Faye's Fortnightly Email

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

Hello KS5,

I hope you all had a good half term and you're now ready, refreshed and raring to go for the next 5 weeks until Easter. Time really is going very quickly and it is now only 13 weeks or so until Year 13 begin their summer examinations. Next week we should receive results of the external January exams and we will then follow that up with meeting with individual students where necessary.

The results of the Y13 Survey Monkey questionnaire shows that the vast majority of you would be interested in an end of year prom/festival-type event, which is great. I will need 5 or so volunteers (boys and girls, please) to form a prom committee to begin planning, so please let me know if you would be interested in this.

Please read all notices below:

Y12 Gap Year Assembly Monday 11th March 2.30pm

On Monday 11th March at 2.30pm, all Year 12 students will need to attend a presentation in the hall with information about gap year options after you finish your A level studies. This is a compulsory assembly and a register will be taken. We will email you a reminder out nearer the time.

Year 13 Revision

Last night, many of your parents attended the 'Helping Your Child to Succeed' evening. There were a variety of sessions designed to help your parents support you at home as you continue to revise for your exams. I have attached my presentation for you to look through as there are a couple of slides with relevant websites and apps on to help support your revision. Please do see me if you need any help or advice.

Study Lounge

We have started a regular after school 'Study Lounge' for KS5. You will be able to access IT1 every evening from 3.20 - 5.00pm to revise, complete homework and consolidate your learning. For some students, this will form a compulsory part of their intervention programme.

Year 12 Hospital Work Experience

We have been invited to submit applications for a work experience programme aimed at Year 12 students who are wanting to pursue a career in medicine or nursing. It offers 30 students the opportunity to shadow final year medical students from the University of Nottingham. This year, it will be held in July at the QMC and/or City Hospital in Nottingham. The week includes a mixture of classroom based sessions, skills teaching and practical exposure to wards and theatres. The programme is the perfect opportunity for anyone struggling to gain work experience. Please see me or Melissa if you are interested in applying.

Y13 Sport Traineeships

Suitable for any Year 13s interested in sport as a post-18 option. Opportunities for a flexible education and training programme, with work experience that unlocks your great potential, and prepares you for your future careers by helping you to become ‘work ready’ in sports delivery. Please see here for more information: trainwithpremier.com
We are a National Training Provider offering vocational and occupational qualifications in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector

Cyber Security

Any of you interested in cyber security should take a look at the government initiative below aimed at 14-18 year olds. It is an online course in four parts designed to give you an introduction to the different areas that fall under the umbrella of cyber security. It would certainly be a valuable thing to include on a CV or UCAS application if you have completed the course.


Are you a student in the UK aged 14-18? Cyber security is an umbrella term covering many varied and interesting areas of expertise. It can seem daunting but Cyber Discovery is a unique programme designed to introduce you to the field, highlight the potential job roles available and the pathways to achieving them.

Y13 Apprenticeship Opportunities

Please do continue to check emails daily. Caryn sends through lots of exciting opportunities often with an approaching deadline. A few that have been sent recently below:

Fitness and Leisure Apprenticeships

Digital Skills - Apply - Microsoft UK
Develop the necessary skills today to future proof your career. A new wave of automation, with the advent of true artificial intelligence, robots and driverless cars, disrupts the future of traditional jobs, from truck drivers to lawyers and bankers.

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 be inviting students we think would benefit the most. It is a fantastic experience to put on university personal statements and really shows universities you have done your research.


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 8th March. They are:

Ellie  (Y13) for impeccable manners and caring attitude to all.

Lily (Y12) for excellent work ethic in Chemistry and overall brilliant attitude to learning.

Please put your orders in with Melissa by Wednesday 6th March at the latest.

Have a lovely weekend.