is part of the DSA application process. 

It is a good idea to look at the student services section of their website and if necessary contact the student services department to see what they recommend. Students that have a special educational need may be entitled to additional support at university. This may include things such as mentoring or help with costs for assistive technology. To find out more about this you should look at the Disabaled Student Allowance (DSA). The requirements and process for applying is on the link below. https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa 

If you are thinking of starting an apprenticeship you may also need access arrangements for any timed assessments. Any student that would have had extra time in their exams will have access arrangement paperwork. Please check your college email accounts for the access arrangement paperwork that was sent on Wednesday 19th May as this may help with your application for DSA or for your access arrangements at university. I hope that you are looking forward to the next steps in your future careers.

STEM Faculty – Kirsty White, Faculty Lead

Following the end of a tough assessment fortnight, students in Psychology are experiencing elements of Forensic Psychology. A significant number of students are going on to study subjects such as Psychology, Criminology and Sociology at university, and so this will expose them to content they might encounter there (as well as critical thinking and research skills). In lessons this week, students looked at the atavistic form, and the theory that criminals have common physical features such as a large jaw, large ears, a sloping forehead and long arms. Students replicated Lombroso’s ideas using playdough. 

Some classes also looked at psychopathy, including the Psychopathy Checklist – a measure of psychopathic traits (students even had a go for themselves!). We also spent some time looking at offender profiling and how Forensic Psychologists might construct a profile to help with a police investigation. This involves identifying features of the crime scene and the likely characteristics of the offender. Students then applied this to a murderer that they chose to research. This is all in preparation for a crime scene investigation on the 28th May for our final lesson!

Creative Faculty – Rich Eno, Faculty Lead for Creative 

“What would you like to teach us but isn’t in the Specification?” Asked Richard Eno’s Film Studies students as they came to the end of the formal assessments. “There is a 3-hour black-and-white Russian film called, Hard To Be A God, I’ve always wanted to teach. Shall we do it?”. And so this week they’ll be exploring the renowned masterpiece which some reviewers have called, ‘A slo-mo kaleidoscope of medieval squalor, fear and pandemonium…’ and ‘…profoundly, wilfully destabilising experience…’, and ‘…An epic lurch through the circle of the Inferno Dante left out…’. One thing is certain, it’s going to be emotional. 

The Creative Faculty have also appointed their new teacher for the Extended Diploma in Esports which is due to start in September. Nathan David will be joining the team to deliver the exciting new course.