Weekly College Update

Monday 13 March 2023 

We were in a celebratory mood at S6C last week, made even more memorable by the light sprinkling of snow mid week!

On Wednesday 08 March we celebrated International Women’s Day with the theme Embrace Equity. 

Students and staff gathered in the Lecture Theatre to celebrate, reflect, discuss and challenge – more on this from Rebecca below.

S6C Book Day on Thursday 09 March was tremendous fun, with staff and students dressing as characters from the wonderful world of fiction. There were also literature related activities throughout the day and students submitted photos of themselves reading in an ‘unusual place’. Congratulations to Chris Papp, Teacher of Chemistry, who won the award for Best Costume for his unique portrayal of Frankenstein’s Monster (far right of picture)

It was great to see some parents at our coffee morning on Friday 10 March. Thank you to those who were able to come and speak with me and for those who would like to come into S6C, there will be more opportunities next term.   

We also welcomed John Glen MP to S6C on Friday. John toured the college and took time to meet our Business students for a lively discussion. I spoke with him about our priorities and what we would like to do if we had the necessary funding and I very much felt that John was listening so watch this space!  

Looking ahead we have even more celebrations: Science Week (10-19 March) https://www.britishscienceweek.org/ and Neurodiversity Celebration Week (13-19 March) https://www.neurodiversityweek.com/ 

If your financial circumstances have changed since joining S6C and you feel you may be eligible for a bursary, please complete the form in the attached link.




Neurodiversity Celebration Week 13-19 March 2023

Nicola Miller – SENDCO

“Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.”

If you would like to find out more about neurodiversity there are a range of resources and talks available each day to create better understanding and celebrate neurodiverse people.  This link shows the calendar of events available next week.


There is a free talk for parents and carers on neurodiversity on Tuesday 14th March from 18.30 – 20.00.  You can register for free using the link below.


S6C Book Day

Fine Art and Photography  

Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Fine Art and Photography

Year 13 Fine Art and Photography students have started their externally set assignment. They now have 13 weeks (including holidays) to complete a wide range of experiments and development of ideas that will lead towards their 15 hour exam. The dates are:


19 April, 20 April, 24 April


25 April, 26 April, 27 April

Sport – First Aid

Emma Thompson – Teacher of Sport

11 sport students completed their Emergency First Aid at Work certificate last week. Students took part in a six hour course learning how to treat shock, dealing with choking, bleeding, administering CPR and putting people into the recovery position. All of the students had a great attitude during the day and passed their assessment to achieve their certificate.

Well done everyone! 

International Women’s Day

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

The whole college celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday, as a reminder that every person is included in creating a more equal world. The global theme for the year was Embrace Equity – a reminder that fairness and equality can only be achieved by remembering that those who have traditionally suffered from inequality are now starting from different places, with different needs, which need to be taken into account. Students were encouraged to celebrate inspiring women in their lives, reflect on the influence they can have on global equality, and talk about a range of issues including the representation of women in the media or gaming, challenging persisting stereotypes of job roles and skills, the impact of rigidly gendered language and toys, toxic masculinity, and a test of our knowledge of female leaders in their fields. The lecture theatre was a mass of animated chat, glitter pens, and balloons, and we were very proud of the maturity and engagement from our wonderful students.

Life Skills

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

In Life Skills, Year 12 are continuing with their pathway on Community and Values and Year 13 are still Looking Ahead to a more independent life. With these focus areas in mind, everyone has had a chance to think about the political spectrum, the values that define modern Britain and make it a safe place for all, about the nature and danger of radicalisation, and about LGBTQ+ history (which we celebrate in February, and throughout the rest of the year). Year 13 have also had a talk and discussion on online influence, and have been encouraged to choose their role models and online inspirations as. carefully as they would choose their friends. Year 12 have had additional support from their tutors in choosing a work experience placement which will really benefit them. Students have had a chance to feedback their thoughts and take home points on all these issues, and we are in dialogue with them as they shape their ideas. We encourage them to base their ideas on sound evidence alongside open mindedness, and to share them with sensitivity. We take opportunities to address any misconceptions, misunderstandings, or potentially unhelpful ideologies, in the course of our main sessions or with individuals. It is a real privilege to be working with a group of young people who are reflective and keen to learn, willing to stand up for what is right, and always looking out for each other’s welfare. Please do get in touch if you would like to talk with us about any of these issues or would like to know in more details what has been covered.


Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

Every term, every student should be seen by their tutor for a 20 minute Performance Review appointment for a chat about their attendance, progress, development of skills and experiences, online safety, personal development, citizenship, and wellbeing. Young people should remind their tutors if they are yet to be seen and must make themselves available at a time that works for their tutor. This is an amazing opportunity for us to get to know our young people and for them to feel seen and heard and supported. We can put a huge amount in place to help academically, personally, financially – and for emotional, physical and mental health – but only if we know. Please keep in touch with us – we really value direct communication with parents and carers and students.