Keep up to date with important announcements from the College.

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.

15/07/22: The academic year ends today. Have a great summer!

08/07/22: One week to go! Last day of term is Friday 15 July and lessons will finish at 1.50pm.

06/07/22: Recordings from last week’s Welcome to College Day subject tasters are now available for prospective students who are joining in September to catch up on – check them out here.

23/06/22: There are no lessons on Thursday or Friday next week due to taster sessions and campus tours taking place for new students hoping to join the College in September.

20/06/22: Year 12 students will be getting information about the compulsory Careers Fair on Wednesday 29 June in their Coaching seminars this week. this will include a list of Higher Education providers who will have stands set up in the Sports Hall and a list of those providers giving talks and how they can book to attend.

20/06/22: There is a rail strike taking place on Tuesday and Thursday this week and Solihull and Widney Manor Stations will be closed for the rest of the week too. This will have a knock-on effect on the roads, with traffic delays expected. Students are advised to leave extra time for their journeys and take earlier buses, particularly if they have examinations this week.

17/06/22: Lessons will be suspended on the morning of Wednesday 29 June to allow all Year 12 students to attend the Careers Fair. Details of the providers who will be present and the programme of talks will follow soon.

10/06/22: An email has been sent out to Year 12 Parent/Carers inviting them to our annual ‘Next Step Higher Education Evening for Parents’ on Wednesday 29 June (5.00-6.00pm) and repeated on Tuesday 5 July (6.00-7.00pm). The evenings will be in the form of an online presentation and are aimed at parents/carers of Year 12 students who intend to apply to university. They will focus on the UCAS application process and will outline the support and guidance provided by the College, giving ideas and opportunities on how to get involved as parents/carers. The events will be delivered through Microsoft Teams and a link to access them will be circulated closer to the time.

07/06/22: Reminder that there are no lessons on Wednesday 8 June due to Staff Development activities.

27/05/22: We’re at the mid-point of the Summer Term and next week there are no lessons. We know a lot of students will be revising, so good luck with that. Make sure you have some time to relax too. Happy Half-Term.

27/05/22: Advanced notice that there will be no lessons on Wednesday 8 June due to a Staff Development Day.

23/05/22: This week’s book recommendations from staff in the Learning Resource Centre include fiction, astronomy and a book that cross multiple curriculum areas. There is more information about these books below and the links allow you to check the books’ availability.

The book of trespass: crossing the lines that divide us – Hayes, Nick – The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned. But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation and dispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day. The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access. By trespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians and private corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land.

The last stargazers: the enduring story of astronomy’s vanishing explorers – Levesque, Emily – To be an astronomer is to journey to some of the most inaccessible parts of the globe, braving mountain passes, sub-zero temperatures, and hostile flora and fauna. Not to mention the stress of handling equipment worth millions. It is a life of unique delights and absurdities and one that may be drawing to a close. Since Galileo first pointed his telescope at the heavens, astronomy has stood as a fount of human creativity and discovery, but soon it will be the robots gazing at the sky while we are left to sift through the data. In The Last Stargazers, Emily Levesque reveals the hidden world of the professional astronomer. She celebrates an era of ingenuity and curiosity, and asks us to think twice before we cast aside our sense of wonder at the universe.

Troubled Blood – Galbraith, Robert – Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough – who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974. Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly.

20/05/22: It’s official! The £1,012.38 raised at Fun Day on Friday was the most we have ever raised at a single charity event! That money will go to Cancer Research UK. Added to the £570 raised by our Eid celebrations for the Ummah Welfare Trust, that’s a lot of money raised in recent weeks. Thank you!

17/05/22: Did you catch our students on ITV Central News yesterday? They were giving their views on the impact of changes to advertising rules on cosmetic surgery and the impact on young people. If you missed it, catch up below.

16/05/22: Information for students:

Just a reminder that Ofqual has published a student guide, which contains information on the arrangements in place for awarding both GCSE, AS and A levels, and vocational and other qualifications, in 2022 which you may find useful. They have also published other resources this year to support students which include:

• a guide to coping with exam pressure, produced with Professor David Putwain, a researcher (and a former school and college teacher) at Liverpool John Moores University
• a blog by Professor Kevin Woods and Dr Tee McCaldin outlining the sorts of things that might help students to prepare for exams
videos on our social media channels of tips for students from other students

As this will be the first time that many students have taken formal exams, it’s also important that you’re fully aware of the rules that apply in the exam hall— and in particular that you don’t bring in their watches or other prohibited devices such as mobile phones.

16/05/22: Staff in the Learning Resource Centre have three book recommendations for you this week, concerning Health & Social Care, Biology and Fiction. See below for more information and links to check availability.

Skin Care: The ultimate no-nonsense guide – Hirons, CarolineWith over 100 million views of her blog and over 13 million views of her YouTube videos, Caroline Hirons is the authority in skincare – and for the first time, she’s sharing her knowledge with the world. Skincare is the go-to book for people of all ages and skin types who want to feel and look fantastic. It explains the facts, the myths and the best way to get good skin – on any budget. With everything from Caroline’s signature cheat sheets, simple tips and tricks to glow (inside and out!) understanding ingredients lists, and advice on how to choose the products that are right for you, this is the ultimate guide to healthier, brighter skin.

Bird: The definitive visual guide – DK A must-have for every avian enthusiast, this catalogue showcases thousands of bird species pictured in their native environment. Shot by photographers around the globe, the vivid images are accompanied by in-depth introductions to all 40 of the world’s newly reclassified bird orders. Compiled by a team of experts and revised by BirdLife International, Bird provides the most up to date and comprehensive photographic tour of the wondrous world of birds.

