Weekly College Update

Friday 14th October 

This Tuesday the college was buzzing with our first Development Day of the year. The day focused on how we can all promote physical, emotional and mental wellbeing and I was delighted to see so many of our students and staff taking part and trying new things. 

The programme of activities was incredibly diverse, encouraging everyone to CONNECT, BE ACTIVE, TAKE NOTICE, KEEP LEARNING and GIVE. I felt immensely proud of the care and energy generated on Tuesday and I am looking forward to seeing how we can use what we have learned, both in college and in the wider community.

On Thursday we held a hugely successful open evening, welcoming over 350 people into the college to introduce our wide offering of courses and excellent facilities. We hope that we were able to inspire our next cohort of sixth form students and look forward to helping these young people make their choices in the forthcoming months.



Mental Health and Pastoral Care  

Catherine Pennington – Mental Health Lead

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

We were so pleased with the outcome of our first Development Day of the year on Mental Health and Wellbeing. The day was compulsory for all students and was designed using student feedback and based around The 5 Ways To Wellbeing.

The aim of the day was to have a chance to put these things into practice. Sessions were delivered by staff and specially selected guests. 

The choices on offer were:


  • Handclapping
  • Drumming 
  • How to support a friend in need
  • Making greetings cards for local care homes 


  • Walk to Salisbury Cathedral
  • How to breathe
  • Colouring in for relaxation
  • Completing a stress management exercise
  • Meditation
  • Watching short films
  • Making a gratitude journal


  • Intro to Couch to 5K
  • Yoga 
  • Outdoor games
  • Walk/jog/run in the park


  • Gaming for wellbeing
  • How to live more ethically
  • Making origami stars
  • How to manage anxiety
  • How to sleep
  • How to manage exam stress


  • Money saving tips
  • Making greetings cards for local care homes
  • A Clothing Exchange

We would like to thank all our guest speakers and visitors who made our day so special, but in particular thank you to our amazing cohort of young people and our dedicated staff for their support.