Faye's Fortnightly Email

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

Hi all

This has been a really busy week for A-Level exams and, as always, I hope they have all gone well for you. There are just a few left now- see below – so fingers crossed for next week. For Year 12 – there are a range of events between now and the end of term. One important event is Year 12 Induction which is next Wednesday – we could really do with a few more helpers as quite a few attendees do not know this site. If you can help (current Year 12 or Year 13), please email Faye. Thank you in advance.

Want to be a teacher in the future?

If so then you must go to this one day conference for Y12 and Y13 students who think they may be interested in a career in teaching.
Supporting potential teachers of the future - Wednesday 4 July 2018, 9.30am - 3pm.
Registration is in the Atrium, The Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham.

• university life and what to expect
• auditing skills as a step to identifying targets for personal development
• exploring a career in education
Coming out of the day, you will have the opportunity to join a group that will have an ongoing relationship with the University of Nottingham ITE Partnership. This will include receiving termly newsletters through your undergraduate years and opportunities to gain experiences in partnership schools during your holidays. To book places at this event please use the below link to Eventbrite:


For further information or if you experience any issues with your booking please contact Emma Brown, Senior Administrative Officer in the School of Education: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

University of Nottingham opportunities

Experience the University of Nottingham
Open days are the perfect way to discover our world, learn more about the undergraduate courses they teach and explore life as a student at the University.
This year, their open days are taking place on:
• Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June
• Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September
Book your place now

Applying to Politics Workshops

For the seventh year the Political Studies Association will be holding their Applying to Politics Workshop. This event enables students who will be applying for university for 2019 entry an opportunity to gain a better understanding about the reality of studying Politics at undergraduate level and its benefits. The East Midlands event, held at Nottingham Trent University, will include academic lectures - one on admissions and career options - and a talk from current students.
This workshop is free and attendees are provided with lunch. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book, please click here.

Law Bursary Scheme
CMS is the 6th largest law firm in the world and has recently been named in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2017/2018. As well as supporting students in their university applications, the Bursary Scheme offers students a chance to develop a relationship with CMS and start their journey into the legal profession.
CMS believe that when students choose to pursue a career in law, their background doesn’t matter. They help make a career in law more accessible to aspiring lawyers by awarding up to five bursaries each year (one of which is in Scotland). Their bursaries provide successful students with £2,500 towards each year of their law degree. Every student invited to the assessment day will also be offered a mentor and paid work experience at CMS.
Bursaries are aimed at academically high-achieving students (predicted ABB at A-Level) who will be the first generation in their family to go to university. There are also certain financial criteria that students need to meet and full details of these can be found on the website. To be considered for a bursary, students will need to enter our essay-writing competition which closes in July.
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information, or visit the website.
Biology and Biosciences

Royal Society of Biology’s education activities

Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2018
I know 4 of you have done this already but others are encouraged to enter – it looks good to have your participation in the competition on your UCAS forms. All participating students are also eligible to receive free BioNet membership for one year.

The Nancy Rothwell Award 2018
The Nancy Rothwell Award 2018 specimen drawing competition for 7 – 18 year olds is now open for submissions. Prizes include an experience day at the Royal Veterinary College for students, and their school can also win £100. Visit the Royal Society of Biology website for more information.

Photography Competition 2018
‘Patterns in nature’ is the theme of this year’s Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition. Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. Supported by Eppendorf, there are two categories each with a cash prize: 18+ (£1000) and under 18s (£500). Entries close on 31st July 2018.

Computer Science

Video competition: How do Algorithms affect your Online World?
The UnBias team are very pleased to announce their video animation “Our Future Internet” is now available online: http://bit.ly/OurFutureInternet. This short animation puts forward ethical issues surrounding algorithms.

UnBias are now inviting schools around the country to take part in a youth panel video competition. They encourage pupils from Y7-Y13 pupils to work individually or in groups to produce short 2 minute videos to respond to our animation. Students are welcome to respond to any aspect of the issues raised in the “Our Future Internet” video. The video could be in any form, for example an interview, commentary, short play or animation.

