It has been a busy week at college this week, with our year 13 Biology Students starting the week on a Field Trip on Monday and Tuesday to Leeson House. Then on Wednesday our enrichments programme started in full. It was great to see students taking advantage of the diverse range of opportunities available to them, from sports to art, photography, volunteering, meditation, STEM, LGBTQ+, knitting and much more.
This week I was able to go and visit WSE Academy and meet with Louise Henderson the new Headteacher who gave me a tour around the school. I look forward to meeting some of the other local Headteachers from our feeder schools over the coming weeks, to help build on our already strong ties with them.
This weekend may be quite a poignant and memorable one. Whatever you are doing I hope you have a good bank holiday and we look forward to welcoming our young people back to college on Tuesday.
Catherine Pennington – Mental Health Lead
With comments from Shannon-Elizabeth M – Student Lead of “Change Your Mind” at S6C
Catherine and I initially met when I expressed interest in joining “Change Your Mind,” as it sounded like a fantastic opportunity that, as an aspiring mental health practitioner, seemed perfect and it could really help set me up for a career in that field. As we began talking we realised I had quite a lot of experience and qualifications in mental health and leadership/youth organisations and maybe I could help Catherine run it. From there we discussed recruiting more students, trying to find students who were studying subjects such as Health and Social Care or Psychology. We were thinking of a target demographic of students who were wanting to go into careers such as Childcare, Teaching, Mental Health, Medicine, Nursing or Volunteering. Our aim was to try and find the most suitable candidates who not only could fit the programme and be able to teach this information to younger years, but also was keen for some of their own personal development and wanted to make steps toward their future; helping the little ones get to their own in the process.
Nicola Miller – Teacher of Biology
The Year 13 biology students went to Leeson House near Swanage to complete their ecology core practical tasks. Our first study site was Kimmeridge Bay where we looked at the periwinkles and limpet populations. The students also took the opportunity to rock pool and found a wide variety of species. We spent one night at the study centre where students completed the mark, recapture release technique and small mammal trapping. Our final visit was to Studland Bay to look at sand dune succession. The students covered a wide variety of practical techniques as well as finding time to socialise. See the comments from our students below
Our trip to Swanage was a great way to learn the practical skills such as learning how to measure along a transect. Anna was great as she showed so much interest in Kimmeridge Bay and Knoll beach and showed us how to properly use the equipment given. Leeson House was super accommodating and it was great to spend the evening with friends and doing more practical work with Woodlice to estimate their population. All in all it was a great 2 days and I myself am very glad to have taken part in it. – Nick.
Overall, I enjoyed the biology trip. I definitely made some memories with my friends that I’ll remember forever. We went to Kimmeridge and spent the day down there – doing some rock pooling and transects. Even found some little creatures hiding in the rock pools! Then, going down to Leeson House in the evening, spending some time with friends in the dorms and having a look round the house grounds. The next day we went to Studland Bay, and we had a little walk down the coach and did some transects of the sand dunes (despite the rain) – interesting seeing the different layers of sand dunes changing the further away you go from the sea. -Amy
Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Art
It’s been a pleasure welcoming our Year 12s to S6C and they have been really busy in Fine Art. The Fine Art course is vibrant and thought provoking and the first year is an opportunity to develop their skills and techniques across a range of disciplines. Already students have created mini sculptures, made their own mark making tools, discussed what makes art, Art, watched films and read articles linked to this term’s theme as research for an essay and performed acts of destruction on a piece of paper.
When asked about their art experience, Nick H said, ‘Inspiring and exactly what I wanted from the course so far!
What an unusual week it has been, and one that will go down in history after yesterday’s sad news. Today, as in many colleges and schools around the country, we held a minute’s silence to commemorate. People’s reactions to the news will undoubtedly be very different, and if you feel your young person is struggling at any time, myself and all staff at S6C are here to help students who may find things particularly difficult over the coming weeks.
On Monday we welcomed our new year 12’s for their first day, and on Tuesday our year 13’s started back after their summer break. It is lovely to see and feel the buzz of excitement and anticipation around the college for their new academic year.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Careers Programme Launch
Rosie Roberts – Careers and School Liaison Officer
Careers Programme Launch
On Wednesday, 7th September, the Careers Lead, Rosie Roberts, met with all Year 12s to explain how careers education is delivered at S6C and to give them some key dates for careers events coming up this year.
