Keep up to date with important announcements from the College.
23/10/20: If you missed the Open Day on 17 October, there is another chance to ask teachers questions – book your place at our Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 25 November 2020 (5.00 – 8.00pm).
22/10/20: We will be closing for Half-Term slightly early on Friday 23 October – lessons will finish at 2.30pm.
21/10/20: Recordings of the presentations done by teachers at our Virtual Open Day on Saturday 17 October are available to watch back now. Click here to browse our extensive list of presentations.
21/10/20: As we approach the end of the first half of the Autumn Term, letters are going out to parents from College Principal Martin Sullivan and Summit Learning Trust Chief Executive Catherine Anwar.
14/10/20: There’s still time to sign up for Saturday’s Virtual Open Day. Taking place from 9am – 1pm, you can attend sessions on all of our A level, BTEC and CACHE courses, hear from Principal Martin Sullivan and find out about Support Services. Book your place now.
09/10/20: The government has announced that next summer’s GCSE and A level examinations will start later than planned. Rather than starting in mid-May, exams will instead start from 7 June. Results will be also be later, with A level results published on Tuesday 24 August and GCSE results on Friday 27 August. The schedule of exams has not yet been published.
09/10/20: Tour the campus with two of our students – watch the campus tour video now:
08/10/20: Have you downloaded a copy of our new Prospectus – click here to get your copy.
06/10/20: Reminder: Term Dates and Key Dates (including Staff Development Days, Parents’ Evenings and other events) are available in ParentZone – click here.
28/09/20: Meet The Russell Group Online Event takes place on Wednesday 7 October in association with UK University Search. It is a collaborative Virtual Event with all 24 Russell Group Universities. Registrations are now open. Students, teachers and parents will be able to explore all 24 Russell Group Universities, download documents, chat directly to staff and ambassadors and take part in live webinars led by university representatives.
25/09/20: Sign up for our Virtual Open Day on Saturday 17 October.
24/09/20: A letter from the Principal is being emailed out to parents today to update them on the current Covid-19 situation.
23/09/20: From next week, Blocks A & B on the timetable (Tuesday only) will be switching. This means that those who had lessons on 2.35pm on a Tuesday will now have that lesson from 12.20 – 1.50pm for Year 12 or 1.00 – 2.30pm for Year 13. This is to minimise the amount of time between lessons and reduce the time students have to spend on campus.
22/09/20: Get your copy of the new College Prospectus for September 2021 entry! Course information is on the website, with detailed information on A levels, BTEC & CACHE courses. Applications for 2021 will open in mid-October.
21/09/20: The College will be holding a Virtual Open Day on Saturday 17 October. Find out more and book your place.
14/09/20: Summit Learning Trust Chief Executive Catherine Anwar has written a letter to parents/carers of all students within the Trust.
14/09/20: Parents and Carers are asked to ensure that they have provided an email address to the College, as most communications will be sent out via email. Students can input these details on Tyber and parents will be sent an email to activate their account with a username and PIN. More information here.
14/09/20: A letter is being sent out to parents today – click here to see a copy – regarding a single confirmed case of Covid-19.
11/09/20: A letter is being sent out to parents today – click here to see a copy. In addition, a message being sent to students today is as follows:
Following the decision to implement local lockdown measures in Birmingham and Solihull, we have taken the decision that face coverings will now be mandatory for all students and staff when they are moving around College and between lessons. They are not mandatory in classrooms, but please let your teacher know if you would like to wear your mask in the classroom. If you are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, please contact your Academic Coach.
For clarity – here are some FAQ’s:
When will I need to wear a face covering at College?
You’ll need to wear a face covering in College:
- In all buildings (coming into school buildings, leaving school buildings, and moving between lessons in College buildings).
- When you are outside AND can socially distance you DO NOT have to wear one.
- When you are eating/drinking you DO NOT have to wear one.
- Sat in your classroom, you DO NOT have to wear one.
What will I need?
All members of the College community will need to come to College with:
- A face covering. We’d recommend a reusable one so that you can use it more than once, as you’ll need to take it on and off several times during the day. If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to bring in several single-use face coverings each day. We do ask that any slogans, symbols or patterns on face coverings do not cause offence to other members of our community.
- A sealable plastic bag to keep your face covering in when you’re not using it, so that it doesn’t contaminate (or get contaminated by) other surfaces in College.
Where can I get a face covering?
Reusable and single-use face coverings are available to buy in shops or online. Here are instructions from the government on how to make a cloth face covering – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-facecovering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
How do we need to use them?
The face covering needs to cover your nose and mouth when you’re wearing it. You shouldn’t touch the front of the face covering or the part that’s touched your mouth or nose. You should wash / sanitise (if no washing facilities available) your hands before and after touching the face covering, including to take it off or put it on. Store it in an individual, sealable plastic bag between uses If it becomes damp, you shouldn’t wear it, and you should replace it carefully. You must throw it away in a bin (not a recycling bin) if it becomes damaged or is single use. If it’s a reusable mask, you’ll need to wash it at the end of the day before use the next day. Follow the washing instructions for the fabric. You can use your normal detergent, and you can wash and dry it with other laundry
What if I am exempt from wearing a face covering due ?
