Fourth and Fifth Year pupils have voted for their School Council Year Representatives. Those pupils who stood up in front of their peers and made a presentation have been congratulated for their courage. Middle School pupils have reviewed their effort grades and set targets for next half term. These can be seen on pages 18 and 19 of their planners.
The Fifth Year Trial Examinations are during the first two weeks of the Spring Term (Wednesday 4th – Friday 13th January). Pupils will be juggling homework, Controlled Assessment, coursework and exam preparation. To make this a more manageable task, Fifth Year pupils are advised to ensure they are up to date and that their files are in order before returning to school on Tuesday 1st November. Pupils are reminded that they should be completing 10 hours of independent study outside of lesson time each week. If they do not have 10 hours of homework, they can start to revise the material covered. Further advice on exam preparation will be given to pupils in the month before the exams. If pupils are struggling with time management, they should see their Form Tutor in the first instance.
As we approach half term, pupils in the Upper Sixth have been working closely with their UCAS Adviser on their university applications. Those making Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications have been working towards a deadline of 15th October. Those who have applied to Cambridge will need to ensure they complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ), with as much detail as possible. The deadline for this to be completed is 6pm on 22nd October.
For the majority of the cohort, they are strongly advised to submit university applications as soon as they are ready to go. Offers will be made by many universities almost immediately. Any parents with questions about how their son/daughter’s university application is progressing should contact their UCAS Adviser or Head of Sixth Form, Mr David Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Shaa Lecture, given by former policeman and safeguarding adviser to the FA and other bodies, Mr Simon Snell, addressed the theme of Online Safety; this was followed up in form periods by a review of the School’s Online Safety Centre. Further lectures and follow-up sessions are planned later in the year as part of the extension of the Pastoral Curriculum to the Sixth Form.
Pupils have been setting and reviewing targets with subject teachers. Mr Stone will be writing to all parents of the Lower Sixth Form shortly to provide more information about our use of ALIS in A level target setting. Upper Sixth Form Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 3rd November and we look forward to welcoming you into school for this event from 5.30pm.