This information will be shared with parents by email in the coming weeks so that they can continue to support their young person when researching and making decisions about future career options.
Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead
Our new Year 12s and returning Year 13s are part of a college community where our vision is to see them all becoming the best version of themselves. We will offer a supportive, nurturing, and challenging environment, to help these amazing young people grow during their time with us. Students have been warmly welcomed and reminded of some key pastoral messages. Take care of yourselves and each other, show mutual respect, communicate with us (we can’t help if we don’t know), and have a low threshold for asking for early help for any concern, whether to do with physical or mental health or personal circumstance or studies. We are here for them all. Please do take a look at the Safe@S6C and Who Can Help Me at S6C posters for details of Pastoral, Mental Health, Personal Wellbeing, Safeguarding, and Study support – with support available in college and through external agencies. There is always someone there.
Finally, we have a zero tolerance approach to any forms of harassment, discrimination or prejudice, including misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ablism, and students are encouraged to let us know if they hear anything inappropriate. This is not ‘telling’ but being part of a mutually supportive community here in college and in the wider world. We are here to educate and encourage empathy and we aim to handle issues with respect and sensitivity. We are really looking forward to working with our current students and the Student Union to ensure that S6C is a safe space where everyone can thrive.
This is Online Safety
In their first tutor sessions students were reminded of the importance of using our safe, secure and accessible college system and Google educational apps. Social media apps are not suitable for use in lessons. Our ICT policy (attached) sets out various important safety and well-being issues – such as not photographing students or staff without authorisation. Please do take a look at the CEOP website, where any online abuse can be reported and their ThinkUKnow pages which is full of genuinely useful and well presented information on online issues. We want our students to be safe and well – and even their high level of online expertise can be extended.
Kathryn Clarkson, Business Manager
The College can award a bursary to help cover the costs associated with books, equipment, transport, meals, trips and visits where a student is identified as needing additional financial support (where household income is below £30,000.) In order to apply for a bursary please visit our website to access the bursary application system https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/bursary/
We are delighted by the exceptional results of our year 13 students this year. The hard work, resilience and commitment they have shown has paid off.
The vocational qualification grades have maintained the same high standards that have been achieved every year with the average grade being Distinction.
50% of students have achieved A* – B in their A Levels. 80% have achieved A*-C with a pass rate overall of 99.6%.
S6C students have fared well in their university applications with the majority of students receiving confirmed places at their first choice university. Students will be studying a wide range of exciting courses including Social Policy, Biomedical Science, Nursing, Primary Education and Architecture. Other students have secured employment and apprenticeships and we wish them well for their future careers.
Head of College, Louise Henderson said:
‘’The challenges that Covid has presented have meant staff have gone above and beyond in their love and care for our students and have been there to support them through these complex educational times. The whole community has worked as one to ensure the students have thrived in their college programme. We are exceptionally proud of the young adults leaving us today.
I would like to personally thank all our teaching and support staff for the roles they have played to ensure our young people can thrive in their new futures. We have fully rounded students leaving us, fully prepared for the next steps in their pathways’’.
Please see below a letter that went out before the summer holidays regarding the results days and alternative methods of collection of your results.
Exam Results Days 2022
As the Summer Exam Season draws to a close I’m sure your thoughts are turning to results, here is some information to help you prepare and make this time as free from stress as possible. We are immensely proud of the maturity, effort and dedication all students showed throughout the exam season, a huge well done from all here at S6C.
Results days are:
Thursday 18 August for A level, BTEC and CTEC qualifications
Thursday 25 August for GCSE Maths and English Language
On these days the college will be open from 9:30 – 13:00 and staff will be on site to welcome you to collect your results.
The College would prefer you to collect your results, giving us the opportunity to congratulate and support you with any guidance you may need to help with your next steps.
The faculty leaders, pastoral lead, SENDCO and senior leadership team will all be available to support any conversations you wish to have regarding university offers, clearance or for any other guidance you may require.
In addition to your results released on the result days you will also collect certificates previously achieved, this will include GCSE maths and english and vocational qualifications previously awarded.
Alternative options to receive your results if you are away on the results days:
Post – If you would like to receive your results through the post then please email llucas@S6C.MLP.College confirming the address you would like them sent to (even if this is the address we hold for you on our system). Results will be posted first class on 18th /25th August.
