Year 12 students presented their train project at the Engineering Education Scheme conference and won best project. Their reward is a visit to the JCB factory. Well done to everyone involved!
Personal Development is a compulsory lesson for Sixth Form students which takes place once a week. This term year 12 students have been learning about the importance of voluntary work, work experience and enhancing their skills and abilities. Guest speakers from The National Citizenship Service have been in to the Academy to talk to students about their volunteering programme ‘The Challenge’. This programme gives students the opportunity to work together in a community environment to make a difference. A number of year 12 students signed up to take part in this programme during half term. Guest speakers from White Ribbon also delivered a session to year 12 students on alcohol awareness. Students were made aware of the implications of drinking too much and how to stay safe if doing so. The session in the theatre was interactive, giving students the opportunity to wear beer googles and to role play drink driving scenarios. The students engaged well with the session and found it very informative.
On Thursday 28th September we held our third University Fair at the Academy. The fair involved 26 universities from across the country presenting their undergraduate opportunities, as well as talking to students about course offers and entry criteria. University representatives also lead seminars to inform students about careers in teaching, medicine, nursing and engineering. Specific seminars on personal statements and the UCAS process also took place. Students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 were given the opportunity to explore the Fair, speaking to prospective universities about the courses on offer. Students were able to take away prospectuses and to gain specialist advice form university admissions tutors. Many found the event interesting and useful as it will help them to plan for their future career paths. The event was buzzing as students relished the opportunity to explore their future choices and to find out about the qualifications needed to be successful in these careers. As a result of the fair, students realised the importance of GCSE grades as well as A level grades in accessing University courses. Most importantly, they found out about courses that are new to them and career options that they may not have previously considered.
What students said:
“The University Fair gave me the opportunity to explore various courses and helped me to choose where I would like to go to study.” Mercedes Norman Y13.
“I found the university fair motivating and it influenced me to continue to do well in my studies. I was able to find out information on criminology and it made me more determined to work hard and achieve the grades needed”. Kokab Hussain Y13.
“I attended a Law seminar and a Health and Social Care seminar and found them both very useful and informative. They made me realise what I want to do in the future and talking to the university tutors enabled me to gain information on entry requirements”. Nishat Chowdhury Y12.
At the start of September twelve students from year thirteen attended a residential trip at the University of Birmingham. The trip was organised by the Academy to raise aspirations and to give students a taste of university life. The students arrived at the university on the Friday afternoon and were greeted by student ambassadors. They then received a talk from a University Advisor on the benefits of attending university and the application process. This included information on the A2B scheme and also advice on how to write an effective personal statement. Additionally, the student ambassador gave information about what university life is like and her own experiences of studying at the University of Birmingham. Students then stayed over in the Halls of Residence, giving them the opportunity to experience real student living. Those who attended found the experience really valuable and many of them stated that they would like to apply to study at the University of Birmingham this year.
A key event for our new Year 12 students was the transition day at Staffordshire University. This offered students the opportunity to spend time at a university campus, attend lectures on crucial sixth form skills and hear from students about university life. The day concluded in a team building task which involved dressing up as Disney characters using only paper, bin bags and sellotape. It was fantastic to see the team spirit on display and the real ingenuity in some of the designs. We were made to feel very welcome by the university and all the students commented on what an informative and fun day they had. Testament to this can be seen in the costume designs below. Can you guess which Disney characters they are meant to be?
In our final assembly, for this cohort of year 13 students, we celebrated their achievements for the last time. Starting with a re-enactment of the Disney Film ‘Frozen’ by four students, we then moved onto videos of the prom and their time in Sixth Form. There were awards for outstanding achievements in subjects, form tutor awards and prefect awards. For the final time we wish this fantastic group of students goodbye and good luck.
Our new Career’s Fair took place today with over 30 employers. This gave year 12 students the opportunity to talk to real employers and gain key insight into a variety of professions. The day was a huge success with both employers and students commenting on how much they enjoyed the event. Thank you to all those that attended and made the day so positive.
This week we had the Sixth Form Induction for our prospective year 12 students. This gave students the chance to try out a Sixth Form timetable, learn more about the fantastic opportunities in Sixth Form such as mentoring, prefects, the council, DoE, trips, activities, enrichment and so on. The day concluded in a team building activity to build the tallest tower possible using just paper and sellotape. Many students commented on what a fantastic time they had and how they are looking forward to joining us in September.
In an emotional evening on 22nd of May, we bided farewell to our current year 13 students at the Sixth Form Prom. Our venue, Hotel La Tour, played host to an evening that was one of high spirits, laughter and good food. We even had time to welcome back the annual “Glaysher Awards” - this year with our new host, Mr Morris. There was a number of fun awards and activities including some of the students taking part in a singing competition, a design challenge and a dance off. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the evening.