Weekly College Update

Friday 16 June 2023 

With only six more A level exams left in the calendar, staff and students are beginning to reflect on Year 13 and what it has meant to them. There is a hint of sadness at what students will be leaving behind but mostly our students are excited to be starting the next chapter in their lives, something they have been working towards for the past two years.    

To those students who still have exams, and to our Year 12 students who have their mocks next week, if you need help with revision please speak to someone here at the college. Support is also available from the team if exam stress is affecting your wellbeing. Please click here for some really useful advice on how to prepare for exams. This link is also excellent and focused on tips for coping with stress: Study and Exam Tips

If you click here you will find the S6C Exam Handbook and revision guide, along with all the information you need from the Joint Council for Qualifications. Please read everything carefully so that you are fully prepared for your exams.

Please click here for the 2023 A Level and AS Level exam timetable. 

Please click here for the year 12 mock exams timetable which start this Monday 19 June. 

Other dates for the diary include:

Tuesday 27 June

UCAS information evening for parents, more information is below. 

Wednesday 28 June

All Year 13s are invited to S6C at 12.45pm to say goodbye to their cohort and staff. There will be drinks and nibbles and we would like to ask students to donate any of their revision guides and textbooks that they no longer need. We will use these to support disadvantaged students in future years. 

Thursday 29 June

Freshers Day

Friday 30 June

Year 13 Prom 

Monday 03 to Wednesday 05 July

Year 12 work experience days. If there are any students who still need to find a work experience placement, please speak to Rosie Roberts or Rebecca Anderson.

Wednesday 05 July

On Wednesday 05 July we have our first open evening for new students wanting to join us in 2024. If you know anyone who is considering college in 2024, please let them know. The evening is a brilliant way to see our facilities and get a sense of what studying at S6C is all about.  

Thursday 06 July

Psychology trip to Marwell Zoo

Friday 07 July 

Year 12 will be enrolled into Year 13 and if there are any concerns, parents will be contacted. 

Monday 10 July

Year 12 Destinations Development Day, where there will be a programme of speakers covering practical information about applying to different pathways and visiting speakers by subject – a great opportunity to find out more about the wealth of careers available. 



Parent Information Evening – University and Apprenticeships 

Rosie Roberts – Careers Lead

We would like to invite you to an information evening for Year 12 parents on next steps after College. Our students will soon be hearing from visiting universities and employers about the range of career options available to them and how to apply. We would like to invite parents to an evening session to summarise these discussions and how you can support your young person to make informed decisions about their future.

The evening will be held in the S6C Theatre on Tuesday 27 June from 6.00pm-7.30pm. We will be joined by a representative from the University of Bath and we will hear from ASK Apprenticeships Service. The evening will also give us an opportunity to talk through the UCAS process and how and when we will be supporting students to make university applications.

Aspire to Excellence 

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

A group of Aspire to Excellence students visited Oxford on Monday to enjoy the culture of this university city and have a think about aspirational university applications and courses (not in any way limited to Oxbridge). Everyone had a chance to explore Oxford’s free museums, covered market, botanical gardens, and the famous Blackwells Bookshop. We had a walking tour of the city centre, guided by a physicist completing his masters, who showed us round New College, the university libraries, the alley that inspired Narnia, and talked to us about his own studies at Wadham as we walked. He also asked students to consider the statue of Cecil Rhodes and some of the university debate around how to (or whether to) display statues of historical figures with links to exploitative colonialism. 

We were very pleased to be able to visit S6C alumni Nye, who is at the end of his second year studying History and Politics at University College and to hear a little about his study habits, whilst gathered around the marble statue of the poet Shelley, who had actually been expelled from University College midway through his studies. 

All students on the Aspire Classroom were all sent a reflection on some of the tips surrounding competitive applications and choices, and these will be sent to parents and carers next week.

Charity Fashion Show

Catherine Pennington – BTEC Business Teacher

The year 12 BTEC Business class are organising a charity fashion show in October 2023. This is a unit of study where the students are set an assignment of managing, staging and evaluating an event and as a collective the class have decided to put on a show that will raise money for Alabare, a charity in Salisbury who supported our college on Mental Health Development Day. Our students are encouraging staff and students to model their own outfits to showcase their individuality and take off one item of clothing to donate to Alabare. This hands-on project allows the students to immerse themselves in every aspect of event planning, work experience, teamwork and academic achievement. The event promises to be great fun, involve our whole community, raise money for a good cause and celebrate the act of giving and being kind. More details will be advertised on our social media pages soon. If you would like to be the first person to make a donation please head to our Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/catherine-pennington