Shrewsbury Sixth Form College News Colleges Group invites Telford students to find out about their futures<p>Shrewsbury Colleges Group is inviting Telford students, currently in Year 11, to a special progression evening, where they can get a host of advice about what to do after school.</p> <p>This one-stop shop to explore the choices available after leaving school includes&nbsp;full-time&nbsp;education, both vocational and A Levels,&nbsp;Apprenticeships&nbsp;and employment, is on Wednesday, 27 September from 4pm- 7.30pm at the Park Inn, Forge Gate, Telford. Information on&nbsp;travel information, and study and financial support is also available.</p> <p>James Staniforth, Group Principal, said: &ldquo;We want to ensure young people make an informed decision about what happens when they leave school. The range of education and training on offer to young people is vast and, while this is exciting and opens up a range of opportunities, it can sometimes be daunting for young people and their parents and carers to know what to do and which route to choose.</p> <p>&ldquo;As well as choosing subjects, possible careers and university options, young people also need to understand the levels and types of qualifications. So we are delighted to be able to present this one-stop opportunity for the people of Telford and surrounding areas to explore their choices, including travel and financial information, and speak to our support and teaching staff with any questions they may have.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the event students will be able to get information and speak to a range of organisations. Exhibitors currently confirmed for this night are: Adams College, Adams&#39; Grammar Sixth Form, Adcote School, The Armed Forces, Business Solutions Apprenticeships, County Training, Ellesmere College, Moreton Hall, New College Telford, NSC, Reaseheath College, Shrewsbury College, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Shrewsbury Town FC, TCAT and Wrekin College.</p> <p>The first of three of these events was held last night at Shrewsbury Town Football Club (STFC) and nearly 500 people attended. After next Wednesday&rsquo;s event at Telford the final event will also be held at STFC on Monday, 2 October from 4-7.30pm.</p> <p>Students and their family/guardian (up to 2 guests) are invited to book a suitable time slot to secure their place.</p> <p>To book your free place on either the Telford or the remaining Shrewsbury Progression Event, please visit <a href="">this page.</a></p> <p>For full listings of upcoming events, you can visit&nbsp;our <a href="">events pages</a>&nbsp;or check out the Facebook pages, <a href="">@SSFCShrewsbury</a> and <a href="">@ShrewsburyCollege.</a></p> <p>For more information on A Levels call 01743 235491. For more information about vocational courses, visit <a href=""><u></u></a> or&nbsp;call 01743 342342.</p>, 22 Sep 2017 11:40:49 GMTProject by former College student shows the power of music<p>Hope Sounds is a new venture pioneered by Shrewsbury musician Andy Lowe, who has been working with young people locally for a decade.</p> <p>The project offers a variety of musical activities for different groups, including live events, music tuition, recording, workshops and mentoring.</p> <p>Hope Sounds helps people discover hope and purpose through music, whether that is learning to play an instrument, joining a choir, making beats, or going to a gig. The project will encourage local people to unleash their creativity, giving opportunities for local musicians to perform, and others to try learning something new.</p> <p>Andy Lowe, 29, studied music at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and developed music projects while working for Shrewsbury Youth for Christ. In 2013 he launched Shrewsbury Youth Gospel Choir, and later designed a successful music mentoring programme for schools. Now, through Hope Sounds, he hopes to see many more people involved in local music-making activities.</p> <p>For more information visit the <a href="">Hope Sounds website</a></p>, 11 Sep 2017 09:58:58 GMTRecord number of Shrewsbury Colleges Group students pick up A Level results today<p>A record number of students of Shrewsbury Colleges Group (SCG) were today (Thursday)&nbsp;eagerly anticipating the release of their A Level results in the town, which will enable them to get to the universities, colleges and other institutions of their choice.</p> <p>This year <strong>more than 800</strong> students took <strong>2400</strong> A Level exams at SCGs academic centre of excellence, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.&nbsp; Students were welcomed to the English Bridge Campus this morning (Thursday) to collect their results from the exams department and enjoy a celebratory breakfast.</p> <p>Speaking ahead of collecting her results yesterday, student Maddy Page, 17,&nbsp;from Bomere Heath, previously of Corbet School, was hoping to gain at least three A grades from her four A Levels in English Literature, Politics, Maths and Performance Studies so she can take up her place at Oxford University, to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.&nbsp;She said:&nbsp;&quot;I&#39;ve loved my time at Shrewsbury Sixth Form and had a lot of opportunities here. I was able to be involved in a lot of extra curricular activities such as two College productions, the Debate.Ed project, which saw us teaching debating in secondary schools alongside Lanyon Bowdler solicitors and I attended the Model United Nations Conference in Birmingham.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m feeling really nervous ahead of collecting my results but everyone is going through the same thing so we are all in it together. These exam results are really important to my future and it will be nice to finally see how these last few years of my life have played out. Nice...and terrifying!&quot;</p> <p>Other students hoping to get the results they need to go on to university included Rebekah Kay from Much Wenlock, previously of William Brookes School, to study Medicine at&nbsp;University of Liverpool, Bethan Evans, from Church Stretton and formerly of Church Stretton School to study Maths at University of Bath, Amy Collington, of Telford, who attended Shrewsbury High School to study Mechanical Engineering at University of&nbsp;Birmingham, Joshua Prior, from Oswestry, formerly of Corbet School to study Law and Politics at Cardiff University&nbsp;and Jack Alston of Shrewsbury, who attended The Priory School and is hoping to study Physics and Astrophysics with international study at University of Birmingham.</p> <p>Speaking ahead of results day, Principal and CEO, James Staniforth said:&nbsp;&quot;This is the largest ever cohort of A Level students who have studied at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, making us one of the largest providers of A Levels in the country. At a time when the A Level qualifications are changing, our expertise and focus on A Levels means that students will continue to get a great deal.&nbsp;We expect to see a record number of students gain top grades, as well as a record number of students gain secure places at university.</p> <p>&ldquo;We will also be celebrating outstanding vocational results.&nbsp;Students at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College who have studied a BTEC course alongside their A Levels have once again performing phenomenally well &ndash; we already know that more than 80% of their grades are Distinctions or Distinction Stars, which are the equivalent of A/A* A Level grades.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The creation of Shrewsbury Colleges Group through the merger of the sixth form college and the College of Arts &amp; Technology was about ensuring the very best academic and vocational education for the town and Shropshire.&nbsp;These results illustrate that this aim is being achieved.&quot;</p> <p>The student support and exams team were on hand to help students who had achieved better than they had expected so they could upgrade their university offer, as well as to help students find alternative courses if necessary.&nbsp;</p>, 17 Aug 2017 10:25:03 GMTSixth Form student wins design competition<p>A student from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College has been awarded first place in a regional competition held by the Rotary Club for design and innovation.</p> <p>Connor Phillips, aged 18, from Llanfyllin in Powys, entered the Rotary Club Young Innovator competition earlier this month and walked away from the competition, bagging himself first place in the West Midland Regional final</p> <p>Connor studied A Levels in Product Design and Film Studies and Applied Science BTEC, and first heard about the competition through the College.<br /> <br /> The Rotary Young Persons Award for Design and Innovation 2017 is a competition to give students from all over the West Midlands the opportunity to showcase their design and technology coursework.</p> <p>Connor said: &ldquo;I had to design a display board to show the processes that I used to build my product and talk about it. I showcased my Modular Media Unit to a variety of judges and to members of the public. My project was created with 2 units that slotted together and incorporated mood lighting and a Bluetooth speaker to use as a coffee table.&rdquo;</p> <p>Charlotte Brock, Programme Leader for Art &amp; Design at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: &ldquo;Judges congratulated him on the inventiveness of the unit, on the innovative use of materials and the high quality of workmanship. This is a great achievement for Connor and I&rsquo;m pleased he has been rewarded for his hard work.&rdquo;</p> <p>Connor has since successfully secured his place at Sheffield Hallam University in September and said: &ldquo;I was pleased to win the competition and I found taking part a useful experience as I was able to talk about my design. I am going to study a BA Product Design at University in September and am really looking forward to continuing my passion for design.&rdquo;</p> <p>To find out more about studying at SSFC call 01743 235491. The next Advice Events are on Thursday, 24 and Tuesday 29 August and Thursday 7 September from 5pm to 7pm at the London Road Campus.</p>, 04 Aug 2017 10:35:32 GMTAdvice Events for all this Summer<p>Shrewsbury Colleges Group&nbsp;have&nbsp;three upcoming Advice Events for those who may have done better, or worse than expected in exams or for those who simply want to find out more about studying a course, at any level, this September.</p> <p>GCSE drop-in events are being held on Thursday, 24 August from 11am &ndash; 3pm, at London Road and English Bridge campuses, followed by an Advice Event from 5-7pm, at the London Road Campus.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Many students choose to come here after GCSEs either to study Level 3 vocational courses, or A Levels, and go on to university,&rdquo; said Charmian Turner, the College&rsquo;s Head of Marketing.</p> <p>&ldquo;And many now stay on at Shrewsbury College to study an increasing variety of university-level courses ranging from a BA Honours Degree to Foundation Degrees.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Apprenticeships and higher Apprenticeships are another option to consider,&rdquo; said Mrs Turner.</p> <p>&ldquo;With fierce competition for jobs there&rsquo;s never been a better time to have marketable skills. Apprentices can earn whilst they are learning and gain recognised qualifications as they work. Since completing their Apprenticeships, some of our students are now working all over the world including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chris Davies, 24, from Liverpool, a former Creative Media student at Shrewsbury College and Film and Television Production Graduate from Edgehill University, is now a professional freelance cameraman in Liverpool and is working full-time on feature films and TV productions.</p> <p>Chris said: &ldquo;When I started at the College I really found my passion for film &ndash; the tutors are so knowledgeable and engaging, which is infectious.&nbsp; We were given a lot of scope to be creative and shoot what we wanted to &ndash; it actually was more valuable in many ways than my degree and gave me that first, critical step into the industry.&rdquo;</p> <p>Held at the London Road Campus, the Advice Event dates are set for Thursday 24, and Tuesday 29 August and Thursday 7 September, all from 5pm to 7pm. At each Advice Event staff will be on hand to offer advice including lecturers, Course Sales Advisors, Student Services, Higher Education and members from the Business Solutions team for Apprenticeships.</p> <p>The events are ideal for students who have received their GCSEs and wish to explore the options available to them after school.</p> <p>Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College formed as Shrewsbury Colleges Group nearly a year ago and the Group is now the largest tertiary college in the UK.</p> <p>For full listings of upcoming events, you can <a href="">visit our Events Calendar</a>&nbsp;or <a href="">check out our&nbsp;Facebook&nbsp;page</a>.</p>, 03 Aug 2017 15:48:21 GMTCultural and curriculum experience in New York<p>31 students from Film and Media Studies, Drama &amp; Theatre Studies, Photography and Music recently visited New York City for a cultural and curriculum experience extraordinaire.</p> <p>With four very full days, students experienced NYC with its 100&deg;F heat, visiting the International Center of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, Threshold Recording Studios, NBC studios, New York Film Academy, Coney Island and even receiving tuition in stage combat. Getting around the city by foot and occasional subway was a great way to see the iconic New York sites such as Times Square and Brooklyn Bridge, as well as seeing Book of Mormon on Broadway</p> <p>Staff and students also visited the World Trade Center memorial pools, poignantly remembering ex-SSFC music student Andrew Berkley who lost his life on that tragic day.</p> <p>Thanks to all those who made the trip possible and such a varied experience.</p>, 25 Jul 2017 13:11:47 GMTMock Supreme Court hearing at University of Worcester Law School<p>40 of our A Level Law students were given the opportunity to see the facilities at the new campus at the University of Worcester Law School this week. Students participated in a mock Supreme Court hearing in a proper courtroom environment which was an invaluable experience</p>, 25 Jul 2017 13:19:35 GMTStudents awarded for overcoming adversity<p><strong>The Shrewsbury Colleges Group Equality &amp; Diversity Committee has recognised students who have overcome adversity for the fourth year running through the &lsquo;Star Awards&rsquo;.</strong><br /> <br /> Adversity takes many forms and the Awards were open to any student (including Higher Education) or apprentice across the Group, who has faced a difficult or unpleasant situation this year and has overcome obstacles and risen to challenges life has presented.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This year&rsquo;s Star Awards event has been generously sponsored by Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn.&nbsp;Kerry Ferguson, Rotary Club member, attended the selection panel along with Governor Christina Gore and members of the E&amp;D Committee.&nbsp;Together, they had the difficult task of selecting an overall winner from a strong list of nominations. Everyone involved was overwhelmed with the determination, drive and courage of the students nominated and would like to thank those who took the time to make the nominations.