Kill the black one first: A memoir of hope and justice – Fuller, Michael –  A story about race, identity, belonging and displacement, “Kill the Black One First” is the memoir from Michael Fuller – Britain’s first ever black Chief Constable, whose childhood in care and career in policing is not only a stark representation of race relations in the UK, but also a unique morality tale of how humanity deals with life’s unfairness. Hoping to tackle injustice and create change from within, Michael joined the police force. There, he experienced racism and inequality, from colleagues shouting racist insults, to the Brixton Riots where ‘Kill the black one first!’ was yelled from the crowds. Determined, despite everything, not to turn and walk away, he rose through the ranks and made his way to the very top. “Kill the Black One First” is an unflinching account of a life in policing during a tumultuous period, and how one man set out, against the odds, to try and belong.

10/05/22: In partnership with WorkPays, Solihull Career’s Hub is inviting parents and carers of children attending a secondary school/college in Solihull to attend an information event to find out more about Apprenticeships.

Parents and Carers can expect an in depth and insightful talk about the world of Apprenticeships. They will have the opportunity to hear from Young Apprentice ambassadors on their apprenticeship experience and take part in practical workshops.

These workshops take place on 17 May at 4.00pm and 6.00pm and links to book a place can be found below (advance booking only through Eventbrite):
Solihull parent/carer Apprenticeship information event – Session 1 – Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 16:00
Solihull parent/carer Apprenticeship information event – Session 2 – Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 18:00

03/05/22: Kooth will be in College (in the Refectory) on Monday 9 May from 10.30am – 1.30pm to talk to students about the mental health support they can offer. This is particularly important as we come into exam season!

01/05/22: Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating Eid Al Fitr.

29/04/22: Monday 2 May is the May Day Bank Holiday and the College will be closed. Lessons resume on tuesday 3 May.

26/04/22: The Careers Hub is running apprenticeship information sessions for Solihull parents and carers on Tuesday 17 May at 4.00pm and 6.00pm. Book your place via Eventbrite.

25/04/22: Welcome back to all staff and students following the Easter holidays. Reminder that Year 12 A level students are taking internal Progression exams from Friday 29 April to Tuesday 10 May. Throughout this period, there will be no classes in the subject. Classes will continue for Year 12 students on Triple Award BTECs and CACHE courses as normal. Lessons will also continue for students taking Criminology, Single BTEC IT, Single BTEC Health & Social Care, any of the 4 Double BTECs, Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths), GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language. If a student has an A level progression exam in the morning, they should attend the start of their next lesson in any of the Non ‘A’ level classes as normal. If they have an exam in the afternoon, they are not required to attend the morning lessons.

13/04/22: Happy Easter from everyone at Solihull Sixth Form College.

04/04/22: Term ends for students on Thursday this week, as Friday is a Trust Staff Development Day.

04/04/22: Last set of book recommendations from staff in the Learning Resource Centre before the Easter holidays and this week we have books related to Biology, Maths and fiction. Check out the links below to check if these books are available to borrow.

The Science of Animals – Dorling, Kindersley – Filled with magnificent photographs that were specially commissioned for this book and cannot be seen anywhere else. Written in association with the Natural History Museum. This visual reference book starts with the question “what is an animal?” and takes you through the animal kingdom – mammals, reptiles, birds, and sea creatures. It uses a unique head to toe approach that showcases in spectacular detail special features such as the flight feathers of a parrot, the antenna of a moth, or the tentacles of coral. This visual encyclopaedia is filled with clear and fascinating information on everything about the social lives of animals

Math Without Numbers – Milo Beckman – A vivid and wholly original guide to the math that makes the world tick and the planets revolve, Math Without Numbers makes human and understandable the elevated and hypothetical, allowing us to clearly see abstract math for what it is: bizarre, beautiful, and head-scratchingly wonderful. The only numbers in this book are the page numbers.

Sixteen Horses – Buchanan, Greg – Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses’ heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After forensic veterinarian Cooper Allen travels to the scene, the investigators soon uncover evidence of a chain of crimes in the community – disappearances, arson and mutilations – all culminating in the reveal of something deadly lurking in the ground itself. In the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightening and insidious mysteries – no matter the cost.

28/03/22: This week’s book selections from the Learning Resource Centre include books on Sociology and Biology, as well as a novel from Manjeet Mann. Learn more below and check the links to see if the books are available to borrow.

The Crossing – Mann, Manjeet – The sea carries our pain. The stars carry our future. Natalie’s world is falling apart. She’s just lost her mum and her brother marches the streets of Dover full of hate and anger. Swimming is her only refuge. Sammy has fled his home and family in Eritrea for the chance of a new life in Europe. Every step he takes on his journey is a step into an unknown and unwelcoming future. A twist of fate brings them together and gives them both hope. But is hope enough to mend a broken world?

Immune: A journey into the mysterious system that keeps you alive – Dettmer, Philipp – Enlivened by engaging full-colour graphics and immersive descriptions, Immune turns one of the most intricate, interconnected, and confusing subjects – immunology – into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape. Challenging what you know and think about your own body and how it defends you against all sorts of maladies and how it might also eventually be your own downfall, Immune is a vital and remarkably fun crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.

Control: The dark history and troubling past of eugenics – Rutherford, Adam – CONTROL tells the story of attempts by the powerful throughout history to dictate reproduction and regulate the interface of breeding and society. It is an urgently needed examination that unpicks one of the defining and most destructive ideas of the twentieth century. To know this history is to inoculate ourselves against its being repeated.

24/03/22: Arrangements for Examinations and Study Leave:

Year 13 Students:
Classes will continue for all Year 13 students until they have sat the last exam. If a student has an A level exam in the morning, they should attend their next lessons (i.e. if the exam finishes at 10:30am, then they should go to the 10:45am lesson, but if the exam finished at 11:00am, they would go to the 12:20pm lesson). If a student has an exam in the afternoon, they are not required to attend the morning lessons.

For Year 12 – A Level Subjects:
All Year 12 students on A level subjects will be taking internal Progression exams starting on Friday 29 April and finishing on Tuesday 10 May. Throughout this period, A level classes will be on study leave (i.e. there will be no classes in the subject and the expectation is that students are revising independently).