Email – If you would like to receive your results by email. Please request this by emailing llucas@S6C.MLP.Collegefrom the email address you want the results sent to. We recommend this is not your college email address as at some point this address will be removed. Please note that you are unlikely to receive your results until later in the day as personal enquiries will be prioritised.
Phone – Telephone 01722 597970 after 11am on 18th/25th August. Telephone enquiries will be dealt with after 11am due to the need to prioritise students collecting results in person. If you are unable to get through please email llucas@S6C.MLP.college with a phone number and someone will return your call.
Lastly, we always enjoy hearing about your plans and what you have decided to do next. As well as having an interest we do have an obligation to report the next step on your pathway to the Department of Education. If you know what you hope to do next please complete this form, it is only a few questions and will take a couple of minutes. If however this decision is dependent on your results please complete it on results day. We wish you every success.
Please do get in touch in the meantime if you have any queries. College will be open until Wednesday 13th July.
Last Friday we held our Leavers Prom at the White Hart Hotel. It was an amazing evening for our year 13 to say goodbye to each other and let down their hair. Students enjoyed a delicious two course meal and had a dance and a singalong. As always the behaviour of our students was impeccable and we wish them all the best in their future. A big thank you to Hazel Wright and Rebecca Anderson, who worked tirelessly with the team from the White Hart, Amanda and Sarah in order to make this evening a fun reminder of the students’ time at S6C.
There are some photos below from the Prom evening taken by some of our wonderful year 12 photography students. A wider range of images have been shared with the students in their Information Classroom.
In our final full week it has been somewhat busy at college – on Wednesday due to the A36 road closure some of our outside speakers due on our development day were unable to attend. However we still had an excellent turn out of speakers and students had a useful day with their tutors. I am hopeful that there are at least a few students who perhaps now have a clearer plan of what they are aspiring to achieve and what is possible.
Today is the last day of term for students being in college together for the academic year. We will only be expecting students in college next Tuesday if they have not secured a place for their work experience – details are featured at the end of this update. Attendance has been excellent today and students have worked with tutors to start their UCAS enrolments and complete their enrolments into year 13. If your young person was away today, do not panic. The tutor team and Rebecca will support them in September to catch up with this process. Some students may be looking to apply to competitive universities early in the Autumn term. The college is in a really good place to support this, as staff have worked really hard in the last few weeks writing subject references in preparation for a busy Autumn term.
Students were signposting today to some excellent resources and organisations to support them in staying safe over the summer break. If there is an issue, and you or your young person want to get the college’s support, then this can and will happen at the start of term with the Pastoral or Safeguarding team.
We hope year 12s enjoy their work experience next week and we wish yourself and your families a wonderful summer break.
Head of College
Lisa Lucas – Examinations Officer
We look forward to welcoming you to collect your results on 18 August (GCE/qualifying VTQ) and 25 August (GCSE). The college will be open from 9:30 to 13:00 – senior leaders, teaching staff and pastoral support will be on hand to support and guide students with next steps. In the event that a post results service is required here are some details about the services, deadlines and fees. The first step is to discuss concerns with a member of staff, you will then receive help in completing a form to request the appropriate service and gain the student’s consent.
On Tuesday this week we welcomed prospective year 10 and 11 students to come and have a look around the college. This gave them a chance to speak to staff and current students about College life. They were able to pick up a copy of our new prospectus and see all the courses we will be offering next year and beyond. Ben Hillier, the new Head of college gave two talks to parents and students throughout the evening and was around to answer any questions. The evening was a big success.
A big thank you again to the Student Union and subject ambassadors that supported the evening.
Personal Development Day
Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead
On Wednesday this week year 12 students took part in their final personal development day – focusing on Destinations.
Students were introduced to researching Apprenticeships, how to write an excellent personal statement and how to find and secure employment – all from academic and industry experts.
They also had a talk about student finance and learnt that this should not be a barrier to further study if this is their chosen pathway. In the afternoon students were able to meet a range of over 25 professional visitors who kindly gave their time to speak to students. Talks ranged from working at the Beeb, working in care, mental health, gaming industry, careers in history, being an artist to applying Psychology to defence.
Students gained a lot from the day, and this is what some had to say about it:
I learnt that there were more options than I realised when I attended a Business talk. The Business careers were far more open and I could go into that industry with science qualifications. Sian P
My career can change and I can change my direction in the future. I don’t have to have a secure plan now and I can change my mind. I am nervous about careers for the future and this has eased my mind. I went to a video game talk which was interesting. I don’t know if that is the path I want to take but it was really interesting. I will wait and see. Poppy G
Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead
We hope our Year 12 students are excited about their work experience placement next week, Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th July. The majority of students have secured places and we hope they find it fulfilling.
