Weekly College Update

Friday 18 November

This Monday I held a TEAMS presentation to explain the process of applying to university and discuss other post 18 options that are available. For parents who could not attend, there is a link to the presentation below. Please do get in touch by contacting Rebecca Anderson at randerson@s6c.mlp.college if you have any questions.


Mock exams for our Yr13 students start on Monday 28 November. Attached is the timetable and some really useful advice on how to prepare for exams. If exam stress is affecting the wellbeing of our students, support is available from the team in college.



This link is also excellent and focused on tips for coping with stress: https://www.themix.org.uk/work-and-study/study-and-exam-tips/exam-stress-1241.html

A reminder that we are seeking a parent governor who will be able to work with us in shaping the college in the future. Please get in touch with Rachel Jackson, Governance Manager, at rjackson@magnalearningpartnership.org.uk if you would like to know more (closing date for completed application forms is 18 November 2022).

Don’t forget we are holding an open evening for new students on Tuesday 22 November from 5pm until 7:30pm. Please come along to meet our teaching staff, look round the college and learn more about post 16 options and what S6C can offer you.


Visiting Speaker Judge Morris

Susan Murphy – Teacher of Humanities

BTEC Law students had a visiting speaker in their class last Friday, the Recorder of Winchester, Judge Angela Morris. Judge Morris gave an amazing presentation to the students about her current role and career path. She had been a barrister for 20 years and took her robes and wig with her to show everyone; our students very much enjoyed trying these on for size! This was such a great opportunity for the Year 12 Law students to learn about legal careers and also enhance their knowledge of the criminal justice system. Hopefully this will be followed up by a class visit to Salisbury Law Courts later this term!

Sarum College Library

Sally Tye – Head of Humanities and RS

On Monday philosophy students were invited to visit Sarum College Library.

Sarum College is a theological college in Salisbury Cathedral Close, offering vocational training as well as higher education courses and evening and day courses. The library was founded in the 1860s and has around 50,000 books in the subject areas of theology, philosophy, ethics and religion. Students were able to join, borrow books and use the library to study at a greatly reduced fee. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to not only learn more about local history and how to use a library but will directly support their A level Study.

Life Skills

Rebecca Anderson – Teacher of English

Year 12 are continuing with the Be The Best Version of Yourself pathway and have had sessions and talks on the science and psychology behind happiness, safeguarding and how to do formal or informal risk assessments of common situations (walking home in the dark, going to an unsupervised party, doing your first long distance drive etc) to help them stay safe. We also talked about the importance of moving away from a culture that has traditionally accepted a number of unacceptable behaviours by others as ‘part of growing up’ (eg being harassed at work, especially in the hospitality industry, or turning a blind eye to prejudice and discrimination if it is presented as ‘banter’), to a society where we all take our share of responsibility and call out inappropriate interactions. The local Safe in Salisbury initiative is also keen to note that our society is finally moving away from a tendency to blame victims and we reassured students that those doing wrong are the ones in the wrong and so no one must keep quiet for fear they won’t be taken seriously. We gave examples of the sorts of things the safeguarding team can help with, and reassured them that support from the specially trained team is designed to be sensitive and practical. This week our session was interrupted by an internet outage but we are keen that students look at the material on how to develop an Open Mindset. There are some fascinating videos on the science behind this and some optical illusions to practice your skills – fun for all the family so do get them to show you!

Year 13 still has full support for their research and applications for their next steps and the recent talk will be available to stream if parents/carers would like further information. In Life Skills they are moving on to their next pathway, Looking Ahead. They started this with a session on cooking on a budget and have been encouraged to share the tips and recipes at home and to make a start making genuinely delicious, healthy and properly cheap food. This is a good opportunity to remind students and their families that our discretionary bursary is available and you can apply on our website. We can offer help with forms and uploading evidence so do get in touch if this is a barrier.


Rebecca Anderson – Teacher of English

A reminder that we can arrange additional careers appointments with our external careers advisor as well as with a range of staff. Any student needing to do an interview for apprenticeship, employment or university can come and see Rebecca to arrange some guidance and practice. And any student needing advice on volunteering, work experience, or wider engagement, to prepare for strong applications, should talk to their teachers, tutor or Rebecca as soon as they know what area they may be interested in. The most important thing remains making excellent progress in subjects.


Nathan David – Teacher of Esports, Business and Media

Wednesday was a landmark day for S6C Esports. The Spitfires completed their first weekly ‘clean sweep’ getting 5 victories from 5 across three Esports. Overwatch started proceedings with a tightly fought 3-2 victory over Bexhill College, followed by Valorant 1 winning comfortably 13-6 vs Dean Close School. It wasn’t so easy for Valorant 2, however, who won in overtime vs Cambridge Regional College 14-12. The Spitfires Rocket League teams were the stand out performers this week however, with Rocket League 2 coming out emphatic 3-0 winners vs Godalming College, as well as the icing on the cake from Rocket League 1 defeating current National Champions, Farnborough 6th Form 3-1. Congratulations to all of our Esports students this week from everyone at S6C.

5 A Side Football Tournament

Emma Thompson – Teacher of Sport

S6C students took part in a 5 a side football tournament this week to celebrate the start of the men’s football World Cup this weekend. Eight teams took part and they all played incredibly well despite very wet conditions! Well done to Argentina who were the eventual winners. Thank you to the staff who took part and to those who stayed to watch in the rain!

Student Enrichment

Sally Tye – Head of Humanities and RS (and baking)

Baking club took on a family dinner recipe this week with breakfast puffs! A great way to make bacon and sausages go a lot further in the current cost of living crisis and ideal as an easy student meal which would last all week! Here are Alana’s. They also went down well for breakfast in the staff room this morning.

Go Ape

Emma Thompson – Teacher of Sport

Sports students completed the tree top challenge at Go Ape on Thursday! This is a part of their Practical Skills in Sport unit to participate in an adventurous activity.