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At the Star Awards afternoon tea in Origins at Shrewsbury College, College Governors along with Don Thompson, President, and Colin Sharp, Vice President, of Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn, presented certificates and prizes to all nominees and the trophy to our overall Star, Benjamin Speck.</p> <p>Benjamin, 17 from Shrewsbury said: &ldquo;I was really surprised to have even been nominated, let alone win the overall award. My confidence has increased thanks to the College and I&rsquo;d like to thank all the teachers for all their support, help and encouragement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gill Cox, Colleges Group Lead for Equality &amp; Diversity said: &ldquo;When considering these awards, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the bravery, determination, courage and positive spirit of all the nominees. I&rsquo;d like to congratulate Ben as our overall winner &ndash; we are delighted with his performance and progress at College.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In addition to the prizes and impressive trophy, Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn have donated funds to enable the College to purchase two Reader Pens to support students in their learning and exams across all campuses. Special thanks goes to all who contributed to this worthwhile event.</p>, 23 Jun 2017 13:02:25 GMTShrewsbury Colleges Group extends its travel routes across county by a third<p>Shrewsbury Colleges Group has invested in its bus links to improve transport for its students across the county, adding a new Newport route to its offer.</p> <p>The Group, which was created when Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College merged in August, now operates six subsidised routes across the whole county.</p> <p>The Newport route, which is new for September 17, stops at Buntingsdale, Hinstock, Newport - Stafford Road, Newport &ndash; High Street, Roden, Edgmond, High Ercall, Crudgington, London Road, The Abbey and Barker Street &ndash; to serve all three College campuses.</p> <p>Samantha Jones, Group Student Services Support Manager, said: &ldquo;Shrewsbury Colleges Group is now the biggest college in the county and it&rsquo;s important that we are offering students across Shropshire and beyond as much help in getting here as possible in order to study one of our varied programmes.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a group, we pay around &pound;100,000 a year to the bus companies to help run these bus services and financial travel support is available through student services to help families with an income of &pound;26,000 or less.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have increased its bus services by over a third and introduced a Bridgnorth route earlier in the year, which stops at &nbsp;Much Wenlock, Cressage and Cross Houses before stopping at all three campuses. We now run six routes in total from Telford, Ludlow, Powys, Whitchurch/Market Drayton and the new routes Bridgnorth and Newport.&rdquo;</p> <p>Erin Holley, 19, from Shawbury, studying A Level Biology, catches the bus to College. She said: &ldquo;The College is great and I really enjoy my studies here. I get a very early bus to College but it really hasn&rsquo;t caused me any difficulties.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on travel <a href="">can be found on our getting to college </a>page and Student Services can be contacted at 01743 432332.</p> <p>For more information on A Levels call 01743 235491. For more information about studying at Shrewsbury College, visit <a href=""></a> or call 01743 342342. The next Advice Event is on Wednesday, July 5 from 5pm to 7pm at the London Road Campus.</p>, 19 Jun 2017 16:06:13 GMTBAFTA Mentorship for Shropshire Student<p><strong>A former student from Shropshire, has been offered the chance of a lifetime with a BAFTA Directing Mentorship from a multi BAFTA award winning film director.</strong></p> <p>Cameron Brydone-Reed, 19, from Shrewsbury, who was recently educated at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, will learn from the three times BAFTA Cymru winner for Best Director - Euros Lyn.</p> <p>Euros Lyn is known for his work on nine episodes of Doctor Who amongst other TV shows such as Casualty and Broadchurch and has a wealth of experience in Film &amp; TV.</p> <p>Cameron was selected for this unique opportunity due to his work with the BFI Film Academy in Shropshire, with the support and recommendation from Wem-based design and film company MediaActive. Subsequently he was also selected to work as a cinematographer on the recent BFI Film Academy Craft Skills Residential, delivered by the National Film and Television School in April 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cameron said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m amazed and pleased that I&rsquo;ve been given such a fantastic opportunity. It is all thanks to being part of the BFI Film Academy that I&rsquo;ve received&nbsp;this opportunity. Many thanks to MediaActive in Wem for nominating me! I&rsquo;d also like to thank my teachers, Stefan Greco, Nick Pritchard and Kirsty Worrow from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Donna Cliftlands from Thomas Adams School for fuelling my passion for film and television and giving me the skills to go further!</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m still in shock that I was paired up with Euros, he&#39;s an acclaimed director who has work spanning from science fiction shows like Doctor Who to award-winning dramas such as Broadchurch, Happy Valley, and Last Tango in Halifax. I&#39;m excited to meet with Euros and find out more about the television and film industry. It&#39;ll be great to hear from the perspective of such an experienced and acclaimed&nbsp;person!&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Kirsty Worrow, Programme Leader for Film, Media and Photography at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College said: &ldquo;We were thrilled to learn the identity of Cameron&#39;s mentor. It says a lot about BAFTA&#39;s recognition of his potential that they paired Cameron with one of the most well-known and successful directors working in British television. We wish Cameron every success in the pursuit of his dream.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cameron aims to continue his career in the world of Film &amp; TV. &ldquo;I have a fantastic offer to study Film &amp; Screen Studies and Media Communication&nbsp;at Bath Spa University, consistently&nbsp;ranked in the top five of creative universities in the country. If I maintain expectations, I shall leave for Bath in September to study there for three years. After this, I hope to work my way into the respective industries of film and television.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information on A Levels call 01743 235491.</p>, 16 Jun 2017 13:48:47 GMTCollege and Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors join forces to help other students find their voice<p>A group of students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College have teamed up with Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors to help other students learn valuable debating skills as part of a volunteering project called Debate.Ed.</p> <p>The eight college students got involved in the project organised in Shropshire by Holly Edwards, a solicitor from Lanyon Bowdler.</p> <p>The students took the project into a range of local secondary schools and their volunteering efforts were recently recognised at the College&rsquo;s Group V.Inspired Awards held at Origins Restaurant at Shrewsbury College &ndash; a national initiative which recognises the efforts of young people who volunteer their time on a number of community projects. The students, each had to undertake between 10 and 100 hours to gain an award.</p> <p>Holly Edwards, a Solicitor from Lanyon Bowdler, said: &ldquo;The project was set up to give students the opportunity to learn more about debating and to give them the chance to hold workshops about debating. No matter what job you do you have to talk and it&rsquo;s very good if you can present yourself well and if someone says something to you can understand what they have said and whether you agree or not.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ella Holmes, 17, from Shrewsbury, who studies English Literature, History and Politics at A Level, said: &ldquo;I very much enjoyed it. It&rsquo;s really encouraging to see young people engaging in local issues and current issues. We did a Trump debate at one of the local schools.&nbsp; I think the opportunities at College have really helped me, I ran the debating society at College.&rdquo;</p> <p>Joshua&nbsp; Prior, 18, from near Oswestry, who studies the same A Levels, said: &ldquo;I really enjoyed Debate.Ed.&nbsp; It meant I could share my passion with other students and make sure they take it up in the future. I was a Young Farmers National Finalist in public speaking. I want to study law and politics at Cardiff. I&rsquo;m really keen for everyone young student to get involved in politics and exercise their democratic choice to vote.&rdquo;</p> <p>V.Inspired is a nationally recognised organisation which celebrates student contribution and achievement in volunteering. Students from Health &amp; Social Care, IT, Public Uniformed Services, Music Technology, Performing Arts, Hairdressing and the Sixth Form all took part in the various projects. Along with Joshua and Ella, Tayler Jones, Phoebe Blythin, Emily Mouland, Tabitha Purslow, Charlotte Barbour and Maddy Page also took part in the Debtate.Ed project.</p> <p>Speaking at the event, Lorraine Burrage, Agency Project Co-ordinator based at London Road campus, said: &ldquo;I just want to say thank you, not only to all of the students who have given their time to volunteer this year, but also the staff who have supported them and myself in helping the volunteering programme here at College grow and become as successful as it has.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information on A Levels call 01743 235491. For more information about studying at Shrewsbury College, visit <a href=""></a> or call 01743 342342.</p>, 05 Jun 2017 15:30:38 GMTFormer student celebrates DofE Gold award success at Buckingham Palace<p>A former Shrewsbury Sixth Form College student picked up a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at Buckingham Palace yesterday &ndash; something only 10% of those who ever set out to start it, achieve.</p> <p>Harry Roughan, 19, from Shrewsbury, received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh&rsquo;s Award from BBC celebrity presenter, Steph McGovern, after Trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh&rsquo;s Award (DofE), HRH The Earl of Wessex, heard many of the success stories.</p> <p>During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH took the opportunity to congratulate the 3000 gathered guests, 1,200 of which were collecting an award, on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.</p> <p>Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world&rsquo;s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.</p> <p>Sue Tuerena, DofE Leader at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, said: &ldquo;Harry has a severe visual impairment and his determination to complete the expedition with no concessions was an incredible feat. Going on to complete the whole Gold award while at Shrewsbury College is an outstanding achievement and one that few other students achieve so quickly.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can vouch that Harry&#39;s&nbsp;group, which also included SSFC students Robert Tait, Katty Chesson, Lola Haines, Guss Edrop-Leach, Howard Robinson and Thomas Gould, worked together as a strong team to help Harry through the bogs, mountains and forests on their four-day unsupported expedition. At times carrying him and his bag when he was exhausted. The mixed group developed their team-work through the training, planning and practice expeditions using each other&rsquo;s particular skills to contribute to the whole team.&nbsp;Harry is the first of his group to complete, but several of the rest are nearly completed. We were very proud and pleased to be able to facilitate this achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Speaking about his DofE experience, Harry, who studied Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Biology A Levels at SSFC, achieving two A*, an A and a B, said: &ldquo;I decided to do the Duke of Edinburgh because it&rsquo;s something different to do and will provide me with that something extra for my CV going forward. It&rsquo;s not something you get the chance to do often.&rdquo;</p> <p>Harry, who is now studying Psychology at Birmingham University, added: &ldquo;I found it both challenging and fun. The expedition was hard, but the other in my group helped he. I feel awesome about the achievement and it was fun going to Buckingham Palace &ndash; but very hot! The day put getting this far into perspective. Steph McGovern said some really nice things like &lsquo;Even if you don&rsquo;t know where you are going, whatever you do, put in 100%.&rsquo;&nbsp; I am really pleased the College gave me the opportunity to do this.&rdquo;</p> <p>Harry&rsquo;s Dad, Michael, said: &ldquo;The whole family is very honoured. It&rsquo;s a huge achievement. Harry&rsquo;s visual impairment doesn&rsquo;t stop him doing anything and he did amazingly well with this challenge.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.</em></p> <p>To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p>, 25 May 2017 14:39:01 GMTShrewsbury Colleges Group to aim for ‘outstanding’ under leadership of new Principal and CEO<p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p>James Staniforth, the newly appointed CEO and Principal of Shrewsbury Colleges Group, has officially taken up his post this month and has spoken of his plans to make the College &lsquo;outstanding&rsquo;.</p> <p>Mr Staniforth joined the Group on 16 April from Strode College in Street, Somerset, which he joined as Principal and Chief Executive in August 2010 and which he led to being graded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2014.</p> <p class="paragraph" style="vertical-align:baseline"><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN">Previous to that, he was Vice Principal at Richard Huish College in Taunton from June 2006 to August 2010, which was also graded outstanding in 2007.&nbsp;He therefore has experience of leading both sixth form and tertiary colleges and extensive experience of A Level, general further education and higher education provision.</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="vertical-align:baseline"><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN">Interim Principal and CEO, Lyn Surgeon, who has been at the College since August last year, stepped down just before Easter.</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="vertical-align:baseline"><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN">Speaking as he prepared to take up his position at the helm of the newly merged Shrewsbury Colleges Group (Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College), James </span></span><span class="spellingerror"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN">Staniforth</span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; mso-ansi-language:EN"> said: &ldquo;I am committed to ensuring that Shrewsbury Colleges Group provides an outstanding education and training for all students, regardless of the route which they take.&nbsp;I want to ensure we are offering the right courses for each individual, with the very best quality to match their skills to take them where they want to go.