If your young person is unwell at any point next week, please can you ensure that the employer is contacted and made aware. If any concerns are raised, please do not hesitate to contact us as normal and we will get back in touch with you to support any issues. Our safeguarding email address is email@example.com, and the office email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students that have not been successful in securing a place have a compulsory work experience day here in College on Tuesday 12th July from 9am-4pm. The ‘Apprenticeship Programme’ will be delivered by experts and local employers, leading to active afternoon sessions to develop students employability skills. If your young person is unwell on that day, you will need to let us know. Students will be expected to dress in appropriate clothing for the workplace.
We have had a wonderful week around the college, on Thursday we welcomed new students for their Freshers Day. It was lovely to meet the new students, although it was a little emotional for me being part of my last S6C Freshers day.
I am so incredibly proud of everyone who contributed to the day, our wonderful student volunteers and Student Union for their enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the college, our support staff for providing such a well organised and variety filled day, teaching staff for planning and delivering exciting activities and lessons; Andy, our invigilator who joined us with his friend for live music throughout the day, and Russell and the HCS catering staff for bringing together a tasty buffet. A special thank you goes to Teresa Salmon, our Admissions Officer, who planned and organised the whole event.
There are some further details and photos of our Fresher Day below.
Whilst we welcome our new students ready for September, in the same week we are saying a final goodbye to our Year 13 students as they have their Leavers Prom this evening. I am certain we will be able to share some wonderful photographs of this next week.
I am delighted to welcome our new Study Skills Tutor, Eva Dyson, to the S6C Team. She is joining us from Stonehenge school. Eva is currently planning an exciting study skills programme for year 12s and 13s to start in September, and will support students through their Careers Passport. We wish her a very warm welcome.
As a reminder to students and parents, next week’s Year 12 activities are different to provide reflection time, and to ensure that students are confident in the support available over the summer break.
As a summary for the week Monday 4th to Friday 15th July we are planning: • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as normal teaching days • Wednesday – Personal Development Day – 9am start Destinations Day with lots of careers planning and career specific speakers. • Thursday – reports sent home to parents • Friday – 9.30 am start in the Theatre
The following week is work experience week Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th July.
Review of Lifeskills, Safeguarding and online safety, and mental health support updates for the summer
Using Uni Guide, UCAS and UCAS Apprenticeships
10.15 Registering for UCAS
11.15 am onwards – Re-enrollment into Year 13 by Tutors or Faculty Leaders
If you have any questions about the activities next week please contact email@example.com
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
History & Philosophy Lecture
Sally Tye – Faculty Lead for Humanities
This Thursday, History and Philosophy and Ethics students were very lucky to be extended an invitation by the very generous team at Arundels to the 2022 Sir Edward Heath Annual Lecture with Ken Clarke & Special Guests including Gyles Brandreth at Salisbury Cathedral.
Students have already been working this year with Arundels on an oral histories project with many also taking up opportunities for work experience over the summer. We are very grateful to be able to take advantage of such incredible local history on our doorstep to help enrich the experiences of our young people. The college recently supported Arundels in a successful national lottery bid and is very much looking forward to further opportunities to become more involved in the local community.
Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Art
Art, Photography and Media students visited the Tate Modern on Tuesday. With the summer exams over and awaiting results, the group was really eager to explore the vast space, look at great art and discuss it together.
Our students work really hard outside of the lessons and their cameras, laptops and sketchbooks will be busy over the summer as they continue to develop their ideas and work on their personal investigations. I hope the trip was as inspiring for them as it was for me. I have lots of new ideas for September!
On Thursday we welcomed students into college who are wishing to join us in September. The day was a huge success with record numbers of students through the doors. Students were welcomed by the new Head of College, Mr Hillier, and were able to take part in a number of lessons of their choice. Students came from many different local schools and they enjoyed speaking to our current student union, year 12 students, as well as staff. There was live music from our invigilator Andy and his friend, Mark, who were ‘jamming’ for the majority of the day and even had one of our current students join them for a great rendition of ‘Wonderwall’ – which was very well received. Russell in the cafe was joined by Matt bringing together a great buffet lunch for all who attended.
