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Sixth Form Bulletin

24th April 2023

Year 12 Bulletin

Morning all,

Just a few weeks to your exams now and there are two long weekends coming up; make sure you’re being organised in your approach to revising. Please come and ask if you need any support.  

There are staffed revision sessions are ongoing for Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Psychology - make sure you attend - it will help support the revision you are undertaking at home. 




The Senior Student Hustings will take place on Wednesday morning during TLC and lesson one. This is your opportunity to ask the candidates questions focused around how they would approach the role of Head Boy/Girl, what they may intend to do with the role and how they would represent you as a student body. Please think of some questions and come prepared to listen to their responses. 


A few general announcements:


Please make sure that you are signing the ‘Class Sign-in sheets’ when a teacher is away. The sign-in sheet will be available for the duration of the lesson. If you do not sign-in you will be marked as absent which could affect your attendance and EMA.


There were a number of enquiries regarding EMA last term - please remember that EMA payments are dependent on more than just your attendance at lessons. You signed a contract agreeing to attend lessons; be punctual to them AND complete work set - any notifications that work has not been completed or repeated lateness to lessons can result in the decision not to award EMA. 


A few key notices: 


Uptree is a free careers programme Through Uptree, you can:

  • Access free online courses and support for career development
  • Broaden your knowledge of career routes
  • Meet with leading employers
  • Access unique opportunities and events, including apprenticeships and work experience Sign up here. 




Academic support and deadlines

There are a range of resources to support your revision on the ‘Power Up Wales’ website. Use the link here to access them. 




Support sessions are running on Mondays 2:45 — 3:45pm 




Support sessions after school on Mondays in I13; see Miss Toozer for details. 




Mr Withers is running Drama rehearsals on Mondays 


English Literature


Wednesday in J113 with Ms Hosgood




Catch up sessions after school on a Monday, but can be more flexible if given notice. They also have an 'A Level Litcast' podcast for A Level on Spotify/iTunes.



Support sessions after school on Wednesdays; see Mr Jones for details


Medical Science and Biology


Catch up/Revision sessions are running on Thursdays from 2.45 to 3.45; see Mrs Collier for further details


In2Science Chemistry and Psychology work experience placements within Cardiff are still accepting new student applications

Speakers for Schools has a range of work experience opportunities, just be aware some are aimed at students in England - especially the Healthcare ones which relate to NHS England. Use the link here to see whether there’s anything relevant to you. 

Gresham College has a series of lectures by different Professors; April’s lectures include: Professor Martin Daunton explores the long-standing debates over Who Benefited from the British Empire? Professor Leslie Thomas KC will ask Do We Need Criminal Law? or should we consider alternatives like restorative justice? Professor Ronald Hutton will look at Finding Lost Gods in Wales, asking whether the poetry and stories of medieval Wales really contain folk memories of early Gods. Professor Imogen Goold will examine  the legal and ethical issues in the rapidly advancing field of Gene Editing.

New series: Women In World Religions

Professor Morwenna Ludlow will explore Women Leaders in Early Christianity, and Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris will look at Reclaiming Women in the Hebrew Bible.

In an engineering series Engineering the Modern World, Sue Ion will be asking What is the Role of Nuclear Power in a Net Zero System?, architect Sadie Morgan (dRMM) will look at Architects and Engineers: Making Infrastructure Beautiful, and Roger Ridsdill Smith (Foster + Partners) explores The Future of Tall BuildingsFor other lectures which are at undergraduate level use the link here.


General advice

Discover Uni is a government-funded facility which has data on nearly every university and their courses. You can find the entry data of students who joined a degree course and the percentage of those students who entered with particular grades - if you have the same grades then your chances are higher than if you have lower grades.try the website here: Discover Uni

Many universities have got upcoming Open Days so make sure you have a look at the places you think you may want to study at. I’ve just put the links for our most popular destinations’ Open Days below as well as the Open Days calendar. 

To make sure you understand the grades you might need for courses you’re interested in and confirm entry requirements please use the following website: Ask your LC to look at courses with you if you’re not sure whether you might need specific subjects/grades for a course you are considering.

