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. 


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.