Dear Parents,

We have another week in College until half term begins. Students will not return to College until Tuesday 31st October as the Monday is a training day for staff.

On Monday 16th October, Level 2 students will be engaged in our annual Prevent and British Values day. The day is aimed at raising awareness of issues that affect our young people and also enables us to discharge our statutory requirements with regard to Prevent training. Level 2 students will not be in College on Tuesday as a result, but will have independent study to do at home.

Our 1st and 2nd year level 3 students have their Prevent and British Values day on Tuesday. Attendance is compulsory. Year 1 have sessions from 9 to 3pm and year 2 have sessions from 9 – 1.25 pm.

Assessments

All level 1st and 2nd year A level students will be sitting assessments next week in College and grades will be available to view from 7th November. For parents who have sons/daughters studying BTEC programmes, their assessment data is always available in the form of their tracker. The information at the top of the page shows you their current grade and below are the grades awarded for each assessment to date. This is live data.

Parents evenings

Shortly after half term we have two year 2 parents evenings. These will provide parents with the opportunity to discuss the progress and achievement of your child with class teachers. Dates for your diaries are 14th November for A level students and 22nd November for B TEC students. On both evenings, GCSE teachers will also be available as will Progress tutors. Once the online booking system is available, you will be notified.

We also have an additional GCSE parents evening on Wednesday 8th November. The focus of this evening is to run it by invitation only and will be about dealing with significant underachievement or lack of progress in these classes. Details to follow if you are to be invited.

Knitters

We are currently knitting small items that we hope to sell on a market stall in December. Our students run a stall on the indoor market to raise money for charity and develop their employability skills. If you would like to get involved in our project and knit some of the articles we hope to sell, please get in touch via our enquiries@ e mail address and we will share the patterns we are using. We hope to have all pieces in at the beginning of December to sell them in the final 2 weeks of term. Business students will also be selling Christmas boxes and we will advertise their contents on the portal after half term.


Sandra McManus

Vice Principal

Timetable Changes

Please be aware that timetables will change at the start of term (as they always do) so please make sure that you check regularly to ensure that you have up-to-date information on when and where your classes are happening.

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. https://www.headstogether.org.uk/

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. http://www.youngminds.org.uk/contact

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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