You won’t need to wear one in College. Please inform your Academic Coach if you are exempt.
10/09/20: Message being sent to students today is as follows:
You will be aware that Government legislation is changing from Monday in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases. In response to this, we have reviewed our measures within College and are making some changes to help keep all our community safe:
- We strongly encourage all members of the College community to wear a face covering when in corridors and communal areas of College wherever possible.
- All students are permitted to wear a face covering within lessons, but should discuss this with their teacher.
- In line with Government legislation you should be in a maximum group of 6 when travelling to and from College and you are required to wear a face covering whilst on public transport.
- Changes to the one-way system are being made to improve the flow of students through the College.
We would also remind you:
- To be responsible and avoid physical contact as much as possible (no shaking hands, embracing etc).
- To keep a sensible distance between yourself and other students.
- To remember that excellent hand and respiratory hygiene is important in preventing the spread of the virus. Use the hand sanitizers, soap and bins provided.
10/09/20: Key dates have been added to the Term Dates page, detailing the dates of parents’ evenings, Staff Development Days and much more.
09/09/20: Following a review of the one-way system we recognise the need to increase the flow of students into Hampton building. From tomorrow morning the door into the refectory will be for students using the refectory ONLY. To access a lesson in Hampton you should now enter through the main entrance to College, you will then be directed to turn left and proceed up the stairs to access your classes. The only access to the refectory will be through the door from the outside, as is the case with the current one-way system. Signage is being amended ahead of tomorrow morning.
08/09/20: Welcome back to our Year 13 students. Great to see you again.
07/09/20: Welcome to our new Year 12 students, who start lessons today.
06/09/20: Timetables will be available on Tyber from 6.00pm today. Check your timetable so you know when your first lesson takes place. You only need come in when you have a lesson. Please note intervention sessions will not run at the start of term.
02/09/20: New Year 12 students have a piece of homework to complete for each of their subjects before their first lesson next week. This was set at the end of last term when we held our Welcome to College Week online events. If anyone has misplaced the homework, it can be downloaded here.
01/09/20: Year 13 students have been set two Induction tasks, which must be completed by Tuesday 8 September, when Year 13 lessons start. One is a personal VESPA Progress review and the other concerns Personal Statements for UCAS applications and CV creation. Instructions can be found on Moodle (under Academic Coaching) or by clicking here.
01/09/20: All students must watch a brief slideshow from the Principal Martin Sullivan, which outlines the Covid-19 Safety Protocols we have put in place to keep staff and students as safe as possible. The includes some rules that everyone must abide by and the control measures we have put in place to limit contagion.
01/09/20: We are encouraging students to wear face coverings in corridors and other communal areas of the College. However, it is important that these face coverings are worn correctly and that they are put on and taken off safely. Here is a video video from the BBC that explains how to do this:
01/09/20: We are operating a different timetable for Year 12 than for Year 13 this term. This will enable us to keep each year group separate. Year 12 teaching starts at 9.00am on Monday 7 September and Year 13 teaching at 9.30am on Tuesday 8 September. We will not initially be using intervention slots to ensure that the two year groups have different start and finish times. Individual timetables will be available on Tyber from 6.00pm on Sunday 6 September. Students should aim to arrive 5-10 minutes before their start time and go directly to the room where their first lesson is taking place.
29/08/20: Applications for September 2020 are now closed. The Admissions Office is working through the last few late applications received and will be in touch if we have spaces available.
28/08/20: Compulsory Induction for all Year 12 students takes place on Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September (each student is in one day only). The session is approximately 2½ hours long and during this time you will learn about college systems, support and expectations. There is more information, including where to go on arrival in our Year 12 Induction page.
21/08/20: Check out our revised results statistics for 2020. Well done to all our staff and students for your achievements in this most challenging of years. Join a rapidly improving sixth form by booking your enrolment appointment today.
20/08/20: Solihull Sixth Form College is celebrating more than 680 starred grades in 2020, following the government’s decision to accept centre assessed grades. The College saw over 1,000 downgraded results re-instated this week. Find out more.
20/08/20: We are aware that BTEC results scheduled to be announced today have been delayed. When booking an enrolment appointment on Tyber, those students should enter their expected grade instead and book an appointment as normal. We anticipate your final grade will be released before enrolment appointments take place on 25/26 August. Please bring any communications you receive about your BTEC results when you attend your enrolment appointment next week so we can verify those results.
18/08/20: Following yesterday’s U-turn by the government to accept teacher Centre Assessed Grades, emails have been sent to departing Year 13 students to confirm A level grades. Please check your email.
17/08/20: Correspondence have gone out to all students progressing from Year 12 to Year 13 to explain automatic re-enrolment for most – download a copy here. It also explains how all Year 13 students will start their studies on 2 September, when students will be set an independent study exercise, to be completed at home, prior to the start of formal teaching on 7 September.
13/08/20: Now that results have been published, you are entitled to access the Centre Assessed Grade which the College submitted to the exam boards. For information only, we will send these grades to you in an email on Wednesday 19th August, these will not be available prior to that date. If you require additional support, please contact your academic coach from Monday 17th August. You should not contact your teachers at this time.
