Pupils in Years 11 to 13 have been looking ahead to their futures this week with a raft of activities organised by the Guidance team.
On Monday afternoon, Year 11 pupils celebrated the end of their mock GCSE examinations with an afternoon tea in Big School. Pupils tucked in to generous slices of Victoria sponge whilst listening to presentations about life in the Sixth Form. Following a welcome and introduction from the Head Master, Deputy Head Academic, Mr Dixon, talked briefly about A Level subject options and the many other academic extracurricular options available including the Politics Society and the Biomedical Society; stressing the importance of utilising these opportunities. Miss Callard gave a comprehensive account of all the support that Sixth Form pupils receive in preparing for the next steps beyond school and continued the theme of making the most of all the opportunities available and how important they are in demonstrating to universities or future employers the ability to try something beyond the classroom. Mrs Kelly then took up the baton with an inspirational presentation on the importance of engaging with schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and all they can offer both in enjoyment and achievement.
There were also presentations from Mr Francis about the challenge of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe race, Mr Skelton about our many sporting activities, and an excellent presentation from Upper Sixth Former, Megan, about swimming. Our Year 11s left with a good idea of what is on offer in the Sixth Form at Mount Kelly and how important it is to embrace as many opportunities as possible.
Year 12 pupils visited the UCAS exhibition at Westpoint in Exeter on Thursday where hundreds of universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers were on hand to give expert advice and answer their question about their next steps.
On Thursday afternoon, we were delighted to welcome Bradley Busch from InnerDrive to the College Library to deliver their Maximising Revision seminar to pupils in Years 11 and 13. Pupils were presented with guidance on best forms of revision, as well as the genuine benefits of sufficient and regular sleep. It was also clarified how revising in silence is proven to have positive outcomes for learning and exam results versus revising to music – especially your favourite soundtrack! InnerDrive also provide guidance for parents, and we would welcome enquiries from anyone interested in learning more about this.