Dear parents and guardians,
It has been a very busy term thus far at the College. I am delighted to report that 20% of our cohort have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge with subjects ranging from Classics, English, Fine Art and History at Oxford to Economics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Cambridge.
The deadline of January 15th for UCAS applications has now passed and a number of offers are now coming in. However, it is not unusual for students to not have any offers at this stage - we know that this can be unsettling and it is causing some anxiety amongst the students at present. Please join with us to reassure them that this is part of the course for competitive courses at competitive universities and it is unfortunately just a waiting game. The final deadline for universities to make their decision on an application is March 31st 2018, but the majority of students will hear before this date.
As many of you are aware, the Upper 6th have finished their mock examinations and are having discussions with both their subject teachers and tutors about what went well and what they need to do to improve from here on in. Dr Rahman and Mrs Paris are now preparing their final report to go out to Upper 6th parents and guardians next week. The Lower 6th are now preparing for their progress tests to take place the first week after the half-term break (between Monday 19th and Thursday 22nd February inclusive). The Lower 6th Parents' Evening is on Thursday 1st March 2018 and we look forward to seeing you then.
With the housekeeping over it now gives me great pleasure to be able to share with you a new initiative that the 6th Form Library has undertaken, a library blog called ‘Be Curious’. It is designed to encourage curiosity, deeper and wider reading and to encourage students to visit the library more frequently and use the resources available.
This week's article is a follow up from an assembly given by Ms Kedie on short books and a selection of short books are recommended, all of which can be borrowed from the library. The blog also has an excellent section with reading lists for each subject, links to our online resources and a section on how to undertake research which is particularly useful for those students who will be writing an extended essay. The blog is easily accessible from all students' iPads.
Finally we are all eagerly awaiting the 6th Form play which will take place today (Friday 2 February) at 19.30 in the Senior School Hall. I hope to see many of you there!
Head of 6th Form
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