&nbsp;</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="vertical-align:baseline"><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN">&ldquo;This College needs to become an outstanding provider of education for academic, vocational, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and part-time courses.</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="vertical-align:baseline"><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN">&ldquo;The College is here to serve its community. The largest, most visible group of people using the College and its services are 16-18 year olds, but the College also makes a real difference to a range of other groups through the breadth of education and training we offer and through our local and national strategic partnerships.</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="vertical-align:baseline"><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:EN">&ldquo;I will be building on the great work that Lyn Surgeon has been doing both inside the college and externally through strengthening existing partnerships and forging new ones to ensure that the College is responsive to what the community wants. I have a vision of an outstanding community college with first-class academic and vocational excellence. There should be nothing we can&rsquo;t achieve. What should underpin everything is being the very best we can be and regional and national leaders in education.&rdquo;</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span class="normaltextrun"><span lang="EN" style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Lyn Surgeon, said: &ldquo;</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">I am very proud to have been the Interim Principal of The Shrewsbury Colleges Group and am confident that under James&#39;s excellent leadership the College will go from strength to strength and be truly outstanding in every respect.&rdquo;</span></span></p>,_CEO_and_Principal_of_Shrewsbury_Colleges_Group.jpgTue, 25 Apr 2017 08:27:43 GMTSixth Form student wins prestigious film award<p>A young film maker is celebrating after her work scooped an award in a high-profile national competition attended by a number of stars from the film industry including Daniel Craig and Eddie Redmayne</p> <p>Shrewsbury Sixth Form College student Eleanor Webb Thomas won Into Space &amp; Home category for over 13s at the Into Film Awards, at London&rsquo;s Odeon, Leicester Square. The 16 year old, who was presented with the award by actors Sophie Cookson from Kingsman: The Secret Service, and George Blagden from Versailles and Les Mis&eacute;rables, said she was overwhelmed when she heard her name.</p> <p>Eleanor said: &ldquo;I was really shocked. When they put up the nominations I just thought &lsquo;no, I am not going to win&rsquo;, then I suddenly went really relaxed and when they said my name I was just really shocked. I&rsquo;m absolutely delighted to have won this award and I really hope it will help me to move forward in the industry.&rdquo; Her film, which lasts just over one minute and 30 seconds, sets the making of a cup of coffee in the home against the launch of a space rocket.</p> <p>The competition category was supported by the UK Space Agency and was the culmination of a new competition designed to inspire young people about British ESA astronaut Tim Peake&rsquo;s adventures through a short live action or animation film.</p>, 27 Mar 2017 11:35:08 GMTShropshire Student to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association<p>A student from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College aims to raise money in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) through a theatrical challenge.</p> <p>Andrew Farrow, 17, from Shrewsbury has created &lsquo;The Bald or Bald Cap Challenge&rsquo; as a result of his role as Uncle Fester in the MADA (Music and Dramatic Arts) performance of The Addams Family later this month.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;Uncle Fester in The Addams Family is bald and I thought about a way to get into character by actually shaving my hair off instead of wearing a bald cap. I&rsquo;d like to raise &pound;1,000 or more for the MNDA and if I do, I&rsquo;ll shave my hair off!&rdquo;</p> <p>A family friend of Andrew&rsquo;s suffers with Motor Neurone disease and this is one of the reasons Andrew wanted to donate the money raised to the MNDA. &ldquo;I am slightly scared about the thought of shaving all my hair off &ndash; but I know it&rsquo;s for a great cause.&rdquo; &ndash; said Andrew.</p> <p>David Place, Programme Leader for Music and Performing Arts at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College said, &ldquo;I am extremely impressed with Andrew&rsquo;s initiative and philanthropy.&nbsp; The Bald or Bald Cap Challenge is entirely his idea and a very clever way to raise money for an extremely worthy cause.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you wish to donate, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>The show runs from 29 March to 1 April at the English Bridge Campus and tickets are available <a href="">online</a> or you can call 01743 235491.</p> <p>For more information about studying at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College call 01743 237930 or attend the next Advice Event for Shrewsbury Colleges Group on Thursday, March 23 from 5pm to 7pm at London Road.</p>, 22 Mar 2017 12:02:46 GMTShrewsbury Sixth Form students celebrate their success at special awards night<p>Students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College were congratulated for their outstanding achievements at a special awards ceremony last week.</p> <p>The 2017 Celebrating Achievement Awards were held at English Bridge campus and students celebrated their wide-ranging talents, as well as their academic and scholastic achievements. 20 awards were given for academic achievement, enrichment and volunteering and a further 51 students were highly commended.&nbsp;</p> <p>The evening also provided an opportunity for staff, students and invited guests to witness the vast array of student gifts and skills, through a selection of performance pieces a spectacular soprano solo, a kickboxing demonstration, a presentation on Debate-Ed and the Young Engineering Scheme.</p> <p>Lyn Surgeon, Interim Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, said:<br /> &ldquo;Tonight was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many and varied talents of our students. Awards were given to recognise excellence across all subjects. These achievements are not only a result of ability but also the hard work, determination and commitment of our students. They are a testament to the quality of the&nbsp;teaching and support students receive at college.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year we were delighted to be joined by guest presenters Councillor Ioan Jones, Mayor of Shrewsbury, Professor Anna Sutton, Provost University Centre Shrewsbury, Karen Bradshaw, Director of Children&rsquo;s Services at Shropshire Council, and Peter Bettis of Shrewsbury Business Chamber, we thank them all for their time and commitment to the College.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information about studying at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College call 01743 237930. The next Advice Event for Shrewsbury Colleges Group is on Thursday, March 23 from 5pm to 7pm at London Road.</p>, 15 Mar 2017 16:09:37 GMTFormer Shrewsbury student’s horror film features at world’s biggest film festival<p>A former student from Shrewsbury is wowing film audiences and critics across the globe with a film he wrote and directed.</p> <p>Rob Savage, who left Shrewsbury Sixth Form College now part of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, in 2010 and is already forging a successful career in film and TV.</p> <p>He spent 6 months creating &lsquo;Dawn of the Deaf&rsquo; an apocalyptic horror short, which was made with the help of some of the deaf community in London.</p> <p>Rob, 24, grew up in Shrewsbury and previously attended Meole Brace School, has been living and working in London for the past five years as a film, commercials and television director. He said: &ldquo;Our aim was to create a genre film that would connect deaf and hearing audiences in an engaging, thrilling way. As opposed to re-treading the same narratives usually seen when dealing with disability, we wanted to create a tense story in which the characters&#39; &quot;disability&quot; becomes their ultimate advantage over the hearing population.&rdquo;</p> <p>The film has picked up a host of awards and nominations. It recently won the Melies D&#39;argent Award at the Oscar Qualifying Sitges Film Festival. The film was also chosen to play in competition at the Sundance Film, the biggest film festival in the world, in January. There were almost 10,000 entries to the festival and only 60 films were picked to be shown.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were the only fiction short in the entire country to be selected. It was an absolutely fantastic feeling to be recognised in this way at such an early stage in my career. We&#39;ve played at almost 100 film festivals around the world and won dozens of prizes. Many of these festivals qualify us for the BAFTAs and OSCARs. We were BAFTA Shortlisted for Best British Short Film and are currently developing the short film as a feature length project, you can follow the progress at @DOTDMovie.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never felt so supported as when I was at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College studying A Level Film. I was just starting to seriously consider the possibility of film and TV as a viable career option and wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to make my very first films if it wasn&rsquo;t for the help and feedback of teachers John Comerford and Kirsty Worrow. They were both the most inspiring and encouraging teachers. I&#39;d always go to them with ideas and show them early version of my films so that I could get their thoughts. We&#39;ve stayed friends since and they&#39;ve been incredibly supportive as I&#39;ve moved forward in my career.</p> <p>I grew up in Shrewsbury but I&#39;ve been living and working in London for the past five years as a film, commercials and television director.</p> <p>Former teacher, Programme Leader for Media Studies, Film Studies and Photography, Kirsty Worrow, said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so wonderful to follow Rob&rsquo;s continued development and successes as a filmmaker after he studied at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. He&rsquo;s a beacon of inspiration for those dreaming of following in his footsteps.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information about studying at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College call 01743 237930. The next Advice Event for Shrewsbury Colleges Group is on Thursday, March 23 from 5pm to 7pm at London Road.</p>, 15 Mar 2017 13:57:15 GMTNine Shrewsbury Sixth Form College Students Win Aberystwyth University Awards<p>Nine students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, part of Shrewsbury Colleges Group, have been successful in Aberystwyth University&rsquo;s Entrance Scholarship competition. This year, the University awarded 65 Scholarships and a number of Merit Awards to students applying to study at Aberystwyth in September 2017.<br /> <br /> The following SSFC students have been awarded scholarships:<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Merit - for first year of course:</strong></p> <p>Jaz Bartram</p> <p>Josephine Taylor</p> <p>Ben Tandy</p> <p>Robert Jervis</p> <p>Christopher Dale</p> <p>Jacob Craddock</p> <p>Oliver Burgin</p> <p>Thomas Coan</p> <p>And Jonathan Perez will receive the Entrance scholarship - for every year of his course.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Paul Morgan, Head of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: &ldquo;We are delighted to hear that so many students who attend Shrewsbury Sixth Form, now part of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, have done so well and been awarded these scholarships.</p> <p>&ldquo;Getting to the university of your choice is really difficult. Students have to work very hard to gain the necessary grades and find the income to support themselves. These scholarships will be invaluable to the students as they study and plan for their future careers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Aberystwyth University runs a scholarship competition every January, with awards worth &pound;1,000 to &pound;2,000 per year to help students with their living costs.&nbsp; The Entrance Scholarships are part of a wider package of scholarships and bursaries offered by the University.</p> <p>Kylie Evans, Academic Awards Officer at Aberystwyth University, said: &ldquo;We would like to congratulate the students who have been successful in this year&rsquo;s exams and we look forward to welcoming them to Aberystwyth in September.&nbsp; The entrance exams recognise academic ability but we also have a wide range of other awards to help students with their living costs. In some cases, students can receive in excess of &pound;15,000 over the course of their studies.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other awards available include:</p> <ul> <li>Departmental Scholarships</li> <li>Sports Scholarships</li> <li>Music Scholarships</li> <li>Means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary</li> <li>Bursaries for Care Leavers and Young Carers</li> <li>Coleg Cymraeg Scholarships for students studying through the medium of Welsh</li> </ul> <p>For more information on A Levels at Shrewsbury Colleges Group call 01743 235491.</p> <p>To find out more about Aberystwyth University awards, take a look at their website <a href=""></a> or call on 01970 622065.</p>, 09 Mar 2017 14:20:05 GMTHuge LA film music producer hand picks former Shropshire student to become his protégé<p><strong>A former Shrewsbury Sixth Form College (SSFC) student has been offered a place working with one of the biggest names in music and film in LA.</strong></p> <p>Stuart Bramwell, 18, from Shrewsbury, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime working for the renowned LA composer and music producer, Mark Portmann, as his Assistant.</p> <p>Mark Portmann&rsquo;s music has been heard all over the world &ndash; working with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Ariana Grande, and film stars including Tom Cruise. He&rsquo;s received nine Grammy nominations and 10 writer ASCAP/BMI awards and has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Hollywood Recording Orchestra and has also been the Director of music at the Lincoln Centre, New York.</p> <p>Stuart, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland first saw the position advertised on a freelance job site called Upwork and Mark, requested to see examples of his compositions and orchestral pieces as part of the meticulous application process.</p> <p>Stuart, who previously studied Music, Geography and Psychology A Levels at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, now part of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, impressed Mark with his talent so much he decided to offer him the role as his Assistant.</p> <p>On getting the position with Mark, Stuart said: &ldquo;<em>It&rsquo;s a massive milestone for me and I am learning an awful lot from it. The work has to be industry-standard and it&rsquo;s a real eye opener for me. I help Mark with his workload and the samples I work on with him form the basis of music for films and trailers amongst other media, much of which I can&rsquo;t reveal as they haven&rsquo;t been released yet!