13/08/20: There will an opportunity to sit exams in October, if you wish to do so, and further information will be provided in due course.
13/08/20: As a College we are in the process of submitting an appeal to the awarding bodies who have downgraded a proportion of the centre assessed grades which we submitted. As a rapidly improving College we are confident that the appeals process will lead to an increase in outcomes for some students.
13/08/20: The College will be open from 8.30am to offer support and guidance in the LRC. We are prioritising those students who have not got a university place, so students who have got their place are asked to contact their academic coach on Monday to discuss any appeals they want to make.
13/08/20: Please note a change in strategy was announced by the Government yesterday, introducing an opportunity to appeal in the event that a mock outcome was higher than the grade awarded. We will be writing to those students eligible for this appeal tomorrow with information on what action is required to process this. If you are in this category and have failed to attain a place at your chosen University, we would advise you to contact them immediately prior to contacting the College. We have already been contacted by Universities who have informed us that they will be accepting mock exam grades.
13/08/20: A level and BTEC results are out at 8am today. Students are encouraged to login to their UCAS account and check the status of their application. They should be able to see if they have got their first choice or not. Please do this before trying to make contact with the College to query your grades.
29/07/20: A level and BTEC results will be announced at 8.00am on Thursday 13 August via Tyber. Students needing any support on this day – including assistance in securing a university place via Clearing – can come into College to see a senior manager in the Learning Resource Centre. GCSE results will follow on Thursday 20 August and after this applicants will be able to input their GCSE results to their Tyber account and book an enrolment appointment on either 25 or 26 August.
21/07/20: Key dates for the 2020/2021 academic year have been added to the website. This includes Staff Development Dates, Parents’ Evenings, Interview Evenings (for applicants for 2021), UCAS deadlines and events at College.
13/07/20: An email has gone out to all Year 13 leavers with important information about Results Day on Thursday 13 August and the support available from senior staff in the Learning Resource Centre that day. Please check your email or download the letter here.
07/07/20: The 2019/20 academic year ends for students on Wednesday 8 July, as Thursday and Friday are Staff Development Days. After a highly unusual and difficult few months, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our students who have continued to engage with their learning, both online and more recently in the classroom, despite significant challenges. Thanks also to our staff, for their dedication and adaptability. Everyone deserves a rest over the summer. Details of term dates for the 2020/21 academic year are available here.
02/07/20: Welcome to College Week for applicants hoping to join the College in September, took place from 22-26 June. We ran live streams for all our courses and lots of enrichments too. Principal Martin Sullivan also ran two sessions on setting expectations and answering questions. If you missed any of these sessions, we have added Recordings to the website. Please watch any sessions related to subjects you want to study, particularly if you wish to request a change of subject. Changes can be requested via our Subject Change Request Form.
01/07/20: As we approach the summer break, we are unfortunately no longer able to complete interviews with applicants ahead of enrolment. Please note, all applications received from 1 July 2020 onwards will be classed as “Late Applications” and will be held on a waiting list until enrolment, which takes place towards the end of August (after GCSE Results are known). We will endeavour to invite late applicants in for an interview during our late enrolment period at the end of August, though you should be aware that, whilst we will aim to meet your preferences, some courses or course combinations may no longer be available at that stage.
30/06/20: BTEC results for both Year 12 and Year 13 will be released on Tyber at the same time as A level results – Thursday 13 August 2020. BTEC certificates will arrive along with A levels and GCSE certificates by the first week in November.
29/06/20: The College is holding a ‘Next Step HE’ Evening for Parents on Tuesday 30 June at 6.00pm – emails have gone out to all parents of Year 12 students for whom we have email addresses.
25/06/20: We’ve updated our Admissions FAQ with all the most frequently asked questions. If you have questions about your application for this September, check here before contacting the Admissions Office.
24/06/20: We’ve been hosting prospective students in live stream subject sessions this week as get Year 11 students with offers ready for College with Welcome to College Week. We are setting summer homework for those who are joining us in September, which can be downloaded here. Try your best and hand it in during your first lesson in September so teachers can see what level you are working to at the moment.
24/06/20: The Class of 2020 has been revealed. See what Principal Martin Sullivan has to say about this year’s Curriculum and Extra-curricular prize winners, as our 2020 Awards are announced.
22/06/20: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, past students will not be able to visit the College to collect their certificates. If you’ve completed your studies between 2015 – 2019 and have not collected your certificates, we can provide a postal service. Visit the ParentPay website and pay £3.00 via card payment and the exams office will post your certificates by first class recorded delivery. You will also need to email the Exams Office and provide staff with your full name and address. Alternatively, you can wait and visit the exams office when the pandemic is over. We hold certificates for up to 5 years from the year you completed your studies.
18/06/20: We’re gearing up for Welcome to College Week next week. This is when we invite applicants hoping to join us in September to attend live stream subject sessions in the courses they hope to study. Applicants with offers are asked to check their email for an official invitation.
16/06/20: Enjoy the Creative Arts Online Show 2020 – open now. Enjoy the work of our A level Drama, Fine Art, Graphics, Music, Photography and BTEC Art & Design students over the 2019/20 academic year.
