Virtual Open Events 2020

Solihull Sixth Form College has been going virtual this term to reach prospective students who are starting to think about what to do after their GCSEs.

The College held a Virtual Open Day on Saturday 17 October and will be holding another Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 25 November. Both events are trying as much as possible to replicate an in-person open event, despite the fact that the pandemic means we are not able to open our doors in the traditional way. All courses at the College – which includes a range of A level, BTEC and CACHE Diploma courses – have put together presentations about what it is like to study that subject. This has been giving prospective students and parents more information about what the courses involve, what grades students will need to get at GCSE to study them and what sort of things success on these courses can lead to.

These presentations, which were first shown at the October Open Day, are available to view here. Many include testimony from current students, giving those in Year 11 an insight into the step up from GCSE to A level from students who have recently made that transition themselves. In some cases, the students helped to put these presentations and videos together. Physics student Williams Guest filmed and edited an entire promotional video together for Physics.

As well as hearing from teaching staff, prospective students and parents will also be able to hear from senior management with the Principal Dr Martin Sullivan and Vice Principals on hand to answer questions about the ethos of the College. Senior staff will also be on hand to talk about the support services offered at the College, including academic coaching, additional learning support, help for young adult carers, careers advice and much more. There will also be a Student Panel running, in which current students are on hand to answer questions about what it’s like to study at the College.

At the October Open Day, these presentations were followed by Questions and Answer sessions via Microsoft Teams Live Events, in which visitors typed in their questions and staff answered them verbally. These Q&As will be repeated on Wednesday 25 November from 5.00 – 8.00pm. Prospective students and parents who wish to attend the Virtual Open Evening are asked to sign up in advance by clicking here. This will ensure they are sent joining instructions ahead of the event.

“We would love nothing more than to welcome prospective students and parents onto campus in person, but until we are able to do this we are working hard to ensure no young person is disadvantaged as they consider their post-16 options. I’m really proud of the resources our staff have put together to deliver online open events this autumn. The October Open Day was a big success and I expect the November open evening to be as well. I would urge anyone who is looking for more information on A level or BTEC study to sign up so they can take advantage of the videos our staff have put together and get their questions answered.”

College Principal Martin Sullivan