Weekly College Update

Friday 21 April 2023 

The S6C summer term has begun! I hope you all had a restful Easter break in readiness for your vocational mocks, photography and fine art exams, vocational technical qualification exams, A level coursework deadlines and A level exams. This is an important term and it can feel overwhelming but there are teachers and support staff available to help whenever you need. The S6C year has been carefully planned to provide you with all the tools you need to succeed and I have every confidence that this term will see the results of all the hard work you have put into your studies.  

On Wednesday this week our year 12 students visited the UCAS/Discovery event at Winchester University. I hope that they all found the day useful and spoke to all the universities and colleges in which they had an interest. I was delighted with how maturely everyone approached the day and I am really looking forward to helping them achieve their goals and aspirations over the forthcoming academic year.     

Please note that S6C will be closed on Monday 01 May for the May Day Bank Holiday and Monday 08 May in celebration of the King’s Coronation.



Fine Art and Photography  

Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Fine Art and Photography

Year 13

I would like to wish the Photography and Art students the best of luck in their 15 hour exams that have taken place this week and will continue next week. 

Year 12

Art and Photography students have been invited by Roche Court to interview artist Charlotte Verity and produce the final 60 minute podcast for the ‘Listen in at Roche Court’ series. The session this week introduced the concept to students and in a few weeks they will travel to Roche Court to interview Caroline and record their podcast. It is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to engage with contemporary practice and develop a range of communication, research and presentation skills.

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.

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.


Fundraising for Child Bereavement UK

Joanne Thompson – Data Manager

I have been raising money for Child Bereavement UK, in memory of the youngest member of my family who passed away last year. Over Easter I managed to arrange the free rental of a small pop-up shop in Warminster from which I sold donations from friends, family and S6C colleagues. So far I have raised £1,485.76  and I am hoping to raise more when I run the London Marathon this Sunday. All unsold items are now available in the S6C pop-up shop in the foyer, where staff and students are welcome to take what they need and donate what they can. 

I’d like to thank everyone for their support and I’ll let you all know how I get on this Sunday!