For Year 12 – Non A Level Subjects:
Classes will continue for Year 12 students on Triple Award BTECs and CACHE courses as normal. Lessons will also continue for students taking Criminology, Single BTEC IT, Single BTEC Health & Social Care, any of the 4 Double BTECs, Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths), GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language. The reason for this is that students are being prepared for external set examinations which they will be taking in May/June. If a student has an A level progression exam in the morning, they should attend the start of their next lesson in any of the Non ‘A’ level classes as normal. If they have an exam in the afternoon, they are not required to attend the morning lessons.

This means that Year 12 students on mixed programmes (A levels and BTECs) will be in for only some of their lessons.

21/03/22: The Learning Resource Centre’s three book recommendations this week include a work of fiction and books related to Physical Education and Sociology. More information can be found below, together with links to check the availability of these books.

Our House – Candlish, Louise – On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it. When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanours, the nest comes tumbling down.

Me and white supremacy: how to recognise your privilege, combat racism and change the world – Saad, Layla F – Me and White Supremacy shows readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Thirteen lessons that saved thirteen lives: The Thai cave rescue – Volanthen, John – This is the thrilling account of the dramatic Thai cave rescue which saved the lives of thirteen people, from the diver who led the rescue. In this first-hand account, John Volanthen reveals how he pushed the limits of human endurance in the life-or-death mission to rescue the Thai youth soccer team trapped in the flooded cave. Each chapter of Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives tells one part of the edge-of-your-seat mission from Tham Luang but also imparts a life lesson, gleaned from John’s previous rescues and record-breaking cave dives, that can be applied to everyday obstacles and challenges. In this story of breath-taking courage and nerves of steel, John reveals how responding positively to the statement, ‘But I can’t…’ by stating, ‘I can,’ led to one of the most incredible rescues of all time.

18/03/22: It’s Culture Week next week. Monday is Flag Fact Day; Tuesday students can get a Henna tattoo; Wednesday will see a cultural Fashion Show; Thursday is a screening of Black Panther in the lecture theatre and a bake sale; and finally on Friday there is another chance to see Black Panther. Students can also sample the different cuisines in the Refectory and enjoy the music.

14/03/22: This week’s book choices from the Learning Resource Centre are a poetry book ‘The Kids’ by Hannah Lowe which won the 2021 Costa Book of the Year Award, a personal development book ‘Brain Inflamed: Uncovering the hidden causes of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders in adolescents and teens’ a suspense thriller called ‘The Dinner Guest’. Check out more information and links to check availability below.

The Kids – Lowe, Hannah – A powerful exploration of time, growth, identity and negotiating an unknown future, ‘The Kids’ draws lessons from both the poet’s experiences as a teacher in a London inner city school and her own childhood shaped by a completely different kind of age.

Brain Inflamed: Uncovering the hidden causes of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders in adolescents and teens – Bock, Dr Kenneth – In Brain Inflamed, acclaimed integrative doctor Dr Kenneth Bock shares a revolutionary new view of adolescent and teen mental health – one that suggests many of the mental disorders most common among this population (including depression, anxiety, and OCD) may share the same underlying mechanism: systemic inflammation. In this groundbreaking work, Dr Bock explains the essential role of the immune system and the microbiome in mental health, detailing the ways in which imbalances in these systems – such as autoimmune conditions, thyroid disorders, or leaky gut syndrome – can generate neurological inflammation. Filled with incredible stories from Dr. Bock’s more than thirty years as a practising physician, Brain Inflamed explains the biological underpinnings of many common mental health issues, and empowers the parents and family members of struggling teens with practical advice.

The Dinner Guest – Walter, B.P – Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave. Matthew: the perfect husband. Titus: the perfect son. Charlie: the perfect illusion. Rachel: the perfect stranger. Charlie didn’t want her at the book club. Matthew wouldn’t listen. And that’s how Charlie finds himself slumped beside his husband’s body, their son sitting silently at the dinner table, while Rachel calls 999, the bloody knife still gripped in her hand – Classic crime meets Donna Tartt in this nerve-shredding domestic noir thriller that weaves a sprawling web of secrets around an opulent West London world and the dinner that ends in death.

08/03/22: If you missed Principal Martin Sullivan’s online presentation last night, why not catch up now. See the full talk below.

Join Principal Martin Sullivan for an online talk from 5pm tonight. This is the last chance to learn about what the College offers and ask questions before our application deadline on 31 March. Link to join is below:


07/03/22: This week’s three book recommendations from the Learning Resource Centre are a novel shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a psychology book about why sleep matters and a biography of actor and singer Will Smith.

A Little Life – Yanagihara, Hana – When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, they all become incredibly successful: JB in the art world, Malcolm as an architect, Willem as an actor and Jude as a litigator. Their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride with the story focusing on the main protagonist ‘Jude’. A Little Life is about the unimaginable cruelty of human beings, the savage things done to a child and his lifelong struggle to overcome the damage. Its pages are soaked with grief, but it’s also about the bottomless human capacity for love and endurance.

Why We Sleep – Walker, Matthew – Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world – Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes – has very strong causal links to deficient sleep. In this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves into everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime.

Will – Smith, Will – One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

Principal Martin Sullivan03/03/22: The Principal’s Online Talk is taking place via Microsoft Teams tonight at 5.00pm. Join in using the link below for a 30-minute talk by Dr Martin Sullivan and type in any questions you may have. If you can’t make it tonight, why not book a place for the repeat talk on Monday 7 March at 5.00pm – CLICK HERE.


28/02/22: Staff in the Learning Resource Centre have three book choices this week, which include a Fiction, a Personal Development book and a Biography from Booker prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo. The recommendations, together with a synopsis and links to check their availability, can be found below.

Manifesto – Evaristo, Bernardine – In 2019, Bernardine Evaristo became the first black woman to win the Booker Prize since its inception fifty years earlier – a revolutionary landmark for Britain. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history. Manifesto is her intimate and fearless account of how she did it. From a childhood steeped in racism from neighbours, priests and even some white members of her own family, to discovering the arts through her local youth theatre. Bernardine Evaristo’s life story is a manifesto for courage, integrity, optimism, resourcefulness and tenacity. It’s a manifesto for anyone who has ever stood on the margins, and anyone who wants to make their mark on history. It’s a manifesto for being unstoppable.