</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>Stuart is a budding film music composer himself and has written music for an animated commercial for international company Seametrix as well as documentaries and a short film that hasn&rsquo;t been released yet. He is a talented violinist and writes and records his own live violin pieces which he works into the samples of music.</p> <p>On his time at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Stuart said: &ldquo;Getting into the Conservatoire is not based on grades but performance. I learned so much from my studies at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College &ndash; it helped me with all the groundwork which you can&rsquo;t be a serious composer without.&rdquo;</p> <p>Stuart&rsquo;s former Music teacher at SSFC, David Place, said: &ldquo;<em>I am delighted to hear that Stuart is doing so well, not only in his further academic career, but also with his own ambitions of becoming a film composer. This work opportunity, he has found and secured with his own determination and skill, will certainly stand him in good stead</em>.&rdquo;</p>, 07 Feb 2017 09:56:57 GMTChristmas Jumper Day (well half day!)<p>Christmas Jumper Day was celebrated at SSFC on the last day of term so was really only a half day and the students and staff didn&#39;t disappoint!</p> <p>They raised over &pound;245 bringing this terms total funds raised to over &pound;1300. A great effort.</p> <p>{gallery:Christmas Jumper Day 2016}</p>, 20 Dec 2016 15:34:07 GMTStudents really like Dave & Chris :)<p>A recently found gem - a recording of part of the Leavers Concert where Musical &amp; Dramatic Arts (MaDA) students were at their creative best showing David Place, Head of Music &amp; MaDA and Chris Lewis, Music &amp; Performance teacher just how much they&#39;ve enjoyed being part of the &#39;team&#39; whilst at SSFC.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>, 20 Dec 2016 11:38:40 GMTStudent Magazine hits the common rooms<p>{doc:161219151025-10a2de91df8245c094907a611aefc1c9}</p>, 19 Dec 2016 15:11:28 GMTBFI Film Academy mentors student film maker<p>Huge congratulations to Cameron Brydone-Reed who has been offered the chance of a lifetime with the <a href="">BFI Film Academy</a>. With the support and recommendation of Wem based <a href="">MediaActive</a>,&nbsp;Cam applied for and has been successful in gaining a place on the BFI&nbsp;Film Academy one-to-one mentoring scheme.</p> <p><em>I&rsquo;m amazed and pleased that I&rsquo;ve been given such a fantastic opportunity. It is all thanks to being part of the BFI Film Academy that I&rsquo;ve received&nbsp;this opportunity; many thanks to MediaActive in Wem for nominating me! I&rsquo;d also like to thank Stefan Greco, Nick Pritchard, Kirsty Worrow, and Donna Cliftlands for fuelling my passion for film and television and giving me the skills to go further!</em></p>, 16 Dec 2016 10:48:07 GMTMaths Challenge success<p>Congratulations to go to all the maths students who have recently entered the UK Senior Maths Challenge. An outstanding outcome of 10 Gold, 29 Silver and 28 Bronze certificates reflects the skill and talent of the participating students.</p> <p>Round 2 of the challenge called Senior Kangaroo, so called to reflect the organisation founders the Australian Mathematics Trust, is an invitation round only and April Qian, Rose Laurie, Keir Degg, Simba Ding, Matthew Hoyle and Thomas Keene will be taking part.</p> <p>The highest reward has gone to Connor Bennett, Georgie Bumpus and Thomas Hilbert who have been invited to enter the British Maths Olympiad. Around 1000 students a year are invited to this highly selective and prestigious competition &ndash; Maths is the most popular A level taken in the UK with estimates of nearly 100,000 students studying it &ndash; there are over 550 maths students at SSFC alone.</p> <p>Thanks go to Pip Lee for organising the event and for supporting students in preparing for the test with Moodle materials and targeted subject support sessions.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Pictured: &nbsp;l-r &nbsp;Georgie Bumpus, April Qian, Thomas Hilbert and Simba Ding</p>, 02 Dec 2016 14:57:10 GMTNew Leader Appointed to Head Up Shrewsbury Colleges Group<p>Shrewsbury Colleges Group has today announced the appointment of James Staniforth to the role of Principal and Chief Executive. &nbsp;The newly formed Group, comprising of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College, is Shropshire&rsquo;s largest combined A Level and vocational education provider since the July merger.</p> <p>Taking over from the Interim Principal and CEO Lyn Surgeon after Easter 2017, James Staniforth will join the Colleges Group from the &lsquo;outstanding&rsquo; Strode College near Glastonbury, where he is currently the Principal. &nbsp;He brings substantial experience of the education sector including senior roles within Sixth Form and Further Education colleges.</p> <p>He comments: &ldquo;I am absolutely delighted to be joining Shrewsbury Colleges Group and to have the opportunity to work with the staff, governors and the community to move the College to the next stage post-merger. &nbsp;SCG has many unique strengths which will enable us to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the ever changing world of further education. &nbsp;I am absolutely committed to making SCG a centre of academic and vocational excellence and to develop a regional and national reputation for our work&rdquo;.</p>, 21 Nov 2016 11:21:55 GMTMedics Multi Mini Interviews<p>On the evening of 9<sup>th</sup> November Shrewsbury Sixth Form College students were welcomed to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry for a practice interview session for Medicine and related degrees.&nbsp; The event, organised by Moreton Hall School, was set up on the lines of a Multi Mini Interview whereby candidates visit a number of stations for short periods of time in order to be tested on specific aptitudes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nine&nbsp;SSFC&nbsp;students attended, including six budding Medics,&nbsp;and they were challenged by stations focussed on ethics, data analysis, small group discussion and even the dreaded role-play!&nbsp;</p> <p>Students were given feedback on their performance with the emphasis now being on learning from this experience in readiness for the real thing over the next few months.</p>, 14 Nov 2016 09:49:17 GMTArmistice Day Commemorations<p>Both campuses held, for the first time, formal Armistice Day events today. Supported by the poppy installations at each campus and by students&nbsp;Rachel Allcock who read the Kkohima Epitaph and Andrew Farrow, Evie Daley and Eleanor Bedford who played the Last Post and Reveille, it was very moving to see so many students and staff remembering with thanksgiving and sorrow those who died for their country in war.</p> <p>One member of staff commented particularly on how the falling of the autumn leaves during the 2 minutes silence seemed to echo the falling poppies that are such a feature of the&nbsp;The Royal British Legion&rsquo;s Festival of Remembrance.</p>, 11 Nov 2016 14:03:57 GMTOutstanding sporting success for Team Sports<p>A round up of success stories from our Sports Teams who have been out and about all over the country since September.</p> <p>Led by Sports Co-ordinator Sarah Ralphs, there are 4 boys and 1 girls football teams, 2 hockey teams -&nbsp;1 boys and 1 girls, 4 netball teams (no boys :)), 1 Rugby team comprising 50 students and 12 coaches - a feat of organisation on Wednesday afternoons.</p> <p>Here&#39;s what&#39;s happened so far!</p> <p>Netballs 1s team have qualified for the West Midlands Regional Tournament in January. Great news as we last qualified 4 years ago. Netball 2nd team only missed out being involved by 1 goal in their plate competion.</p> <p>8 of our hockey boys went to the first round of Association of Colleges Trials (this will lead to representing the British Colleges team) in Wakefield yesterday and&nbsp;6 of them were selected:</p> <ul> <li>Pete Bills Brown</li> <li>Jacob Caddick</li> <li>Andy Speke</li> <li>Charlie Eyke</li> <li>Ben Mitchell</li> <li>Hamish McKittrick</li> </ul> <p>Our Rugby team are now top of the League AoC league 2 - yesterday beating Loughborough College 20-10 in a top of the table clash. This is the first year we&rsquo;ve entered the league so it is a fantastic result. Coached by Norman Stalker (Ludlow RFC) &amp; Bryan Smallman (Bridgnorth RFC).</p> <p>Also fantastic news Alex Hearle has been selected by Worcester Warriors for the LV competition v Bristol on Friday. Alex is in the player pathway system for England and we are very proud to say he is our College Captain.</p>, 07 Nov 2016 14:01:26 GMTSnapChat comes to SSFC<p>Today we launched our first Snapchat Geo-filter for you to use on both WB and EB campuses!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 07 Nov 2016 13:45:38 GMTEngineering Education Scheme launches with two SSFC teams<p>Physics and Product Design Year 1 students Keiran Roberts, George Jennings, Richard Parsons, Laura-Jayne Adamson, Eleanor Thurston, Thomas Hilbert, James Lapslie, James Holland and Harriet Mundon visited RAF Cosford&rsquo;s Cold War Museum for the Engineering Education Scheme launch day at RAF Cosford museum on 18th Oct.</p> <p>Led by Charlotte Brock, Programme Leader Art &amp; Design and teacher of Product Design and Colin Lobley, Physics Technician, EES is a unique opportunity to experience the challenge and fulfilment potential of a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Each team is supported by a local STEM company, in this case GKN Land Systems and assigned a STEM mentor. The supporting company provide a real-world engineering problem which the students work together in 2 teams of four and five to solve over a 6 month long project.</p> <p>Teams will also attend a residential workshop at a university midway through their project, where facilities will be available to manufacture models and prototypes. This enables teams to provide &lsquo;proof-of-concept&rsquo; for their ideas. By the time of the Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD) in April, the teams will have produced a full technical and business report and a working or representative prototype to demonstrate their ideas.</p>, 20 Oct 2016 09:58:09 GMTLaunching Shrewsbury’s Biggest Year 11 Progression Events<p>The newly formed Shrewsbury Colleges Group - made up of Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College - welcomed approximately 1,700 visitors including over 530 students to their Year 11 Progression Events, held at the prestigious Shrewsbury Town Football Club on Wednesday 28th September and at the London Road Campus this week. &nbsp;</p> <p>The events also featured eleven other schools and colleges for Further Education as well as the Combined Armed Forces, Shropshire Youth and County Training, amongst others.</p> <p>Presentations were given by Lyn Surgeon (Interim Principal and CEO), Paul Morgan (Interim Head of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College) and Catherine Armstrong (Group Vice Principal Curriculum Support and Business Development) which enabled students to gain an understanding of further education, allowing them to make an informed decision about their future prospects; whether this be A Levels, vocational studies or Apprenticeships.</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>It&rsquo;s been very useful to know the possible paths to take for my future&hellip; It has helped me make my mind up on what to do next,</em>&rdquo; commented Jess Williams, student at Meole Brace School.</p> <p>Parents were also delighted: &ldquo;<em>The event was a catalyst for our son to start focusing on what he wants to do post-GCSE. There was a good variety of institutions represented at the event. Speakers were very clear and gave great presentations. Thank you for all the hard work that went into the event</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Current students from all three campuses of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group helped to support the event by meeting the visitors and sharing first-hand experiences of the colleges with them.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>, 06 Oct 2016 18:07:10 GMT​College Students Triumph at Drapers Textile Competition<p>Art and textile students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College &ndash; the two members of the newly formed Shrewsbury Colleges Group - triumphed at the finals this year&rsquo;s Drapers Textile Competition.</p> <p>Lauren Davies (SSFC) won the prestigious new student prize, &lsquo;The Jackie Ryan Memorial Award.&rsquo; The former Shrewsbury Sixth Form College pupil receives a two week placement with textiles company Tweedmill Textiles. While there she will work with designer Gaynor Bowen to create a unique throw/blanket which will be manufactured as a limited edition by Tweedmill Textiles. Lauren has now moved on to study Textiles Design at Birmingham City University.&nbsp;</p> <p>Clare Williams-Rowe, Textiles teacher says &#39;<em>Lauren produced a series of 3 woven pieces based on landscapes. The judges particularly liked her contemporary and careful use of colour and her skilful ability to incorporate shapes into the &nbsp;woven media, Lauren is thrilled with the award which will enable her to gain very valuable work experience</em>.&#39;</p> <p>Summer-Jane Stevenson-Jones was awarded silver while Heidi Humphreys and Phoebe Lytollis both won bronze awards. All of these three&nbsp;students are continuing their studies at Shrewsbury College.&nbsp;</p> <p>Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts &amp; Media at Shrewsbury College, John O&rsquo;Connell adds: &ldquo;<em>There is significant talent in art, fashion and textiles across the two colleges. We are delighted that it has been so publicly acknowledged at the Drapers Textiles Competition</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 30 Sep 2016 13:21:31 GMTBursary award for students<p>Great news for Matthew Paterson and George Williams who are amongst 10 students from the West Midlands to have been awarded&nbsp;a &pound;3000 bursary&nbsp;for each year of their undergraduate studies, which they can use for living or tuition costs, or a combination of both by exam board OCR.</p> <p>Congratulating the students on their achievements Simon Lebus, Chair of OCR and Chief Executive of its parent organisation Cambridge Assessment, said: &ldquo;<em>This is an exceptional group of young people, who are very worthy recipients of the OCR bursary. Not only are they high achieving academically, but every one of them has taken their studies beyond the A Level curriculum, such as by representing Britain at the Physics Olympiad. They have also shown themselves to be outstanding people, volunteering in Africa, charity fundraising and mentoring younger students. Many of them are the first in their families to go to university and I hope the OCR bursary will go towards helping any financial pressures that could get in the way of them making the most of their study and lives at Cambridge. I am sure they will all be great successes at Cambridge and beyond.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>Now in its 13th year, the OCR bursary was set up to encourage a greater number of talented young people from the West Midlands to apply to the University of Cambridge. OCR is part of the University of Cambridge&#39;s international examinations group, which incorporated the West Midlands Examinations Board at one time.