Closing of Exams
Lisa Lucas – Examinations Officer
As our exams have come to a close, we thought it would be nice to thank the hard work of all those invigilators who have helped your students through this very high pressured time. Lisa invited them in for a thank you breakfast on Friday. The invigilators highlighted some really positive comments about the season;
Students worked right up to the end of their exam times.
Students were conscientious, and were having conversations between themselves prior and after their exams.
Everyone in college worked well as a team
Students seemed well prepared and practised by their teachers, so they knew what to expect from the arrangements of the exams.
The invigilators felt they were always on hand with a reassuring smile.
A big thank you to the team, led by Lisa Lucas, our Examinations Officer
S6C is proud to be holding a third and final Open Evening for this academic year on Tuesday 5th July 2022.
Our teaching staff and current students will be available to talk to about the courses and opportunities available in their subjects. They are located in the classrooms on a drop in basis between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Welcome presentations are being held at 5:30pm and repeated at 6:30pm in the Theatre (Lower Ground Floor) by Louise Henderson, Head of College.
This week sees the end of the year 13 exams. We are incredibly sad to see our year 13s leave. I know it has been very emotional for staff seeing the students out of their last exams. I have witnessed so many lovely interactions of the respect and care built between teachers and students this week as gifts were exchanged. On a personal level I am privileged and proud to have supported them through the strangest of times completing their Level 3 courses. I see a group of students that have shown such resilience and togetherness through change. They have shown real strength of character and as parents you should be so proud of the young people they have become. We are looking forward to joining the year 13s at their Leavers Prom on Friday 1st July.
A reminder to year 13s that we will be welcoming them back into college for their A-level results on Thursday 18th August. Staff will be present on this day to assist students with their UCAS applications and next steps.
Year 12 mock exams finish on Monday next week and normal lessons will resume on Tuesday. With only 2 weeks until the end of the college term we need to ensure that students keep up their good attendance and engagement in lessons.
I would like to thank our staff for the ongoing support in securing work experience placements for Year 12 students for Monday 11th July. It is still not too late to secure places, so if any student needs help then please can you contact their tutor.
On Thursday next week we have our Freshers Day for our new intake joining in September. Staff will be asking a number of year 12 students to assist as ambassadors on the day to help share their experiences with prospective students. We really appreciate this leadership commitment from them.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Year 13 Examinations
Lisa Lucas – Examinations Officer
During the past 2 months we have run 81 Exams over 29 days.
We have handed out and safely collected back in 994 exam papers.
Successfully keeping track of more than 50 students with access arrangements,
12 students with clashes all whilst looking after our exam nervous students.
The exams team have worked true to the College ethos, supporting each other and being kind and professional at all times. It is safe to say the College and I could not have done this without the invigilators, it has been a very successful and smooth exam season due to their hard work. Thank you to parents for your support in looking after your young person and helping guide them through their first full set of external exams.
Celebrating Student Success – Amber A
Amber – Year 12
My name is Amber and I am lucky enough to have been selected to go with the IST (International service team) to South Korea for the 25th World Scout Jamboree. I will be helping and supporting Scouts from around the world at this event. This will be a once in a lifetime experience for all the scouts involved including myself. In order to go I need to raise over £3000.
Last weekend, 17th – 19th June I went to a training camp in London. This involved camping and doing activities for the weekend in preparation. I met lots of different people on this trip and had a lot of fun. We learnt alot about Korean culture and tried some Korean food, it was a very eventful weekend. The weather was insanely hot on the Friday and cold and wet on the Saturday, Sunday was fair and a bit sunny. On Saturday there was thunder and lightning and heavy rain that delayed our sleep. Travelling on the Friday and Sunday on trains and tubes was difficult, because of our big rucksacks we kept bumping into people. On Sunday my travelling team and I got split up on the train, they made it to the train and I didn’t. I had to get on the next train to Basingstoke and my team got off so that we could meet – which worked out in the end. After a long weekend and crazy travelling problems including cancelled trains we made it home. The adventure has already begun.
This is a photo of my crew and I – crew Y from Wiltshire, Dorset and the Channel Islands.
Here is a link to my gofund me account, any donations would be greatly appreciated.
Kathryn Clarkson, Business Manager and Support Staff Lead
Not only do students gain qualifications at S6C, but many of our staff continue with professional development alongside their work and achieve great outcomes to support our students. Rosie Roberts qualified this week to undertake initial careers meetings with students with a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Interviewing. This is a significant step forward in ensuring we can provide the necessary advice and guidance to students in-house at S6C. Rosie is currently working with our external careers advisor, Polly Wiggins, on a plan to make sure all of our students get the necessary appointments to discuss their next steps.