Aspire is a collection of free careers, university and further education resources. It is designed to give state-educated students the tools and knowledge they need to make more informed decisions about their future. Their ‘guide’ is a free resource, full of information and guidance, designed to inform you and help you navigate the range of careers and further education out there. Access the online version of the Guide, alongside other resources, on the Aspire website,

Lots of Summer School opportunities are coming up. Use the links here to see whether you meet the criteria. I only highlight the Summer Schools which are free so be aware that there are other opportunities which would involve a cost; look for those on the university websites. 

UCL Summer schools

Southampton Summer school

Gloucester Summer School

Bath Summer School

Birmingham Summer School

Imperial London

Cardiff University AS Physics Summer School

Applications for Cardiff Universities 3 day non-residential Y12 Physics Summer Programme (19-21 June 2023) are now open.

  Further information can be found here:

They also have  Open Days coming up on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.

UK University Search are excited to be collaborating with the Russell Group once again to bring you their popular, informative and inspiring webinars that cover a range of key topics. This will take place between tomorrow, Tuesday 25th April 2023 and Thursday 27th April 2023. There will be five 90-minute sessions each featuring six expert panellists who will offer clear, impartial guidance for students looking at taking the next step in their educational journey. During each session the chat will be managed by other representatives from the Russell Group who will be able to answer specific questions and provide further information throughout. Register here

Newcastle University has a series of Open Days coming up. Book your event here: 

The University of Sheffield has online subject taster sessions to help students experience what it is like to study there. Register here. 

Next Steps for Y12 Conferences 2023

Join representatives from the University of Exeter, University of Bath, Cardiff University, Keele University, Lancaster University and the University of Warwick to find out more about applying to, and studying at, university. Please complete the form here and select the events you wish to attend to register your place.

Bath University is now accepting applications for both of these free-to-attend residentials.


Discover Bath

The students who completed the Discover Bath residential programme last year had early offers which were lower by one grade than the offers for most applicants. 

Discover Bath is a 3 night summer residential for Year 12 students from Widening Participation backgrounds and aims to give prospective students a taste of first-year life and study at Bath. Discover Bath is free, including on-campus accommodation, meals for the duration of your stay, a programme of academic sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops) and fun social activities. 

Discover Bath is available to all Year 12 students who are academically able to study at Bath in their chosen subject and who meet our widening participation criteria.

Applications are now open via their website.


Bath Sports Summer School

Their Sports Summer School is a 2 night summer residential for Year 12 students from Widening Participation backgrounds who want to learn about competitive sport at Bath and gain experience of studying at Bath as an athlete. This event is free-of-charge, including on-campus accommodation and meals for the duration of your stay.

Applications are now open via their website.

Swansea University has a series of subject-specific webinars designed to support you as you begin thinking about which subject/s you might want to study at undergraduate level. Book your place on one here. Other opportunities they currently have:

  • Their Head Start webinars focused on Student Life. Have a look at the programme here. 

Cardiff Met have a series of Open Days and Campus tours available:

Apprenticeships/Degree Apprenticeships


RAF Apprenticeships are now open. Their upcoming webinar which will highlight the opportunities available. Register here

Deloitte's ASPIRE programme: Deloitte’s ASPIRE program is your chance to see how different career paths align to your unique talents and strengths. Register your interest here.

  • Use the website here to explore Degree Apprenticeships
  • Use the website here to explore Degree Apprenticeships
  • Network 75 offers a range of apprenticeship opportunities as well; use the link here: 

Network 75 

PwC has more information for potential accountants, business management or technology students interested in degree apprenticeships with them. Use the link  here to find out more


For those of you who may feel you need support, as always we are always available to help. If you feel you need more support there are some useful support sites and links listed here:

There are also some useful techniques here for those experiencing feelings of anxiety:

 Remember it  is important that you keep an eye on your emails and our Twitter feed (@stcyres6th). I send out links and tweets regularly so there is a lot of information available, you just need to access it and let me know if there are any problems with you doing that. 

As always, if there are any issues get in touch; we’re here to support you.

Take care,

Ms Jones



St Cyres School, Sully Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XP

02920 708708