For many students in the Sixth Form this is the most pressurised time of their entire school career, as they prepare for and sit extremely significant exams. I have been very impressed with how maturely the Year 13s have approached this task, with plenty of evidence of extensive revision and careful preparation. This year we have 44 university applications, 18 of which have been made unconditional offers, in subjects ranging from Forensic Science to Korean, and Law to Outdoor Education. Results day is 17 August, when Year 13 results will be available from 9am and Year 12 results from 10am. Please note that this does not include results of any GCSE re-sits, which will be released on 24 August. A number of senior members of staff will be on hand to support students in decisions to be made based on results.

Year 13 Leavers’ Day on 10 July will feature some in-school activities during the day, followed by a Leavers’ Meal at Cumberwell Park, organised by Head girl Lauren Mistretta. This promises to be a fitting event to mark the graduation of the year group and to wish them well with their futures.

As the Year 13s time at Matravers comes to an end, so the focus shifts to supporting Year 12s in their academic studies and their planning for the future. The vast majority have already attended UCAS conferences at the University of Bath and Wiltshire College, and many are visiting universities for open days. A number of students have gained places on university summer courses and Dan Mead has secured a place on a prestigious project over the summer in which he will be working with researchers from the University of Southampton on a ship in the Black Sea! This is an astonishing opportunity and we look forward to hearing more upon his return.

The majority of Year 12 students have managed to secure a placement for work experience week. Several are going to work in local primary schools and nurseries, some are going into retail companies, manufacturing , service providers, defence contractors and even Bath Rugby. I would like to thank all those who have offered placements to our students. If you personally would like to offer a placement in the future, or if you know of somebody who might, please contact me at the school.

On 19 June we welcomed our most recent VIP speaker to address the Sixth Form, John Fingleton, CEO of Fingleton Associates, and former Head of the Office of Fair Trading and 10 Downing Street advisor. He gave an engaging talk which covered his own up-bringing and education in rural Ireland, through an academic career and on to is current work. He opened the students’ eyes to the world of monopolies, mergers and price-fixing, bringing home the relevance of such things through the use of examples including Facebook and Snapchat.

We have Freshers’ Week for the new Year 12s coming up from the 3 July, which will allow all students to try out the Sixth Form for a number of days and to start to get a better understanding of the demands of the subjects they have opted for. The week will include a parents’ information evening along with an exciting opportunity to secure a free suit for their time in the Sixth Form.

I would just like to remind all applicants that senior members of staff will be on hand on GCSE Results Day to help with any questions about results and access to Sixth Form courses. We will be holding enrolment meetings with all applicants in the week following GCSE results. If there are any Year 11 students who are still unsure about what to do next year I would encourage you to come to talk to the Sixth Form team to see if there is anything we can offer you.

‘STOP PRESS! We are very please to announce that once again the school will be able to provide a suit and lap-top for all new Year 12 students. Please contact Mr Browning for details

Mr Browning, Director of Post-16

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