S6C Update

And just like that, exams are over and our year 13 students have finished. Thank you to every student for the hard work you have put into your time at S6C, not only in your studies but in making S6C such a warm, friendly, welcoming college. The atmosphere here is one of dedication and maturity but it is also cheerful and sociable and we love seeing the journey that all our students make from school leaver to young adult. Good luck in your next adventure! To all our Year 13s, don’t forget there will be a Leavers Gathering in the Study Centre on Wednesday 26 June from 12.15pm. We’d love to see as many of you as possible to say goodbye and remember to bring back any books and bursary laptops you have borrowed or textbooks you are happy to donate.  

Parent Survey
Thank you to everyone who has completed our parent survey. We know how busy you are and we are really grateful to you for taking the time to give us your feedback. If you haven’t yet done so, please do take this opportunity to let us know your thoughts, positive or negative. We really value the views of our parents and will always seek to make improvements where we can. We would ask that all surveys are completed by 01 July 2024. 
S6C Parent / Guardian Survey

To our Year 12s, I’m afraid the message is that you haven’t finished yet, there is more work to do and you must attend lessons as usual right up until Friday 12 July, when the college will close at lunchtime and you will be released for the summer holidays. Please make sure that you are here on Tuesday 09 July for Unlock Year 13, Next Level, Next Steps. To ensure a smooth transition to Year 13, attendance is mandatory at this all day event where you will enroll for Year 13 and confirm your place. You will get your appointment slot for re-enrollment in the first session of the day. What to expect:
– We will discuss your work experience placement and your feedback
– We will discuss the results from your mocks and set expectations for Year 13
– Your attendance record will be reviewed, and expectations for Year 13 will be established
If you have any concerns or need assistance, feel free to reach out to Rachel via Google Chat.
Please also check that you have completed:
– Character Curriculum Tracker
– Careers Passport
– Registered for UCAS (used for both Uni applications and references for apprenticeships and employment)

Work Experience
The deadline for logging work experience is here! All three day Work Placements must be logged TODAY but you can complete the placement up until the end of August. If you have struggled to find a placement, there is the opportunity to complete ‘virtual’ work experience. This can be accessed through UniFrog as an ‘Activity’ rather than a ‘Placement’ and will provide a valuable connection with big name employers. Click here for more information and let Rachel Cooke know if you sign up so she can make sure you are ticked as having completed this very important part of Year 12.

End of Year Exams
Your end of year exams are being marked this week and next week, and teachers will get marks back to you as soon as they can. Some of you are asking about the impact of your results on predicted grades:
– On your report you will see THREE GRADES. 
– Your TARGET GRADE is the grade that the computer generates based on your GCSE results in combination with your chosen subjects. This does not change over your time with us, but it is only an indicator of your potential. 
– Your PREDICTED GRADE is the grade your teachers currently think you will get, based on evidence, if you continue to follow the same working patterns and level of progress into Year 13. This will be updated after each data capture. 
– Your UCAS PREDICTED GRADE is a more generous grade, still evidence based, but assuming you will work super hard from now on, and that things will go very well. This is the grade we will use for university and apprenticeship applications. If the picture changes significantly before we have to enter these grades, then it can still go up or down, and you can ask your teachers for your current UCAS PREDICTED grade, at any time. This will give you an idea where to pitch your applications as you start to think about your next steps – we recommend putting in a range of applications with room for challenge at the top end and a safety net at the lower end. 

We will be taking you through information on applying for jobs, apprenticeships and university on the Unlock Year 13 Development Day on Tuesday 09 July. Here is some clarification on how to unlock Year 13:
– If you get a D or above in your end of year exams, or your vocational work is complete at the expected level, then you will go straight into Year 13. 
– If you get an E or U, and this is two grades below your target, or your vocational work is not complete at the expected level, then you will be asked to complete catch up work and revision over the summer holidays, so you are well placed to succeed in Year 13. 
– You will then be asked to sit a further end of year exam, or show your completed work, at the very start of the new term. 
– If you succeed at this stage (which most students do) then you go into Year 13 with new confidence, and well prepared to continue. 
– If you don’t achieve at this stage, then we will review your performance in light of your attendance and your progress this year, and work with you to put extra support in place or overcome any barriers, which, for some, may include considering a course change or alternate next steps, so that we can find the best path for you.

Apprenticeships, Employment and University
– Any student needing to do an interview for apprenticeship, employment or university can come and see Rebecca to arrange some guidance and practice;
– Any student needing advice on volunteering, work experience, or wider engagement, to prepare for strong applications, should talk to their teachers, tutor or Rebecca as soon as they know what area they may be interested in;
– We offer a full support service for those applying for apprenticeships, but it has to be responsive to the job market, so there are no set dates for the different stages. This means that students need to show a high level of initiative and independence, but we are here to help and we expect to be involved – we can help search, check applications, and prepare for interviews.

Polly Wiggins is our external careers advisor and students wanting to book an appointment should message Rachel Cooke.

