Free University Taster Courses

March 14, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Stewart

The document below has a list of free university taster courses which still have places available at Universities in and around London.

Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis for the majority of the taster courses so please ask your students to apply as soon as possible by following the relevant link below or via the website www.london.ac.uk/tasters

Free University Taster Courses


High Achievers

February 14, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Sodhi

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Congratulations to the Mock exam high achievers

A small informal gathering was organised to award those students that achieved or surpassed their megs in the mock exam.  After some light refreshments the following students were awarded a certificate of excellence and an insignia badge.


Tara Pilkington

Adam Morris

Victoria Pike

Charlotte Lloyd

Emily Marsh

Charlotte Withell

Elizabeth Bermingham

Rebecca Rubie

Emma-Claire Harrison

Molly Roe

Ceyhun Oztumer


Apprenticeship news

February 12, 2014 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Mrs A McAllister

The rise of apprenticeships

The Telegraph has reported on new figures, released by the National Apprenticeship Service, revealing that the number of teenagers opting to do an apprenticeship has reached a record high. And the statistics suggest that females are the reason for this increase in demand.

In 2013, between August and October, a total of 461,530 teenagers applied for on-the-job training compared to 263,072 in 2012. Females accounted for 216,100 of those applications, an increase of 55% on the previous year.

This rise in demand for on-the-job training has resulted in an average of 12 applicants for every 1 apprenticeship vacancy – making a once unpopular career path choice now very competitive. In some market sectors such as education (classroom assistant, for example) an average of 27 applications are received for every 1 vacancy.

But yet there are also reports that despite the high demand and obvious advantages of being an apprentice some still shun that career path.  Some teenagers are still being told they are “too clever” to choose vocational further education.

Chief executive of Edge, Jan Hodges argues: “The stigma attached to vocational learning is old-fashioned and unjust.”


As you will see from the link above there is also the question of cost – a young person on vocational learning who is undertaking an apprenticeship will be paid.  Maybe not much, but they will be paid, rather than be running up the debts associated with university study.  You have to decide what’s right for you.


The Careers Convention

February 11, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Stewart

The Careers Convention – Reece Cranston, Tom Newcomb and Sam Verrier

On the 30th January WG6 hosted a careers convention at the Girl’s site. Many Universities and colleges were present to give students information about courses and entry requirements. We also had people from the Army and organisations such as KATO here to give students information for students who are not looking to going to University and would prefer another option such as an Apprenticeship. Talks were also given by these organisations to students who were enthusiastic to learn more about a specific area. Overall the day was very successful as students who made the most of it learnt more about possible options for their future and how these can be achieved.


Some of your favourite talks were:

  • Applying for Uni
  • Taking a gap year
  • A career in the RAF
  • KATO
  • BPP
  • Apprenticeships

Oxford and Cambridge University Trips

February 11, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss A Stewart

Oxford and Cambridge University Trips – Reece Cranston, Tom Newcomb and Sam Verrier

In the last month, the Aspire students went on two separate trips to the University of Oxford and   the University of Cambridge. In Cambridge they walked around Queens’ College and on the Oxford visit they went to around St Hughes College. At both Colleges they had the opportunity to speak to students  about the entry requirements and the activities that take place there. After this they were given the opportunity to explore both sites.

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Careers Convention

January 15, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs G Tiddy

Careers Convention Poster


Work Experience 2014

December 20, 2013 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Mrs G Tiddy

E1 forms with Work Experience details were due on 20th Decemeber 2013.

Can we please have these  all completed  and handed into the Sixth Form Office on 6th January 2014.


WG6 Application deadline is 12th January 2014

October 18, 2013 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Mrs G Tiddy

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Teambuilding September 2013

September 12, 2013 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Mrs G Tiddy

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An excellent day was had by all 240 students. Students embraced the opportunity to experience a range of activities that helped to encourage them to step outside of their comfort zone and work with new people.

A great start to the year!




September 5, 2013 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Mrs G Tiddy

A very warm welcome to all the students joining WG6 in Year 12.

We hope you will thoroughly enjoy this exciting venture whilst learning much about yourself along the way.

A reminder that we have teambuilding next week so please make sure all monies and forms are returned.