Weekly College Update

Friday 27 January 2023 

On Tuesday 24 January S6C hosted the Salisbury Apprenticeships Fair, the first time we have collaborated with The Salisbury Education & Business Partnership on such an event. We were absolutely delighted with how well received the fair was by both visitors and employers alike. 

Pupils from Leehurst Swan, Stonehenge, Wyvern St Edmund’s, St Joseph’s, Trafalgar, Sarum, Bishops Wordsworth, South Wiltshire Grammar School and the WASP all enjoyed a welcome briefing in our Theatre and then they had the opportunity to meet staff from DSTL, RAF, Salisbury Reds, GoSkydive, Wiltshire Council, A Plan Insurance, JAS hair, Sheldrake Training, Sopra Steria, Alabare, Roche Court, Moore Accountants, Scarce Architects, Work Wiltshire, 3D Learning, SSE, Steve Vick, The University of Winchester and SDH Hospital. 

Throughout the day S6C students visited the fair and it was hugely encouraging to see so many young people taking an interest and engaging with employers and having very mature conversations about what their next steps might be. 

The local employers were really brilliant, capturing the imaginations of everyone they spoke to and there were a number of employers based at Wiltshire College who came to S6C in the evening including Babcock, Chemring, Wiltshire Creative, Wessex Archaeology, The Army, Wiltshire College, Aspire and Work Wiltshire. We were so pleased to see such a large number of our parents in attendance, along with parents and teachers of local school children. 

The atmosphere all day was incredibly positive and the event affirmed our commitment to giving our students and the wider community a high quality careers education along with promoting local businesses and the wealth of opportunities that are available. I would like to thank everyone who took part who made the day such a success and to all the members of staff who worked so hard on the day.     

WSE Year 10 student: “I LOVED speaking to all the employers, everyone was super friendly. I think this was a great idea and I really enjoyed it (and I got gifts to remember – bonus!). Everyone made the day very enjoyable today. Thank you.”

As you may be aware, one of the teaching unions has voted to take strike action on Wednesday 01 February. I would like to reassure you that S6C will remain open that day and we will be ensuring that disruption is kept to a minimum. Any members of staff who are absent will have set work for their students on Google Classroom but we do not anticipate a large number of absences at present.  

Dates for the diary include an Aspire to Excellence meeting on Monday 30 January at 12.15pm, an Army Officer Lead Recruiter will be on site on Tuesday 31 January from midday, and finally, the deadline for applications for 2023 entry is Tuesday 31 January. 



MLP Parent Survey

Dear Parents and Carers

You will have been asked to complete the parent survey which has been issued to parents in all ten of our academies this month. A similar survey has been issued to staff and pupils. This is an essential part of our work as Trustees of Magna Learning Partnership. The results of the survey will help us determine where the strengths and the areas for improvement are in all our academies so, whilst it may seem a bit of a cliché, your views really are important to us. We would like as many parents as possible to complete the survey, which closes on 10 February (at the half term break). The link to complete it for your child’s academy can be found here:

MLP Parent Survey – January 2023

We will ensure that we provide you with feedback from the surveys before the Easter break.

Thank you for your support.

Neil Owen

Chair of Trustees

The Trussell Trust collection trays will be in our foyer all next week. Please send in your donations to support our local food bank and help people locked in poverty. 

Jobs Live Apprenticeship Showcase: Thursday 02 February

The Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub are holding an Apprenticeship Showcase event in the form of a virtual broadcast, on the Jobs Live platform. 

If you haven’t experienced a Jobs Live event before, students and parents can join from individual devices or from a teacher’s computer – watching the content on the classroom whiteboard. 

The broadcast will be live between 9am and 10am and then available on demand all day so that you can play it and ask the exhibitors questions at any point during the day.

Register here to attend for FREE: https://jobsliveuk.com/partner/swindon-and-wiltshire-lep/

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 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 www.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? 

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.