15/06/20: Message for Year 13 students Re. UCAS 2020:
We would like to remind all Year 13 students that the UCAS deadline for accepting university offers is 18th June and is fast approaching. This deadline applies to all applicants who received decisions from all of their choices by 4th June. Exceptions to this deadline will be those of you who have not yet received decisions from the universities and anyone using UCAS Extra.
As a College, we strongly advise you to make a firm choice backed up by an achievable insurance offer. This will give you a purposeful sense of direction and allow you to plan accommodation etc. The universities intend to make results day (13th August) as normal as possible and you will be able to monitor their decisions via UCAS Track. Please be assured that there will be a team of senior college staff on hand to help you with any queries you may have.
This year UCAS will be offering a new system called ‘Clearing Plus’. This will run alongside ‘Clearing’ and applicants without a university place, who sign up for this system, will be approached by universities to offer suitable courses based on their requirements and academic achievement. It is anticipated that this will provide an additional safety net.
If you have any questions relating to university applications, please contact your academic coach or alternatively email Trevor Irving our UCAS Co-ordinator.
12/06/20: Message to Year 12 Students considering applying to University for 2021/22:
We want to reassure students and parents/carers that the UCAS process and the support for applications continues in “virtually” the same way as previously and within the same time frames. This has involved an Introduction to UCAS coaching session (w/b 11th May), Guidance on how to write personal statements (w/b 18th May) and setting up a UCAS form on UCAS Apply (w/b 1st June). If you missed any of these sessions, the resources are on Moodle . Next week (w/b 15th June), in the Careers and Stretch and Challenge Week, look out for the Higher Education and virtual open days and for the support for students applying to competitive courses. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions about UCAS and HE so it’s worth preparing in advance.
On Thursday 18th June, there is a Microsoft Teams event HE Next Step meeting for Parents. In response to parental requests, a second session will be put on later in the month to allow parents returning from work to join later in the evening.
To date we have 266 forms on the UCAS site for 2021 entry. As in previous years, predicted grades and references will be provided for all applicants. The internal deadline for submitting applications for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science and Oxford and Cambridge is 21st September 2020 and for all other applications 9th November 2020. If you have any queries about UCAS please contact the relevant academic Coach.
11/06/20: Principal Martin Sullivan has a message about what staff and students need to do to stay safe on their return to College from 15 June. The video below explains the measures that have been put into place.
10/06/20: Timetables for the period 15 June – 8 July are now available on Tyber. If you go to the Classes tab you will see when you have been scheduled for a support session for each of your courses. It will read something like Class AL/POL/GP19/Y12/E02/4. The letter and number at the end provide the reference, in this case Block E and Group 4 (week 4). This calendar shows you what date each reference refers to. You will receive an email and Tyber message with further details regarding the time and room for the sessions, this information will also appear within your Tyber timetable, but only one week prior to the session. Sessions last for 90 minutes and start times are staggered to facilitate social distancing so even if you are coming in on the same day as a friend, the chances are you will have a different start time.
09/06/20:Our CACHE Childcare & Education results are out and we’re incredibly proud to announce all A and A* grades this year. Read more about this success here.
08/06/20: Summit Learning Trust – Black Lives Matter Statement
Summit Learning Trust is appalled at the murder of George Floyd in the United States of America on May 25. We support the peaceful protests that so many have taken part in to show solidarity with this cause. We recognise that racism is not just an American issue.
Our Trust is entirely committed to fighting racism and prejudice in all and any of its forms, and to the active promotion of equality for all. We recognise the heightened distress caused directly to so many of our colleagues, pupils, families and communities in the current situation. We are with you. We are determined to work together to make positive change and to create a just society for all. Without justice there will be no peace.
Through education, humility and open mindedness we will strive to raise the levels of understanding and knowledge of the inequalities in our society to better challenge and fight against them. It is vital that we work together as a community to support each other, and to say:
Black Lives Matter.
05/06/20: We’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions page about the partial re-opening of College to limited students from 15 June. Please take the time to read it so you know how we are ensuring we are Covid-ready and maximising everybody’s safety.
22/05/20: Message to all Year 13 BTEC and CACHE students:
In line with the government and exam board guidance, teachers are now working on inputting grades for internally assessed completed units and centre assessed grades for units which you been unable to complete due to these very unusual circumstances. These will then be subject to Examination Board and Ofqual standardisation. In light of this and in order to protect the integrity of the process, the government have stipulated that schools and colleges do not share provisional grades with students or parents and carers.
BTEC teachers have set you some broader, extension reading, tasks or projects to complete independently. The aim of these is to keep you stimulated and academically challenged over the longer than anticipated break before you move on to university, apprenticeships or into employment.
Pastoral support through Academic Coaches will continue to be available to all Year 13 students until 30 June 2020 and those of you who receive financial support (bursary and meal allowances) will also continue to do so up until 30 June 2020.