Nathan David – Teacher of Esports
I was contacted by National Online Safety a few months ago to discuss a joint venture of working with our Esports students. They tasked our year 12 students in the Esports Team to create guidance for Parents/Carers regarding Esports.
Our Esports students have had a huge involvement with the content of this project and worked with myself on the style and format before we presented it back to the NOS.
The guidance was successfully received and approved. It will now be available nationally for all educational institutions and here is a copy of the finished piece. We are really proud of our young ambassadors at S6C in the course who are involved in reviewing e safety procedures in the college. They show great maturity and understanding of the risks of being online.
You may well have heard in the media, there are rail strikes due next week which could affect attendance to exams or lessons; I have the following details from the rail company to share with you;
South Western Railway announces strike timetable
· Due to the planned national strike, SWR customers are urged only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary between 21 and 26 June
· SWR will run a severely reduced timetable on strike days (21, 23, 25 June), with significant parts of the network closed
· A severely limited service will run between 07:15 and 18:30 on some routes for those who have no choice but to travel
· SWR will run a late-starting Sunday level of service across the network on 22, 24 and 26 June
South Western Railway (SWR) is urging customers only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary on the planned strike days – Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June – and throughout that week.
As we have both year 12 and 13 exams next week, it is important that students plan/ amend their journeys if they usually travel to college via train. If you have any concerns about your young person getting to their exams on time due to these rail strikes , please inform reception, and we may be able to advise you further. It may be useful to consider a car share if travelling with another student from the same locality, or staying in Salisbury with a friend or relative.
Looking forward to some key dates ahead this term:
We are looking for S6C Student Ambassadors to join us in college on Thursday 30th June from 9am – 2pm to support the new Y12 intake for their Freshers Day. Students will guide our visitors to classrooms, the cafe etc and answer any questions. Students will need to contact Teresa Salmon, our Admissions Officer on Chat to confirm attendance. I would like to thank our students in advance for helping with this event. This day will be set as a reading day for current year 12 students.
Our S6C careers development day takes place on Wednesday July 6th for Year 12. This is a really important day and all students will be in college from 9am – 4pm. In the morning there are practical talks from experts about applying to employment, apprenticeships and university. In the afternoon, teachers are working hard to arrange guests for students to meet, either in person or live online, who are studying or working in a related field. They will have the afternoon to build their own programme, meet as many people as they can across as many sectors as they can, and try to get something (knowledge, information, inspiration, tips) from everyone they meet. Students must make sure they are not working or having driving lessons that day.
If any parents or family contacts would be willing to come into college and share their expertise and experience with students then please contact Rosie Roberts or Rebecca Anderson and we would be very interested in welcoming you to the event.
Thursday 7th July is a normal college day, then on Friday 8th July is Reference Registration and Entry to Year 13 Day. Everyone will need to register with UCAS, in order to get a reference from college, even if they are not applying to university. We will meet in the theatre to do this. Students will then need to register for entry into Year 13 with their tutor – some students may need longer appointments than others, or meet with Faculty Leads, depending on whether their mocks or attendance figures show that extra summer work and expectations are needed.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend enjoying the sunshine.
Year 13 Examinations
The Year 13 exams next week are;
BUSINESS ACTIVE DECISION & STRATS.
Thu 09 Jun 2022
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Thu 09 Jun 2022
BUSINESS ACTIVE DECISION & STRATS.
Thu 09 Jun 2022
BIOLOGY DEC PLANTS & ENVIRONMENT
Thu 09 Jun 2022
BIOLOGY NAT.ENV.& SPECIES SURV.
Thu 09 Jun 2022
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 2
Fri 10 Jun 2022
HISTORY A: BRITAIN 1930-1997
Fri 10 Jun 2022
PHYSICS ADV PAPER 2
Fri 10 Jun 2022
Please continue to assist your young person in getting into college on time, calm and ready for their exam. Please ensure they have a bottle of water with no label, a clear pencil case and wear something that is comfortable. Students will be supported by staff beforehand to prepare for their Energiser session. If students are ill or late please ensure parents phone reception as soon as possible.
Year 12 Examinations
We wish year 12 students good luck in their Mock exams starting on Monday.
