20th November 2023
Year 12 bulletin
Hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready for the week ahead.
Shoutout to the following pupils who were awarded a "Praise Postcard" last week:
- Amelia (CSS)
- Nya (HWI)
- Lydia (HWI)
- Dylan (HWI)
- Rianna (LS)
- Alexa (LS)
And to the following pupils who had three positive incidents in one day.
- Altayib (EHU)
- Jaylee (CSS)
- Huw (DE)
- Chloe P (EHU)
- Morgan (DE)
- Aakif (DE)
- Alicia B (DE)
Key dates and deadlines
- Geography 18th December Human fieldwork – All stages deadline
- Geography 18th December Physical fieldwork – All stages
- The Maths Department runs A Level support every Wednesday for A Level Maths and GCSE re-sit support every single Monday.
- Chemistry has both year 12 and 13 chemistry support sessions after school every Monday.
A few general announcements:
- The Independent Study activities document has been updated by staff so you can build in some super-curricular activities or get ahead with understanding key topics.
- Cambridge University have super-curricular resources created and written by Cambridge students and academics https://myheplus.com/
Great to see we have pupils applying to The Social Mobility Foundation (well done Altayib and Alicia B) remember there is still time for others to apply; the programme is brilliant for those wanting to apply to competitive courses in university.
The Social Mobility Foundation applications for the Social Mobility Foundation’s free Aspiring Professionals Programme are still open for 2024. Please be aware there are eligibility criteria in terms of pupils’ demographic and academic (grade) profile. Check whether you meet the eligibility criteria details here.
Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)
The APP supports high achieving Year 12 students from low income backgrounds across the UK to access top universities and careers. We offer support through our four pillars:
How students receive our four pillars of support is dependent on where they live. Please see below for further details of the programmes they offer.
You must apply by 12 noon, Friday 15th December 2023 by completing the application form here.
Application form and resources
Click the links below to access information and resources.
Watch their video to hear from SMF students
Reading University has a Scholars Programme with residential:
They run a subject-based programme for Widening Participation students to be involved with a subject area and explore what life might be like at university. This includes day trips to Reading, online guidance and information sessions, as well as a 4 day residential in July. I have attached a pdf of the brochure for LCs to share with you which outlines the subject area offering the programme, and also see here for more information on the website.. Applications will go live at the start of December and close in mid-January.
The In2STEM programme empowers young people to achieve their potential in STEM.
The 2024 programme is free and matches Year 12 students from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds with STEM professionals. The experience provides students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about their future.
The programme consists of:
The applications for the Pathway to Bath programme are open now! This award-winning blended curriculum enrichment programme for Year 12 students from Widening participation backgrounds offers students:
You can apply via the website now and the deadline is 31st January 2024.
Please note that eligibility criteria apply which includes Free School Meals and Index of Multiple deprivation – the Polar postcode profile is not included in the criteria. For more information please click here.
If you don’t meet their widening participation criteria, please look at Ask Bath, which enables students to connect with current university undergraduates who are trained E-Mentors and exchange 1:1 chat message via the partner Brightside’s secure platform. The service is available at any time, simply by downloading the Brightside App onto your laptop, tablet or phone.
Please follow this link to a short video: Ask Bath (vimeo.com)
A number of St Cyres students have used this pathway over the years as a way to guarantee an offer - it’s definitely worth doing.
Gresham College has a series of lectures by different Professors; November’s lectures include:
The Maths of Sudoku and Latin Squares by Professor Sarah Hart, Tue, 21 Nov 2023
Why 1.5°C Matters Professor Myles Allen, Tue, 21 Nov 2023
Human-led AI Dr Marc Warner, Mon, 27 Nov 2023
Abortion: Law's Ethical Dilemma Professor Leslie Thomas KC, Thu, 30 Nov 2023
Reducing harms after Nuclear, Radiological and Chemical Incidents Professor Chris Whitty FRS Tue, 28 Nov 2023
Iran’s ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ Movement Dr Shabnam Holliday Wed, 29 Nov 2023
There’s a fantastic opportunity with the organisation tutor2u who are offering a new Free Online Course for all Sixth Form students. The course includes a mix of videos, engaging activities and resource downloads and covers:
Use the link here to register: Studentshttps://ondemand.tutor2u.net/students/beyond-sixth-form-skills-booster
To begin the preparation for university, you could have a look at when university Open Days are happening this half-term. Use the link here to check: https://www.opendays.com/calendar/
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.
