Tuesday 27th June saw our new Year 12 students begin their induction programme. The day began with an introduction to the college by the Sixth Form Leadership team. Students then completed a rotation of sample A-Level and BTEC lessons to get a taste of the more challenging studies they will commence in September. In each lesson, students were provided with ‘bridging’ work to complete over the summer in order to further aid their preparation for September. This work is available here and we encourage parents and carers to look over the work your son or daughter has been set, regularly checking their progress. Students were also able to start planning a careers journey with Miss Beddoes, our careers specialist in Sixth Form. Feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive, with students commenting on the day being ‘challenging but exciting’ and how ‘the level of dedication put in to the day shows how next year will be’.
On the morning of Wednesday 28th June, the students were visited by a speaker from the Transformation Trust in collaboration with Barclays Life Skills. The students participated in a 2-hour workshop, aimed at overcoming challenges and building resilience as they commence the next stage in their educational journey. Our guest speaker had a wealth of experience in industry, and inspired our students with his words of advice and guidance.
In the afternoon, we visited Warwick University. Warwick is a prestigious, Russell Group institution, less than a 30 minute drive from the College. A number of our staff are Warwick alumni, and many of our students aspire to study there; five of our Year 13 students begin their undergraduate studies at Warwick this September. Students received a lecture on life at Warwick, with a Q&A session by admissions tutors and current students, in addition to a careers exhibition where they were able to network with employers and departments at the university.
The day was made complete with a campus tour, where students were able to see the wealth of facilities on campus, including the library, sports centre, student’s union, arts centre and student accommodation. Students were also able to visit the department buildings of subjects they are interested in pursuing at degree level. All students engaged with the experience, and it was incredibly rewarding to see bonds being forged between the students who are joining us from external schools and Year 11 students who are continuing their studies with us in Sixth Form.
We wish all Year 11 students the very best for their results in the summer, and we look forward to enrolling them on their desired courses on results day on 24th August.