Weekly College Update

Friday 20 January 2023 

S6C is extremely excited to be hosting the Salisbury Apprenticeships Fair on Tuesday 24 January. This is the first time we have collaborated with The Salisbury Education & Business Partnership on such an event and it will be a brilliant opportunity for our students to network with local employers. S6C students have been given information on when they are able to visit the fair during the day and if you would like to come along between 5pm and 7pm please click on the link to reserve your place. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 24 January. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apprenticeship-and-careers-fair-tickets-478148163027

A huge well done to all of our students who showed fantastic commitment, focus and maturity during the vocational unit exams over the last two weeks. We are very proud of everyone and results will be released on 15 March for CTEC (Sport, H&SC, Applied Science) and 23 March for BTEC (Business & Applied Law). 

On Thursday 26 January we are offering another family tour day and an Army Officer Lead Recruiter will be on site on 31 January (postponed from last week). 

And finally, the deadline for applications for 2023 entry is Tuesday 31 January. If you or anyone you know is thinking of applying, there is just over one week to go!



National Apprenticeship Week 

Rosie Roberts – Careers and Schools Liaison Officer

National Apprenticeship Week – 06 to 12 February 2023

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) aims to shine a light on the amazing work being done by apprentices, employers and their training providers across the country.

The theme this year is ‘Skills for Life’.

The week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will reflect on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.

S6C will be hosting events in the lead up to the week, which will include a Yr 13 talk from Mike Holliday from ASK Apprenticeships on how to apply for apprenticeships, the Apprenticeships Fair for all students and parents on Tuesday 24 January and talks from apprentices and apprenticeship employers on 08 February for Year 13 and 22 February for Year 12. For more information about national events happening during the week please visit naw.appawards.co.uk

You can also keep up to date with the latest National Apprenticeship Week news by following @Apprenticeships and @AmazingAppsUK on Twitter and Apprenticeships Gov on LinkedIn.


Craig Chambers – Assistant Head

Over the next few weeks, year 12 photography students will be looking at analogue black and white film photography and we would like to show a variety of film cameras to them. Please can we appeal to you to donate any old film cameras you might still have to this cause?

Mock University Interviews

Rosie Roberts – Careers and Schools Liaison Officer

Mike Walsh from the University of Bath conducted mock university interviews for some of our Year 13s on Tuesday 17 Jan. He gave the following really positive feedback:
“Thank you for having me down [to S6C], it was amazing to see the passion your students showed and the incredible efforts they have gone to to get extra experience outside the classroom which will be invaluable! Please let them all know that I wish them all the best with their upcoming interviews!
For the student who I didn’t get to see:
• Take a deep breath before answering
• If it’s a two-part question focus on the first part and then if you can’t remember the second part don’t be scared to ask them to repeat
• When answering remember to give an Answer show the Proof and Explain how that’s relevant to the course (APE)
• It’s just a conversation about a common interest
• If you fidget this can distract the interview from your answers so hold your hands together if you need too. 
• Smile and remember they are just people too!”


Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

Alabare send a huge thank you to S6C students and community for the Christmas gift donations. When we dropped them off they said that the selection and range of gifts was perfect. They also loved the snowflake pompoms which students had been making in our foyer and there were enough to fully decorate a room for festive celebrations. Please look out for details of The Alabare Big Sleep under the stars in Cathedral Close, which we will be supporting this year so that we can be part of a Wiltshire wide community that cares for the homeless and vulnerably housed of all ages, mothers and babies needing extra support, those with learning disabilities, and armed forces veterans needing a home.

Life Skills

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

In Life Skills Year 12 and Year 13 are moving on to the next section of their pathways. Year 12 will be looking at Community and Citizenship with discussion on topics including British values, radicalisation, politics and government, and the influence of Influencers. Year 13 will be Looking Ahead with a number of sessions on managing and planning personal finance; how to support yourself or those around you with issues such as mental health, domestic violence and bereavement, when you have less pastoral support available; and what to look out for when getting your own place (and at what point young adults should consider paying rent at home!) As ever, if you’d like to know more about the information and resources we share with our young people, or how we can support them, please do get in touch with Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead.

Aspire to Excellence

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

Don’t forget our S6C Aspire to Excellence programme, which is open to all. We have identified opportunities which are free or under £10 to boost applications to university, employment and apprenticeships. Everyone should be doing something in the programme so please encourage your young person to talk to their tutor about what they would like to do.


Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

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.