Demystifying Disability: what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally – Ladau, Emily – People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, an estimated 15 percent of the global population. But many of us – disabled and nondisabled alike – don’t know how to act, what to say, or how to be an ally to the disability community. Demystifying Disability is a friendly handbook on the important disability issues you need to know about, including: How to appropriately think, talk, and ask about disability.

Normal People – Rooney, Sally – Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation – awkward but electrifying – something life-changing begins.
Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can’t.

28/02/22: Welcome back to all staff and students following the half-term break.

23/02/22: The deadline to apply for a place in September 2022 is 31 March. Make your application before the deadline so you are prioritised for a place.

Happy Half-Term! Lessons finish today and will resume on Monday 28 February.

14/02/22: It’s time for the latest three book recommendations from staff in the Learning Resource Centre. They are:

Punching the air – Zoboi, Ibi / Salaam Yusef – One fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighbourhood escalates into tragedy. ‘Boys just being boys’ turns out to be true only when those boys are white. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal Shahid’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it? With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.

Why has nobody told me this before? – Smith, Julie (Dr) – Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares all the skills you need to get through life’s ups and downs. Filled with secrets from a therapist’s toolkit, this is a must-read handbook for optimising your mental health. Dr Julie’s simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way.

Human Trafficking: Trade for sex, labor and organs – Purkayastha, Bandana/ Yousaf, Farhan Navid – The last few decades have seen a huge increase in attention paid to the trafficking of human beings, often referred to as modern-day slavery. International and national policies and protocols have been developed and billions of dollars spent to combat the issue and protect trafficking victims. Yet it continues to flourish and human beings, in both the Global North and the Global South, continue to be degraded to the level of commodities and smuggled across borders for profit. Drawing upon feminist and human rights approaches to trafficking, this book links the worlds of policy, protocols, and social structures to the lived experience and conditions of trafficked people.

11/02/22: Reminder that lessons finish at 12:45pm on Wednesday 16 February to allow teachers to take part in online Year 13 Parents’ Meetings. Scroll down to 03/03/22 post for information about parents’ accessing parents’ online meetings.

07/02/22: The exams boards have today released advance information for the summer 2022 exam series. JCQ have produced a frequently asked questions guide for students so that you have a full understanding about how Advance Information will be used and the exam boards have produced advance information for every subject (except for A level Art subjects as they have already been streamlined), which are available on their websites. As well as these guiding you with your own revision, they will also be used by teachers to focus planning, teaching, assessment and revision between now and the summer exams.

Advance information will be available only from awarding organisation websites:
• AQA:
• Eduqas:
• OCR:
• Pearson:

07/02/22: We have fiction, a biography and a Criminology book as the three suggestions for books to check out from the Learning Resource Centre this week. Find more information and links to check availability below.

All Our Hidden Gifts – O’Donoghue, Caroline – Maeve Chambers doesn’t have much going for her. Not only does she feel like the sole idiot in a family of geniuses, she managed to drive away her best friend Lily a year ago. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she’s found her gift at last. Things are looking up – until she discovers a strange card in the deck that definitely shouldn’t be there. And two days after she convinces her ex-best friend to have a reading, Lily disappears. Can Maeve, her new friend Fiona and Lily’s brother Roe find her? And will Maeve’s new gift be enough to bring Lily back, before she’s gone for good? A richly imagined mystery steeped in Irish folklore and a brilliant exploration of the complexities of friendship.

Honour: Achieving justice for Banaz Mahmod – Goode, Caroline – When Rahmat Sulemani reported his girlfriend Banaz missing, it quickly became clear to DCI Caroline Goode that something was very wrong. In fact, Banaz had contacted her local police station multiple times before, even listing the names of the men she expected to murder her in a so-called ‘honour’ killing. Her parents didn’t seem worried, but Banaz had already accused them of being part of the plot. DCI Goode’s team took on the investigation before they even had proof that a murder had taken place. What emerged was a shocking story of betrayal and a community-wide web of lies, which would take the team from suburban south London to the mountain ranges of Kurdistan, making covert recordings and piecing together cell phone data to finally bring the killers to justice.

Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a distinctly average human being – Ranganathan, Romesh – For the first time, Romesh tells the full story of how he got here. From the delights of Sri Lankan hospitality to his struggles as a child, teacher and now parent, to his adolescent flirtation with a rap career and his attempts to make it in comedy, Straight Outta Crawley is Ranganathan’s hilarious and irreverent autobiography.

03/02/22: Year 13 Parents’ Meetings will take place online on Wednesday 16 February. Letters/emails regarding this are going out to parents this week, giving details of how to book appointments. There will be two sessions: 2.00-4.00pm and 4.30-7.30pm with 8-minute appointments. Lessons will finish at 12:45pm that day to allow for this event. The booking window will open at 6.00pm on Monday 7 February until 12.00pm on Wednesday 16 February.

01/02/22: Happy Chinese New Year to all our students, staff and the wider Solihull and Birmingham community. Solihull Sixth Form College would like to wish you a year filled with luck, prosperity and good health.

31/01/22: This week’s book recommendations from staff in the Learning Resource Centre include a novel, a lifestyle book and science literature. Find out more, including links to check availability, below.

It Ends With Us – Hoover, Colleen – SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST. Hoover’s touching novel of desire, lost loves and second chances focuses on a brilliantly realised love triangle and how we must always live with the ghosts of the past. ‘It Ends With Us’ is a heart-wrenching story and an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

Tiny habits: Why Starting Small Makes Lasting Change Easy – Fogg, BJ – For years, we’ve been told that being more healthy and productive is a matter of willpower: that we should follow the latest fad and make constant changes to our lifestyles. But whether in our diets, fitness plans or jobs, radical overhauls never work. Instead we should start with quick wins ― and embed new, tiny habits into our everyday routines.

