Summer Enrichment Programme 2018, 6th Form
Sixth Form Summer Enrichment Programme
It’s been a busy term for our year 12 students at Montsaye’s sixth form; with mock exams to prepare for, starting their careers research, writing their personal statements for UCAS applications, meeting with various outside speakers and two university trips.
Our focus has been very much on planning for the future. The University of Northumbria, kicked things off by delivering a brilliant talk about university life. Our speaker, Oliver Welham, a student graduate himself, was very informative and shared lots of anecdotes about his own experiences, as well as offering helpful and practical advice about student finance, writing their personal statements and living independently.
The following week we held an apprenticeship workshop with our careers’ advisor, Ian Doherty, for those students who wanted to learn about post 16 apprenticeships, what they might entail, the advantages of undertaking one, practical advice about how to apply for them and where to find them advertised. The session was very well attended and the students found it useful, ensuring that they would be able to make more informed decisions when it comes to choosing between university, apprenticeships and employment.
On Thursday 14th June, we attended the annual UCAS conference at Nottingham Trent University. This was a brilliant opportunity for the students to speak to representatives from almost every university in the UK. Each university had their own stall, with information, prospectuses and, sometimes, free gifts! Our students were kept busy visiting as many universities as they were interested in, some having researched their possible courses in advance. Where there was time, some also took the opportunity to have a look around Trent University’s campus; the study areas, restaurants and some of the lecture rooms. All agreed that it had been a helpful experience, even for those not certain about going to university, as there were also apprenticeship stands and the RAF and Army were represented.
On Friday 22nd June we were off again, this time to the Northampton University Open Day. Luckily, the weather was good as there was a lot of movement, with students having lectures at the university’s two current sites. We all became quite used to hopping on and off their free shuttle bus service. This time, our students had the opportunity to hear details about potential degree courses that they might be interested in. Lectures were helpful and there was usually the chance to speak to a lecturer on a one-to-one basis at the end of each talk. Perhaps the highlight of the day was for those students who were able to visit the brand new campus; Waterside. This will be the single site for Northampton University from September 2018 and was modern, spacious and impressive. Our students were offered tours of the new accommodation, including the town houses and shared flats. All were impressed by the space, modernity and facilities provided. In fact, their enthusiasm was noted and they were asked to take part in a promotional video for the university, talking about the accommodation and their first impressions.
As we approach the end of term, there’s still plenty to come; for some, a trip to Havelock Primary school to talk to younger students at about life in the sixth form and their aspirations; organised tours of our sixth form base for Year 10 students, a training session delivered by Northampton University about how to write a personal statement and two ERA days, where our students will be working with the rest of the school, supporting with sporting events and various enrichment activities.