Faye's Fortnightly Email

The fortnightly email from the Head of Sixth Form to our students

Hello KS5,

Welcome back and happy new year! I hope you all had a lovely break and you're now all ready to embrace a very busy spring term. Some Y12s have now embarked on their first Level 3 external exams this week and all Y13s are now immersed in the busy couple of weeks of mock exams.
Please ensure you have checked your personalised timetable thoroughly and that you register in the Common Room at least 10 minutes before the start of exams. Good luck to you all for the upcoming two weeks.

Two very exciting residential trips are happening next week, with our six Y12 boys travelling to Loughborough University to continue working on their gas turbine cylinder project that may eventually be used in a Rolls Royce engine. Huge thanks to Gill Colley who will be accompanying them. Also next week, Anya (accompanied by Clara) will travel to London for two days to take place in a work experience placement with Channel 4. We look forward to hearing all about it when they return. It's great to see BC6F students putting themselves forward for these amazing opportunities (not to mention the swanky hotels they are being put up in!)

Y13 UCAS

Now all applications have been submitted, it is great to hear of the offers flooding in. Remember that you cannot make your final choice(s) until all offers are in. Making a decision about a first and (if necessary) insurance choice can be really difficult and it is important to take a variety of factors into account. Please do ensure you discuss your decisions with parents, tutors and teachers. Or feel free to come and see me as I have lots of experience with UCAS decisions. There are now some important dates to bear in mind:

Key Date Event Additional Information
February 2019 Student Finance Applications open (date TBC).  UCAS will remind you once the date has been confirmed and I will also email you to remind you to crack on.
25th February 2019 UCAS Extra opens. Anyone who has received rejections from all choices or has chosen to withdraw all choices will be given the opportunity for one final choice.
 1st May 2019 Final deadline to respond to offers received before 31st March.  If you receive all offers by 31st March, you will need to make your final decision. All places will be withdrawn if you miss this deadline.
 2nd May 2019 Universities' final date for decisions.  If you applied before January 15th, universities must give a decision on your choices. 
 6th June 2019 Final deadline to respond to offers received before 2nd May. If you receive all offers by 2nd May, you will need to make your final decision. All places will be withdrawn if you miss this deadline.

  4th July 

UCAS Extra deadline .

Final day to enter into UCAS Extra 

Please see me with any questions.

Year 13 Mock Exams

Mock exams for Year 13 students (and a few Y12 for Business, Computing, ICT) are now fully underway and will continue over the next two weeks. Please ensure you have checked your personalised timetable thoroughly and that you register in the Common Room at least 10 minutes before the start of exams.

Common Room Conduct

In light of the previous notice, I would like to remind you that the use of the Common Room is a privilege and not a right. Any rowdy or disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated and we will be monitoring this closely from now on. During lesson time, noise should be kept to a minimum to allow an atmosphere conducive to quiet study and revision. Music must only be played at break and lunch times. Please ensure you are respecting both each other and your learning environment.

Email Etiquette

I would like all KS5 students to adhere to polite email etiquette in all emails between staff and students, just as we expect staff to. Please remember:

- Include information about what is in the email in the 'Subject' at the top (e.g. 'Biology homework')

- Always use a polite salutation (e.g. 'Hi Faye')

- Always sign off politely (e.g. 'Thanks', 'Best wishes' 'See you tomorrow' or 'Kind regards') and include your name.

You are much more likely to get a favourable response if you are using polite and correct etiquette.

Go4Schools

A reminder that students (and parents) should be regularly accessing G4S to access attendance and punctuality data as well as current/predicted/target grades and attitude to learning. There are still students and parents who have yet to log on this academic year. Please speak to one of the IT team if you or your parents need any support with this.

Breakfast Club Volunteers

Thank you to the people who have volunteered to support Breakfast Club so far. We still need more help! It will run from 8.15am – 8.50am each day and duties would include setting up, making toast and handing out drinks. If you are able to help out even on just one day per week it would be a great opportunity to be able to act as role models to the younger students. Please email me or Melissa if you are interested.

PWC Y12 Work Experience and Y13 Degree Apprenticeships

Caryn Welch emailed you a few days ago about two fantastic opportunities for students. Any Y12s interested in a work experience placement with PWC should register here:

https://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/school-jobs/jobs/work-experience.html

Any Y13s interested in some fantastic degree apprenticeship opportunities should register here:

https://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/school-jobs/jobs/flying-start-degrees.html

IBM Apprenticeship Opportunities

Any Y13s considering applying for an apprenticeship should consider the options available at IBM. Deadline is 31st January 2019 and you can still apply even if you have already submitted a UCAS application. It's a good idea to keep options open. Click here for more details:

https://www-05.ibm.com/employment/uk-en/school_leaver.html

Y12 Nottingham University Experience Day

We have been invited to bring a selection of Y12 students on a University Experience Day on 30th April. Students will participate in a number of activities and really get a chance to see what university life is all about. The event is free of charge and we will select successful students on a first come, first served basis. There are 25 places available so please email Melissa if you would like to be considered. It is a fantastic thing to put on university personal statements and really shows universities you have done your research.

Y12 Oxbridge Applicants

Any Y12s considering applying to either Oxford or Cambridge university (typical entry requirements are A*AA in facilitating A Level subjects), there are some residential and trip opportunities available after Christmas. Please see us if you are interested.

WoPA

We will be awarding 2 Winner of Pizza Awards (WoPA) per fortnight. The winners will have been nominated by staff (or other students where relevant) for exceeding expectations in terms of effort, work rate, kindness, attitude. The winners will be able to enjoy their Domino’s pizzas at lunchtime on Friday 18th January. They are:

Liam (Y13) for his commitment to coaching the college football team.

and

Megan (Y13) for a really impressive mock interview ahead of a university visit next week.

Please put your orders in with Melissa by Wednesday 16th January at the latest.

Have a lovely weekend.

Faye