Hi All...

The weekly email from our Operations Director to our students

Hi all

I hope you’ve all had a good week and that your exams have gone well. Next week is another big one of exams – it goes without saying that you need to have a complete focus on revision to ensure that you are prepared to do your very best. You’ve all heard the old maxim many times – proper preparation prevents poor performance. For Year 12 - please find attached your mock exam timetable. Year 12 mock exams start on Wednesday 4th July – so you have more than enough time to get ahead with your revision.

Just to be clear about registering for your exams:

Morning exams – you must be at the meeting point in the Common Room by 8.45am
Afternoon exams – you must be at the meeting point in the Common Room by 1.00pm.

The meeting point is by the BC6F exams noticeboard between the main entrance from the foyer and the staff room door. The exam schedule for next week is:


Mon 11 Jun 09:00 OCR H446/01 Comp Sci: Computer Systems Wrtn
Mon 11 Jun 09:00 OCR H573/02 Rel Stud: Religion and Ethics Wtn
Mon 11 Jun 09:00 AQA 7692/1 Spanish ADV Pap 1 List  Read & Writ
Mon 11 Jun 13:15 AQA 7132/2 Business ADV Paper 2
Mon 11 Jun 13:15 AQA 7402/2 Biology ADV Paper 2
Tue 12 Jun 13:15 AQA 7712/2B English Literature A ADV P2 Opt B
Tue 12 Jun 13:15 OCR H433/02 Chem B [Salters] : Sci Lit Chemistry Wtn
Wed 13 Jun 09:00 AQA MPC3 GCE Mathematics Unit PC3
Wed 13 Jun 09:00 WJEC/GCE A200U20-1 Sociology COMPONENT2 Methods Enquiry
Wed 13 Jun 13:15 OCR Y106/01 Hist A: Eng 1485-1558: Early Tudor Wtn
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 AQA 7408/3/A Physics ADV P3 Sections A & B Opt A
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 EDEXL/GCE 9PS0 03 Psychological Skills
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 AQA ASC3 Applied Science Unit 3
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 AQA 7692/2 Spanish ADV Paper 2 Writing
Thu 14 Jun 13:15 EDEXL/GCE 9GE0 03 Geography Paper Three
Fri 15 Jun 09:00 OCR H446/02 Comp Sci: Algorithms & Prgrming Wrtn
Fri 15 Jun 13:15 AQA MPC4 GCE Mathematics Unit PC4
Fri 15 Jun 13:15 WJEC/GCE A200U30-1 Sociology Component 3 Power & Strat

Ten Tips for Maintaining Concentration

1. Prepare a revision timetable, and start each revision session on time.

2. Study in an area free from distractions and interruptions.

3. Work in a comfortable area – good light, fresh air, seating, etc.

4. Undertake demanding tasks when at your best; do more straightforward tasks at other times.

5. Actively engage with your revision rather than just reading passively (as mentioned above)

6. Complete each task within the time allocated.

7. Review each task for a few minutes before moving on to the next.

8. Don’t work for too long on any one task.

9. Mix up different kinds of activity.

10. Take frequent breaks. As a minimum, take a few deep breaths, stand up, flex your arms, have a brief walk about.

Want to be a teacher in the future?
If so then you must go to this one day conference for Y12 and Y13 students who think they may be interested in a career in teaching.

Supporting potential teachers of the future - Wednesday 4 July 2018, 9.30am - 3pm.

Registration is in the Atrium, The Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham.

· university life and what to expect

· auditing skills as a step to identifying targets for personal development

· exploring a career in education

Coming out of the day, you will have the opportunity to join a group that will have an ongoing relationship with the University of Nottingham ITE Partnership. This will include receiving termly newsletters through your undergraduate years and opportunities to gain experiences in partnership schools during your holidays. To book places at this event please use the below link to Eventbrite:


For further information or if you experience any issues with your booking please contact Emma Brown, Senior Administrative Officer in the School of Education: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things don’t go as planned. It can help you manage or even ward off conditions such as depression and anxiety, and improve your mental health overall. And if you have an existing mental health condition, being resilient can lessen its impact and help you recognise when you need support.

Resilience can also help offset factors that increase the risk of mental ill health, like lack of social support, being bullied or previous trauma.

Being resilient won't make your problems go away, but it can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress. Resilient people don’t dwell on failure. They acknowledge the situation, learn from their experiences, and then move forward.

Resilience isn’t a trait that you either have or don’t have. Like any skill, resilience can be developed, it just takes some practice. So if you aren't as resilient as you'd like to be, you can build on your existing skills to become more so. There are some simple things you can do that can make a big difference. For example, moderate exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting plenty of good quality sleep and some ‘me time’ are great things to start with especially at this busy time of the college year.