<br /> <br /> Commenting on George Williams who will be studying Engineering at Trinity College, Sarah Jarrett, Student Support Tutor said: &ldquo;<em>George is a highly committed and enthusiastic student who has been able to perform at a very high level academically in addition to actively participating in a variety of extra curriculum activities. George voluntarily decided to take the Extended Project where he completed an array of experiments with the aim of breaking the sound barrier. He successfully completed this goal with his final two attempts. The bursary will enable him to fully engage with all that Cambridge can offer.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Commenting on Matthew Paterson who will be studying Matematics at St John&#39;s College, Sarah Jarrett, Student Support Tutor said: &ldquo;<em>Matthew is an exceptional student, performing academically at a very high level and described by his teachers as a talented and highly intelligent young man. The OCR bursary will enable Matthew to make the most of what Cambridge has to offer both socially and academically. I cannot think of a more worthy recipient.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p>, 29 Sep 2016 10:39:16 GMTOutstanding results for GCSEs<p>Students at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College who have continued to work towards GCSE Maths and English today received their results.</p> <p>Overall the results are excellent especially in English where 87% of students were able to gain a grade C or better. These results are well above the national benchmark and&nbsp;are a tribute to the hard work of the students and everyone who taught and supported them. Paul Morgan, Interim Head of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said &ldquo;<em>We are delighted with the success of our students.&nbsp; We have continued to improve our pass rates at the college despite a downturn in national pass rates.</em> &rdquo;</p> <p>Students who have not attained a C grade in Maths and/or English are required&nbsp;to continue studying&nbsp;them alongside their other courses.</p> 2016 (2).jpgThu, 25 Aug 2016 10:54:24 GMTResults success for students<p><a href="" target="_blank"><i>Results Day photo gallery</i></a></p> <h4>Students and staff are celebrating A level results at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College today, with 47% A*-B grades and over 74% A*-C grades and an overall pass rate of 98.5%.</h4> <p>For the first time in the college&rsquo;s history over 750 students were sitting Advanced level examinations this year including 2070 entries in 44 different A level subjects making the college the biggest A level centre in the county.</p> <p>Commenting on the achievements in his final year at the college Principal Martin Ward, said&nbsp;<em>&lsquo;A level results are so important for students in terms of their progression to university or employment. The pass rate is an impressive 98.5% with significantly high proportions of higher grades with A*-B grades at 47% and A*-C grades at 74.2%. Results at A level show a pleasing improvement on last year. To achieve such an improvement, whilst providing a range of choice to a large number of students is a credit to the college. 52 A level students passed all their examinations with A* or A level grades&rdquo; </em></p> <p>Underlying the headline rate there are many individual success stories. 5 students who were offered places at Oxford or Cambridge this year have achieved the grades required. 4 students who were offered places to study Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary courses have been successful in achieving the required grades. Approximately 70% of the students will go straight to university in a wide range of courses.</p> <p>For the third year the college has entered students for advanced BTEC courses. At Subsidiary Diploma level 91 entries were made in BTEC Applied Science, Business, ICT and Sport and there was a pass rate of 100% and a fantastic 76% of all entries were at Distinction level. These qualifications have a high academic content and also prepare students for the world of employment.</p> <p>Lyn Surgeon the new Chief Executive of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group offered her congratulations. <em>&lsquo;I am delighted with the results at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and to arrive at such a successful and exciting time as the two Shrewsbury colleges come together to form a strong college for all students. This is a strong testament to the work of staff and students&rdquo;.</em></p> <p>Paul Morgan the new Head of Shrewsbury Sixth Form added &ldquo;<em>I am especially pleased with the improved pass rate and high grades at A level and on BTEC courses. Overall results are very good and there are many individual success stories where students have achieved their personal best. I look forward to working with staff and students to build on these strong foundations.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Chris Fountain, Chair of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College commented <em>&ldquo;These results are very impressive during a period of change and all the staff and students are to be congratulated. I look forward to the opportunities of the newly merged college and to see academic and vocational success in the future</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Picture&nbsp;l - r:</p> <ul> <li>Alfie Digby - Electronics A*, Maths A, Product Design A, Physics A*&nbsp;</li> <li>Catherine Needs - Medicine, Uni of Liverpool - Biology A*, Maths A, Chemistry A, Further Maths A</li> <li>Lucy Painter - Birmingham Uni English and French - English Combined A*, French A, Music B</li> <li>Will Highfield - Vet Science, Bristol Uni - Biology A*, Chemistry A, Maths B</li> <li>Matthew Paterson, Cambridge St Johns - Chemistry A*, Further Maths A*, Maths A*, Physics A*;&nbsp;</li> <li>Alex Swallow, Engineering Science at Oxford - Chemistry A, Further Maths A*, Maths A*, Physics A*;</li> <li>Principal SSFC Martin Ward</li> <li>Katie Simkins - Physics, Imperial College - Chemistry A, Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Physics A*</li> <li>Tom Vout, University College Oxford Physics - Chemistry A*, Further Maths A, Maths A*, Physics A*</li> </ul>, 18 Aug 2016 12:28:15 GMTThe Pity of War, Shropshire Remembers<p>The film below tells of the many activities that have happened in Shropshire over the last couple of years to commemorate the 100th&nbsp;anniversary of World War 1.</p> <p>Many of our students and staff were priviledged to be part of many of the activities from hosting German and French students for a week to work on an art project with Carl Jaycock, to performing in the Shrewsbury Bookfest Remembers concert including an outstanding reading by student Oliver Turner. We were also very pleased to host several of the Bookfest lectures including Kate Adie who was in Shrewsbury to promote her book &#39;Fighting on the home front&#39;.</p> <p><a href="">FILM</a></p> <p>Film by Nick Fogg</p>, 17 Aug 2016 14:33:52 GMTDawn of a new era for Shrewsbury colleges<div> <p align="center"><img height="60" id="Picture_x0020_8" src=";aid=8%253a2919%253a6&amp;account_id=1" style="width:240.984375px;height:60px;" width="241" /></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p>August 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;is usually an insignificant date in the academic calendar, but for a handful of Sixth Form and Further Education colleges around the country, this date in 2016 will be long-remembered as the dawn of a new era.</p> <p>In a bid to identify ways of securing a high quality education for 16+ year olds as funding tightens and student numbers decrease, Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College entered into merger discussions in 2015.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was agreed that by merging and forming the new Shrewsbury Colleges Group, outstanding opportunities for the young people of the region will be created. It allows the two colleges to focus wholly on what they do best: offer an exceptionally high performing Advanced Level centre for academically motivated students at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and a leading vocational centre of excellence at Shrewsbury College. It will also allow increased focus on the development of much needed Apprenticeships.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a very exciting time for Shropshire as we start this new relationship between the two merged colleges,&rdquo; comments newly appointed Chair of Governors, Alison Jackson. &ldquo;Rather than co-existing - and in some areas competing - we are now able to positively work together, ensuring we deliver a broader, stronger and more co-ordinated offering to our students, local employers and the community. Students will still apply to the individual colleges and feel aligned to one college or the other, but they will benefit from access to the best resources and facilities at both.&rdquo;</p> <p>A significant change to the management structure will see one Principal/CEO appointed to oversee the merged group. The interim post has been taken up by Lyn Surgeon, experienced Principal and Chief Executive previously of the &lsquo;outstanding&rsquo; Nelson and Colne College and South Downs College. Prior to this Lyn was Deputy Principal of Pendleton College, an &lsquo;outstanding&rsquo; Sixth Form College which was part of the merger of the three colleges which formed Salford City College in 2009.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I am delighted to be leading the newly formed Shrewsbury Colleges Group, where we will provide excellent opportunities for all our students, enabling them to fulfil their dreams and aspirations,&rdquo; comments Lyn Surgeon.</p> <p>The identities of the two colleges will stay the same, but for joint activities the Shrewsbury Colleges Group will also have a new identity and logo.</p> <p>&ldquo;An enormous amount of work has gone into this merger and there is still a lot more to come,&rdquo; adds Alison Jackson. &ldquo;But like the many other colleges around the country which have chosen to take this path, we feel it is a very positive stride forward for the young people of Shropshire and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pic: New Interim Principal/CEO of Shrewsbury Colleges Group, Lyn Surgeon</p> </div>, 02 Aug 2016 05:54:00 GMTGreat time at Pre-Enrolment<p>It was great to see so many of our prospective students at pre-enrolment recently.</p> <p>The weather didn&#39;t hold out but students were out in force anyway.</p> <p>Looking forward to seeing them again in September for enrolment.</p>, 28 Jul 2016 10:39:24 GMTMerger of Local Colleges on Track for July 2016<p>The newly formed Shrewsbury Colleges Group of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College will create Shropshire&rsquo;s largest combined A Level and vocational education provider when the merger proceeds on 31 July, 2016. &nbsp;Following a period of public consultation and financial and legal due diligence, the merger decision has been supported by the Area Review team and endorsed by The Secretary of State.</p> <p>Alison Jackson, Chair of the shadow governing body for the merged colleges, comments: &ldquo;<em>Shrewsbury is an outstanding town in which to learn and develop potential, and the excellent local schools and colleges have much to be proud of. &nbsp;It is great news that the governors of both Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College have decided to enter into a merger which gives us the strongest future basis to deliver high-quality post-16 education and training for the area</em>. &quot;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;<em>Each college will continue to have its own distinct identity because consultation has told us that these are valued, but we will also make adjustments where they will give students a better experience and better outcomes.</em>&quot;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;<em>The current Principals of both colleges have shown strong leadership throughout this complex process and have now taken separate decisions to move on to other challenges. This creates an opportunity for a new role of CEO/Principal of the Group, with a clear remit to develop both the academic and vocational curriculum and to build an outstanding College for the benefit of the area</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>In August Steve Wain, Principal of Shrewsbury College will be taking up a role as Principal of Swindon College while Martin Ward, Principal of Shrewsbury Sixth Form, will become an Inspector with Ofsted. &nbsp;An interim Principal will be appointed while the formal recruitment process is undertaken.</p> <p>Michael Willmot, Vice Chair of Shrewsbury College adds: &ldquo;<em>I would like to thank Steve, Martin and everyone involved in the lengthy process which has led to the two colleges making this formal agreement &ndash; one which reflects the Government&#39;s Area Review and the need for change in the current education climate. &nbsp;The outcome will be a stronger, even more impressive education and training provision for students and employers in the region</em>.&rdquo;</p>, 23 Jun 2016 09:39:25 GMTVigil for Orlando co-incides with Diversity Day at SSFC<p>On Friday 17th June, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College students organised a vigil to remember those killed and wounded in Orlando Florida.</p> <p>Attended by 250 people, it was an especially poignant event giving the recent killing of Jo Cox MP - one of the acts of remembrance was the reading out of each persons name and their age.</p> <p>You can see a short film of the evening below.</p> <p>The colleges&#39; annual Diversity Event is being held this week, organised by Colette Rugman, Equality &amp; Diversity Co-ordinator and sociology teacher, for all students at the college, thethis year there will be talks and&nbsp;workshops from&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>The Ark - Tim Crompton - the Ark is&nbsp;a&nbsp;drop in centre designed to help homeless and vulnerable people in Shrewsbury</li> <li>Sohayb Peerbhai Imam from Craven Arms Muslim Community - He will be discussing what the Muslim faith is about and his experiences.</li> <li>Simon Langley - previously the UK Lead Manager for Inclusion &amp; Diversity at the National Grid. &nbsp;He now is Managing Director of Mucklestone Consulting and works for Stonewall, an organisation dedicated to promoting LGBT rights. &nbsp;Simon will be talking about his experiences of LGBT issues.&nbsp;</li> <li>FRESh - FRESh stands for Fairness Respect Equality Shropshire. &nbsp;It is an organisation that seeks to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues through education and tackle discrimination in Shropshire. It has been involved in research into the extent of hate crime locally and the workshop will focus on this.&nbsp;</li> <li>Victim Support -&nbsp;Hannah Barnes and Ruth Russell - Hannah is a TA in college who also has worked with Victim Support that deals with issues of domestic abuse.</li> <li>Isamophobia -&nbsp;Martin Lynch is a retired teacher. He taught in secondary schools in Dudley, Wolverhampton and Walsall. He has been an active campaigner against racism and discrimination and wants a more inclusive and tolerant society. He will be examining the issue of Islamophobia in Britain today.</li> <li>Refugee Action - Claire Tabberer -&nbsp;an organisation that seeks to help educate about refugees and help support them in communities. Her workshop will focus on raising awareness about refugees and the Syrian refugee crisis.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>{youtube:KYrumq-nioM}</p>, 23 Jun 2016 11:01:07 GMTWinning washing line<p>Congratulations to Alfie Digby who has won this years Rotary Club Young Innovator Award with his design for an all-weather rotary washing line.</p> <p>Second prize was awarded to Jacob Green&nbsp;for his Games Table and&nbsp;Tom Halliday for his rugby boot protectors.