The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology – Luisi, Pier Luigi – In the theory of evolution, the spontaneous increase in complexity from inorganic matter to the emergence of life has been a mystery ever since Darwin first speculated about it. During recent decades, however, a new systemic approach to this puzzle emerged and led to a series of remarkable discoveries and experimental achievements. Pier Luigi Luisi has been at the very centre of this exciting new field of research for over thirty years, and in this book he distills his experience into a coherent and fascinating narrative – essential reading for anyone interested in the science of the origin of life on Earth.

27/01/22: The following email has gone out to parents of Year 13 students regarding Higher Education Finance Talks:

Dear Parent/Carer,

As part of our ongoing support for students who have applied to study higher education courses, we have invited an expert speaker to take us through the process of applying for student finance and the budgeting challenges that lie ahead for students and their parents / carers.

Lucy Carswell from the Aston University Student Recruitment Outreach Team, will address an audience of parents/carers on Thursday 3rd February at 6.00pm, to look at topics such as tuition fees, student loans and budgeting for life at university.

The meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams Live and a link to join the event is being sent out.

Please note that this is an event primarily for parents/carers and ‘Student Finance’ will be covered as an academic coaching topic week beginning 14 February. These sessions will also be presented by university recruitment officers.

26/01/22: Recordings from Monday night’s online Open Evening are now available for those who want to catch up. Watch presentations from the Principal, teachers and support staff HERE.

24/01/22: Hear from teachers online at our virtual Open Evening tonight. They will be delivering presentations and answering questions at 5.00pm and again at 5.45pm. The Principal Dr Martin Sullivan will then be giving a talk at 6.30pm. Join the Microsoft Teams live streams HERE.

24/01/22: Check out this week’s book recommendations from staff in the Learning Resource Centre. More information and links to check availability are available in the comments.

Black art: a cultural history – Powell, J Richard – This new edition helps us understand better how the first two decades of the twenty-first century have been a transformative moment in which previous assumptions about race, difference, and identity have been irrevocably altered, with art providing a useful lens through which to think about these compelling issues.

All the bright places – Niven, Jennifer – A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

The daily laws: 366 meditations on power, seduction, mastery, strategy and human nature – Greene, Robert – Daily doses of wisdom from the master of self-development. The perfect entry point for those new to Greene’s penetrating insight, but it will also help the many Greene fans throughout the world understanding and internalizing the many lessons that fill his books. It is a guide to a lifetime of reading and re-reading about power, seduction, strategy, psychology and human nature.

21/01/22: Thank you to everyone who signed the petition to #ProtectStudentChoice. We are delighted that it reached the necessary 100,000 signatures, which means it will be considered for debate in Parliament. It’s one step closer to saving BTEC qualifications and ensuring that students have breadth of choice.

21/01/22: We need one final push to ensure that BTEC qualifications are saved. If you have not yet signed the petition to #ProtectStudentChoice please lend it your support before Sunday’s deadline. We need to get to 100,000 signatures to ensure the petition gets debated in Parliament. We think students deserve to have a choice of the type of qualifications they can study. If you agree please sign the petition today at

20/01/22: Project ASK are putting on a range of live virtual workshops and talks over National Apprenticeship week on 7-14 February. It’s totally free to any student and the workshops include a short introductory talk about Apprenticeships, employability tips and conversations with real world employers, all to benefit future career seekers. Please see the Careers Notice on the Student Portal to see a list of the different sessions and to register.

20/01/22: Please note that face masks are no longer required in classrooms from, but are still required in communal areas, as per revised government guidance.

17/01/22: The Learning Resource Centre’s weekly book choices are back and this week, we have a novel, a book on dealing with stress and the story of the Large Hadron Collider being recommended by staff in the LRC. More information and links to check availability are below.

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Reid, Taylor Jenkins  – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a mesmerizing journey through the splendour of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means and what it costs to face the truth. Check availability here.

The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind – Lincoln, Don – As accessible as it is fascinating, The Large Hadron Collider reveals the inner workings of this masterful achievement of technology, along with the mind-blowing discoveries that will keep it at the centre of the scientific frontier for the foreseeable future. Check availability here.

Navigating Stress: How to Find Calm During Stressful Times – Langley, Joy – With the help of stress expert Joy Langley, in this book you will learn to identify the unique stressors in your life, both external and internal, discover how you react to those stressors: physically, mentally and behaviourally, understand how to harness stress and use it in a positive way – becoming more productive and resilient and you will be able to implement practical strategies to deal with your stress symptoms when they occur. Check availability here.

14/01/22: Mock exams for Year 13 A level students take place from Monday 24 – Friday 28 January. Year 13 A level and A level equivalent students only need attend College for their exams that week. Year 13 BTEC Extended Diploma students are expected in lessons as normal as are Year 13 students on Year 12 pick-up programmes.

10/01/22: There is less than two weeks left to sign to #ProtectStudentChoice petition to ensure we keep BTEC courses from being defunded. We believe BTEC qualifications are a great alternative to A levels or the new T levels. If you agree, sign the petition to protect them. You can also find out more about the campaign and others ways to support it on the Protect Student Choice website.

06/01/22: It’s Open Evening on Monday 24 January. Because of the current Covid-19 situation, we have decided to move this event online. Those with a booking do not need to rebook for the online event – emails will go out in the coming days with more information. If you have not booked, but wish to attend online, please book your Eventbrite tickets here.

06/01/22: Next week’s twilight taster session for our CACHE Childcare & Education course has been postponed due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases. The event will instead take place on 23 March. Those who have booked a place will automatically be moved to the new date. Tickets are available for those who have not yet booked – CLICK HERE.

05/01/22: Thursday’s Interview Evening (6 January 2022) for applicants will now take place by telephone. Please do not come into College, as it will be closed in the evening (lessons go ahead as normal during the day). We will try to stick to appointment times as closely as possible, but exact times of calls cannot be guaranteed. Not all students will have an appointment, so applicants are urged to check their email to see if they have an interview appointment scheduled.

