Friday 8th July
Last Friday we held our Leavers Prom at the White Hart Hotel. It was an amazing evening for our year 13 to say goodbye to each other and let down their hair. Students enjoyed a delicious two course meal and had a dance and a singalong. As always the behaviour of our students was impeccable and we wish them all the best in their future. A big thank you to Hazel Wright and Rebecca Anderson, who worked tirelessly with the team from the White Hart, Amanda and Sarah in order to make this evening a fun reminder of the students’ time at S6C.
There are some photos below from the Prom evening taken by some of our wonderful year 12 photography students. A wider range of images have been shared with the students in their Information Classroom.
In our final full week it has been somewhat busy at college – on Wednesday due to the A36 road closure some of our outside speakers due on our development day were unable to attend. However we still had an excellent turn out of speakers and students had a useful day with their tutors. I am hopeful that there are at least a few students who perhaps now have a clearer plan of what they are aspiring to achieve and what is possible.
Today is the last day of term for students being in college together for the academic year. We will only be expecting students in college next Tuesday if they have not secured a place for their work experience – details are featured at the end of this update. Attendance has been excellent today and students have worked with tutors to start their UCAS enrolments and complete their enrolments into year 13. If your young person was away today, do not panic. The tutor team and Rebecca will support them in September to catch up with this process. Some students may be looking to apply to competitive universities early in the Autumn term. The college is in a really good place to support this, as staff have worked really hard in the last few weeks writing subject references in preparation for a busy Autumn term.
Students were signposting today to some excellent resources and organisations to support them in staying safe over the summer break. If there is an issue, and you or your young person want to get the college’s support, then this can and will happen at the start of term with the Pastoral or Safeguarding team.
We hope year 12s enjoy their work experience next week and we wish yourself and your families a wonderful summer break.
Head of College
Lisa Lucas – Examinations Officer
We look forward to welcoming you to collect your results on 18 August (GCE/qualifying VTQ) and 25 August (GCSE). The college will be open from 9:30 to 13:00 – senior leaders, teaching staff and pastoral support will be on hand to support and guide students with next steps. In the event that a post results service is required here are some details about the services, deadlines and fees. The first step is to discuss concerns with a member of staff, you will then receive help in completing a form to request the appropriate service and gain the student’s consent.
On Tuesday this week we welcomed prospective year 10 and 11 students to come and have a look around the college. This gave them a chance to speak to staff and current students about College life. They were able to pick up a copy of our new prospectus and see all the courses we will be offering next year and beyond. Ben Hillier, the new Head of college gave two talks to parents and students throughout the evening and was around to answer any questions. The evening was a big success.
A big thank you again to the Student Union and subject ambassadors that supported the evening.
Personal Development Day
Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead
On Wednesday this week year 12 students took part in their final personal development day – focusing on Destinations.
Students were introduced to researching Apprenticeships, how to write an excellent personal statement and how to find and secure employment – all from academic and industry experts.
They also had a talk about student finance and learnt that this should not be a barrier to further study if this is their chosen pathway. In the afternoon students were able to meet a range of over 25 professional visitors who kindly gave their time to speak to students. Talks ranged from working at the Beeb, working in care, mental health, gaming industry, careers in history, being an artist to applying Psychology to defence.
Students gained a lot from the day, and this is what some had to say about it:
I learnt that there were more options than I realised when I attended a Business talk. The Business careers were far more open and I could go into that industry with science qualifications. Sian P
My career can change and I can change my direction in the future. I don’t have to have a secure plan now and I can change my mind. I am nervous about careers for the future and this has eased my mind. I went to a video game talk which was interesting. I don’t know if that is the path I want to take but it was really interesting. I will wait and see. Poppy G
Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead
We hope our Year 12 students are excited about their work experience placement next week, Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th July. The majority of students have secured places and we hope they find it fulfilling.
If your young person is unwell at any point next week, please can you ensure that the employer is contacted and made aware. If any concerns are raised, please do not hesitate to contact us as normal and we will get back in touch with you to support any issues. Our safeguarding email address is email@example.com, and the office email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students that have not been successful in securing a place have a compulsory work experience day here in College on Tuesday 12th July from 9am-4pm. The ‘Apprenticeship Programme’ will be delivered by experts and local employers, leading to active afternoon sessions to develop students employability skills. If your young person is unwell on that day, you will need to let us know. Students will be expected to dress in appropriate clothing for the workplace.