</p> <p>Alfie will now go forward to the regional final in July.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Rotary Club Young Innovator Award}</span></p>, 27 May 2016 11:37:32 GMTClassics Essay Success for Caitlin<p>Congratulations to Caitlin Casselman who has received a Certificate of Commendation from&nbsp;Dr Sara Owen, Director of Studies in Classics at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge for her entry in a national Ancient World / Classics Essay national competition run by <a href="" target="_blank">Fitzwilliam College</a>. Interestingly the college has another Shrewsbury link in that Emma, the wife of Charles Darwin, lived in The Grove, a house which is at the heart of Fitzwilliam College.</p> <p>The topic chosen was&nbsp;&ldquo;<em>The Continued Popularity of Ancient Literature is not due to &lsquo;timelessness&rsquo; but due to the window it gives us onto an excitingly alien world.&rdquo; Discuss -&nbsp;</em>you can read Caitlin&#39;s response <a href="/files/documents/FitzWilliam_College_Ancient_Literature_Essay_and_bibliography.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>Caitlin is in her first year at college and came to us from Priory School in Shrewsbury. She&nbsp;also studies English Literature, English Language and Psychology and is looking to go onto university, perhaps even Cambridge to study literature and/or Classics.&nbsp;</p>, 17 May 2016 13:43:54 GMTLatest edition of Sixth Sense hits cyberspace ....<p>The latest edition of the colleges&#39; student magazine Sixth Sense is now available to read.</p> <p>Featuring articles ranging from an interview with Peter Tatchell to a review of Shrewsbury Town&#39;s transfers, poetry, short stories and even a &#39;quiz&#39; that tells you which comic book you should be reading, the magazine is the product of the College Magazine enrichment group.</p> <p>Click below to read it ...&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{doc:160425130928-d2dfd12ee8484ebbaa48d209b85e323f}</span></p>, 25 Apr 2016 14:18:16 GMTSpace...Belle Vue Arts Festival & SSFC<p>We&#39;re really pleased to again be supporting Belle Vue Arts Festival by hosting the festival&#39;s launch event on Friday 29th April</p> <p>Shrewsbury&rsquo;s annual Belle Vue Arts Festival blasts off this month by offering star enthusiasts young and old, a chance to explore the cosmos.</p> <p>The &lsquo;Space &ndash; A beginners guide to the Galaxy&rsquo; event takes place on Friday 29 April, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at Shrewsbury Sixth Form, English Bridge Campus, and is the first of a line-up of events to celebrate this year&rsquo;s festival theme &lsquo;SPACE&rsquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will be hosted by Shropshire&rsquo;s Astronomical Society who will be presenting an awe-inspiring talk about the cosmos, followed by a star gazing session on the college grounds, if weather or low light conditions allow. &nbsp;Alternatively, the group will host a telescope tutorial.&nbsp;</p> <p>Event organiser and member of Belle Vue Arts Festival Committee and Shropshire&rsquo;s Astronomical Society, Karen Smith said;&nbsp;&ldquo;<em>Belle Vue Arts Festival&rsquo;s is back again this summer, with an exciting and fun programme of events to celebrate its thirteenth year.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s theme is &lsquo;Space&rsquo; and to launch the festival we are hosting &lsquo;A beginners to guide to the galaxy event for local stargazers who will get the opportunity to find out more about our galaxy and hopefully take a peek at the cosmos through the lens of a professional telescope.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Tickets are available at &pound;3 for adults and is free for children (7+). To book tickets call the festival enquiry line on 07583 045553 between 10am and 8pm or email &nbsp;<br /> Doors open at 6.30pm and you can buy tickets on the door depending on availability. &nbsp;Refreshments will also be available.&nbsp;</p> <p>Space &ndash; A beginners guide to the Galaxy event is the first in a line-up of several community art activities in the run up to the main festival from 4th to 18th June 2016.</p> <p>For more information about Belle Vue Arts Festival or if you&rsquo;d like to volunteer, take part, or sign up to our blog visit You can also follow us on twitter @BelleVAF and Facebook.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 22 Apr 2016 09:31:39 GMTThree College Merger Proposal Update<p>The Public Consultation process has concluded and it has confirmed there is support for change within Shropshire. This has encouraged the Colleges to believe that proceeding with the merger proposal, with some modifications in the light of due diligence and consultation feedback, could be achievable.&nbsp;</p> <p>The survey responses did indicate a higher level of support for Shrewsbury College merging with Shrewsbury Sixth Form College than for New College Telford doing so. Although support was strong enough to warrant proceeding with the merger, consideration for separating the Telford and Shrewsbury Colleges gained traction and the changes in the financial position, leadership and management at TCAT have offered new opportunities for Telford learners following feedback from the Area Review process.</p> <p>This change to the proposal has now been endorsed through the Government&rsquo;s Area Review process, along with confirmation that the planned merger between Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College should continue as scheduled for 31st July 2016. The Governing bodies at all colleges will meet in due course to formally consider the revised proposals from the Area Review board.</p> <p>All three colleges would like to thank those who contributed to the consultation process.</p> <p>More <a href="" target="_blank">info</a> ...&nbsp;</p>, 21 Apr 2016 13:14:31 GMTEx-student Elliot Blakemore success following BFI Film Academy 16-19 programme<p>SSFC was really pleased to hear that ex-student Elliot Blakemore has been part of a recent BFI Academy screening and graduation ceremony in front of industry experts.&nbsp;</p> <p>The premiere at BFI Southbank marks the end of an intensive two-week residency students of the BFI Film Academy&rsquo;s Craft Skills course run by the world-leading National Film and Television School (NFTS). The residency at NFTS is the pinnacle of the BFI Film Academy, featuring talented students selected from regional BFI Film Academy courses that have been running across the UK since September 2015. &nbsp;</p> <p>At the NFTS, the young filmmakers have been working with leading British film talent including actor and directors Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Sunshine on Leith), Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far!, Hot Pepper) and Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story, The Reluctant Revolutionary), cinematographer Stuart Harris (Wetherby), film editor Ewa Lind (The Warrior), art department designer Max Berman (Game of Thrones) and sound recordist Simon Clark (Wolf Hall) in honing their skills and expertise, culminating in the production of the six short films seen for the first time today.</p> <p>Elliot, who left SSFC last year, came to us from The Grange school and studied Maths, Physics, Computing and Film Studies.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can read more about the BFI programme and the screening ceremony <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebookbfi&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" target="_blank">here</a></p>, 12 Apr 2016 08:31:26 GMTThree Principals at a Tea Party ....<p>It was tea party time recently at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College at the inaugural marking of the colleges&rsquo; 35th birthday.</p> <p>Held in Priory Hall at our Welsh Bridge Campus, the guests of honour were two previous Principals Martin Thorpe and Bill Dowell, pictured here with current Principal Martin Ward.</p> <p>Martin Thorpe had been Headmaster of Priory Boys School since 1975 and was instrumental in the setting up of the sixth form college in 1981. A Classics teacher, he told us that Latin was taught at the college until 1993 and that Classical Civilisation, led by a renowned Classics expert Alan Potter was one of the more popular subjects.</p> <p>Martin was succeeded by Bill Dowell in 1993. Previously Head of Wrockwardwine Wood School (now Telford Priory School), Bill saw the college grow from 600 students to over 1100; the implementation of the AS and A2 A level system in 2000 and the creation of the Shrewsbury Partnership for Education and Training which bought together Shrewsbury secondary schools and post 16 providers SSFC and Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology to better work together to serve the students of Shrewsbury.</p> <p>Then to Principal Martin Ward who moved back to SSFC in 2008 from King Edward Sixth Form College in Nuneaton. Martin had previously been at SSFC as Director and Assistant Principal. Martin has seen the college estate grow to two campuses, centrally situated at both English Bridge and Welsh Bridge; the curriculum change with the implementation of advanced level BTECs and of course, the return of the two year A Level.</p> <p>It is envisaged that this tea party will be the start of other celebratory activities to mark our 35 years and we&rsquo;re hoping that more people who attended the college will sign up to our Alumni association by going to our website &ndash; &ndash; and let us know their memories.</p>, 04 Apr 2016 11:29:03 GMTAberystwyth University Scholarship success<p>Congratulations to the students listed below who have been successful in their Aberystwyth University entrance and scholarship examinations</p> <p>The Entrance Scholarship and Merit Awards competition requires students to sit two exams in two different subjects. Students whose performance in the exam is deserving of recognition, are offered Merit Awards. All Merit Award holders will receive &pound;1,000 in their first year of study, together with an unconditional offer. Candidates who narrowly miss out on achieving a Scholarship or Merit Award may be given a reduced or unconditional offer on the basis of their performance in the examinations.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:869px;" width="869"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" style="width:161px;"> <p align="center"><small><strong>Name </strong></small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p align="center"><small><strong>School</strong></small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p align="center"><small><strong>Course</strong></small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p align="center"><small><strong>Award</strong></small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Sophie</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Bloor</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Mary Webb</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Geology / Agriculture &amp; the countryside</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional Offer</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Alex</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Bruce</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Meole Brace</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Physical &amp; Human Geography</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional Offer</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Jaymee</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Bunston-Jones</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Holy Trinity Academy</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Physical &amp; Human Geography</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional offer plus &pound;1,000 Merit Award</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Alex</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Ferriday</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>William Brookes</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Business &amp; Management / Religious Studies</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional Offer</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>James</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Fletcher</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Charlton</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Physical Geography / Biology</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional offer plus &pound;1,000 Merit Award</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Jeremy</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Housden</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Stafford Grammar</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Physics / Mathematics</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional Offer</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Edward</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Jones</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Corbett</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Geology / Physical Geography</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional offer</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>George</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Kilby</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Priory</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Physical &amp; Human Geography</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional offer plus &pound;1,000 Merit Award</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Jonathan</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Middle</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Mary Webb</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Politics &amp; International Politics / History &ndash; the British Isles</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional offer plus &pound;1,000 Merit Award</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Khadeeja</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Osman</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Priory</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Human Geography / English &amp; Creative Writing</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional offer plus &pound;1,000 Merit Award</small></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:66px;"> <p><small>Aled</small></p> </td> <td style="width:94px;"> <p><small>Robinson</small></p> </td> <td style="width:132px;"> <p><small>Mary Webb</small></p> </td> <td style="width:321px;"> <p><small>Human &amp; Physical Geography</small></p> </td> <td style="width:255px;"> <p><small>Unconditional offer plus &pound;1,000 Merit Award</small></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>, 21 Mar 2016 16:35:29 GMTStudents represent UK at Model United Nations event<h4>SSFC students at the MUN Conference&nbsp;&ndash; 11 to 13 March&nbsp;2016</h4> <p>Over the weekend 6 SSFC students have been representing the UK at the Model United Nations Conference in Birmingham at Joseph Chamberlain College..</p> <p>They took their carefully prepared resolutions to the conference on Friday night and were delighted to see enough support for their ideas to be taken to the UN committees on Saturday.&nbsp;Resolutions were taking the Security Council, Human Rights, Economic and Social, Political, Disarmament, and Environmental committees &ndash; and debates covered such varied topics as Ocean toxicity, Rights of Refugees, the Syrian Crisis, the Arms trade, and the future of Tibet.</p> <p>On Sunday the resolutions moved from committees to the full assembly and the UK delegation made its presence felt through careful scrutiny of the all the resolutions through question and answer, and on the key issues the delegation was called on to explain and justify the actions of the UK.