Parent Bulletin

Keep up to date with what’s going on at the College. This Bulletin will be regularly updated with key dates and information we think parents need to know.

12/06/17: Parents/carers are invited to attend our ‘Next Step’ Higher Education presentations on 29 June 2017 and 4 July 2017. These HE talks are for parents/carers of Year 12 students who may wish to apply to university. The presentation outlines the support for HE applications that can be offered by both you and the College. Parking is available from 5pm onwards. Please note that places for these events are limited and strictly available to parents/carers only. To reserve your place please email by Friday 23 June student and carers name and a contact telephone number. Places will be issued on a first come first served basis.

09/06/17: Parents/carers are invited to attend our Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeship Fair on Thursday 29 June. The Fair is open to parents and carers between 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Our Fair is very well supported by exhibitors and students. 72 universities will be in attendance in addition to gap year and studying abroad organisations, and 18 employers offering sponsored degree/higher level apprenticeship opportunities. A video with details of the Fair is available to view. Please note parking is not available for the Fair, with the exception of disabled parking, for blue badge holders only. To reserve your place please email by Friday 23 June student and carers name and a contact telephone number. Places will be issued on a first come first served basis.

23/05/17: Lessons finish on Thursday (25 May) for half-term. This is because Friday 26 May is a Staff Training Day. Monday 6 June is also a Staff Training Day, so lessons resume after half-term on Tuesday 6 June.

19/05/17: We are well into exam season now and some students may be feeling under a bit more pressure than usual. The College offers support to students who are experiencing stress or anxiety. This includes students being able to access the confidential College Counselling provision, or access drop-in support via their academic coaches, the Additional Learning Support team and the Student Development team. We can support exam access arrangements as necessary and offer a quiet place for students to study and/or to have some quiet time to get back on track. Speak to your son/daughter’s academic coach in the first instance if you want advice.

11/05/17: New students are being invited into College to have a taster in each of their prospective courses on Friday 30 June or Monday 3 July. Invitations will be sent out to students holding an offer in the next two weeks. The timetable for existing students will be suspended on these two days to allow this event to take place.

03/05/17: The timetable will be suspended on Monday 5 June for an additional staff training day. Lessons will resume on Tuesday 6 June.

02/05/17: External examinations start on Monday 15 May and continue until Thursday 29 June. Students can see when their exams are taking place on Tyber, by looking under the Exams tab and then clicking on Timetable.

19/04/17: Formal ‘End of Year’ examinations for all Year 12 students will take place during the week beginning 8 May. During this week, there will be no scheduled Year 12 linear A level lessons. AS level and BTEC classes will continue as normal. Students can find the dates/times of examinations Tyber under the ‘Exams’ tab followed by pressing the ‘Timetable’ button. The ‘End of Year’ examinations will be managed in the same way as external examinations and strict examination rules will apply. Clearly it is in our students’ interests to take these examinations seriously. Their results and general approach to the examinations will play a major factor when considering suitability for progression into Year 13 and in the compilation of predicted grades for university applications.

28/03/17: Thanks to all the parents who completed the Parents and Carers Survey 2017. The Principal has written a report on the findings of this survey.


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