04/01/22: Lessons resume on Wednesday 5 January. we hope all staff and students had a good Christmas/New Year break. Due to the rising cases of Covid-19, students have been informed of the following mitigations put in place:

LFD Tests 

It is strongly recommended that you complete a Lateral Flow Device Test on the morning of Wednesday 5th January, before leaving for college. LFD Tests have proved to be incredibly effective in picking up cases of COVID-19 in the college community and all students are recommended to continue with twice weekly tests over the coming half term. Additional tests can be collected from your academic coach, usually in your coaching session.

Face Coverings 

Following a change in Government guidance, face masks are now required in all indoor spaces, this includes communal areas and classrooms.  If traveling by public transport, you are also required to wear a mask whilst on buses and trains. In line with previous use of face coverings, you are permitted to remove masks to eat and drink and when outside.  If you have informed us that you are exempt from wearing a face covering, your white lanyard needs to be visible. Please ensure that you attend college with a mask and a spare one in case you need to change or replace a face covering. Government guidance will be reviewed on this measure on 26th January, and we will update on whether there are changes at this time.

Self-Isolation Update

Following the changes to self-isolation, for people testing positive for COVID-19 made on 22nd December, individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

Further information on self-isolation can be found here.

Close Contacts 

During the Autumn Term people identified as a close contact of a positive case were being recommended to book a PCR test, can I remind you that following the change on 14th December, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged up to 18 years and 6 months identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are now strongly advised to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days and continue to attend college as normal, unless they have a positive test result.  If you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case we request that you complete your daily test before attending college each day, for the 7 days after your contact with the positive case.

Students Currently Isolating

If you are currently isolating due to testing positive for COVID-19 I hope that you are safe and well.  If you isolation period will mean that you are not able to return to college on Wednesday 5th January, please report your absence via the normal attendance procedures to inform us.

We continue to review our mitigations in college, to do our best to maintain face-to-face education for you all, and hugely appreciate all of the support you provide with this.

17/12/21: The Autumn Term ends today. We wish everyone a great break during the holidays. Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

17/12/21: Thank you to all who gave to the Christmas Charity Appeal for the Bethany Food Bank, Solihull Borough Council LAC (Looked After Children) Team and the Child Asylum Team & Post-16 Team under OVOS (Our Voice Our Services) charities.

  • £523 raised in just 10 days, as well as donations of food.
  • 20 large boxes of food, including treats that families might not usually be able to afford, were handed over.
  • 4 large boxes of toiletries and a huge selection of toys, puzzles, games, books and art & craft activities were donated for Christmas gifts for children in care.
  • 16 care packages for teenagers were put together, including 10 items of toiletries, socks, gloves, face masks and treats in each package.

16/12/21: In the new year, there is a twilight taster session in Childcare & Education taking place in College on Wednesday 12 January at 4.30pm. To attend, you need to book an Eventbrite place.

16/12/21: If you are applying for a September 2022 place, why not read out Admissions Frequently Asked Questions to help you make the best application you can?

15/12/21: The tickets for Open Evening on Monday 24 January 2022 are going fast. Get your Eventbrite tickets for timed entry before they are all gone – CLICK HERE. although most of the tickets are for the post-7pm slots at the moment, earlier tickets may become available if we get returns, so keep checking the Eventbrite website if you need an earlier time.

07/12/21: At the end of term, lessons will finish at 2.30pm on Friday 17 December.

07/12/21: Holidays abroad over Christmas: With the festive period nearly upon us, we would remind students to check the guidance for those who may be going abroad over the holiday period. Please check out the latest Government information and ensure that there is sufficient time to complete any period of quarantine or self-isolation on your return, so you are available to attend College on the first day of term.

06/12/21: For students who finished their studies with us last summer, exam certificates have now been received from the exam boards. To get hold of your certificates please visit the ParentPay website and pay a £3 postage fee and the Exams Office will send your certificates out by Recorded Delivery. If you have queries, please email the Exams Office.

06/12/21: The Head of Ofqual, on behalf of the Department for Education, has asked us to distribute a letter to all students due to take examinations or complete applied qualification in the summer of 2022. Please take time to read this letter and view the video on Instagram (click image below).

02/12/21: Solihull Sixth Form College supports the #ProtectStudentChoice campaign to ensure we do not lose BTEC qualifications. If you think young people deserve the choice that these great courses offer, why not make your voice heard by signing the petition, which is open until January.

23/11/21: Reminder that there are no lessons on Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 November inclusive. This is due to the College holding an Interview Day, Open Evening and Staff Development Day. Students have independent learning they can do and lessons resume on Monday 29 November.

22/11/21: The Learning Resource Centre’s book choices for this week include titles related to fiction, music and a biography. Current students can check out these and more or use the links below to check availability.

King City – Pennell, Stephen – Birmingham has a tradition of individualism and experimentation, giving rise to a fragmented but innovative culture. This applies to the city’s contemporary music scene just as it does to the rest of its cultural heritage, which explains why the Birmingham sound is hard to define. Whereas other cities are known for a certain sound, this city celebrates its diversity. In this book, Stephen Pennell’s reviews and musings shine a light on Birmingham’s finest up-and-coming performers playing the city’s most iconic venues, taking us on a unique journey around Birmingham’s music scene.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Collins, Suzanne – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes delivers a mesmerizing look into the life of Coriolanus Snow and the root causes of his villainous behavior. ‘Everything you would expect from Collins is here: fraught teenage love; plenty of violence Collins s themes of friendship, betrayal, authority and oppression, as well as the extra layers of lore about mockingjays and Capitol’s history, will please and thrill.’ –The Guardian

To Hell and Back: An Autobiography – Lauda, Niki – Niki Lauda drove a car for sport, but crossed the line between life and death and fought back to even greater glory. In To Hell and Back he reveals how he battled fear to stage a comeback that seemed beyond human endurance and looks back on the strict childhood and parental disapproval that he believes gave him an ‘addiction to excellence’.

