Weekly College Update

Friday 20th May

A message from Sarah Busby, CEO for Magna Learning Partnership regarding the new appointment of Head of College for September 2022. 

As you may know, interviews took place last week for the post of Head of College at S6C, to succeed Louise Henderson, who will move to Wyvern St Edmund’s as Headteacher. 

I am pleased to tell you that the successful candidate was Ben Hillier, currently Deputy Headteacher at Shaftesbury School. He has a wealth of experience in both leadership and in post 16 teaching. His subject specialism is Biology and he has taught that subject, together with Chemistry at A Level for many years. I know that he is really looking forward to getting to know everyone involved with the college and is in fact making his first visit to meet staff and students next week. Ben will work very closely with Louise and the senior leadership team to ensure a smooth transition for September and also to continue to develop the close collaboration between S6C and Wyvern St Edmund’s.


On Wednesday this week we had our annual visit from our JCQ Exams Inspector.   The visit went very smoothly, a big thank you to Lisa Lucas our Exams Officer for her thorough hard work and planning around all of our exams.  Our team of invigilators are incredibly professional, and very dedicated to supporting the students and ensuring the exams themselves run smoothly and students are calm and able to start their exam on time.  Students have been very calm and focused and the exam season has started really positively. 

For tutor time this week I sent a message to Year 12 students, wishing students luck in their exams as well as reinforcing some safety points around the college site.  This message has been shared in the information classroom to year 13 students as well.  We want to emphasise the importance of our young people feeling safe in our community, and to inform us if this is not the case. The safeguarding team of Nicky Miller, Rebecca Anderson and myself are all on hand to talk to any student, as are the tutor team. 

Year 12 students  have been issued with  a list of local employers they could contact if they have not yet arranged their work experience for 11th-13th July 2022.   Rosie Roberts is available to support enquiries and to help students secure places.  If your young person is still struggling to find a placement please contact their tutor for further assistance.   

A reminder to that year 12 clubs and societies continue until the end of the summer term.  If  you have any further queries, please contact the club lead member of staff.  

Best wishes,  I hope the weather improves to  bring some sunshine this weekend. 


Head of College

S6C Exams Update

Lisa Lucas, Exams Officer

Next week we have the following exams: 

SOCIOLOGY ADV PAPER 1Mon 23 May 202209:00 AM120 Mins
CTEC HSC unit 4 Anatomy and physiology for HSCMon 23 May 202201:30 PM120 Mins
FURTHER  B (MEI):MECHANIC A WTNMon 23 May 202201:30 PM75 Mins
PSYCHOLOGY ADV PAPER 1Tue 24 May 202209:00 AM120 Mins
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ADV PAPER 1Wed 25 May 202209:00 AM150 Mins
APPLIED SCIENCE unit 2 Laboratory techniquesThu 26 May 202209:00 AM120 Mins
CTEC SPORT unit3 Sports organisation and developmentThu 26 May 202209:00 AM60 Mins
PSYCHOLOGY AS PAPER 2Thu 26 May 202201:30 PM90 Mins
PHYSICS ADV PAPER 1Thu 26 May 202201:30 PM120 Mins
FILM STUDIES: FILM HISTORYThu 26 May 202201:30 PM120 Mins
GEOGRAPHY ADV PAPER 1Fri 27 May 202209:00 AM150 Mins
CHEMISTRY AS PAPER 2Fri 27 May 202201:30 PM90 Mins

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. 

*Reminder* Queen’s Jubilee 27th May – Exams

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.  

Wiltshire Police 

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

Thank you to the Wiltshire police and community police team who set up a stall in the foyer to raise awareness about knife crime and other local issues as part of a community campaign. They took the opportunity to share new legislation, designed to keep us all safe, which bans the private ownership of flick knives and knuckle dusters, even if ornamental. They also spoke to students about tips for staying safe both in Salisbury and when visiting or living in larger cities, and also chatted to those interested in a career related to policing. The police are not able to offer work experience but their advice is so to get placements, or ongoing voluntary contact with, community organisations such as Alabare, The Salisbury Pantry, or local groups for children and youth; showing that you are able to communicate with, and being supportive of, all members of our local community, is a valuable transferable skill.


Lisa Rodway – Lab Technician 

This week STEM club got creative using light sensitive silver chloride to make photosensitive paper. We cut out shapes from card and placed them on the photosensitive paper, then developed our images under UV light. We were impressed with the results!