– If your home circumstances have changed and you think you might need a bursary, then it is never too late to apply: S6C Bursary Support

– Please fill out the Year 13 Exit Survey
– You are able to contact the pastoral team until the summer if you need help with next steps, careers, or safeguarding.
– If you would like to apply to uni in the next few years, using S6C UCAS, then contact the office or your tutor, and we will do what we can to help.
– Please keep in touch with us. We really value our S6C alumni!
– If you could do with some toiletries, period products, food basics, or sunscreen, then please do take what you need from the Quiet Room on the third floor. It has been donated to be used!
– The S6C Christian Union have arranged a small free gift for you as you move onto your next steps, so please do take a tin of beans and a cookbook.
– Please click here to find out where to find support after college.
Student Finance – how to apply
Student Finance in England – everything you need to know
– Deadlines for Accepting University Offers – UCAS
– Disabled Students Allowance
. If anyone needs help applying for DSA (disabled students allowance – which is for any kind of additional support needs) then please let Rebecca know. I can also help with uni accommodation applications. But we can only help if we know!
– Your college account will be deleted when you leave S6C. This will mean that all your work will be deleted and you will not be able to access this again. If you want a copy of your work for future use, you MUST use Google Takeout to download your work:
– Head to the Google Takeout website: https://takeout.google.com
– Sign in with your college Google Account. You’ll see a list of Google products. Uncheck everything except “Drive”. Click the checkbox next to “Drive” and then select “All Drive data included” for a complete download.
– At the bottom, you can choose how you want to receive your files (email or cloud storage) and the file format (.zip is recommended).
– Click “Create export” and Google will start collecting your files. This might take a while depending on how much data you have. Once it’s ready, you’ll get a notification email with a link to download your archived files. Remember:
– Downloaded files might be organised differently than in your Drive.
– This download only includes your own files, not shared folders or files owned by others.
Tip: Save your downloaded files on a secure external hard drive or cloud storage for safekeeping.
Don’t wait! Download your work and keep a copy for your future endeavours.

General Election
A list of candidates for Salisbury is in the link below, with representatives for Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, Reform UK, and Arthur Pendragon (who stands as an independent candidate). Please use your voice and your rights . Research it and make an informed decision using reliable sources – or talk to a few people you trust – or just turn up and decide on the day – but TURN UP and BE PART OF THIS.  
Voting for the first time – all you need to know
When is the UK General Election and who can vote?
Elections in your area
Who will be standing to be Salisbury’s next MP?
Bishop Wordsworth’s Politics Society Hustings Tuesday 25 June 7.30pm to 9pm
Bishop Wordsworth’s Politics Society would like to invite you to the 2024 General Election Hustings on Tuesday 25 June. We would like to encourage local schools to attend this event, it would be of particular interest to those studying Politics or History A-Levels. This Hustings provides a unique opportunity to watch and ask questions to all 7 parliamentary candidates and we would like to involve as many young people as possible.

The Hustings will run from 19:30 – 21:00 in the school Sports Hall. Guests are free to turn up from 19:00 and get settled or purchase refreshments. There will be refreshments, including wine, provided by the BWSPA available to purchase before the event begins.

This event will be open to the public, so please do bring along any friends or family who may be interested. Unfortunately, due to limited availability we are unable to offer parking at the school except for blue badge holders.

All seven parliamentary candidates for the Salisbury constituency have confirmed they will be attending: John Glen (the incumbent Conservative), Victoria Charleston (Liberal Democrats), Matt Aldridge (Labour), Barney Norris (Green), Julian Malins (Reform), Chris Harwood (Climate Party), and King Arthur Pendragon (Independent). The Hustings will provide an opportunity to meet, hear from and ask questions to the candidates before the General Election on 04 July. 

To give us an idea of numbers to expect, we would appreciate if you could use the form below to indicate that you will be coming: https://forms.office.com/e/DaHGGJxUse

If you are unable to make the event in person, we will also be livestreaming the Hustings for you to watch at home. In order to watch, just follow the link: https://tinyurl.com/BWSHustings

Pride Month
June is Pride Month in the UK and a great opportunity to explore and celebrate LGBTQ+ culture (either as part of the community or as an ally). Links will be posted on Classroom over the next few weeks. Here are three things to get started: a page on wellbeing from Mind, a list of 30 influential LGBTQ+ celebrities across sport, music, entertainment, politics and business. And the CBBC LGBTQ+ page with some (very easy) explainers!
Pride at Mind
The Independent Pride List 2024
Happy Pride from CBBC
Pride Shop and Events Listings
How to be a good LGBTQ+ ally

S6C Football Academy
Community and Education Football Alliance League


Tuesday 25 June
UCAS and Apprenticeships Information Evening – reserve your free place here
Wednesday 26 June
Leavers Lunch from 12.15pm
Thursday 27 June
Freshers Day
Friday 28 June
Year 13 Prom
Tuesday 02 July
Psychology Trip to Marwell Zoo
Wednesday 03 July
Pembroke Park Science Day at S6C
SEND Afternoon Tea 3pm to 5pm
Tuesday 09 July
Unlock Year 13, Next Level, Next Steps
Friday 12 July
Terms Ends at 12.15pm