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Head of Sixth Form Summer 5

As this week's photograph demonstrates, our Year 13 BTEC students have a very demanding timetable! In fact, there have been rainy days on the lake too, but today they have been basking in glorious sunshine. The majority of the students have completed the multitude of assignments set and once final log book entries have been made they can consider their Level 3 BTEC Sport Extended Diploma done! It has been a pleasure to watch these remarkable young men and women master a variety of theoretical and practical skills over the past two years and to see them develop into mature young adults ready for University scholarships in the USA, the UK and in some cases, gap years and employment. Each one of them has contributed to Sixth Form sport, shown leadership and enriched the community as a whole - they have made a real difference. They move forward as confident, competent and personable individuals and I am certain they are going to be successful in the next phase of life.

The rest of Year 13 continue to prepare for their exams, attending revision lessons and striving for those grades which will propel them onto the degree courses and employment opportunities they aspire to. No doubt they will appreciate the exam-free Half Term week in which they can focus on revision without the interruption of taking exams! Keep the tea and hobnobs coming! 

Year 12 are also preparing for their summer Internal Exams and were reminded a 24 hour day can be divided into 3 equal sections with 8 hours each for study, downtime and sleep. They have also begun the application process for Heads of School, the Student Leadership Team and Learning Ambassadors and will be handing in their letters of application and up to date CV on Monday 3 June. There is enormous leadership quality in the year group and I am excited about the input they can make as they rise to the top of the pile.

In assembly today I regaled the students with descriptors and characteristics synonymous with their generation, 'Gen Z'. It was interesting to note the similarity between Generation X, of which I am and perhaps you are also, and Gen Z in terms of ambition and ongoing professional development. A stark difference between me and my students is they toggle between 5 devices while I can manage 3, on a good day! Please - encourage them to put all of them out of reach to ensure they complete quality revision and enjoy conversing with you over the break too. Happy holidays!

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