15/11/21: The Skills Bill is being debated in the House of Commons for the first time today. We are supporting the Sixth Form Colleges Association’s campaign to #ProtectStudentChoice and ensure we do not lose BTEC qualifications. If you think young people deserve a wide range of study opportunities, why not speak to your local MP about the issue and sign the petition.

15/11/21: Here’s what the Learning Resource Centre is suggesting as their three book choices for the week. There’s an autobiography, a book on British Politics and some Manga literature included this week. More information and links to check availability can be found below.

More than a woman – Moran, Caitlin – The author of the international bestseller How to Be a Woman returns with another “hilarious neo-feminist manifesto” (NPR) in which she reflects on parenting, middle-age, marriage, existential crises—and, of course, feminism. This book is a hilarious memoir, a passionate polemic, and a moving manifesto on how to be a decent person and try, in the face of countless stresses, to live a full open-hearted, joyous life’.

Jujutsu Kaisen Vol 1– Akutami, Gege – Although Yuji Itadori looks like your average teenager, his immense physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants him to join, but Itadori would rather hang out with the school outcasts in the Occult Research Club. One day, the club manages to get their hands on a sealed cursed object. Little do they know the terror they’ll unleash when they break the seal.

Politics UK – Jones, Bill et al. – This revised and updated tenth edition of the bestselling textbook Politics UK is an indispensable introduction to British politics. It provides a thorough and accessible overview of the institutions and processes of British government, an excellent grounding in British political history and incisive introduction to the issues and challenges facing Britain today.

09/11/21: Students are being asked to complete a Subject Questionnaire for each of their courses by 19 November. There will be opportunities to complete these questionnaires in Supervised Study, EPQ lessons or in lessons and links to access these surveys have been emailed to students. Please make sure you complete the survey for each of your courses. This feedback helps us to anticipate student needs and support us to continuously improve.

08/11/21: Please note that all tickets for the Open Evening on 24 November have now gone. Tickets will only become available as and when current bookings are cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience. Keep checking the Open Day information page or order tickets for our 24 January Open Evening instead.

02/11/21: Parents/Guardians of Year 12 students are invited to make online video appointments for parent-teacher meetings on Tuesday 9 November. There will be two sessions: 14:00 – 16:00 and 16:30 – 19:30. For details of how to book appointments and how to join the meetings, click here.

27/10/21: Please support the Protect Student Choice campaign to ensure that BTEC qualifications are not lost. Find out more about this campaign to keep these great qualifications, which combine the development of practical skills with academics at the Protect Student Choice website. If you feel as strongly as we do, why not sign the petition on there too.

26/10/21: Please be aware that lessons will finish early on Tuesday 9 November to allow teachers to take part in online parents’ meetings in the afternoon and evening. Lessons will finish at 12.15pm that day.

22/10/21: Happy Half-Term to all staff and students. We hope you have a good week off and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 1 November, when lessons resume.

19/10/21: Interested in learning more about what it’s like to study A level Geography and/or Geology? Book your place at a twilight taster session on Tuesday 16 November (5.00 – 6.00pm) and you could find out. Bookings can be made online – click here.

14/10/21: After attending tomorrow’s Open Day, we hope prospective students will feel ready to make an application for a September 2022 start. You can do this online here. If you are not quite ready yet, don’t worry – the deadline is not until 31 March 2022.

14/10/21: All tickets for Saturday’s Open Day have now gone. A small number of tickets may become available if there are any cancellations, but we cannot guarantee this and we apologise to any prospective students or parents who have been disappointed. Tickets are available now for our next Open Evening on Wednesday 24 November (5.00 – 8.00pm). Check availability and book your tickets HERE.

13/10/21: For students in Year 11 who are thinking about applying to study a Visual Arts course in September 2022, a Visual Arts Twilight Taster session will be taking place on 11 November (5.00 – 6.00pm). Bookings are now open via Eventbrite.

07/10/21: For students in Year 11 who are thinking about applying to study A level Drama or A level Music in September 2022, a Performing Arts Twilight Taster session will be taking place on 8 November (5.00 – 6.00pm). Bookings will open on Monday at Eventbrite.

04/10/21: Interested in studying A level English Language? Want to know how it differs to A level English Literature? Why not book a place on our Twilight Taster session on Wednesday 3 November (5.00 – 5.45pm). Bookings are open now at Eventbrite.

04/10/21: Representatives from Aston, Birmingham, Coventry and Sheffield Universities will be present at Open Day on Saturday 16 October to advise Year 11 students from Solihull and Birmingham schools on which A level, BTEC or CACHE courses they should take if they have a particular university course in mind. Those interested in attending must book a timed entry ticket here.

27/09/2021: Every week staff in the Learning Resource Centre will be suggesting three books for you to read. This week, the LRC Team have chosen three different genres that they feel you should try:

Boris Johnson: the Gambler – Bower, Tom – An insight into Boris Johnson’s personal and public life that goes farther than any previous biography towards solving the enigma of his true personality.
Black people in the British Empire – Fryer, Peter – The story of Britain’s exploitation and oppression of its subject peoples in its colonies, and in particular the people of Africa, Asia and Australasia. Peter Fryer reveals how the ideology of racism was used as justification for acquiring and expanding the Empire; how the British Industrial Revolution developed out of profits from the slave trade; and how the colonies were deliberately de-industrialised to create a market for British manufacturers.
Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury, Ray – Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. His wife spends all day with her television “family. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbour Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.

20/09/2021: The College is holding its first Open event next month. Open Day takes place on Saturday 16 October 2021 (9.30am, 3.30pm, last entry at 2.30pm). Everyone must book timed-entry tickets if they wish to attend – CLICK HERE TO BOOK. No unaccompanied students will be admitted and groups of no more than three (student and two parents/guardians) are welcome so we can manage the number of people on campus for safety reasons.

14/09/2021: The way students can report an absence is changing. There is a new online form that students can fill in. All absences must be reported promptly on the first day of illness and everyday that a student is absent.