21/05/20: Following guidance from the government about re-opening schools and colleges from 1 June, the College is working on a strategy to deliver some contact for students with teachers from Monday 15 June for a 4-week period, however, the main method of support will continue to be through remote learning. The aim is to provide 1 session in each A level/A level equivalent subject and two sessions for BTEC Extended Diploma and Cache students by the end of term. Students will be invited into specific sessions in small groups, and can only attend during these sessions to ensure we can keep the numbers of people on campus to a manageable level. Further detailed guidance about how we will be maintaining social distancing and keeping staff and students safe will follow after half-term. The health and safety for our entire community will remain our top priority.
18/05/20: It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week. Check out this great video on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing during this Covid-19 pandemic.
13/05/20: A letter from Catherine Anwar (CEO of the Summit Learning Trust) to all parents and carers about the College re-opening in June following the announcement on Monday 11 May by the government. While the government are developing more detailed guidance, we have starting to work on a plan to provide Year 12 students with some face to face contact with teachers prior to the end of the summer term, to supplement students’ remote education. We will communicate with you further on this when we have more detailed plans. In the meantime, Year 12 students are urged to continue to engage with ongoing online learning to ensure they are ready to move into Year 13 in September.
12/05/20: Following the government’s announcement on Monday 11 May regarding the roadmap ahead to ease lockdown restrictions, they have published advice for schools and colleges and advice for parents and carers.
05/05/20: We’ve updated our Bridging the Gap page with some resources for Year 11 students who are thinking about taking on the challenge of an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) when they join us this September. Scroll down to the end of the list of A level subjects and click on Extended Project to find out more about this qualification, which allows students to boost their university/apprenticeship applications by doing a piece of private research.
30/04/20: Calling all Year 11 students! Our teachers have put forward some brilliant resources related to all our A level, BTEC and CACHE courses to help students bridge the gap between GCSE and advanced level study. It includes suggested reading, podcasts, videos and online activities to help ensure students are ready to start their studies with us this September. None of it is compulsory, but we hope it will keep students academically stimulated during this time of school closure and we really think it will help prepare you for the next stage of your education.
30/04/20: Are you aware of the mental health services available in Birmingham and Solihull? Visit the Birmingham & Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group website for more information.
28/04/20: The government have released more information on Supporting Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Wellbeing. There is more useful advice on the Rise Above website.
23/04/20: The Summit Learning Trust has put together a document detailing Financial Support available to families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
22/04/20: The Summit Learning Trust has issued a statement regarding the provision of laptop computers for students.
20/04/20: UCAS update for Apply 2021 – for Year 12 students and Year 13 students taking a gap year: UCAS have announced that Apply 2021 will run as normal, with the following key dates:
• 19 May – Apply 2021 will go live allowing students to register and start their applications.
• 8 September – completed applications can be sent to UCAS.
20/04/20: UCAS update for Year 13 students for 2020 entry: The deadline for students holding five offers to make a decision has now been moved to a single deadline of 18 June.
17/04/20: The Department for Education have confirmed that results for A levels and GCSEs will be released on the same dates as originally planned – 13 August for A levels and 20 August for GCSEs.
17/04/20: We are delighted to do our small bit to help in the fight against Covid-19. One of our Science technicians Svetlana took Science goggles and other items of personal protection equipment from our Biology and Chemistry departments to Anita Stone Court, one of the nursing homes run by charity BCOP (Broadening Choice for Older People) yesterday. Find out more here.
16/04/20: Message to Year 13 BTEC and CACHE Students: Ofqual published its latest guidance about Applied General qualifications (in our case all BTECS, Cache and Criminology) late on Friday 3rd April. They have said that, “As far as possible, such qualifications will be treated in the same way as GCSEs, AS and A levels, with learners receiving a calculated result. Calculated results could be based in part on teacher, trainer or tutor judgements of what result each learner would most likely have achieved had they been able to complete their assessments in summer 2020. This information will, where appropriate, be combined with a range of other evidence held by the school, college or training provider and/or by the awarding organisation offering the qualification. Depending on the structure of the qualification, schools, colleges and training providers may be asked to provide an estimated result for the whole qualification, or for uncompleted components. There might be some instances where they are asked to provide a rank order of learners (as with GCSEs, AS and A levels).”
Ofqual have confirmed that they will be giving further guidance on this after the Easter break and we will keep you updated. In the meantime, we would encourage you to work with your teachers to complete the theory elements of units already started but you will not be starting new units. We will update you on the processes when we have further information.
16/04/20: Message to Year 13 A Level Students: Remote learning will restart on Monday 20th April for all Year 13 A level and GCSE Specifications which have not yet been been completed. The subjects which fall into this category are: Chemistry, Drama, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphics, Maths, Further Maths, GCSE Maths, Media, Music, Law, Photography, Psychology and Religious Studies. The aim is to make sure you have completed the specification so that you are fully prepared for your next steps and we urge you to engage for your own academic gain. It is anticipated that all teaching will be completed by at the very latest the middle of May if not before. You will be guided in this by your subject teacher.
Teaching of the following A level and GCSE specifications has been completed: Ancient History, Biology, Business, Criminology, Computer Science, Core Maths, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, German, GCSE English Language, Geography, Geology, History, Philosophy, Physics, Physical Education, Politics, Sociology, Statistics, Spanish and Russian. Now that teaching of the specifications has been completed, by the end of the first week back, teachers will be setting you some broader, extension reading, tasks or projects to complete independently. The aim of these is to keep you stimulated and academically challenged over the longer than anticipated break before you move on to university, apprenticeships or into employment.
