Year 13 Study Days & Information

Dear Parent/Carer

I am pleased to report that Year 13 students have settled back into their studies very well; the atmosphere around college is a very studious one. At the start of term, we asked all students to nominate 50% of their non-contact periods for supervised private study in our new Study Hub. Attendance at these sessions is monitored and students are expected to work independently, revising and consolidating lessons.  I have enjoyed catching up and talking with the students during these sessions and it has been pleasing to witness the independent learning taking place.

In addition to working towards their exams next summer, our students are also thinking about their exciting futures, be that university, apprenticeship or employment.

UCAS – University applications

Many of you attended our University Information Evening in July which I know you found useful in giving you the knowledge to help your son/daughter make decisions about undergraduate study. Our internal deadline for UCAS applications is 1st November. If this internal deadline is missed, students can still apply, but we need a fortnight to allow for references to be written and checks to take place. The official UCAS deadline is 15th January 2018. Late applications are still considered by UCAS, but not until after they have processed those that have met the deadline. It is possible to submit the form without all five choices of courses/universities – these can be added at any time up to 15th January.  We would urge students to keep working away at their personal statements and to scour the pages of www.ucas.com to find degree courses which excite and inspire them.

Mentoring

Year 13 students are currently being mentored by their form tutors, discussing study patterns and their plans for the future. We pride ourselves on our IAG (Information and Guidance) for life after A Level study and students will, undoubtedly, benefit from their tutor’s expertise and experience.

16th and 17th November 2017 – College Study Days

Both Years 12 and 13 will have two study days on the 16th and 17th of November when we have Taster Days for prospective Year 12 students. I will be impressing upon all students the need to use this time wisely to complete college work.

16th-18th November 2017 – Skills Show NEC

This annual convention, happily coinciding with our study days, is the Skills Show in Birmingham. We are encouraging all students to look at their options in the world of employment as well as university.  Covering all main career areas, employers and apprentices are available to guide students and offer more information about application and selection processes.  Students should see Liam Allen to secure a ticket. www.worldskillsuk.org/the-skills-show

16th November 2017 – Year 13 Consultation Evening – 4.30-7.30pm

At the Year 13 Consultation Evening on 16th November 2017, you will have the opportunity to meet teaching staff to discuss progress and strategies for success. We will send a letter home nearer the time with arrangements for the evening.

13th December – Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party

This annual event sees students and local senior citizens get together for a party, organised entirely by our College Committee. We would be grateful of any raffle prizes or food donations to help make this party, for over one hundred guests, go with a bang!  Please contact Samantha Evans (sge@thomasadams.net) if you can help in any way.

22nd December – End of term

We finish the term with a celebration briefing, where we congratulate students on their successes. We also enjoy our legendary ‘Quizmas’, a general knowledge quiz for students and staff, before the Christmas holidays begin. Term starts on Monday 9th January 2018.

29th January 2018 – Mock Exams

Students will have mock exams in their subjects after Christmas, allowing them to see any gaps in their knowledge. Therefore, over Christmas, you should see your son/daughter revising and consolidating more than a year’s worth of subject knowledge!

14th February 2018 – Career Focus

On Wednesday February 14th, we will be holding a series of workshops for students who are planning to apply for apprenticeships and jobs after their time with us. Our college LinkedIn page has over two hundred alumni in various fields of occupation, who I am sure would be willing to connect with any students interested in work experience or internships.

Part-time work

Part-time work will inevitably have a negative impact on their performance in their studies and could I ask that you join me in urging students to put college work first? I have grown increasingly concerned about a few students who are, already, devoting excessive hours to part-time work.  Whilst it is thrilling to be earning extra money, I must stress that academic study should not be compromised.

Parental access to Go4Schools

In July, we wrote to all parents requesting email addresses for you to access Go4Schools later this year.  Included with the letter was a personal data sheet, for you to check that we had the correct contact information for you etc.  If there is another copy of this letter enclosed, then we have not had these returned to date. Please can I ask that the reply slip is completed and the data sheet checked, returning both sheets to Samantha Evans, no later than Friday 13th October.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any concerns on 01939 237000 or college@thomasadams.net

Best wishes,

Julie Squire
Key Stage 5 Manager

The Thomas Adams School
Lowe Hill
Wem
Shropshire
SY4 5UB

Telephone:
01939 237000