14/09/2021: We have university representatives coming into college on various dates over the next term (until the internal UCAS deadline) to offer 1-1 feedback to students on their personal statement drafts. Each appointment will be 15 minutes long and will take place in the Careers Area of the Learning Resource Centre (behind the screens). Students need to book their appointment via the link on the Careers Moodle page (available to students only via login).

13/09/2021: Welcome to all our new Year 12 students starting lessons today. If you have any queries, please go to Student Reception (next to Main Reception in Hampton building).

12/09/2021: Due to the significant number of students who have chosen to study with us this year, we have unfortunately encountered a brief delay publishing timetables. We are expecting your timetables to be available from 7.30pm on Tyber. Please login to Tyber this evening to see your timetable for the start of this week. We are continuing to work on our transfer from Tyber to Arbor and further information will follow in relation to this in due course. Thanks for your patience.

09/09/2021: New Year 12 students will be introduced to the VESPA Mindset when they start their lessons. VESPA stands for Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude and adopting this positive mindset is key being successful in your studies. Learn more about this here.

08/09/21: A new outside social area has been created on campus, including a covered canopy area in case of wet weather. This area is located between Kitson building, the Art & Design School and the playing fields. Please stick to the canopy area and stay off the grass area for now while grass seed takes root.

07/09/21: Timetables will be available on Sunday (before 6pm). Look out for an email sent to your College email address (starting with your student ID number e.g. S21xxxx) to access your timetable. Induction for new Year 12 students will include accessing your College Outlook account to ensure you can get your timetable this weekend.

07/09/21: The College is now full for the 2021/22 academic year. We regret that we will not be able to offer places to any late applicants not already invited into College to enrol. Applications for a September 2022 start will open in mid-October 2021 and the deadline to apply will be 31 March 2022.

06/09/21: We are welcoming back Year 13 students tomorrow (Tuesday 7 September) for a lesson in each subject. The timetable for that day only is below. The letter refers to the block students had each course in for their Year 12 timetable last year – e.g. if you had Maths in Block A you will have Maths at 9.00am tomorrow. If you are unsure which block your courses were in click on Enrolment History on Tyber and the block is listed next to each of last year’s classes (see highlighted section below).

01/09/21: Welcome to all the new students coming into College to enrol into Year 12 today and tomorrow. For any students who want to enquire about financial support, see the criteria to apply here. You can also download our Bursary & Free Meals Guide and scan the QR code on the leaflet to submit an enquiry. If you have questions please contact the Bursary Office by email.

31/08/21: Year 13 students are back in College on Tuesday 7 September. Every student will have an hour lesson with each subject area and will be set a piece of work to be completed over the following week before lessons recommence on Tuesday 14 September. Students must attend the sessions which correspond to the lessons on their Year 12 timetable (i.e. if you have Maths in Block C, you will attend the Maths session at 11.25am). You should report to your normal classroom for each subject. Coaching will not take place on this day.

26/08/21: Timetables will be published for students on Sunday 12 September. Before then, anyone wanting to find out more about the new-look timetable can do so by clicking here. We are operating a two-week timetable this year, which will allow flexibility as to when intervention sessions take place, as well as allowing for staggered lunch breaks for Year 12 and Year 13 (to avoid congestion in the Refectory) and ensure all students can participate in enrichment activities. Here’s what they look like for Year 12 and Year 13:

Year 12:

Year 13:

24/08/21: The government have indicated that two lateral flow Covid-19 tests, at least 3 days apart, should be taken by all students before they start their learning for the autumn term. For new Year 12 students, this will take place on their enrolment day (1 or 2 September) and again when they attend for Induction (8 or 9 September). These two tests will minimise the risk of students spreading the infection to fellow students and stop disruption at the start of term. For Year 13 students, tests will be available when students start learning on Tuesday 7 September and second tests will be available on Friday 10 and Monday 13 September.

19/08/21: New students enrolling into Year 12 will be asked to hand in a piece of homework during their first lesson. Students can download this work here and hand it in during their first lessons in September.

18/08/21: Year 11 students looking to apply for September 2022 are urged to attend an Open Event during the 2021/22 academic year to get information about the courses we offer and how to apply. The dates for these events have been published now. Students are asked to attend with a parent or other adult and to book a place in order to attend. Pre-registration will open 4 weeks before each event.

17/08/21: Term dates and other key dates – college closures, parents’ evenings, open evenings, etc – have been added to the College website for the forthcoming 2021/22 academic year.

13/08/21: Our fantastic BTEC students achieved 100% pass rate this year and are off to fantastic destinations in the coming months. We support the Sixth Form Colleges Association’s campaign to #ProtectStudentChoice and keep BTECs going. If you agree, please sign their petition.

12/08/21: Students joining Year 12 this September are asked to book an enrolment appointment on 1/2 September by logging into Tyber and inputting their GCSE grades. If you have forgotten your Tyber password, you can reset it by clicking the “forgotten password” link on Tyber. For all other queries, please use our Enrolment Enquiry Form. This form will answer some of the most common questions and for any queries that it does not resolve, we will respond by email after 23 August. Please note, we will prioritise those who use the form rather than sending separate emails.

11/08/21: If you missed the College on Good Morning Britain yesterday morning, catch up now!

10/08/21: Students at Solihull Sixth Form College are celebrating outstanding A level, BTEC and CACHE results this year, with an impressive 1,031 starred grades achieved. A* grades are achievable at A level and CACHE, while BTEC courses have a top grade of Distinction*. As well as more than 1,000 of these top grades, 445 students achieved all A/A* grades at A level and CACHE courses or Distinction/Distinction* at BTEC. These students can look forward to progressing to some of the top universities in the country, onto highly competitive courses. Outside the very top grades, many other students have achieved above average grades, with 983 students getting all A*-C grades at A level and CACHE or Merit and above at BTEC. The pass rate on our BTEC and CACHE Diploma courses is 100% and at A level the pass rate is 99.7%. Read more here.