Year 1 Progress Examinations

Dear parents, if you have a son or daughter, currently in the first year of an A level course it is important to be aware that the exams this summer are important. There are a small number of students who will have old style modular AS exams. For example in Law and Maths. This means that the grades they receive in the summer will contribute to their A level grade next year. Some students have a mix of modular and new linear courses and indeed, some will have only linear examinations. For those students on mixed programmes of modular and linear or all linear course, the College Progress Examinations this summer are very important. The examinations set by College staff may be internal as opposed to external exam boards, but they do have a bearing on progression to year 2 in August. Please can you ensure that your son/daughter takes the examinations seriously. Revision should be developed and account for around 20 hours per week by this stage of the year. Students need to demonstrate that they are working to their MPG ( minimum performance grades). If you have any questions, please contact relevant progress Tutors

GCSE, AS and A level educational reforms in England

The rapidly changing landscape of education and the new grading of GCSE is quite a complex one to get your head around. If you click on the link below it might help to answer questions that you have about A level and also that might be relevant if you have other children still in school

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Mental health and wellbeing

I am sure you are aware of the growing issues and awareness raising of mental health and wellbeing in the UK and especially amongst young people. As a parent, I also understand that having a lack of information and support makes managing these issues for your own family sometimes difficult. You may be aware that today there was the launch of a campaign by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called   ‘headstoghether’ supported by frank and open videos by a range of celebrities. The web link can be found here.

In addition, the organisation has something called ‘youngminds’ offering support  and information. They also have information and a support line. You can find that information here.

Safeguarding including Prevent

As you know, safeguarding our young people and ensuring that we discharge our statutory duties is really important to us. We also provide a wide range of wrap around care, advice and guidance on a whole range of related issues throughout the year. If you are not aware, the PREVENT agenda is part of safeguarding and in December we had a British Values/Prevent day. As part of that day we practiced our Lockdown Procedure or Invacuation of the campus. Whilst students are very used to evacuating for fire, they have less exposure to the idea of Invacuating for certain circumstances when an evacuation could put more people in danger. Whilst the likelihood of such an event is very rare, even in a country like ours which remains on the alert of ‘severe’, we need to be prepared. We will be holding a further Invacuation drill before we break for Easter.

Attendance and Punctuality

I am sure that you would agree as your sons and daughters become young adults that punctuality and attendance at College should be paramount. Lack of attendance means lost learning and makes fulfilling their potential more difficult. Whilst we have a system in place for students to repay lost time, this is no substitute to being in the class when the material is taught. Please support us in ensuring early buses are caught and that attendance is excellent.

Interested in becoming a Parent Governor

The Governing Corporation of Bolton Sixth Form College are volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and a wealth of professional skills and expertise. Collectively they determine the ethos and character of the College, approve the use of public funds and make a significant contribution to what the College does to ensure the success of its students.

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