Year 12 and 13 October Letter

Ref: CBH/CLY/AMG

1 October 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

As we near the end of a very busy first half-term, we would like to welcome our students and their parents and carers at the start of another exciting academic year. We look forward to working with you all throughout this coming year, as we continue our efforts to secure the best possible outcomes for every student that attends Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College.

Assessment

All students have now completed the first round of assessments of the academic year in their lessons. Students will continue to be assessed throughout their A Level courses, so that we can monitor the progress they are making towards their target grades. Please find enclosed the first Progress Review of the year, which shows how students have performed on their assessments, whether they are currently on track to achieve their target grades, and an effort grade to reflect their effort and commitment to their studies. If you have any questions regarding your son/daughter's progress, please do not hesitate to contact subject teachers, Curriculum Leaders or the Sixth Form Team at any time.

Review Evening

We would like to invite you to the first review evenings of the academic year, which will take place on:

  • Tuesday 13 November 2018: 5:30pm - 8:00pm - for Year 12 students
  • Wednesday 14 November 2018: 5:30pm - 8:00pm - for Year 13 students

We strongly recommend that you attend this evening if possible, as it provides an early opportunity for you to speak to individual subject staff regarding progress, and discuss any concerns. Students will be asked to make appointments nearer the time.

Attendance

All students should be aware of our attendance procedures. The attendance office must be contacted at the earliest opportunity on the day of absence by either the students or parent/carer. The number to ring is: 07739 326 272. If students are absent with no reason given, we will endeavour to contact parents/carers to confirm absence. Failure to attend College lessons on a regular basis is taken very seriously by the College, due to the detrimental impact it inevitably has on final outcomes. We therefore request your support in encouraging students to maintain the highest levels of attendance throughout their time with us.

Examinations

Please be aware that internal examinations will take place for our students at the following times this year.

  • Year 12 - Formal examinations will run between Tuesday 7 May and Friday 17 May 2019. The results of these examinations will form one part of the judgement on predicted grades for applying to university/apprenticeships, and as such, we encourage all students to take them extremely seriously.
  • Year 13 - Mock examinations will take place between Monday 4 February and Friday 15 February 2019. These are designed to replicate the demands of the final A Level examinations, and we encourage all students to approach them with the same discipline.

In addition to our internal examinations, the final A Level examinations for Year 13 students will run from Monday 20 May 2019 until Friday 21 June 2019. It is essential that students are present for all of their examinations, so please avoid making any other arrangements during this time. Further details of specific examination dates and individual student examination timetables will be issued when available.

UCAS for Year 13 students

Our Year 13 students have begun the UCAS application process during their tutorial sessions, and we encourage all students to consider university as one of their future options. All students should have completed their personal statements already, and have submitted these for checking. As students begin to explore their university choices, it is crucial that they use their predicted grades from subject teachers to help them select appropriate courses. The final deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday January 15 2019, although we aim to have all applications completed by Christmas.

October Half-Term Revision Sessions

A number of subject areas are offering additional sessions over the October half-term holiday. We strongly advise attending these where possible. Further sessions will be planned in future holidays, and the value of attending these cannot be underestimated. Please contact the College should you require further information.

Bursary

Bursary applications are currently being processed. Students will soon be notified of whether they qualify for the bursary, and payments will be sent via cheque on a monthly basis. Please note that bursary payments will not be made to students incurring unauthorised absences.

Enrichment

The College does not run lessons on a Wednesday afternoon, with the expectation being that students will use this time productively to undertake meaningful enrichment activities. Many students have already made arrangements to complete work experience on Wednesday afternoons, such as spending time in primary schools, local businesses, health services and charity establishments - which assists them in gaining invaluable experience for future careers.

Fundraising

The College's nominated charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, has been in touch to thank students for raising a grand total of £1,334.02 during the last academic year. We would like to thank everyone involved in raising this fantastic amount, and we look forward to your continued support as we plan our fundraising efforts for the year ahead.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support for the College. We look forward to sharing the successes of our students with you over the coming year. Please do not hesitate to get in touch at any point should you have any concerns or general queries.

Yours faithfully

Mrs C B Hook
Head of Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College

Mrs C L Yates
Principal

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