CLF Post 16 Newsletter

24th April 2015

Upcoming Post 16 Dates

29th April 2015

Careers Fair at BBA

30th April 2015

Student Finance Deadline

7th May 2015

General Election Polling Day

15th May 2015

Bristol Meningitis Swabs at JCA for relevant students

5th June 2015

Exeter Open Day trip

10th June 2015

Student Election Voting Day

18th June 2015

UCAS for Parents Information night 6pm - 8pm - Venue TBC

24th June 2015

Plymouth Open Day trip

3rd July 2015

Cardiff University Residential Trip

At Bristol Trip

On Monday 20th April 2015 Mrs Leach and Ms Hamlin took year 13 A Level Psychology students to an Experience Psychology workshop at At-Bristol. Students had the opportunity to participate in experiments to discover more about their memories, investigate visual illusions and create their own investigation and collect data from At-Bristol visitors.

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Boomsatsuma

Students from the boomsatsuma course are stepping up a gear with creative projects this term. This week, Becky, Nishan and Callum are running a series of storytelling and filmmaking workshops for younger students at Wallscourt Farm Academy, as well creating a film about the academy itself.


Pictured from left to right are Rebecca Crothers, Catrina from Year 1, Callum Haines, Noodle the school dog and Nishan Singh.

Music BTEC

Congratulations to the Y13 music BTEC class for putting on a gig at the Fleece showcasing the musical talent of students from the past, present and future. There were fantastic performances from year 10 students as well as the current Y12 and Y13 music BTEC students. A great solo performance from Polly Rollinson who left last year and is now studying at BIMM, many of the Y13 students will be joining her there in September. A special mention to Mr Jones who reformed his own sixth form band especially for this event.

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Stand for Election!

We need two democratically elected student representatives to sit on the academy council for 2015-16. You will represent the voice of the entire Post 16 across 5 sites.

As a councillor you will be involved in:


  • Attend termly meetings to discuss Post 16 future
  • Create policies and practices
  • Be the important link to the student voice across the Federation
  • Represent the students and champion their case
  • Get invaluable experience worthy of Uni Applications and CVs!


In the run up to the election, we will support you in preparing a manifesto and election video for polling on the 10th of June.


If you require more information, please contact Andy at KOA andy.hunter@clfpost16.org

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Calling all JCA students!!

Next week, you'll have the privilege of both winning prizes and seeing some of your teachers as you've never seen them before... In the Foyer every breaktime Monday-Thursday, there'll be the chance to match the teacher to the baby photo!! Entry is £1 for students, with all proceeds going to 2015in2015 (Mental Health Research UK), and there are prizes to be won.

£2015 in 2015 - Rebecca Dudley

Follow Becky's achievements for raising money for mental health on her Facebook, Blogspot (www.2015in2015.blogspot.com) and donate on her Justgiving page below.


All donations go to Mental Health Research UK

justgiving.com/2015in2015

Political Debate

We have been invited to join students at The Grange on Wednesday 29th April at 2pm. for a debate involving the parliamentary candidates for the Kingswood constituency. Spaces are limited, if you live in this constituency (Kingswood) and would like to attend please email post16@kingsoakacademy.org.uk for more information.


Details were featured on the Bristol Post this week here!

Education Vs Election

Can't keep up with what is happening with the election? Take a look at the links below from each party to work out who is saying what about education this election.


The Conservative Party - The Labour Party - The Lib Dems - The Green Party - UKIP

ID Cards now in KOA, JCA and BBA

Students who have been assigned photo ID cards by their site must wear these at all times as a matter of safety. Cards will be issued for BMA and HWA next week.

Student Finance Deadline 30th April

Last chance to apply! Click here for more information and last minute applications!

Work Experience!

