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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:JANUARY/FEBRUARY


COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL NEWS


As a new year begins, our year 12s have settled in well to Sixth Form life. The biggest change for them has been Private Study periods. Students have been positive about this addition to their school day and they appreciate the time earmarked to do some independent learning. Our study supervisor works closely with students, helping them to make the best use of this time. In September, our year 12 students attended a careers fair in Manchester where there was an opportunity to discover how diverse their choices could be beyond Sixth Form. Traditional universities were alongside new universities as well as top apprenticeship providers. It brought home to me just how many exciting opportunities were available to our young people.


Supported by both Heads of Year, students have also signed up for a number of enrichment activities and taken on leadership roles in school. Students are contributing to working groups on the environment, teaching and learning, wellbeing and raising money for charity. Our Sixth Form students


also support lower school students in the classroom, helping and challenging them to make the most of their studies.


One year 12 student writes: “One of the reasons I decided to continue with my education was the vast array of opportunities that were on offer to develop my self-confidence, leadership and workplace related skills. Wednesday afternoon enrichment has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and to volunteer in activities that help younger students in our school community. The support that students are given by staff is really helpful as we are encouraged to develop our independent study skills which will be needed whatever we do in the future.


“Taking A Levels will enable me to access university or an apprenticeship later on and will show employers in the future that I am capable of challenge, as well as a willingness to keep learning. Being part of Cockermouth School Sixth Form is more than just lessons and learning, it is to be part of a much wider community who support, respect


and encourage each other to be the best they can be.”


We are grateful for the contribution our Sixth Form students make to our community, from which they in turn learn a great deal too. This becomes obvious as many of our year 13s try to condense all their qualities, skills, interests and passion for the courses they hope to be studying at university into 4,000 characters on a UCAS form. Offers have been coming in and students begin to realise how all their hard work will pay off. Students applying for competitive higher apprenticeships are just beginning their research and as opportunities become available, we look forward to supporting them as they embark on the demanding selection process.


I never tire of seeing our young people grow and flourish into confident, well-rounded young adults ready for the challenges ahead, their passion and enthusiasm to make a difference is a credit to them.


Mr. Duncan Murray, Director of Sixth Form


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