Year 13 Study Days & Information

College Study Days 17th and 18th November

Dear Parents/Guardian,

Years 13 will have two study days on the 17th and 18th of November when we have Taster Days for prospective Year 11 students. I will be impressing upon all students the need to use this time wisely to complete revision for their mock exams in the week beginning 28th November. These will take place in lessons to minimise disruption to studies.

Please find enclosed information about examinations. This needs to be read carefully.


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 2017. 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.

 Jaguar Landrover Webinar 1st November 2016

Any student interested in finance or engineering apprenticeships with JLR are invited to a webinar in college on Tuesday 1st November. The webinar starts at 3.00pm in N2, so students will need to arrange transport home. Any interested student should sign up with Mrs Evans and complete the required reading/viewing beforehand.

Oswestry School Engineering conference 10th November 2016

We have been invited to attend this event on 10th November at Oswestry School. Representatives from the worlds of motorsport, marine, chemical and construction engineering, as well as the RAF, will be present.  The day will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Some students have already booked, but we may be able to accommodate some late applicants. Students will need to organise their own transport to and from the venue. Interested students should see Mrs Evans to sign up before we break up for half-term.

Skills Show NEC 17th – 19th November 2016

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. With this in mind, we have reserved 10 places, but students can book themselves a place online, Covering all main career areas, employers and apprentices are available to guide students and offer more information about application and selection processes. Students can either book their own place or see Mrs Evans to use one of ours.

Career Focus morning February 10th 2017

On Friday February 10th we will be holding a series of workshops for students who are applying for apprenticeships. Barclays Lifeskills team will run workshops on interviews, CVs and selection processes. Ex-students working for Jaguar Landrover and Capgemini will also give talks about their experiences.

Mentoring Day and Targeted students’ parents’ evening 12th January 2017

On this day, students will attend college as usual and complete private study apart from when their tutor mentors them. This is intended to be an opportunity for students to discuss their current predicted grades and plans for the future. Any students we are concerned about will be invited for a meeting with their parents/carers and the tutor to discuss strategies and intervention.

Part-time work

I have grown increasingly concerned about the number of students who are devoting excessive hours to part-time work. Often employers seem to expect students to complete extra shifts at the drop of a hat. This 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 a letter that I am happy to send to employers explaining why, available on request.

Important dates for your diary:


1st November 2016 UCAS Internal deadline/JLR webinar
17th and 18th November Study Days for Year 13
17th -19th November The Skills Show NEC
25th November Christmas Fair Lowe Hill 6.30-9pm
Week commencing   28th November Mock exams in lessons
12th December Variety Concert Stanier Hall
14th December Senior Citizens’ Party
15th December Carol Concert St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Wem
16th December College Christmas Rewards briefing and Quizmas. Holiday starts
3rd January 2017 PD Day
12th January Study Day at college – mentoring. Targeted students’ parents’ evening.
7th February Year 13 Consultation evening 4.30-7pm Stanier Hall
10th February Career Focus Morning
20th– 24th February Half Term
27th February onwards Mock exam fortnight – Stanier Hall
14th March Year 12/13 Biology trip to Chester Zoo

I hope this information is useful. Please do not hesitate to get in touch at any time of the college year on 01939 237000 or

Best wishes


Lorna Withey

Director of College

The Thomas Adams School
Lowe Hill

01939 237000