Pastoral support through Academic Coaches will continue to be available to all Year 13 students until 30th June 2020 and those of you who receive financial support (bursary and meal allowances) will also continue to do so up until 30th June 2020.
16/04/20: Message for all Year 12 students: An important reminder to you that remote learning will restart from Monday 20th April. It is vital that you keep engaging with your teachers across all Year 12 A level and BTEC courses so that you continue to make progress and submit and receive feedback on your work. On your return to College (date yet to be confirmed by central Government) A level students will sit an in-class assessment based on revision of everything up the point of closure and a check on work completed at home so we can identify gaps going forward. BTEC students will continue with the learning and assessment of individual units. Our aim is to make sure you are as well prepared as possible for the final assessments of 2020/21.
14/04/20: There is support for parents and children with dyslexia during the school closures in the form of an online Q&A at 7.30-8.30pm on Wednesday 15 April. Ambassadors Mollie King (singer and BBC Radio 1 presenter), Lee Byrne (former Welsh rugby international) and Adelle Tracey (Team GB athlete) will be taking part. Register for free.
07/04/20: The Government has updated its information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and colleges.
07/04/20: We are experiencing very high volumes of emails to the Admissions Office regarding applications and enrolment this September. As a result, there is a backlog and there may be a delay in our response. Rest assured we are working through the queries as quickly as we can. In the meantime, you may find out Admissions FAQ useful.
03/04/20: Ofqual have today provided further guidance on how GCSE and A level grades will be calculated. Find out more about this and read the statement from Principal Martin Sullivan here.
31/03/20: Remote Learning will continue for all students up until close of play Thursday 2 April when we break for Easter. At this time of distance learning, communication is vital. Students are urged to check their Tyber messages every day for important updates from their teachers, coaches and college leadership. We are still waiting for details from the government on how Year 13 grades will be calculated.
31/03/20: Learning is currently taking place at the College and at schools across the Summit Learning Trust. Please take a moment to read the statement that the Trust has issued about this home learning.
31/03/20: Due to these unprecedented circumstances, our application process for study in September 2020 will remain open until further notice. Please keep checking back for further updates.
30/03/20: Please note, the College is continuing to deliver our safeguarding duty of care during this time of College closure because of the on-going Covid-19 situation. Read more information on how we are dealing with Safeguarding here.
27/03/20: Prospective students awaiting interview for their September 2020 place with us have been contacted with an email from the Admissions Office. The Interview Evenings scheduled for Wednesday 25 March, Thursday 22 April, Wednesday 29 April and Wednesday 13 May will not be taking place. Instead, interviews will take place by telephone and those who were scheduled to attend Interview Evening on Wednesday 25 March will be contacted first. Offer letters will be sent out via email. We will get to those scheduled for interview at subsequent dates as soon as we can and look to schedule those without a specific interview date as soon as possible. Students interviewed at a later date will not be disadvantaged. We do not yet know if the Interview Evening on Wednesday 10 June will go ahead or not; we will update prospective students as soon as we know more.
All the offers we are making are conditional offers, which means we need students to achieve certain grades to study A level, BTEC or CACHE courses with us. In light of the government decision to cancel GCSE exams, we await confirmation of how GCSE grades will be awarded and we will abide by the grades they are awarded by the exam boards. Please be reassured that we will follow all government advice with the aim of ensuring that every student with an application is treated fairly. Further information about this and the enrolment process in late August/early September will follow when the government has clarified the position. We thank all our applicants for their patience.
27/03/20: Message to all Year 13 students: The government and Ofqual are delaying their announcement on how GCSE, A level and Applied vocational courses’ grades will be calculated until next week. Read the government/Ofqual statement on this. We understand that is an anxious time and we will update you all as soon as we have more information. We want to reassure you that we will do everything we can to make sure you are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.
26/03/20: Here’s a reminder of Public Health England’s advice on Covid-19.
25/03/20: Finding it difficult to cope with the current uncertainty because of the Covid-19 situation? Here are some useful tips for coping with that anxiety.
25/03/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19:
The current outbreak of COVID-19 is unprecedented and will have a significant impact on businesses of all sizes. Many suppliers to public bodies will struggle to meet their contractual obligations and this will put their financial viability, ability to retain staff and their supply chains at risk. As a Contracting authority, Summit Learning Trust (which the College is part of) are required to support suppliers at risk so they are better able to cope with the current crises and to resume normal service delivery and fulfil their contractual obligations when the outbreak is over.
All suppliers will be paid as quickly as possible to maintain cash flow and protect jobs. The Trust will also take action to continue to pay suppliers at risk due to COVID-19 on a continuity and retention basis. As Trust staff are working remotely, please email invoices to: PurchaseLedger@summitlearningtrust.org.uk. If you have recently posted an invoice please send it again by email as not all offices are being attended and therefore mail may not get opened as quickly as normal.
