Sixth Form review 2015 – 16

Dear Parents

As we come to the end of another academic year, I hope that your son / daughter will feel that they have fulfilled their potential and gained the most from their opportunities in Sixth Form so far.

It has been a busy final few weeks of term, including successful year group visits to the University of Bedford UCAS Convention and the University of Northampton Taster Day, not to mention the Physics trip to CERN. Students have volunteered throughout the school and completed a range of valuable work shadowing experiences. Everyone has been provided with a Lions Club Young Leaders Volunteer Award log book and asked to complete this with a record of their volunteering hours to date. We’d love everyone to achieve at least their Silver 50 hours award, if not the Gold 100 hours.

We have hosted a wide variety of guest speakers, including representatives from HSBC and Barclaycard, who presented entertaining sessions on personal finance and financial fraud respectively. In addition, a whole host of industry representatives gave up their time to come in to school in order to advise students on various career pathways.  Our thanks go to representatives from the Barclaycard, 3aaa, Cranfield University, Berry Recruitment, Key Training, Waitrose, MK Dons, the BBC, Shoosmiths, Grant Thornton and Howes Percival Solicitors who all spent time with small groups of students in order to give quality and independent advice and guidance. We were delighted when one student was actually offered a summer job through this event.

Past students returned to offer words of advice to Year 12, both in terms of going to university and going out to work and travelling around Europe. It’s always a joy to catch up on how they’ve progressed since leaving CCS and this year was no different.

A considerable amount of time has been spent examining future pathways; 7 lessons have been dedicated to the UCAS process and 6 to employment. Specific sessions have been delivered on writing the personal statement and a cv; this is the first step towards making a UCAS or job application in the new academic year and enables them to be analytical about their own strengths and weaknesses as students.  I have advised students that if they wish to apply to university in the autumn, they should return to school in September with a draft personal statement to show their tutors. Any students who missed the UCAS sessions should work their way through the PowerPoints which have been emailed to them and see me for further information if required.

Please encourage your son / daughter to enrol on a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC); if they do so, they will enhance their personal statement immensely. They should also utilise the opportunity over the summer to read widely around their chosen subject and I would encourage them strongly to compile summer reading lists. If they are interested in taking an Extended Project Qualification next year, they must express an interest to their form tutor or to Mrs Wilkie before the end of term.

The Social Sciences Fair is now an end of summer term tradition at CCS and was held yesterday; once again, this was a highlight of our year and a great way to bring the term to a close. Additionally, our final assembly of the year will be held on Wednesday morning and take the form of a talent show to celebrate the fabulous talent on offer within this year group. Our guests of honour will be Echo, our sponsored Guide Dog puppy with her puppy walkers, Pam and Richard, who have become good friends to the school.

Tomorrow school closes at 3.15pm but Year 12 students may leave earlier at 3pm. Normal lessons will continue until period 5 with period 6 being spent with the tutor.

AS Level results are published on Thursday, 18 August, and will be available on line via Insight from midday. Students may also collect their results slips from 11.00 onwards in the Study Centre, where staff will be available to advise them on their next steps. Where students are able to confirm which subject they wish to drop in Year 13 with a member of staff on results day, this will ensure a smoother start to the new year, however I wish to stress that they are not under pressure to make what may be a knee jerk reaction to results on the 18 August. Once they have collected their results, all students should see Mrs Thompson for further direction.

The new term starts on Monday, 5 September. All students to arrive before 8:45 for an assembly at 8:45 am.

Year 13 students are expected to continue to attend school from 8.45am – 3.15pm daily until they have completed their UCAS applications or shown progress in the search for employment. It will only be once this has been demonstrated that home study leave may be negotiated on an individual basis.

As you may know, I am moving on this summer to take on another post within Northampton. It has been a pleasure to work with Year 12 this year and I wish them the very best of luck with their results in August. I hope you have an enjoyable summer, whatever you may be doing, wish you all the very best for the future.

Yours faithfully


Sue Haines
Head of Sixth Form