Friday 6th May
I hope you all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend, how nice it was to have an extra day. Although it’s been a shorter working week this week, it has by no means been quieter.
On Wednesday we had half of the WyvernStEds year 9 students visit college for a taster morning. They had the opportunity to visit subjects they were interested in and meet with current students and ask questions about the college as well as having a tour of the full site. Feedback from WSE was very positive. Once again we had exceptional student ambassadors from year 12 and 13 leading tours and facilitating the sessions with students about their experiences of college life. I am so impressed with the young emerging leaders here at S6C.
We have had a number of Governor visits this week. Tudor Verrall visited the college to drop into lessons and to review and discuss the student experience with our Assistant Head, Craig. Learning was purposeful and many students were busy being supported in their revision activities, especially in year 13 classes. There was a focus on questioning and checking student understanding in lessons. Anita Esser, the co- chair of our AGC met with myself to discuss wider college processes including our statutory requirements of safeguarding.
A number of staff are leading workshops today to support St Joseph’s careers participation event for years 9,10 and 11. This outreach work will include the sharing of our staff expertise in building brands in business, how to be a film director and health and fitness testing.
I wanted to clarify the dates for the Year 12 end of year exams in June. I wrote to you in September, sharing key dates for the year, including when the data capture windows will take place. The DC5 (Data Capture 5) will be scheduled for A Level classes as published from Monday 20th June – Monday 27th June. Photography and Art exams will then be sat during the week of the 27th June. This was presented as an error in the Lifeskills information on Wednesday, indicating it would be a week later. We apologise for the error and have informed students in their information classroom. We will also ensure these messages are clear to students in lessons next week. In the next few weeks students will receive information about the exam schedule.
Head of College
S6C Exams Update
Lisa Lucas, Exams Officer
This week we saw the start of some of our BTEC exams.
Next week we have the following exams before starting in earnest the week beginning the 17th May:
|BTEC Business Unit 2||Edexcel BTEC||Part B: Tue 10 May 2022|
|BTEC Law Unit 3||Edexcel BTEC||Part B: Wed 11 May 2022|
Over the past weeks we have sent out to parents and students many exam information and support documents, if you have missed any they are available on our website https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/students/exams-2/
We have a number of support lines available here at college, to students who may be anxious or worried about their exams. Students can speak to their subject teacher, their tutor, mental health champions (as introduced in last week’s update), Mental Health Lead, Catherine Pennington or the Pastoral Lead, Rebecca Anderson.
Bank Holiday notice – 27th May examinations
On Friday 27th May, the college will be closed from teaching for the Jubilee Bank Holiday. We have scheduled external examinations on this day for A Level Geography and AS Chemistry. The college therefore will be open for these examinations and all students with examinations on this day must attend and sit these papers. A separate letter will be issued to parents of these students.
We have career advisors appointments scheduled this term to assist students in gaining information about the careers they may be interested in. We have prioritised the Year 13 students who have not submitted a UCAS application in the first instance, as well as our free school meal and bursary students. These career appointments however are available and open to all students in both year groups. Please direct your young person to the main office where they can book a slot or for any more information please contact Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead and School Liaison at email@example.com
Mary Gannon – Teacher of Biology
Milly Porter, Tara Bray, Immy Bray and Piper Cilliers have just returned from competing in the “Cheerleading World Championships” held in Orlando, Florida representing their club “Phoenix stars gemini” based in Salisbury. They competed against international teams including the USA, Germany, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands in the International Open Level 6 all girls class, achieving a top 10 world placement. An outstanding achievement. We are incredibly proud of them.
Salisbury Pride Stand – representing views for equality and diversity
On Wednesday lunchtime this week Salisbury Pride had a representative and stand in the college foyer, with information about what Salisbury pride do and stand for. If you or young people would like to know more about Pride in the local areas please do visit their website: https://www.salisburyprideuk.org/