Faye's Fortnightly Email

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

Hi all

Hope that you’ve all had a good week – and that your revision is going well. I know it is a busy and stressful time for everyone – students / staff / parents / siblings etc – but we will get through the whole exam season if we support each other by doing what we need to do when we need to do it. Being on time / having the correct equipment / knowing the format of the exam etc – all these things make a difference. You’ve heard it before – proper preparation prevents poor performance.

Speaking of poor performance – let us take some time to dwell on the relegation of MK. And now, feel free to laugh.

Please read the attached leaflet about the organisation of the exams for May / June 2018. 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.

Bramcote College Tours
We are looking for some Y12 volunteers to help with parental school tours over the next term. These would mainly be parents of KS3 students considering sending their child to Bramcote College alongside students external to us looking to join BC6F. This would be a great opportunity to demonstrate your ability to be a positive role model (and would look great on your CV and UCAS application!). We would provide you with guidance and training in advance and wherever possible this would not interfere with your studies. If you are interested, please let Faye know.

Year 12 - considering a career in property?
A career in property is more than just selling houses...Pathways to Property is a fully-funded (you won't pay anything at all to attend), 4-day residential programme at the Henley Business School, University of Reading during which you can find out all about the real estate sector.

This opportunity is not to be missed, and will really stand out on a personal statement or CV as independent research into a future degree course and / or career. This short video gives a taster of what to expect: Pathways to Property Trailer.

Pathways to Property works with schools and young people to raise awareness of the vast range of careers within the property and real estate sector. The Summer School offers students who are interested in finding out about careers in property the chance to:

Take part in lectures, seminars, talks and site visits led by staff and students from Henley Business School, University of Reading; Find out how real estate and planning courses build on the knowledge acquired through A Level (or equivalent) study and to explore current themes in property such as sustainability, housing issues and regenerating cities; Develop an understanding of the career opportunities in property; Learn more about university life and study by taking part in campus tours and evening activities.

Useful Information & How to Apply

Date: 23-26 July 2018

Venue: Henley Business School, University of Reading

Who: Year 12 students from UK state schools

Selection criteria:

Academic achievement (A and B grades at GCSE and on track to achieve similar grades at A Level) Students from state schools in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education or high levels of socio-economic deprivation Students with no immediate family working in the real estate industry.

Cost: Free – all travel, accommodation, food and activity costs are covered by Pathways to Property. How to apply: Applications are made by you via this online form. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 May 2018.

Look after yourself in the exam period:

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

Ø Keep moving. Exercise can train your brain, like a good diet, regular exercise will make you more alert and positive.

Ø 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.

Student Finance
New students should apply online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. Those of you who have applied to university for September 2018 should have already been notified that Student Finance applications have now opened as of Monday 12th February. We advise logging on and setting yourself up an account ASAP. The Student Finance process is relatively lengthy, so the sooner you complete and submit it, the sooner you will have secured your student funding ahead of September. Please click on the link above to begin. Please see Faye with any queries.

And finally….
The gathering rumble in SW19 is not just the echo of workers building our new stadium but also the sound of schadenfreude playing out amongst my fellow fans of the famous Wombles. Tuesday’s draw at Doncaster (a nil-nil draw that was as bad as the score line suggests) not only ensured League One football next season, it meant for the first time in their short history AFC Wimbledon, born from the embers of Wimbledon FC, will occupy a higher station next season than MK - the club that took “the name” of Wimbledon 15 years ago and who were thankfully relegated to League Two on Saturday.

“Good riddance” were the words of ex-Crazy Gang hero Vinnie Jones when relegation was confirmed. “The name is minging isn’t it. It’s absolutely minging. They should change it to Milton Keynes Relegation Proprietors.” Though I’d inset Idiot in the middle to make MK RIP. The uprooting of the old Wimbledon FC from south-west London to the concrete roundabout village of Milton Keynes (70 miles north of where Wimbledon is) to become MK was a renunciation of all that mattered in the English game, clubs bound by geography and community forever rooted in the area that nurtured them (desperately tries to link to INSPIRE). The entire football world has rejoiced at their demise and failure and I, along with the rest of the congregation at The Meadow of Kings tomorrow, will enjoy a drink, a song, a laugh and a few beers to celebrate their relegation.

Have a good weekend.