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.
Congratulations to all our Sixth Form results
Rob Jackson, Head of Sixth form said:
“Today is the culmination of two years of hard work by UCC’s students, staff and parents. It has been pleasing to see the strength of the newer vocational courses maintained this year matching the performance of the GCE A Level courses. The majority of our students have progressed onto higher education courses and all of our students have been successful in securing education, training or employment post sixth form”.
On the 12th and 13th of July, 55 lower Sixth Form students travelled to Leeds to take part in a two day residential experience. The aim of the visit was to raise students’ aspirations for higher education, to give them a taste of University life and the types of degree courses on offer and to experience some of the cultural opportunities in the city of Leeds. The itinerary included talks and tours by the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and the College of Art. Current undergraduates led the tours and admissions tutors and university lecturers gave the talks, ranging from personal statements and the UCAS process to advice on teacher training and occupational health degrees. The students took advantage of the opportunity to use Leeds University’s sports facilities and swimming pool on the first afternoon and enjoyed an evening bowling and eating out in Leeds city centre. They also enjoyed experiencing life as undergraduates, staying in halls of residence overnight and taking breakfast in the refectory with other students. On the second day cultural visits included Leeds Royal Armouries, the city museum and the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield. After time sampling the many shopping centres in Leeds, the students returned to Penrith, exhausted but far better informed about opportunities post sixth form at UCC.
Have a wonderful summer - for Sixth Formers, you can view your summer project here.
Year 12 attended the UCAS Higher Education Fair at the Sands Centre Carlisle. They were given the opportunity to speak with admissions staff and subject specialists, they got to find out what life is like on and off campus, and discover what else is on offer for them after exams are finished ranging from Volunteer Work and Gap Year adventures, to Apprenticeships and Career Opportunities.
Sessions will be running at UCC over the holidays ahead of next term's exams. Please see the timetable here.
Year 12 students here at UCC had a series of inspirational financial workshops, thanks to the sponsorship of Penrith Building Society. The initiative helps local Sixth Formers understand more about the financial world around them and are tailored to meet the students varied aspirations whether they be university, employment, apprenticeships or a gap year. The series of talks were kicked off by Amyn Fazal, Chief Executive of Penrith Building Society and then followed finance talks led by the knowledgeable Ed Flack from “WizeUp”.
School leavers today face complex financial issues, especially when they leave home for university or begin employment. Ed’s knowledge and enthusiasm gives them an opportunity to get prepared for life after Sixth Form. We are very grateful to Penrith Building Society whose financial support allows the yearly event to occur. The students were enthusiastic to have the opportunity to quiz an expert and gain practical knowledge that will help them for life.
The workshops focused on the financial implications of studying for a degree, opening a student bank account, renting a property or sharing a flat, taxation and credit ratings as well as pay day loans and practical tips on how to start saving and investing for the future.
Student, Tilly Bird said that “Mr Flack has an impressive wealth of knowledge on the financial issues that we as teenagers face. I learnt a lot about how to deal with financial problems and about the dangers and benefits of having a credit card at my age. I think I am now more aware of the consequences of debt and the ways to prevent falling into financial difficulties. As students' we are really grateful to Penrith Building Society for sponsoring this informative day at UCC.”
Thanks to all who made this year’s Wize Up workshops possible.
This summer our Year 13 students received their results and completed their time here at UCC. You can get a flavour of the day from our Results Day blog. Congratulations to all our students - we wish you all the best in the future!
We can now list the key figures of the Key Stage 5 information here.
Key Stage 5:
The progress students have made in English and Maths:
English: 75% have now gained a minimum of a 'C' grade
Maths: 11% have now gained a minimum of a 'C' grade
The average grade that students in our College get at 16-to-19 Study/Key Stage 5: C+
The retention of students at KS5 is 98%
Students staying at University - 71%
Students going into Employment - 9%
Students going to College - 10%
Students doing Apprenticeships - 5%
Students taking a Gap Year - 3%
Students continuing at UCC (resitting Y13) - 2%
Check out some of the photos taken from the Year 11 Prom this year, we look forward to welcoming many of you back in September to start Sixth Form.