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Sixth Form Bulletin

22nd May 2023

Year 12 Bulletin 

Morning all,

Hope you had a good weekend.

The majority of you have been focused and mature in your approach to exams but a small minority have been late to exams - please be aware that being late to an exam can mean you are not allowed to sit the exam. Please be prompt to all exam and wear the correct uniform.


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: 


University Ready is an online resource hosted by the Open University; it has been developed through collaboration with Welsh Universities and is funded by the Welsh Government.  

The University Ready hub is easy to use and is for anyone thinking of progressing to University, there are loads of resources available in both English and Welsh and it includes advice for students as well as your parents/guardians.  This resource covers all routes into university including degree apprenticeships.


Free course for those interested in a career in the creative industries: 





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. 

There is also some information here about revision techniques which might be useful. 




This is a revision site I found so I hope it’s useful: ​​ 




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



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


For anyone considering Engineering, either as a university course or an apprenticeship this might be a useful site to gain some understanding of what would suit you:  I want to study Engingeering

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; This month, Professor Victoria Baines will address human issues in the IT sector in Cybersecurity for Humans and the representations of cyber threats. Professor Raghavendra Rau will look at the hot topic of AI in Business. In Do We Need the Police?, Professor Leslie Thomas KC will weigh up the state of and alternatives to a police force. By considering The End of the Universe, Professor Katherine Blundell OBE will the examine the critical implications of the expansion of the universe.

Delving into more Unexpected Mathematical Lives Professor Sarah Hart looks at The Mathematical Life of Florence Nightingale by exploring the importance and legacy of her work. Continuing his fascinating series All The World's A Microbe, Professor Robin May will imagine A Microbial Future by proposing how microbes may be the solution we need to venture beyond Earth. Finally Professor Myles Allen will discuss How the World Agreed on Net Zero.  For other lectures which are at undergraduate level use the link here.


Swansea University has their next Open Day on June 17. To book your place and find out more information visit their website here: Undergraduate Open Days - Swansea University.


Their Faculty of Science and Engineering are also hosting an Engineering Summer School where students can gain a real insight into life at university and take practical sessions and lectures. Closing date for registration is today May 22. To find out more and to apply, click here: Engineering Summer School: Engineer Your Future - Swansea University.

USW has a Summer School 2023 coming up

Their 2023 Summer School, which is a two-day event in July including a night's stay at the Treforest halls of residence. Students who attend the summer school and then enrol with USW in 2024 will be eligible for a £500 bursary. Use the link here to see how to book a place.> directly and quote 'Photography exhibition visit' in the subject line.

The University of Law is not just about law. Their undergraduate courses in law, business, criminology, policing, psychology and computer science have been specially designed to give students an exciting, practical and academic experience, teaching students real-world skills so they can achieve their career ambitions. They have campuses in 6 locations including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds, as well as an online campus (courses vary depending on location). They have Open Days coming up; book here

UWE Bristol have an Upcoming Open Day - Saturday 10 June, 09:00-15:00

From subject-specific talks to sessions on accommodation, fees and funding and the application process. It’s a really good opportunity for you to explore their campuses, chat to students and staff and see for yourself what it’s really like to study there. Find out more and register here. 

They also have spaces available on their upcoming subject taster days, which are designed to inspire and support you with your future career and progression choices. Please visit their website for full itineraries of each day. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Widening Access team.

Education, Primary Education and Early Childhood Studies

  • Thursday 8 June - Frenchay Campus

Accounting & Finance, Law, Marketing, Business & Management and Team Entrepreneurship

  • Tuesday 13 June - Frenchay Campus

Art and Design (including Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Fashion Textiles, Fashion Communication and Interior Design)

  • Wednesday 28 June - City Centre Campus

Health and Social Care (including Nursing [adult, learning disability and mental health], Midwifery, Radiography, Social Work and Occupational Therapy)

  • Friday 30 June - Glenside Campus

Cardiff University AS Physics Summer School

Applications for Cardiff Universities 3 day non-residential Y12 Physics Summer Programme (19-21 June 2023) are open. Further information can be found on their website.

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

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. Date - 10th June.

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


Dow Silicones have a Degree Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. This is aimed at those with A levels in Maths and Physics, or are due to sit them.

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: 


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