Citizenship in the Sixth Form

6thcit1During the first Sixth Form Citizenship Day of this academic year, Sixth Formers were treated to panel presentations from the Universities of Nottingham, Liverpool, Lancaster and Chester, who provided an insight into their individual institutions as well as responding to a fascinating student led question and answer session.

6thcit2In addition, a visit from Bentley Motors, together with a Bentley  Continental Flying Spur, generated huge excitement as students examined the beautifully engineered car in great detail. The thought provoking Bentley presentation included information on apprenticeships and undergraduate schemes.





6thcit3At the same time, the Sixth Form Council ran a coffee morning for older members of the community and welcomed guests from the Baptist & Methodist Church, St Helen’s, OPAL, Iddenshall Hall and many others. Held in the Sixth Form common room, our visitors were treated to homemade refreshments and games of bingo with lots of prizes and very imaginative calling! The event was really well received and brought about a lovely atmosphere in the college.

6thcit4Alongside this, Year 13, who are heavily into their university applications, continued to work on their personal statements and UCAS applications together with their tutors. In the afternoon, Year 12 students attended our annual Enrichment Fair, where they were offered numerous opportunities to volunteer both in the wider community and as ‘Lead Learners’ in various subjects and societies within lower school. All Year 12 students take part in our enrichment scheme and are encouraged to volunteer for at least one hour per week, building self-confidence and transferrable skills that will stay with them through university, employment and beyond.

The day culminated in an inter-tutor netball tournament with the boys having to quickly learn the rules of a non-contact sport!  Worthy winners were 12/13FE who are now at the top of the Inter-tutor Cup leader board.


More great charity work by 6th Form students.

bagsFollowing the success of charity week, Sixth Form students have been busy adding to their fund by offering their services to lower school students as ‘Valets for a Day’.  Jobs include carrying bags at lesson changeover and being on hand at lunch and break to procure delicacies from various shops and cafes in the local area!

The Sixth Form charity fund has raised close to £2,000 this year and the trustees on the Sixth Form Council have agreed to donate the money between the following Year 13 students, who are undertaking voluntary work this summer, as well as a number of other charities nominated by the Council.

  • Zak Dunstone will be working with the Stand by Me charity, involving teaching in a Nepalese school and orphanage.
  • Isla McClellan plans to work with Personal Overseas Development, where she will be teaching English to 8-12 year old children in Thailand.
  • Matthew Magee is helping to build a school in a rural community in Uganda as well as supporting conservation efforts with the endangered White Rhino with Camps International.
  • SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society).
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital.
  • Chester & District Committee for the Deaf.

Our Sixth Formers are now deep into the exam season and working hard for their AS and A2-levels, for which we wish them every success and good luck!

Non-uniform Day – Thursday 2nd May.

We are raising funds to support one of our students. Read below to find out the story behind the student and the epic challenge, he has set for himself and for raising money for charity.

My Story so far….

alex2When I ran through the gates at the bottom of Mount Snowdon’s Miners Track route, after 21 hours and 57 minutes of pure exhaustion, it was quite overwhelming to think what had been overcome to get to that point. I’d just become the youngest person ever to complete the National 3 Peaks Challenge on my own, aged just 16, raising £1800 for cancer and endangered animals. Continue reading

Sixth Form Charity Week

This year the Sixth Form students put on a wide range of events for the Sixth Form charity week, including a car wash, a students vs staff University Challenge style quiz, a ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’ and a penalty shoot out game.


New additions to the Sixth Form charity week included an exhausting lunchtime zumba session run by a local zumba instructor who very kindly volunteered her time for free, and non-school uniform day for the lower years. This included a twist on the traditional ‘non-school uniform day’ to have a school ‘uniform day’ for the Sixth Form students, who salvaged what they could find of their old school uniform, to wear it once again for the day.

The money raised throughout the week will help to support students in further charity work, with bids being made to the Sixth Form Council. Last year the money raised helped various people with their charity work, including Zak Dunstone who travelled to Ethiopia to volunteer with the charity Stand by Me. His time volunteering inspired numerous students, who will this summer embark on their own volunteering work around the globe with the additional support from the money raised over charity week.