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.

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.