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: https://www.whatuni.com/ 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.
University of South Wales has an interesting online event taking place on Tuesday 21st November, Mark Sedwill, Baron Sedwill of Sherborne is giving a talk about National Security in a Turbulent World. This might be of interest for students who are interested in Politics, History, Sociology, and Law.
This Tuesday 21 November
3.30pm - 4.30pm
National Security in a Turbulent World with Mark Sedwill, Baron Sedwill of Sherborne
UK National Security Adviser 2017-2020. He is President of the Special Forces Club, a member of the IISS Advisory Council, a Trustee of the RNLI, an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Marines and an Honorary Doctor of Laws of St Andrews University.. He is also the recipient of several awards and honours for national and international public service.
This is a virtual event.
Book your place here<https://forms.office.com/e/jJrMZ7Txpq>
Newcastle University is working with the Sutton Trust on the Pathways to Medicine and Pathways to Law, two-year programmes offered in partnership with the Sutton Trust. You would complete a work experience placement and summer school and get academic and sector-specific support. You could also receive a conditional offer that's typically up to three grades lower than normal entry requirements. Use the link here to apply.
They also have The PARTNERS Academic Summer School (PASS), designed to give you an early introduction to various aspects of Higher Education study and help you to prepare for life at Newcastle University. PASS is taught by undergraduate lecturers in the same subject field that you apply to as your firm choice course. During the event, you will meet some of your undergraduate lecturers, use Newcastle University facilities to complete academic tasks and get to know other students on your course.
Upon completion of PASS, we hope this will mean that you feel more confident in your ability to be successful at Newcastle University and that you'll be more than ready to begin studying at Higher Education level once the first semester begins in the autumn. Find out more here.
Their lecture series is ongoing; https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/community/events
They also have a ‘Questions Live’ session with Dr Margot Rubin who is a Lecturer in Spatial Planning at Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning
If you have any questions about studying Geography or Geography and Planning please send them to RubinM@Cardiff.ac.uk and they will answer those questions and any others on the day.
6th December at 4pm.
You might also want to check out the advice given on the ‘Better uni choices’ site which has some helpful tips on how to get the best out of attending Open Days.
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
Please sign up for Uptree here and then check out all the opportunities they have: https://schools.uptree.co/opportunities/ and also the different events they have on offer https://schools.uptree.co/events/
New events coming up:
Thu 23rd Nov 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Students aged 16-21
Tue 5th Dec 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Students aged 16-21
Tue 12th Dec 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Year 12 students
Gain insights into different industries, develop your essential skills and learn how to ace your future applications. Check out their newest course Introduction to the National Cyber Force! If you're after something different you can also check out courses with J.P. Morgan, Arm and ATAC.
Army Apprenticeships Opportunities: Check them out now.
For anyone interested in apprenticeships with the British Army, they have a lot of information about upcoming opportunities or general advice on their website. Have a look, using the link here.
Network 75 is a combined work placement and part-time study route to a degree allowing students to Work, Earn and Learn. Network75 Trainees are able to apply their academic knowledge to real-life work within their host company gaining the necessary skills, experience and qualifications that are highly sought after by industry.
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
Education Wales have launched Shore - a new website for young people concerned about sexual thoughts or behaviour. You can get confidential and anonymous support from their advisors through Shore’s chat and email service.
For those of you feeling anxious or struggling with the adjustment to 6th Form, as always, we are always available to help. If you feel you need more support here are some useful links:
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.