And finally…
Over the years, various formulas have proved successful on Britain’s Got Talent, from dogs (think Pudsey) to dance groups (Diversity) and patriotism. But Sunday night’s final threw another into the mix: disability. In the end, the top two spots went to disabled comedians: Robert White, who has Asperger’s, and the winner, Lost Voice Guy, who has cerebral palsy. It was powerful that White and LVG did not shy away from disability as part of their acts. LVG, who performed using an electronic voice box, relentlessly skewered perceptions of disability and the awkwardness that often surrounds non-disabled people’s interaction with it. As LVG joked: “People often ask me why I want to put myself in the position where everyone can stare and laugh at me. The truth is, it happens every day anyway. At least this time there’s a time and a place for it.” His act on Sunday night was genuinely funny and it felt as if he was embraced on equal terms. He certainly, form the little I saw, seemed a very worthy winner.

Talent show wins seems a trite measure of success for minorities, but the impact of popular culture and representation should not be underestimated. A winner such as LVG can go further in normalising disability and challenging society than any charity campaigns. In the words of LVG: “I hope you’ve had fun laughing at a disabled man. Goodbye.”

Have a good week – keep pushing yourselves.



Hi all

Hope that you’ve all had a good week – and that your revision is going well. I cannot stress how important your exams are: even if you are lucky enough to hold an ‘unconditional’ offer you’re a-Level results will stay with you for the rest of your working life. It is vital that you knuckle down and put everything in to the next five weeks or so: if you don’t there will be no one to blame but yourself. For that reason I’m not too mardy about the lousy weather forecast this weekend – the predicted rain should see you inside revising.

Just to be clear about registering for your exams:

• Morning exams – you must be at the meeting point in the Common Room by 8.45am
• Afternoon exams – you must be at the meeting point in the Common Room by 1.00pm.

The meeting point is by the BC6F exams noticeboard between the main entrance from the foyer and the staff room door.

Good luck tonight
Just to let you know that 2 of our Y11 students are representing Nottinghamshire Schools FA U16 team in the ESFA schools U16 inter counties final today at Stoke City's ground. They are Jack Campbell and Ross McParland. Heidi’s son James is also in the team. We wish Notts Schools the best of luck for later. The game kicks off at 5:30 and is being streamed live on the link below:


Bramcote College Tours
We are looking for some Y12 volunteers to help with parental school tours over the next term. These would mainly be parents of KS3 students considering sending their child to Bramcote College alongside students external to us looking to join BC6F. This would be a great opportunity to demonstrate your ability to be a positive role model (and would look great on your CV and UCAS application!). We would provide you with guidance and training in advance and wherever possible this would not interfere with your studies. If you are interested, please let Faye know.

Year 13 – PKF Opportunities
Jacqui (from AWS Maths) has forwarded the following opportunities with PKF. Jacqui’s husband works there and they currently have some internship roles for school leavers who are not going to uni or are at least are taking a year out. They are paid roles which are for a year or so. The company was voted 12th in the country in the Sunday Times for the “best company to work for” and I know they have quite a few benefits and a different "google style" work ethos.

Here are the links to these great opportunities:

The People Team – 12 month Internship
IT Computing 12 month internship
Audit School Leaver Trainee Scheme (CFAB)
Outsourcing Trainee Accountant (AAT)

To find out more, please see:

We might even put in a good word about you too...so please see Faye, Phil or me if you’re thinking of applying. Thanks to Jacqui for thinking of Year 13.

Year 12 – University of Leicester Summer Opportunities
Booking are now open for their Schools Taster Conference on Friday 29 June!

Leicester’s Schools Taster Conference is a free event that provides Year 12 students the opportunity to experience lecturers in subjects of your choice.
• All of their departments will be offering taster lecturers
• You will have the flexibility to pick and choose sessions of interest to them.
• You will be offer tours of their accommodation and campus
• An opportunity to meet current students.
Further information can be found here.

There is always a clear cut difference between the successful and the unsuccessful. The difference in habits and decisions give birth to what is either being talked about or what is not. Adjusting and aligning your thoughts with successful people will start to have a profound effect on how people see you. It will also help in understanding the daily habits that successful people use to fine tune their values and standards.

One easy way to define the actions of successful people is “Successful people do all the things that unsuccessful people don’t want to do.”

Success has elements attached to it: hard work, determination and perseverance. It goes beyond the desire to be successful and means taking action to make a positive difference.

Look after yourself in the exam period:

 Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed at the same time every night. You’ll be able to stay out late as much as you like when exams are over.
 Eat properly. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins will make you more alert and positive. Now, more than ever, your five-a-day is crucial.
 Keep moving. Exercise can train your brain, like a good diet, regular exercise will make you more alert and positive.
 Don’t use your phone just before you go to sleep. To get the right kind of sleep, you need to clear your mind and wind down first.

And finally….
Away from your revision there has been some genius TV on this week. Monday night saw the ‘Car Share – unscripted’ – which had some absolutely brilliant moments – especially the visual gags that rolled past in the background such as the bus heading to "Vengabus", or the corner shop called Halaldi (which is comedy genius).

Have a good weekend. Work hard.