The Trust will be contacting suppliers who provide the goods or services that are critical to the functioning of our Educational establishments. We are complying with fresh Government instructions and will continue to do so as they are updated throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a contracted supplier who is at risk of not being able to resume normal service delivery after the outbreak is over, you will continue to be paid as normal until at least the end of June, even if service delivery is disrupted or temporarily suspended. The Government will review this date in due course. If you have not been contacted by Friday 27th March and your financial stability will be significantly impacted as a result of the loss of our business during the COVID-19 outbreak, please contact us at: SupplierEnquiries@summitlearningtrust.org.uk. We will focus our greatest effort on those suppliers that are impacted most by our temporary closure.
For further information and to keep up to date, please visit the Gov.uk websites:
(N.B. this policy note is for Contracting Authorities only, but to be transparent with all you may access it should you wish to). Summit Learning Trust values your business and endeavours to support you throughout this difficult time.
24/03/20: Solihull Sixth Form College will be closing to all staff and students from Wednesday 25 March until further notice. This follows the UK Government’s advice on Monday 23 March for everyone to stay home unless absolutely necessary. We have spoken with our most vulnerable students and determined that we can offer the support they require remotely. Those in receipt of bursaries and Free School Meals are continuing to be supported financially and remote learning is up and running for all students (Year 12 and Year 13 in A level, GCSE, BTEC and CACHE courses). Students are urged to carry on with the work being set by their teachers and to keep in touch with their academic coaches for support. As we get updates, this will be communicated to students and parents by email and Tyber message and added to the website on this page.
24/03/20: Important Message regarding UCAS applications:
We have been informed by UCAS that following a government announcement asking Universities and Colleges in England to hold back from making unconditional offers or amending existing offers to students for up to two weeks, UCAS have taken the decision to extend May’s ‘decision and reply’ deadline by two weeks. UCAS will email further details to all applicants shortly.
The extension will give you and your chosen universities extra time to fully consider any decisions and offers and ensure fairness in admissions is maintained. It also gives more time for further information to be shared on the awarding of grades for examinations and assessments that have been cancelled.
When results are confirmed, UACS intend to run a clearing process to give applicants the flexibility to make further choices during the remainder of the application cycle.
We will update you if we are informed of any further development.
23/03/20: Important Message for Year 13 BTEC students:
Some of you have been inquiring why you are still being asked to continue with your assignments whilst you are working from home.
Our answer is this. The government have indicated that all Year 13 BTEC and CACHE students will get a calculated grade and that teachers will be involved in supplying information that contributes to that grade. We do not yet have details of how the grades will be awarded. However, as non-exam assessment is a fundamental element of BTEC and CACHE, it is vital that you continue to work on this as advised by your teachers. The Government have made it clear that they will not simply be using predicted grades.
Therefore, all student work, including work that is currently being set and assessed remotely, will be taken into account as we strive to ensure that as much of your qualification as possible is covered and that the awarding of your grades is fair and robust.
In addition, we have a duty and a commitment to ensuring that you complete as much of your BTEC/Cache course as possible and teachers will continue to set and assess work which helps you to do so. Your teachers will be working with you to complete units that are already in process. You may also for example be working on units that have theory and practical assignments. Teachers will keep assessing the theory assignments so that the unit can contribute to the information we pass on to the Awarding Body. Until we hear further, we will not be starting any new units.
Our aim is to facilitate your progression to university, apprenticeships and employment and to ensure that you have no knowledge gaps. Should you be unhappy with the calculated grade awarded to you, you will have a right of appeal to the Awarding Body.
Details of how grades will be awarded have yet to be finalised by the government and we will let you know as soon as we know. This link summarises the Government’s current position.
23/03/20: Important Message for Year 13 A level students:
Some of you have been inquiring why you are still being asked to continue with your remote learning, even though there will be no exams.
Our answer is this. The government have indicated that all Year 13 A level students will get a calculated grade and that teachers will be involved in supplying information that contributes to that grade. We do not yet have details of how grades will be awarded but it is clear that it will take into account a range of evidence (non-exam assessment, mock results, standardisation of student marks, teacher assessment and prior attainment) and that the Government will not simply be using predicted grades.
Therefore, all student work, including work that is currently being set and assessed remotely, will be taken into account as we strive to ensure that specifications are covered and that the awarding of your grades is fair and robust. Non-exam assessment, where applicable, is also very important so students should be continuing to work on this as advised by their teachers.
In addition, we have a duty and a commitment to ensuring that you complete your A level specifications, and teachers will continue to set and assess work which helps you to do so. Our aim is to facilitate your progression to university, apprenticeships and employment and to ensure that you have no knowledge gaps. Should you be unhappy with the calculated grade awarded to you, you will have the opportunity to sit the exams once schools and colleges are open again.
Details of how grades will be awarded have yet to be finalised by the government and we will let you know as soon as we know. This link summarises the Government’s current position.
23/03/20: Distance learning can take some getting used to. Here are our tips on how to work effectively from home.
23/03/20: Here’s a link to a British Dyslexia Association free webinar aimed at parents of children who have dyslexia, to support the education of your children at home. Click here for further information and to book your place.
