As we head into the summer months, Sixth Form teachers are putting together projects for next year's Year 12s to complete over the summer holidays. We will list the projects below.
We are beginning an exciting new trial with students in Years 7 to 12 (excluding Year 11 students) during registration time over the next five weeks. Vertical mentoring groups (VMGs) will run in addition to the current pastoral organisation of tutor groups arranged within each year group. VMGs give students the opportunity to work alongside and interact with students in other year groups. For key information about how this trial will affect students, please see the letter here.
Cumbria County Council have this week informed us that the deadlines and arrangements for applying for post-16 transport have been revised. A letter has been issued to update students and parents on the process of post-16 transport applications for the Penrith Catchment Area for September 2019. This is a vital issue for those who will be in Year 12 and 13 from September; please read the Transport Letter here for key information.
Year 12 Early Years and Health and Social care students attended an Open Day at The University of Cumbria where they discovered student life beyond 6th Form. They found out about Degree opportunities, work placements, clubs and societies. They also participated in interactive sessions relevant to their subjects, for example Midwifery, Primary Education, Childhood and Family Studies and Social work.
The sixth form students were delighted to welcome Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron to their tutor period this week. With a wide ranging and robust debate on a variety of topics from school funding and sixth form transport to Brexit and the Action on Climate Change protests, our students relished the opportunity to discuss current affairs with a member of parliament. They really appreciated the time Mr Farron took to visit them in a busy week for parliament.
Our A level Biology students travelled down to London last week to participate in a revision conference focusing on exam technique and the changes to the new reformed A levels. With an overnight hotel stay as part of the trip, the students were refreshed and ready for a day listening to keynote speeches from senior examiners and experienced teachers.
Mr Jackson, Head of Sixth Form
An important part of sixth form life is the weekly tutor period, an opportunity for students to add to their sixth form experience. As our senior students prepare for life beyond UCC, be that university, apprenticeships or employment, these tutor periods are a perfect opportunity to gain a wide variety of talents. From developing their study and referencing skills, their financial planning and cooking on a budget knowledge, through yoga, meditation and board games, tutor periods are a time when the whole year group comes together and enjoys the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom.
We are now into our fourth year of the French exchange with Lycée Saint-Sauveur in Redon, Brittany. It was bigger and better than ever before this year, with 25 French students joining us to be hosted by families at UCC, Keswick and William Howard School. Our guests experienced family life, lessons in school and a day out at Keswick Film Festival before making their tearful goodbyes. We won’t have to wait long to see our French friends again, though, as we’ll be welcomed by them in Brittany next month!
Vingt-trois étudiants, deux professeurs, huit galeries et cinq jours de soleil. What a privilege to take so many talented sixth form artists to Paris to study from the greats in a range of galleries. To be able to introduce them to the delights of Europe and all the benefits was a joy; students came away enthused, enlightened, and enriched.
Hello to our new Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Miss Matthews.
"I am delighted to welcome Miss Matthews to the sixth form team as the new assistant head of sixth form in charge of target setting, monitoring progress and overseeing intervention. Miss Matthews brings a wealth of experience to this role as science teacher, BTEC coordinator and form tutor and our students, myself and the sixth form team are really looking forward to working with her." Mr Jackson, Head of Sixth Form
The Results Day blog gives a flavour of the day; the main Key Stage 5 information is given below.
The progress students have made in English and maths is 0.55 and -0.6, respectively.
To our new Year 12s, welcome to Sixth Form! For those of you who attended Year 11 at UCC, you can now view the Prom photos here:
Headteacher Nick Ellery said:
“This year’s GCE and Level 3 results once again have held up very well for students at UCC. This is the culmination of the tremendous commitment and hard work from the students and teachers over the last two years during a period of course and examination reform. We are so proud of our students, who have achieved such fantastic results. We’re also very proud of the fact that the country’s top universities feature in the destinations of our students and we wish all of our students the very best of luck in their futures beyond UCC.”
The calendar for the upcoming Intervention sessions is available below:
Sixth Form Intervention
On Wednesday 21st March, 16 lower sixth students attended the Oxford and Cambridge student conference at the Aintree Racecourse in Ormskirk. With a wide variety of talks and seminars on offer, from Anglo Saxon and Norse studies through to Zoology, student finance and how to create a competitive application, there was something for everyone. It was a long and busy day but the students all felt more informed about the Oxbridge application process afterwards and inspired to start thinking about where their A levels could take them after sixth form. It was also great to catch up with some of the student ambassadors from the two universities; in particular, ex UCC student Rebecca Crisp currently studying Law at Keeble College, Oxford and Connor Willmington-Holmes, schools liaison officer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge who recently delivered a talk to both our students and parents about applying to Cambridge.
Connor Willmington-Holmes from Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, will be presenting a general HE related talk "Applying to University" in the evening of Monday 26th February from 6.30pm in the Conference Room. The event is open to all Year 11 and 12 students from local schools, their relatives and any teachers/staff who also wish to attend.
The content of this talk will be applicable to any student looking at applying to a selective HEI/University, not just Cambridge.
Students are asked to register for the event here: https://goo.gl/JyJgV3
Meeting for the first time this week, Year 12 Council hold a unique place in the school. The members meet with a Sixth Form focus every month, but in addition to this they also help lead the councils of the other year groups in the school. The leadership opportunity this provides adds weight to any CV or UCAS personal statement they may write in the future. Good luck to the Council!
There is now a Student Finance Guide online with information on how to apply for Student Finance for university. You don’t need to have replied to UCAS to confirm your choice of degree course before you start your Student Finance application. It is better to apply to Student Finance as soon as possible. If you have any questions at all, please see the Sixth Form team. You can open the Guide here.
This half-term saw the launch of our Year 11 Options process at Ullswater Community College and our new Prospectus - this year focusing on dispersing into your future life and effecting your environment. There's a variety of information, along with the Sixth Form options route ticket, can be found by clicking on Sixth Form in the main menu. You can now see the new Sixth Form Prospectus here, or our new mini-film, to get a feel for our Sixth Form.