It's time to start looking for your work experience places!! Placement is at the end of Term 6 so your time is fast approaching! For hints and tips click here

JCA Prom

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KOA Prom

Year 13 Prom organised by KOA students - this is taking place at The Grand Hotel on Friday 19th June. The cost is £22 to include a buffet and as much dancing as you can handle! If you would like to attend please see Michelle at KOA, money to be paid by 30th April.

COMPETITION - photography, art and all creative students!

Would you like your work to be showcased on this newsletter? Email with your entry of work to ananda.kellett@clfpost16.org to have a chance to appear as the background to Post 16 newsletter which is shared across 5 sites!


Click here to see the previous newsletters for ideas of what you can do.

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Reading University Events - Summer Term

Reading University are running 2 day non-residential Summer Schools in the following subjects. The events are free of charge and students can apply for assistance for travel costs


  • Thursday 25th & Friday 26th June: French & German ( all travel costs will be covered)
  • Thursday 25th & Friday 26th June: History ( students can attend one or both days)
  • Monday 29th June and Tuesday 30th June: Film and Theatre
  • Tuesday 21st & 22nd June: Maths


Apply here


1 day taster or masterclasses in the following:

  • Wednesday 1st July: Business and Accounting taster day - details to be confirmed but email a.wigham@reading.ac.uk to express interest in this event.
  • Thursday 2nd July: Share dealing competition for those interested in careers in finance and investment banking
  • Monday 6th July: English Literature Gothic masterclass
  • Monday 6th July: Philosophy sixth form lecture with campus tour and student life talk
  • Tuesday 7th July: Art Masterclass (details TBC, email a.wigham@reading.ac.uk to express interest in this event)
  • Wednesday 8th July: Geography and Environmental Science – please email c.s.challis@reading.ac.uk for further information
  • Tuesday 21st July: Pharmacy taster session – please contact h.zaher@reading.ac.uk for further information


For more information about booking please click here

Business/Computing Course

Please see below leaflet for the HND Computing and Systems Development course at SGS College. This opportunity is open to year 13 students who may be looking for a caeer in computing and have a level 3 qualification as well as English and Maths at GCSE grade C or above. Offers are subject to an interview with SGS.


This is a level 4 HNC/HND in computing and offers a second route into employment or an honours degree, which can be fully funded through regular student loan route.


Any questions, please contact Kandis Douglas at SGS kandis.douglas@sgscol.ac.uk

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire Outreach Team are holding a number of FREE events:


  • Friday 5th June - (7pm-9pm) Nature and Wildlife Photography Masterclass - (Looking at Focusing, capturing and using light under various conditions and key functions of the camera) Click here to book your place.


  • Monday 22nd June - (9.30am - 1.30pm) - Year 12 Biology Conference - (Looking at Biosciences as a degree, Epigenetics and Pollen and Forensics) Click here to book your place.


  • 1st July 2015 - (10am - 2.30pm) Social Sciences Conference - (Providing two streams, Psychology, or Criminology and Sociology. Please email outreach@glos.ac.uk or call 01242714833 to book.)


  • Sunday 5th - Wednesday 8th July - Year 12 Live & Learn Residential (Taster courses in: Art & Design, Business, Computing, Media and Sport.) Click here to book your place. Applications open until 26th April 2015

Year 12 Law Students - Win an Undergraduate Bursary!

Each year, CMS award up to 5 bursaries to aspiring lawyers, which pay £2,500 a year for each year of an undergraduate law degree. For all students who apply, they also offer mentoring support from one of their lawyers to help with their UCAS application, and offer some work experience to give you an experience in the law environment.


The bursaries are aimed at Year 12 students predicted ABB at A-Level who will be in the first generation in their family to go to university. There are also certain financial criteria and full details of these can be found here.


To find out more information, click here. Applications are considered through an essay competition - register here. Interviews will take place in London in September.


If you have any questions, please contact Susannah Taylor at bursary@cms-cmck.com

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Please email ananda.kellett@clfpost16.org for any news, updates or information that you would like to share with Cabot Learning Federation.