</p> <p>Congratulations to James Nixon (Security Council), Daniel Poole (Political Committee), Ella Holmes (Economic and Social), Maddie Page (Environment), Bronwen Jones (Human Rights) and Harry Ford (Disarmament) who represented the college so well.</p> <p>Students learnt a lot about world and international issues, but also acquired high level debating skills and also had a really good time meeting over 100 students from over 20 different colleges.</p> <p>Martin Ward</p> <p>{gallery:MUN 2016}</p> <p><a href=";type=3">Joseph Chamberlain College issued images</a></p>, 14 Mar 2016 13:36:40 GMTAn opportunity to celebrate<p>&#39;<em>Who knew</em>?&#39; &#39;<em>What a wealth of talent</em>&#39; &#39;<em>How difficult to choose&#39;&nbsp;</em>were just some of the phrases used by those who attended our Celebrating Achievement event on Wednesday 2nd March.</p> <p>A night not to be missed. More than awards evening; this annual celebration of the wide ranging gifts and talents of our students as well as their academic and scholastic achievements never fails to surprise and delight all those who attend.</p> <p>With over 20 awards for academic achievement and enrichment involvement, the evening also gives the opportunity for staff, students and invited guests to witness the vast array of gifts, talents, skills and commitment shown by students throughout the curriculum and enrichment programme.</p> <p>This year presentations ranged from solo piano performances to a folk trio; from Engineering Education Scheme presentations to a reciting of&nbsp;&rsquo;Strange Meeting&rsquo; by Wilfred Owen.</p> <p>We were very pleased this year to welcome our guest presenters Cllr&nbsp;Miles Kenny, Mayor of Shrewsbury, Prof Anna Sutton, Provost University Centre Shrewsbury, Karen Bradshaw, Director Childrens Services, Shropshire Council, Caroline Thewles, Shrewsbury Bookfest trustee, Peter Bettis, Shrewsbury Business Chamber, Philip Adams, Headteacher Corbet School, Paul Harries from Baart Harries Newell - we thank them all for their time and committment to SSFC.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><small><em>Images taken by Thomas Nicolini - Year 1 Photography student</em></small></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Celebrating Achievement 2016}&nbsp;</span></p>, 10 Mar 2016 11:05:43 GMTStudents shown what's available after sixth form<p>At our recent Progression Event, students were able to meet and talk with a whole host of companies, universities, training providers and hear talks aimed at giving students the best quality information for the decisions they will be making for their futures.</p> <p>As always, the event was well supported by local companies, employeers and highlighted the wealth of opportunity available to students.</p> <p>Thank you to all those who contributed.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Progression Evening 2016}</span></p>, 10 Mar 2016 11:00:09 GMTCoincidence for Oxford & Cambridge bound students<p>Congratulations to George Williams, Alex Swallow, Tom Vout, Matthew Paterson and Rebecca Jones for their successful applications to colleges at Oxford and Cambridge.</p> <p>Pictured here with Further Maths teachers Chris Sears and Alasdair Benjamin, coincidentally, all five students are also studying Chemistry, Physics and Maths and are all in the same Further Maths class!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><small>George is planning to go to&nbsp;Trinity College Cambridge to study Engineering.</small></li> <li><small>Alex is planning to go to Edmund College Oxford to study Engineering.</small></li> <li><small>Tom is planning to go to University College Oxford to study Physics.</small></li> <li><small>Becky is planning to go to Cambridge to study Natural Sciences.</small></li> <li><small>Matt is planning to go to Cambridge to study Maths.</small></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><small>* Rebecca Jones was not available for the photograph</small></p>, 29 Feb 2016 16:05:25 GMTPeter Tatchell speaks to students as part of Shrewsbury's National Festival LGBT History<p>Peter Tatchell was welcomed to college to talk with students as part of the National LGBT History events in Shrewsbury.</p> <p>Student Rachel Allcock said of his talk &#39;<em>It was a very engaging and interesting talk which enlightened me to the great struggle Peter has faced because of his campaigning for LGBT rights as well as human rights in general. It was also surprisingly humorous in places while still highlighting the difficulties faced by human rights campaigners of the past and present</em>.&#39;</p> <p>Pictured: &nbsp;l-r Student&nbsp;Oli Lee, Martin Ward&nbsp;(Principal),&nbsp;Colette Rugman&nbsp;(E&amp;D Co-ordinator and Sociology teacher), Peter Tatchell, Geoff Hardy, student Bron Jones and Rachel Allcock.</p>, 19 Feb 2016 12:28:57 GMTTravel & Tourism students support Children with Cancer UK charity<p>A small group of A2 Travel and Tourism students, Ivayla Ivanova, Bryony Martin, Lizzie Pritchard and Elle Pugh organised a day trip to Liverpool as part of their Unit 8 Coursework.</p> <p>The trip was aimed at staff and parents, and the students decided to raise money and donate all of the trip&rsquo;s profit to the charity Children with Cancer UK. They made this decision after finding out that Ugne Valuntukeviciute&rsquo;s 3 year old sister Maja had been diagnosed with Leukaemia. Ugne is an AS Travel and Tourism student at the college. The group chose this charity because it has helped Maja and her family through this tough experience. They raised &pound;220 through ticket sales and a raffle.</p>, 01 Feb 2016 17:34:35 GMTPublic consultation over merger of three Shropshire Colleges now open<p>The public consultation to seek views over the proposed merger between Shrewsbury College, New College Telford and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College has now opened.</p> <p>The consultation is open between 1 February and 4 March, 2016 and members of the public are invited to take part by sharing their views, coming along to a public event and replying to the online survey.</p> <p>The proposal is that New College Telford and Shrewsbury College would merge into Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, creating one large sixth form college group &ndash; but all three sites would remain.</p> <p>The colleges feel they will be stronger together than apart in light of ongoing Government cuts and a reducing number of school leavers over the next six years. The move would see them being able to offer students in the county a richer, more varied curriculum programme with several areas of specialism, including a vibrant specialist Art School in the centre of Shrewsbury at Wakeman Hall, English Bridge Campus and a Sports and Health and Social Care HQ at London Road. &nbsp;These changes are proposed for September 2017 at the earliest.</p> <p>Under the proposals, each college site and name would remain, each with a separate Principal. Staff and students at the three colleges have been informed of the plans and months of prior enabling work has been carried out by all three ahead of the launch of the public consultation.</p> <p>The merger is also consulting on a new name &ndash; &lsquo;<em>Central Shropshire College&nbsp;Group</em>&rsquo;. The name consultation is running alongside the overall merger consultation, but crucially, each college would continue to be marketed under its current name and retain its current individual culture.</p> <p>Students would continue to apply to each college and the one which best suits their needs separately and all students applying for 16/17 would start and end their course at the college they have applied to.</p> <p>In a joint statement, the Principals of all three colleges, Martin Ward (SSFC), Fiona O&#39;Brien (NCT) and Steve Wain, (Shrewsbury College), said: &quot;We believe merger presents the three colleges with the best opportunity to offer a great curriculum with high quality, whilst keeping our finances strong. The Corporations of Shrewsbury College, New College Telford and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, believe that the joining of three local colleges, will create a better learning experience and more progression opportunities for Shropshire&rsquo;s students, than they can do apart.</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>We are seeking to create a new college structure for Shropshire, which allows each college to continue to specialise and improve. Each college offers a distinctive curriculum at separate locations and we believe that this merger proposal is the best way for us to maintain the quality of education when the post 16 sector is facing continuing financial pressure.</em></p> <p><em>&quot;Regardless of the duration of their course, current students at all three colleges would be able to continue with their course at the college they have chosen and we wouldn&#39;t expect to see any changes to full-time courses, as a direct result of the merger, until 2017/18 at the earliest. If a merger goes ahead we are looking at a date from 31 July, 2016.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>People are invited to get involved by visiting the websites of the three colleges &ndash;, and where they will find all the information, be able to read the consultation document and take part in the online survey.</p> <p>There are also two Public Consultation meetings on 22 February, from 6pm to 7.30pm at Shrewsbury College on London Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 6PR and on 24 February from 6pm to 7.30pm at The Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street, Telford, TF1 2NJ.</p> <p>Anyone is welcome to attend but admission is by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained by contacting <a href=""></a>, where a copy of the consultation document can also be obtained.</p>, 01 Feb 2016 08:52:32 GMTEx-student Kimberley knows her pies!<p>Ex-student Kimberley Jones was the odd one out in her family choosing to study A levels in Health &amp; Social Care, English Literature &amp; Language and Performance Studies, whilst the rest of the family undertook catering qualifications at Shrewsbury College but it&#39;s an all family affair at&nbsp;&lsquo;The &pi; Theory&rsquo; now. Read more <a href="">here</a></p>, 19 Jan 2016 12:41:40 GMTMusical success for Richard<p>Many congratulations to second year student Richard Walsh who has not only been accepted for the third time as Double Bassist for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales but also to three top music colleges with scholarship offers at all.&nbsp;</p> <p>Richard who joined the college from Shrewsbury School&nbsp;this year to finish his A level studies in Geology and Biology is also taking both AS and A2 Music in one year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently studying on the weekend under <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Lewis</a> from the Birmingham Conservatoire, Richard has been offered places at Birmingham, The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and&nbsp;Royal Welsh College of Music &amp; Drama. He hopes to take up a place at The Royal Northern and to make a career playing professionally in orchestras.</p>, 11 Jan 2016 14:57:29 GMTHE Day<p>At a recent HE Fair, students and parents&nbsp;were able to talk with representatives from over 40 universities, colleges and careers pathways as well as be part of seminars all about students finance and writing personnal statements.</p> <p>Reps from many of the universities stated that they were impressed by the level of research that students had undertaken in preparation for the day.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:HE Day 2015}</span></p>, 11 Jan 2016 14:29:33 GMTSpain Ho!<p>Eleven students from A2 Spanish travelled to Madrid on 28th November for a four day cultural trip. This involved getting a minibus from college at 1.30am, travelling by plane to Spain, before embarking on a day&rsquo;s worth of activities. The first day included visiting the &lsquo;Museo Reina Sofia&rsquo;, where we were able to see Picasso&rsquo;s famous &lsquo;Guernica&rsquo;. However, when it came to the installation pieces, it is safe to say that many students found it difficult to stay awake after such an early start.</p> <p>The rest of Saturday involved going to &lsquo;El Teatro Calder&oacute;n&rsquo;, where we saw an illusionist show: &lsquo;La Gran Ilusi&oacute;n&rsquo;. This was fantastic, despite feeling very on edge as the illusionist started some audience participation, and all of us were left wondering how the illusions were made possible. Our first day in Madrid came to an end in a South American restaurant, &lsquo;La Farfalla&rsquo;. The food was fantastic, the owners extremely welcoming, and we were keen to start the next day&rsquo;s activities, but only once having a good night&rsquo;s sleep first.</p> <p>Sunday involved going to &lsquo;El Rastro&rsquo;, a huge street market renowned in Madrid. Many of us picked up some good bargains, with a few attempting to haggle for even better prices. We then visited &lsquo;Estaci&oacute;n de Atocha&rsquo;, where we were going to pay our respects at the monument for the victims of the Madrid bombings, however it was in disrepair so this was not possible. We then visited another museum, &lsquo;Museo del Prado&rsquo;, and then went to visit the &lsquo;Plaza Mayor&rsquo; and &lsquo;Puerta del Sol&rsquo;. Here we relaxed for a while, before having some time at the hotel for a much needed siesta. We then had our evening meal at a Mexican restaurant called &lsquo;La Mordida&rsquo;; again, the food was amazing and the whole atmosphere was relaxed, fun, and friendly.</p> <p>We were fortunate enough to have a guided visit around Madrid on Monday, and we learnt a lot about the history of Madrid. Then we had tapas in &lsquo;Plaza Mayor&rsquo;, where we had visited the previous day. This was wonderful, with a huge array of traditional Spanish dishes for us to try, including &lsquo;pescaditos fritos&rsquo;; fried whitebait, eaten as a whole. We then visited another museum, &lsquo;Caixa Forum&rsquo;, where we learnt about the women of Rome, which was very interesting. As this was our final night in Madrid before leaving, we had a very traditional evening meal: paella, the perfect way to round off a very Spanish day.</p> <p>Tuesday brought a sense of sadness as we realised that our trip was soon to be over. But before we left for our return flight, we visited the Royal Palace of Madrid; this was simply mind blowing as we saw the incredible architecture and interior design. We then travelled by metro to the airport, where we caught our flight to go home.</p> <p><img alt="royal palace madrid" src="/images/news/madrid2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 133px;" /></p> <p>Overall the trip was a success; everyone had a laugh, enjoyed the Spanish weather and being engrossed in Spanish culture was wonderful.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Alice Morris</p>, 17 Dec 2015 15:37:29 GMTEngineering Education Scheme Teams get started<p>This year there are 14 students taking part in 3 teams. 2 teams working with GKN supported by Physics and Electronics teacher Tony Pyle and one with Schneider-Electric supported by Programme Leader for Art &amp; Design and Product Design teacher&nbsp;Charlotte Brock.</p> <p>The teams working with GKN are working on projects where they are making devices to calibrate the machines used to test car suspension.