23/03/20: Starting from today (Monday 23 March) the frequency of train services will be reduced across the country. New timetables are available online over the weekend from train operating companies. In addition, between Monday (23rd March) and Wednesday (25th March) most bus operators will reduce the frequency of the services they operate in the West Midlands. New timetables will be available online today. West Midlands Metro services are expected to remain as normal this week but do check for updates in case the situation changes. Everyone will still be able to get to where they need to go, however, the time at which you normally travel may need to change. West Midlands Network are encouraging everyone to plan ahead. See their website for more information.
20/03/20: The Summit Learning Trust Chief Executive Catherine Anwar has issued a letter to parents and carers of all the Trust schools and the College.
20/03/20: Year 13 students and parents of Year 13 students: Please be aware that the Government has just published a broad brush update on how grades will be determined for GCSE and A level subjects this year, in light of the decision to cancel this summer’s exam series. Teachers are going to be asked to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. Performance in mock exams and non-exam assessment will be considered and clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in. For vocational courses where work has already been completed and assessed, these grades are likely to form part of the judgment. Grades will be available hopefully by the end of July, and have a similar distribution as in previous years. Students who wish to will be able to sit exams early next academic year if they wish or in summer 2021. Read the full statement from the Government.
19/03/20: We have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to address many of the questions we have been getting today from students and parents. Please note this is a rapidly evolving situation and changes are coming regularly. As such, we will update the FAQ when we have more information. There is a date and time stamp at the top of the page, which will show you when it was last updated.
19/03/20: A letter to parents regarding the suspension of all Year 12 and Year 13 lessons from 4.00pm on Friday 20 March until further notice is being sent out today – download it here.
19/03/20: The following statement has been released by the Summit Learning Trust, which the College is a member of, regarding recruitment of staff:
19/03/20: Despite the move to distance learning from Monday 23 March, continued provision is being offered for some students. To this end, the following message has just been sent to all students via Tyber and to all parents for whom we have an email address:
Following the guidance provided by the Government on 18th March, the College will be closing to the majority of students from 4pm on Friday 20th March. We will maintain a provision for students, whose parents are key workers as identified by the Government, who have an EHCP, who have a Social Worker, are a Young Adult Carer or who are in receipt of a Full Bursary. The provision will be limited to providing a working environment in the LRC for students to complete the remote learning work which will be set for all students throughout the period of closure. Only a small number of staff will be available to supervise students as they need to minimise the risk to themselves and their own families. it is important that we have information regarding the number of students who will access this provision as quickly as possible so that we can put in place a viable plan. To this end, we have sent a link to a form to all students via Tyber to gather the required information. We ask that students requiring access to College after this week please complete the survey by 9am on Friday 20th March. If we do not receive a response, we will assume that you will not be accessing College from Monday 23rd March.
18/03/20: Important Message from the Principal, Martin Sullivan: “The College will be following the advice given by the government about closing the college for most students from next week. However, we are still committed to making sure that all students are safe and well during this challenging time. Teachers, academic coaches and other support staff will continue to be available to support you while the college is closed for most students. We will also aim to complete the syllabus and fully prepare Year 13 students for their progression to University, Apprenticeships or Work, and to enable this to happen, Year 13 students should continue to attend College until Friday at 4.00pm. We will give more information on how your grades will be awarded as soon as we get the details from the government in the coming days. Year 12 students should monitor Tyber and continue to work with their teachers through distance learning to ensure you make the progress that will enable you to be successful in the end of Year 12 assessments which will take place on your return and in 2020/21. Year 12 students should also maintain the contact with academic coaches who will support you during this period of closure.”
18/03/20: A letter to parents and carers has been sent out explaining the reason for suspending Year 12 lessons for the next 14 days.
18/03/20: Following yesterday’s decision to suspend Year 12 lessons for the next 14 days, the College wants to clarify the reasons for this, in light of some misunderstandings raised on social media. This decision was taken for staffing reasons. Read the full statement here.
17/03/20: Message to Year 12 students and Parents of Year 12 students: Due to staff absence resulting from the government’s recommended measures for self-isolation, we have regrettably made the difficult decision to suspend all formal year 12 lessons (subject lessons, supervised study, enrichment and coaching) for the next 14 days. Year 12 students may come into College on Wednesday to pick up any resources they might need during this period and are welcome to use the LRC facilities for as long as the College remains open. During this period of suspension, Year 12 teachers will remain in touch with Year 12 students to guide their study and provide support. Any specific enquiries should be addressed to each student’s Academic Coach. Year 13 lessons will continue as normal, preparing students for the successful completion of their courses here at the College.
16/03/20: There is a letter from Summit Learning Trust CEO Catherine Anwar going out to all students and parents today.
16/03/20: Our upcoming Easter Concert on 1 April and the Childcare Taster on 24 March have been cancelled due to the developing Coronavirus situation. Apologies for any disappointment.
12/03/20: A letter regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) is being sent out today to students and parents, reminding students what action to take if they feel unwell and asking students to ensure their personal and College email addresses are working and being checked, should we need to communicate with students in this way.
26/02/20: In light of recent reports in the media, the College has sent a letter to students and parents with some public health advice concerning coronavirus. Rest assured there is no cause for concern at the College, which remains open.