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An Introduction from Mr G. Owen

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Welcome to the Sixth Form blog/news page. I will post on here at least every Monday and more often as the occasion demands. It’s not a formal site as such and will not replace official announcements and letters but its intention is to reflect on sixth form experiences and events, to keep abreast of good practice in Post 16 education and to alert students and parents to opportunities now and for the future.

I know students have plenty of work to do in their A level subjects but I have an impassioned view that it is what they do beyond that which can often make the real difference in personal development, employability and fulfilment. So you’ll hear plenty on here about those opportunities.

Just to kick off I’ll mention three of my favourites:

future learn
TED Talks
Reading books

 

TED talks is an online video library of thousands of talks on a huge variety of subjects. Always interesting, usually challenging and often entertaining.

Future Learn offers free online courses from universities and specialist organisations. I’ve done two so far and several students have taken them up. Have a look – they’re brilliant

Reading books makes a difference.

Have a great 2017!

 

 

Newsletter 1 18th Sptember 2017

 

I feel very remiss for not having posted my blog so far this term but there are very good reasons. It’s testament to the resilience of the human spirit that teachers turn up on the first day in September. Yes I know that we have great holidays, but the sheer number and volume of tasks that assault us at the beginning of term mean that anything resembling a measured, normal existence has to wait for a week or two. I think we’re nearly there.

 

I’m always really pleased that we get our sixth form students into lessons on their first day and it’s been a brilliant start in that respect. Teachers sometimes have a sixth sense for how groups of students are going to develop and the new year 12 have settled extremely well to routines and private study which bodes really well for their futures.

 

So what’s new this year? The big change is that we have welcomed 40+ footballers as part of the Deon Burton Football Academy. This is an exciting venture which allows these students to follow their footballing dreams whilst gaining valuable academic qualifications. This week they excelled on the pitch, beating Crystal Palace in two academy fixtures.

 

It’s also great to report that we had 80+ students join us in our regular year 12 with over 25% of those being external students who have chosen to come to Coleshill from other schools. Increasing numbers give us the opportunity to do so many more things. It’s not just that it makes balancing the books easier, it’s more the fact that it brings a renewed energy to the student body.

 

One very positive aspect of this energy is the new leadership team that we have established. I’ll blog about this at more length in the near future but for now it’s great to report that we have over twenty students from year 12,13 and the Academy who are forming our 2017-18 leadership team.

 

So, a very brief summary of what we’ve been up to so far but it will indubitably become more eventful and exciting as the term progresses and I’m looking forward to a stellar year.