Welcome to the new Student Union
Hazel Wright – Receptionist and Pastoral Administrator
Our aim is to develop the previous Student Unions progress while also bringing together the college and making the community more close knit between all staff and students. Developing the Life Skills Programme and opportunities post College is also one of our top priorities in helping students achieve the best version of themselves.
As a Union we will involve our students and staff in setting goals and trying our absolute best to reach and support these goals and show the student community that we support them throughout the college journey.
Introduction to our SU Team:
I’m Nick and I am the College Community Officer. My role is to work with our staff and students to support local and global charities through fundraising and events within our college. My aim is to make sure our students are aware of current events and get them involved in supporting our local community. I will be talking to students about parts of life that not everyone is affected by, to spread awareness and to educate them now and in future, while also directing them to where support can be accessed inside and outside college.
I’m Immy and I am the Mental Health Officer. My aim for my role is to reassure the students to know the college is a safe and welcoming space and to promote students’ well-being as it plays a very important role in our lives and how we perform in college. I wish to talk with students, gaining their feedback and support them in college and with future steps.
I’m Abi and I am the Equality and Diversity Officer. My aim is to ensure the college is a welcoming and safe environment for everyone and make sure every member of the S6C community feels included and valued.
I’m Chloe and I am the Eco and Sustainability Officer. Within this role I plan to work with the staff, students’ and wider MLP trust in developing the positive use of sustainable techniques to encourage the whole community and to educate everyone further on current issues like fast fashion, diet and other methods to help the climate recover.
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
June is Pride Month and an amazing opportunity to celebrate and support our S6C, local, national and global LGBTQ+ communities.
Whether you are celebrating and standing in solidarity with each other as part of this group, or as an ally, it is an excellent opportunity to translate our values of individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance (‘tolerance’ really should be a bare minimum – what we are aiming for is active solidarity and celebration), and equality, into positive actions. Let’s stand together to make ideals a reality!
Students are talking about Pride Month in their subjects, and there will be weekly posts in the Information Classroom, and on the plasma slides.
If anyone wants to talk about equality and diversity in college, or has suggestions for our celebrations and activism this month, please do come and see me.
Our first clip is a Happy Pride for All video, and a link to the Pink News online events. There is also a link to The Proud Trust, who have lots of excellent information on LGBTQ+ issues and identity and also have an online chat line and links to further support.
Pride month in Psychology
Kirsty White – Faculty Lead for STEM
As part of our celebration of Pride month, Psychology students in Year 12 have been looking at how social influence processes can contribute to social change. This forms part of the topic ‘Social Influence’. We discussed how the views of the LGBTQ+ community have changed over history and why this has happened. We talked about the Stonewall riots and how a minority standing up against prejudice and discrimination can cause a radical change in societal views. Students were able to apply their knowledge from across the topic, drawing on historical changes such as homosexuality beign removed from mental health diagnostic manuals and changes to legal rights, such as sexuality and gender identity becoming a protected characteristic and same-sex marriage being legalised. It has been amazing to see our students embracing the importance of diversity and acceptance as part of their curriculum!
S6C Careers Partnership with Foray Motor Group (FMG)
Steve Price, Teacher of Business
As part of S6C’s work to develop career pathways for our students at Post-18 and have the opportunities to fulfil their potential, we have created a partnership with FMG. This is focussed on students who may not want to take the university route. It will provide our students with the chance to explore a wide range of possible careers in the car industry.
FMG are a local business, who have had a Ford Dealership in Salisbury for over 20 years. The business operates across the South West with over 350 plus employees. They are very diverse with apprenticeship and employment roles across Digital Marketing, Engineering, Administration, Accounting, Sales, Fleet Services, Body Repairs and Marketing.
The initial steps are for FMG to provide work experience for three of our students interested in the car industry and support with our careers day on Wednesday 6 July. They will also join us for our careers fair in February 2023.
We really appreciate the time they have taken to provide opportunities for our students and look forward to a long and productive relationship.
Year 12 Art
Laurence Rushby, Teacher of Art
This week, we have welcomed the external moderator for Year 13 Art and Photography. On this occasion, an exhibition of the works was laid out in `college for all to see, celebrating the incredible achievements of no less than 22 artists from this years’ cohort. We will look forward to results day in August and in the meantime we feel very proud of all the art students. A large proportion of the students are now due to move towards further creative studies at the Universities of their choice.