There will be prizes for the winning groups (£100 voucher) and runners up. Every student who participates will get a certificate marking their involvement. Submissions should be send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 22nd June. Please let them know whether your institution would be interested in taking part and this date is suitable.

To facilitate the launch of the competition UnBias will be providing all related materials including task sheets, and a PowerPoint information slides (with a short script) for schools to introduce the competition to students. For further information contact Dr Virginia Portillo (email address as above, or on 07811 521564).

Physics and Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy are offering an exciting opportunity for Year 13 pupils to learn about cutting-edge physics direct from researchers active in the field. These popular science sessions will involve talks, workshops, discussions and hands-on activities.

Nano and Beyond: Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am – 2:30pm
This masterclass will introduce students to the world of state-of-the-art nanotechnology via lectures, hands-on experiments and discussion groups. Participants will have the opportunity to pattern a surface at the nanoscale using a scanning probe microscope; investigate the interaction of light with liquid crystals; understand how researchers can image nanostructures too small to be viewed with light and discuss the future and potential of nanotechnology with staff and students. A free lunch will be provided.

Particle Physics and Cosmology:Saturday 13th October 2018, 11am – 3pm
This masterclass will focus on the fundamental particles and forces and what we can learn about them from the Large Hadron Collider and cosmological observations. What is dark matter and how can we find it? What does the Higgs particle do? What is string theory and are there extra dimensions? Through lectures and hands-on activities, this masterclass will address these and other questions. A free lunch will be provided.

To find out more and book please visit https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/physics/outreach/masterclasses.aspx

Year 12 – University Open Days

As always, we really encourage you to visit those universities that you are thinking of applying to next year. Most have Open Days coming up this term and these are often at weekends. For clarification, we will authorise up to a maximum of 3 days out of college for Open Days. Please inform Melissa if you are going out on a university visit.


Some suggestions on how to ensure that you’re enjoying your learning:

• Find your learning style. If you are able to find your best learning style, you can make this experience more enjoyable. Everyone learns differently. If you think you are a visual learner, try to use that to your advantage. For example, in History, rely on the maps and timelines to help you retain and enjoy the information. You might be an aural learner. Do you enjoy listening to music and hearing people talk? Try setting the poems in your English class to a beat.
• Study with your friends. Maybe you don't enjoy learning because it feels like a solitary activity. One way to make it more enjoyable is to turn it into a group activity. So ask your friends to form a study group.
• Ask for help. It makes sense that you will enjoy things that you are good at. Once you understand the material, learning will feel less like a chore.

Look after yourself in the exam period:

 Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed at the same time every night. You’ll be able to stay out late as much as you like when exams are over.
 Eat properly. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins will make you more alert and positive. Now, more than ever, your five-a-day is crucial.
 Keep moving. Exercise can train your brain, like a good diet, regular exercise will make you more alert and positive.
 Don’t use your phone just before you go to sleep. To get the right kind of sleep, you need to clear your mind and wind down first.

And finally….
Most of you in Year 13 are now finishing your A-Levels – and are probably looking forward to a well-deserved rest. You also have the added bonus of having a World Cup to enjoy which throws me back to the glorious summer of 1990 when I finished my A-Level exams. The Italian World Cup of that summer still feels a very fresh memory: Platt’s last-minute winner and then this immortal line from Des Lynam at the start of the semi-final: 'Only three countries can win the 1990 World Cup. Argentina, West Germany... (dramatic pause) and England'.
Despite consuming an unhealthy amount of beer, I have vivid recollections of the semi-final which I watched alongside what felt like half of London in ‘The Rose’ – the local pub that resembled a football terrace for the night. As it was the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and no winner could be found in a dramatic period of extra-time. Peter Shilton decided not to move an inch during the shoot-out, Stuart Peace and Chris Waddle missed from the spot and England were out. That game also had the infamous ‘Gazza’s tears’ and, at the end, a sense of frustration at what might-have been. England have never been so close since. I genuinely hope you all enjoy the next month of football but just remember this: “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win”.
Have a good week.