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Sixth Form Bulletin

27th November 2023

Year 12 bulletin

Morning all,

Hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready for the week ahead. 




Quote of the week:

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain


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:


Applications are now open for Year 12 students to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement next summer. Over the years several of our students have completed the Nuffield placement and Laibah from last year’s Yr 13 won a £1000 prize for her report. Be aware there are eligibility criteria. 

They have two exciting options for Nuffield this year; you can choose your preference:

 1 week Nuffield Experience Placement (NEP)

  • 2 week Nuffield Research Placement (NRP)

The placements are undertaken during the summer holidays after Year 12. Students work on a project that relates to an area of Science, Social Science, Earth Science, Computing, Technology, Engineering or Maths (or a combination of these). Projects can be face-to-face, virtual or blended based in an office, working in a laboratory or fieldwork.

The Nuffield Foundation reimburses travel costs for all students, and depending on students’ family circumstances, they may also be eligible to receive a bursary for the duration of their placement. There is no financial cost.

Apply here: Register | Nuffield Research Placements


NB: To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, you must:

  • Have at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at a grade C or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject).
  • Be studying one or more A-level in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths.
  • Be able to spend time during their summer holiday working on a research/careers project.

Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Be living, or have lived in, local authority care.
  • Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year, or be entitled to free school meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
  • Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.  


  • 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 


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:

  1. Mentoring by a professional
  2. Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
  3. University application support and guidance
  4. Internships with top employers

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.

Application Form

Watch their video to hear from SMF students

Applications for the Free National NHS Virtual Work Experience programme are now open.

Here’s the relevant information:

This month, it’s focused on the fascinating world of Surgery, giving you the opportunity to witness key-hole surgery, oral surgery, and the chance to shadow Mr. Challocome, a urology surgeon at Guy's and Thomas' NHS Trust.

This virtual experience opens doors for you to gain valuable insights and opportunities that may be otherwise difficult to access. on shadowing; it's a crucial step in preparing students for their upcoming physical placements.

Covering everything from ethics to procedures and broader team roles, our virtual work experience gives a crucial overview of their desired career paths and the skills that medical and dental schools are looking for, enhancing their UCAS applications.

Signing up is easy – students just need to fill out the free online application form

The Telegraph Media Literacy Programme 2024 is now open. It’s a free, online, 4-week course for 16-18 year olds which aims to provide a deeper insight into what it’s like to be a journalist. The interactive scheme will help students explore the many different roles across the newsroom from being a sports writer to arts critic to a news reporter to beauty editor. It will also provide invaluable insight into getting a career in media and journalism. They have been running the course for three years and are now expanding it for even more pupils nationwide this year.



Online sessions with a range of journalists from departments across the business including news, sport, beauty, music, social media.

Each week you will also get the chance to practise various skills such as headline writing, interviewing and travel writing - with vouchers awarded for the best submissions!


The online programme will run for four weeks, beginning on Tuesday 5th March 2024. Sessions will run from 4 - 5pm every Tuesday.

Completing the programme:

If you take part in all four sessions, you will receive a Telegraph Media Literacy Journalism Certificate. You will also have the option to join our future talent pool to stay up-to-date with entry level opportunities at the Telegraph.


To submit your application, go to
 As a cover letter for your application we would like you to write 100 words on why you would like to take part.

You will need to use your school email address, state the name and location of the school and put  the contact details of a teacher.

Application deadline 5 pm on Friday 1st December 2023.


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:

  • A one or two week in-person work experience placement
  • Online skills, employability and careers workshops
  • Public engagement competitions
  • Student inductions and celebration events
  • A bursary to cover travel and lunch costs

Eligibility Criteria    Student Application Form

Applications close on the 22nd December

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: 

  • The opportunity to complete a project in a subject of their choice alongside academic tutors and undergraduate e-mentors 
  • The opportunity to apply to a free 3 day residential at the University of Bath
  •  The chance to receive a guaranteed offer to the University of Bath 

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 (

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: 

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:

  • An overview of the options for students beyond their time in sixth form
  • Finding out more – suggested research links
  • Advice on how to make strong applications to higher education institutions
  • How to complete an effective personal statement
  • Specialist higher education applications (including Oxbridge, medicine etc)
  • All about apprenticeships
  • Gap years
  • Student finances – a practical guide

Use the link here to register: Students

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: 

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. 


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.

Bath University has a ‘Discover Bath’ programme which is a free event for Year 12 students from Widening Participation backgrounds to experience university study and find out about life at university. It’s a summer programme which aims to give prospective students a taste of first-year life and study at the University of Bath. You'll also have the opportunity to gain a reduced offer. It’s a free-of-charge, including on-campus accommodation, free meals for the duration of your stay, a programme of academic sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops) and fun social activities. Your travel to the University can also be reimbursed (reasonable travel within the UK only). Find out more here.

They also run Target Bath which is a free programme for Year 12 students of Black African and Caribbean heritage to find out about life at the University of Bath. Find out more here. 

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.

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. 

Cardiff University

Their lecture series is ongoing; 

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 and they will answer those questions and any others on the day. 


6th December at 4pm. 

Zoom link

You can also Sign up to get info on all their upcoming opportunities

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

Apprenticeships/Degree Apprenticeships


Please sign up for Uptree here and then check out all the opportunities they have:  and also the different events they have on offer 

They have an upcoming event with Deloitte.

Deloitte is a major and well-known professional services organisation in the United Kingdom. They are connected to a global network that spans 150 nations. Deloitte offers positions in Audit & Assurance, Human Capital, Technology, and Governance & Risk. Attending this Application Masterclass will provide you with information about Deloitte's Aspire programme as well as the opportunity to network with Deloitte colleagues. You'll leave feeling assured about your future application to Deloitte.

25 Jan  National: Deloitte, Professional Services Application Masterclass 

Start time: 10.00am

End time: 12.00pm

Apply here:

New events coming up:

Tue 5th Dec 10:00AM - 12:30PM

Virtual event

Students aged 16-21

Tue 12th Dec 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Virtual event

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.

Take care,

Ms Jones 



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