UCAS Advice for Everyone

The Year 13s attended a UCAS dropdown morning to support their post-18 options. The day consisted of three virtual workshops, covering different aspects of the application process and decision-making. We had ‘choosing a course, choosing a university’ from Northumbria University, personal statement training from Durham University, and a student finance introduction from Newcastle University. The morning culminated in a University Challenge quiz competition across the year group, featuring trivia about different universities from across the country.

Cutting Edge

Continuing with the theme of ‘aspiration’ we have recently heard back from sixth form alumni, Beth Cutting, who left us three years ago. Beth has now gone on to graduate from university and is exploring some truly unique opportunities. Beth describes her journey below:

‘I spent three months in America last summer working as a genetics intern at a crime lab at Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (Reno).  I was working on validating a new study to help process sexual assault kits faster. I was then lucky enough to present this work at a UCL conference in January.  Since last summer I have been researching potential genetic pathways involved in ageing (in yeast) for my dissertation.  I finally received my results and have graduated from UCL with a 2:1 (hons) in Genetics! After much consideration I have decided to further my study and I am off to Newcastle Uni to do a master’s in medical genetics next year! I am hoping to enter the pharmaceutical industry next year.  I am not sure what job position I want, but I would really like to stay in the genetics field.’

Wow! Well done Beth and we wish you all the luck in a bright career ahead of you!

Southmoor House Redevelopment Update

Contractors continue to work away at the re-development of Southmoor House to form part of our Sixth Form campus. Work continues apace with most of the major structural work now complete, opening up many of the once enclosed spaces to reveal the building’s true character. Builders are now at work adding the modern amenities including plumbing, heating and rewiring and preparing the building for the next phase of interior developments. Watch this space for more updates soon!

Gabby’s Got the Gift

Well done to sixth former Gaby Reynolds who has not wasted her time during the lockdown period and has been taking part in a virtual work placement with Elle Magazine. Gaby has been very successful at this and Elle have agreed to continue mentoring her for the next 12 months! Gaby was commissioned to create a piece of artwork that was to be based on the cover model, (photographed by Liz Johnson Artur) and her digital piece is being used for the subscriber’s cover of the online magazine (as can be seen in this article ) which is an amazing achievement.  She has even managed a personal mention on the Elle UK Instagram page with regards to the artwork!

Virtual Open Evening Now Online


Our virtual open evening is now live for you to view. We’d be delighted if you would take the time to check it out, look through the information on the page and find out more about us. It’s a shame we can’t invite you into our wonderful sixth form this year, but we hope that what we have created online will give you a valuable insight into the people, places and ethos behind what we do.

You can join the open evening from today by clicking here. This page will remain live over the coming weeks, so please feel free to visit it as much as you like!

Year 12 Wellbeing Assembly

Northumbria University ran a virtual webinar for our Y12 cohort, focusing on how to succeed in Sixth Form and how to be resilient. They thought about their own goals – both personal and educational – and reflected on what ‘success’ meant to them. Students were then given techniques on how to gather their thoughts without becoming overwhelmed, and the importance of things like mindfulness to cope with difficult situations.