Announcements — Solihull Sixth Form College

Announcements

Keep up to date with important announcements from the College.

07/12/22: The Autumn term ends at the earlier time of 3.30pm on Friday next week (16 December).

02/12/22: Please note that the Learning Resource Centre and Library will be closed for general use from 10.00am on Tuesday 6 December to the end of Wednesday 7 December to facilitate Criminology Assessments taking place under exam conditions. Thank you for your cooperation and apologies for any inconvenience.

29/11/22: There is a national strike by the National Education Union in sixth form colleges planned for tomorrow (Wednesday 30 November 2022). While inevitably some classes will be disrupted, we do not yet know which ones will be affected. However, the College will remain open and the classes of those teachers not on strike will continue as usual. Student attendance will be monitored in the usual way for these classes. The Refectory, Learning Resource Centre and Common Work Room will be open as usual throughout the day.

21/11/22: Wednesday’s Open Evening at the College is now “Sold Out”. If we get any cancellations, those tickets will automatically become available via Eventbrite, but we are not adding any more tickets for this event, because we believe we are at parking capacity now. Apologies to anyone who has been unable to book tickets for this event. However, there are p0lenty of tickets available for our Open Evening on Monday 23 January 2023. Click here to book tickets.

10/11/22: Exam boards set aside contingency days, which can be used if there is any national or local disruption to summer examinations. These dates this year are the afternoon of 8 June, the afternoon of 15 June and all day on 28 June 2023. Consequently, it is advised that candidates do not plan a holiday or be at any distance from College before 29 June 2023. Thank you for your co-operation.

03/11/22: Next Thursday (10 November) is Year 12 Parents Meeting in the afternoon and evening. This means lessons will finish early at 12.45pm that day.

02/11/22: Want to know why you should choose Solihull Sixth Form College? Here’s why our staff and learners think you should choose us.

31/10/22: Welcome back to staff and learners today following half-term.

21/10/22: Happy Half Term everyone! There are no lessons next week, but we’ll be back in learning on Monday 31 October.

20/10/22: Bookings are now being taken for Open Evenings on Wednesday 23 November and Monday 23 January. Book your place here.

13/10/22: Bookings for Saturday’s Open Day are open until 2.00pm on Friday 14 October. Book for Open Day here.

28/09/22: Twilight Taster sessions are running in several curriculum areas this term. These sessions run after school – usually for an hour – and involve a short taste of what it is like to study the subject. Find more information and book your place here.

28/09/22: Bookings are currently being taken for timed entry to our Open Day on 15 October. Book your place on our Open Days page.

22/09/22: Extra sessions have been added to the Parents’ Information Evenings on Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 November because of demand. Please refer to the email sent out or call 0121 704 2581 for more information.

20/09/22: An Eventbrite booking system is in place for Carers of Year 12 learners to book appointments for the Parents’ Information Evenings on Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 November. Please refer to the email sent out or call 0121 704 2581 for more information.

14/09/22: Please note, the College will be closed on Monday 19 September for the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Lessons will resume on Tuesday 20 September.

14/09/22: Please note that Enrichments, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) classes and Supervised Study will begin week starting Monday 19 September.

13/09/22: ParentPay is the system we use for students/parents to pay for services at College (e.g. locker keys, fieldtrips, etc). Login details will shortly be enabled and sent out to parents. In the meantime, many services, including replacement ID cards, car park passes and items from the Refectory – can be paid by card payments – see staff in Student Reception. Deposits for lockers are only payable via ParentPay, so please wait for the email to get set up before applying for this.

12/09/22: Timetables are now being uploaded onto Arbor. If tomorrow morning you think there is a mistake or something missing from your timetable a Help Desk will be open from 8.30am in the Refectory.

08/09/22: We express our deepest sympathies for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her dedication to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and to our Commonwealth is unparalleled, and we thank her for her service.

06/09/22: Calling all Year 11 students with an interest in Performing Arts. If you are considering studying Music or Drama at A level, come along to a twilight taster session on Monday 3 October at 5.00pm to find out more! Book your place via Eventbrite.

06/09/22: Welcome back to all our Year 13 students today. A special one-day only timetable is in place for today and will see students attend one lesson for each of their subjects. Independent study will be set for the rest of the week while we complete Year 12 Induction. Timetables for the rest of the year will be published on Arbor on Sunday 11 September and Year 13 learning resumes on Tuesday 13 September.

05/09/22: Thank you to all those new Year 12 students who have enrolled so far. Late enrolment (by appointment only) takes place on Tuesday 6 September. New students are then in on either Wednesday 7 or Thursday 8 September for a half-day induction. Timetables will be available via Arbor on Sunday 11 September and lessons then start on Monday 12 September.

24/08/22: Good luck to all those waiting to get their GCSE results tomorrow. We hope you get the results you need for the next step in your education or training. For those with an offer to join us, check your email later today for instructions of how to upload your results and book an enrolment appointment.

18/08/22: Hear what two of our students have to say in reaction to Results Day. Congratulations to Haisim Siddiq and Kate Holmes.

18/08/22: Here is a message from the Principal Martin Sullivan for all Year 13 students on Results Day.

18/08/22: ITV News cameras were in College this morning talking to a selection of students about their results. Watch the bulletin on the ITV News this evening. Free Radio were also in College and you can hear news bulletins throughout the day. Thanks to all the students who came in.

18/08/22: Congratulations to all our students on a great set of results. The headlines this year are an impressive 98.2% pass rate across all courses. The pass rate at A level is 98.7%, with 54% of grades being A* – B.

17/08/22: Good luck to all our students getting A level, BTEC and CACHE results tomorrow. Remember they will be available from 8am via Arbor and the Student Portal. Senior staff will be available in the Learning Resource Centre from 8.30am for anyone who needs advice and guidance. Representatives from local universities will be in College from 9.30am – 1.30pm to help students with Clearing and may be able to make immediate offers of places.

16/08/22: College email accounts have been upgraded to a new server over the summer. All staff and students can access their email online. However, if you are using any apps on your phones or other devices, such as Outlook or Teams, you will need to logout and possibly uninstall and reinstall these apps in order for them to pick up your account using your usual login details. Anyone who needs a password reset can call the College on 0121 704 2581 between the hours of 9am – 4pm and staff on Reception will assist.

11/08/22: It’s one week until Results Day. Year 13 students were sent information at the end of term about arrangements for results, which will be available from 8.00am on Thursday 18 August via Arbor and the Student Portal. Students needing support or wanting to access computers in the Learning Resource Centre can do so from 8.30am on the day. Bobbie Pidgeon, the College’s Mental Health Lead, will be available for consultations and senior staff will be available for anyone who needs advice. Careers staff will also be on hand and we will have representative from local universities in College to offer help with Clearing to anyone wanting to use this service. Good luck everyone!

19/07/22: Students moving into Year 13 in September are asked to check their email! Information has been sent about their progression next year, about re-applying for a bursary and about the start of teaching in September.