Faye's Fortnightly Email

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

Hi all

I hope you’ve all had a good week and that your exams have gone well. Next week is another big one of exams – it goes without saying that you need to have a complete focus on revision to ensure that you are prepared to do your very best. You’ve all heard the old maxim many times – proper preparation prevents poor performance. For Year 12 - please find attached your mock exam timetable. Year 12 mock exams start on Wednesday 4th July – so you have more than enough time to get ahead with your revision.

Just to be clear about registering for your exams:

Morning exams – you must be at the meeting point in the Common Room by 8.45am
Afternoon exams – you must be at the meeting point in the Common Room by 1.00pm.

The meeting point is by the BC6F exams noticeboard between the main entrance from the foyer and the staff room door. The exam schedule for next week is:


Mon 11 Jun 09:00 OCR H446/01 Comp Sci: Computer Systems Wrtn
Mon 11 Jun 09:00 OCR H573/02 Rel Stud: Religion and Ethics Wtn
Mon 11 Jun 09:00 AQA 7692/1 Spanish ADV Pap 1 List  Read & Writ
Mon 11 Jun 13:15 AQA 7132/2 Business ADV Paper 2
Mon 11 Jun 13:15 AQA 7402/2 Biology ADV Paper 2
Tue 12 Jun 13:15 AQA 7712/2B English Literature A ADV P2 Opt B
Tue 12 Jun 13:15 OCR H433/02 Chem B [Salters] : Sci Lit Chemistry Wtn
Wed 13 Jun 09:00 AQA MPC3 GCE Mathematics Unit PC3
Wed 13 Jun 09:00 WJEC/GCE A200U20-1 Sociology COMPONENT2 Methods Enquiry
Wed 13 Jun 13:15 OCR Y106/01 Hist A: Eng 1485-1558: Early Tudor Wtn
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 AQA 7408/3/A Physics ADV P3 Sections A & B Opt A
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 EDEXL/GCE 9PS0 03 Psychological Skills
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 AQA ASC3 Applied Science Unit 3
Thu 14 Jun 09:00 AQA 7692/2 Spanish ADV Paper 2 Writing
Thu 14 Jun 13:15 EDEXL/GCE 9GE0 03 Geography Paper Three
Fri 15 Jun 09:00 OCR H446/02 Comp Sci: Algorithms & Prgrming Wrtn
Fri 15 Jun 13:15 AQA MPC4 GCE Mathematics Unit PC4
Fri 15 Jun 13:15 WJEC/GCE A200U30-1 Sociology Component 3 Power & Strat

Ten Tips for Maintaining Concentration

1. Prepare a revision timetable, and start each revision session on time.

2. Study in an area free from distractions and interruptions.

3. Work in a comfortable area – good light, fresh air, seating, etc.

4. Undertake demanding tasks when at your best; do more straightforward tasks at other times.

5. Actively engage with your revision rather than just reading passively (as mentioned above)

6. Complete each task within the time allocated.

7. Review each task for a few minutes before moving on to the next.

8. Don’t work for too long on any one task.

9. Mix up different kinds of activity.

10. Take frequent breaks. As a minimum, take a few deep breaths, stand up, flex your arms, have a brief walk about.

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.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things don’t go as planned. It can help you manage or even ward off conditions such as depression and anxiety, and improve your mental health overall. And if you have an existing mental health condition, being resilient can lessen its impact and help you recognise when you need support.

Resilience can also help offset factors that increase the risk of mental ill health, like lack of social support, being bullied or previous trauma.

Being resilient won't make your problems go away, but it can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress. Resilient people don’t dwell on failure. They acknowledge the situation, learn from their experiences, and then move forward.

Resilience isn’t a trait that you either have or don’t have. Like any skill, resilience can be developed, it just takes some practice. So if you aren't as resilient as you'd like to be, you can build on your existing skills to become more so. There are some simple things you can do that can make a big difference. For example, moderate exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting plenty of good quality sleep and some ‘me time’ are great things to start with especially at this busy time of the college year.

And finally…
Over the years, various formulas have proved successful on Britain’s Got Talent, from dogs (think Pudsey) to dance groups (Diversity) and patriotism. But Sunday night’s final threw another into the mix: disability. In the end, the top two spots went to disabled comedians: Robert White, who has Asperger’s, and the winner, Lost Voice Guy, who has cerebral palsy. It was powerful that White and LVG did not shy away from disability as part of their acts. LVG, who performed using an electronic voice box, relentlessly skewered perceptions of disability and the awkwardness that often surrounds non-disabled people’s interaction with it. As LVG joked: “People often ask me why I want to put myself in the position where everyone can stare and laugh at me. The truth is, it happens every day anyway. At least this time there’s a time and a place for it.” His act on Sunday night was genuinely funny and it felt as if he was embraced on equal terms. He certainly, form the little I saw, seemed a very worthy winner.

Talent show wins seems a trite measure of success for minorities, but the impact of popular culture and representation should not be underestimated. A winner such as LVG can go further in normalising disability and challenging society than any charity campaigns. In the words of LVG: “I hope you’ve had fun laughing at a disabled man. Goodbye.”

Have a good week – keep pushing yourselves.