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>GKN team 1 are designing a linear position calibration tool to calibrate the linear position sensor. It will provide improved accuracy and reliability of said sensors on their automotive &ldquo;shaking&rdquo; road simulating test bed</li> <li>GKN team 2 are designing an integral temperature sensing unit that will monitor the temperature of the damper liquids in automotive dampers. It will replace a much more basic single probe unit&nbsp;and will now feed live data from multiple sensors to GKN&rsquo;s computer network.</li> </ul> <p>The Schneider team are making a panel that easily and safely allows a consumer to connect microgenerators (solar panels, wind turbines, etc.) to their mains electricity.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Engineering Education Scheme Nov 2015}</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 17 Dec 2015 16:28:50 GMTChristmas fun<p>Staff and students came out in force to participate today in Christmas Jumper day, raising much needed money for Save the Children.</p> <p>Both campuses also arranged flashmob dances. View some of the festive knits below!</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Christmas Jumper Day 2015}</span></p>, 18 Dec 2015 12:39:07 GMTFrench Cultural Exchange<p><big><span class="marker">In early November, nine students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College spent their school week on French Exchange in the small Northern town of Le Cateau. The site of Wilfred Owen&rsquo;s grave nearby established a link to Shrewsbury.&nbsp;</span></big></p> <p>We each stayed with a family and went to school with the French students. Everyone was incredibly hospitable and patient with our attempts at the language, and we all agree our speaking improved dramatically by the end of the trip. We visited several small cemeteries of British soldiers from WWI, including Wilfred Owen&rsquo;s grave, where there was also a large memorial building with recordings of his poems in French and English, and the opportunity to see the cellar where he wrote a letter home shortly before his death. Additionally, the artist Matisse was born in Le Cateau so we visited a gallery of his work. Alongside shopping, meeting new people, and various levels of participation in the French lessons, the trip was fantastic and we can&rsquo;t wait to welcome our partners back to Shrewsbury.</p> <p>The French students will visit in November 2016.</p> <p>Megan Davies</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:French Cultural Exchange Nov 2015}</span></p>, 07 Dec 2015 15:16:32 GMTChanges in History illustrated via a dance workshop<p>History students have recently participated in a dance workshop led by&nbsp;Svenja Jinman, a freelance dance teacher. &nbsp;The workshop&nbsp;covered&nbsp;dance across the 20th century to tie in with the new History specification on Britain &#39;Britain Transformed 1918-1997&#39;. Her workshop covered the Charleston, Rock n Roll and the Hustle.</p> <p>As well as learning the dances she also spoke to the students about how changes in society led to these dances for example how increasing female freedoms in the 1920s allowed dances which were not necessarily with a male partner.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: black; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;">Max Newman - 2nd year History student &#39;</span><em><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; color:black">An incredibly fun experience, a real example of active learning. It gave us all a real understanding of how society changed throughout the times.&#39;</span></em></p> <p style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>, 11 Nov 2015 09:00:29 GMTThree Shropshire colleges propose merger<h4>Three Shropshire colleges propose merger to create largest Sixth Form College in the country</h4> <p>Shrewsbury College, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and New College in Telford have announced plans to discuss a proposal to merge, creating a single Sixth Form College group.</p> <p>Staff at all colleges have been informed of the possibility, which has come about after all three colleges felt that federation, whilst still an available option, would be difficult to achieve and have limited opportunities to improve financial performance.</p> <p>The new Sixth Form College group will consult on a new name but crucially, each college would continue to be marketed under their current names and retain their current individual cultures. Each college would be led by a Principal and students would continue to apply to each college separately and the one that best suits their needs.</p> <p>This move would pre-empt the Government&#39;s Area Reviews, which are seeking to create fewer and larger colleges nationally, and its agenda to support the creation of curriculum specialisms. Under the proposals, each college site would remain and the separate principals would work with the &quot;Group&quot; Chief Executive.</p> <p>The plan would see the group become a major employer in the region and having a major procurement role.</p> <p>In a joint statement, the Principals of all three Colleges, Martin Ward (SSFC), Fiona O&#39;Brien (NCT) and Steve Wain, (Shrewsbury College), said: <em>&quot;We are seeking to create a new college structure for Shropshire which allows each college to continue to specialise and improve. Each college offers a distinctive curriculum in separate locations and we believe that this merger proposal is the best way for us to maintain the quality of education when the post 16 sector is facing continuing financial pressure.&quot;</em></p> <p>&quot;<em>Consideration for staff and students is one of the principal reasons for proposing a merger model. Staff will have the opportunity to discuss and comment on these proposals and by designating as a sixth form college we aim to show colleagues that their current employment terms and conditions will be best protected.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&quot;The proposal includes plans to create several &lsquo;centres of excellence&rsquo; including the creation of a vibrant specialist Art School in the centre of Shrewsbury at Wakeman Hall at the English Bridge Campus and Sports HQ at London Road.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&quot;Regardless of the duration of their course, current students at all three colleges would be able to continue with their course at the college they have chosen and we wouldn&#39;t expect to see any changes to full-time courses until 2017/18 at the earliest. If a merger goes ahead we are looking at a date from August 1, 2016 and internal and external consultations will commence in early 2016.&quot;</em></p> <p>Three Principals discuss the merger proposals on Radio Shropshire</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{youtube:FyGRS48kISU}</span></p>, 11 Nov 2015 08:46:56 GMTSuccess for Stuart<p>Congratulations to Stuart Bramwell who has been successful in gaining a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He was one of 600 violinists who were auditioning for only 20 places!</p> <p>The orchestra is open to students aged between 12 and 18 and he has been successfully placed within the first violin section on this, his first time of applying. It is anticipated that&nbsp;during the year that he&rsquo;s a member there will be three concerts and in such prestigious venues as the Royal Festival Hall, London and&nbsp;Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.</p> <p>Although Stuart studies both A level Geography and Psychology alongside&nbsp;A level Music and the piano, his aspiration is to play professionally in an orchestra and he has applied&nbsp;for Brimingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh, Scottish, London&nbsp;and Northern colleges of Music.&nbsp;</p>, 27 Oct 2015 15:59:28 GMTTennis Ace's<p>Well done to Freddie Turner, Lewis Brown, Ethan Forrester, Aaran Chilles, Anna Van Der Stap and Stuart Duff who played on Wednesday 21st October at the The David Lloyds Club in Dudley as part of the Assocation of Colleges tennis tournament.&nbsp;</p> <p>Congratulations to Anna and&nbsp;Lewis who won the mixed doubles and who will go on to&nbsp;represent the college as part of Team West Midlands at the AoC Finals in Newcastle upon Tyne in April.</p> <p>Anna played womens singles<br /> Lewis played mens singles<br /> Ethan and Aaran played mens doubles<br /> Freddie and Stuart played mens doubles<br /> Anna and Lewis mixed doubles<br /> &nbsp;</p>, 22 Oct 2015 11:13:26 GMTInternational students visit Ironbridge Gorge<p>Recently some of our international students visited one of the county&#39;s most celebrated attractions, Ironbridge Gorge Museum.</p> <p>They enjoyed entertainment pre-computer style with coconut shie, swingboats and shopping Victorian style.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:International Students at Ironbridge Gorge Museum}</span></p>, 19 Oct 2015 13:27:15 GMT£456 raised for Macmillan<p>Students and staff had a great time last week raising money for Macmillan at the coffee morning and other activities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The coffee morning was organised by students from Travel &amp; Tourism, lots of cakes, coffee and serious fund raising, ultimately raising over &pound;456 and the sun stayed shining.</p> <p>We had some visitors too - lecturers from University Centre Shrewsbury stopped by as well as Helen from Macmillan.</p> <p>You can see more images in the gallery below.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Macmillan 2015}</span></p>, 30 Sep 2015 15:13:57 GMTEnrolment in full swing<p>2nd years yesterday and for the next two days first years. Great to see so many students joining us on their next adventure.</p> <p>The sun is shining and the cafe is open; students are meeting new friends and signing up for all kinds of activities - it&#39;s a new academic year!</p> <p>Anyone guess which subject the new hanging art work is for??</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 22.2222232818604px;">{gallery:Enrolment Sept 2015}</span></p>, 25 Aug 2015 10:50:48 GMTLevel 2 Results Success<p>This has been a really pleasing year for results at level 2 (intermediate level) which includes a selection of BTECs and GCSEs.</p> <p>100% pass rate in the level 2 BTEC courses in Business and Health and Social Care with 47% achieving distinction grades.</p> <p>GCSE results on the basis of 189 entries were good including the crucial GCSEs of Maths and English.&nbsp;The proportion of students achieving a grade C or better in Maths and English is significantly above benchmark and in English is outstanding.</p> <p>Well done to all those students involved.</p>, 20 Aug 2015 12:11:19 GMTFrom A Levels to Film Making Success<p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Always interesting to hear how ex-students are getting on in their chosen careers and for Rob Savage, studying film at SSFC has led to great things.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">His film&nbsp;<a class="profileLink" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=995975420448473" href="" style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px; color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer;">Absence</a><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">&nbsp;will be having its world premiere at the fantastic&nbsp;</span><a class="profileLink" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=167172563350346" href="" style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px; color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer;">Film4 FrightFest</a><span style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">&nbsp;-&nbsp;it will screen three times on August 30th at the Vue Cinema Leicester Square (one of the biggest screens in London) (trailer&nbsp;</span><a href="" rel="nofollow" style="line-height: 19.3199996948242px; color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer;" target="_blank"></a>). Also it will feature as part of the<span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">&nbsp;</span><a aria-describedby="js_2o" aria-haspopup="true" aria-owns="js_2n" class="profileLink" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=6830739009" href="" id="js_2p" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">BAFTA</a>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">qualifying&nbsp;</span><a aria-describedby="js_2h" aria-haspopup="true" aria-owns="js_2g" class="profileLink" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=44563742904" href="" id="js_2i" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Cambridge Film Festival</a>&nbsp;i<span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">t in the &quot;Love and Death&quot; Shorts Programme on Friday 5th Sept.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Rob&nbsp;</span>is a multi-award winning writer/director and 2013 Screen International Star of Tomorrow, working in shorts, features and commercials. He wrote, directed, shot, co-produced and edited micro- budget feature film Strings at age 18, which has screened at a number of prestigious International Festivals, including Raindance for its UK premiere and the Rome Film Festival for its European. The film has been acquired for release by Vertigo Films and won a British Independent Film Award. He&nbsp;is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumnus and has won a number of awards for his short films, including the BFI Future Film Award for sci-fi short &quot;Sit in Silence&quot; in 2011.</p>, 19 Aug 2015 08:32:35 GMTA level success for students<p><strong>A level Results</strong></p> <p>There is a buzz of excitement at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College today, as staff students are celebrating a super set of A Level results with 20% of the students gaining A*-A grades, 45% A*-B grades and pass rates of 98%.</p> <p>For the first time in the college&rsquo;s history over 700 students were sitting A level examinations this year in 45 subjects equating to 2135 entries making the college the biggest A level centre in the county.</p> <p>Commenting on the achievements Principal Martin Ward, said</p> <p>&lsquo;<em>A level results are so important for students in terms of their progression to University or employment. The pass rate is an impressive 98% with significantly high proportions of higher grades with A*-B grades at 45% and A*-C grades at 72%. Results at A level and AS level show a pleasing improvement which benefits students from all over the county and significant numbers from even further afield. To achieve such consistency whilst providing such a range of choice to such a large number of students is a credit to the college</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Underlying the headline rate there are many individual success stories. 3 students who were offered places at Oxford or Cambridge this year have achieved the grades required, good grades have been achieved by our international students with all the A2 students gaining A*-C grades and Jasmine Fan gaining 3 AS grades all at A grade in Economics, German and Maths.</p> <p>6 students who were offered places to study Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary courses have been successful in achieving the required grades.&nbsp;</p> <p>60 A level students gained 3 Advanced level grades of A or A*.</p> <p>It is expected that 65% of the students will go straight to university in a wide range of courses.</p> <p><strong>BTEC Advanced level results</strong></p> <p>For the second year the college has entered students for level 3 BTEC courses.&nbsp; 131 entries were made in BTEC Applied Science, Business, ICT and Sport and there was a pass rate of 99% and a fantastic 62% of all entries were at Distinction level.&nbsp; These qualifications have a high academic content and also prepare students for the world of employment.</p> <p>Chris Fountain the Chair of the Corporation offered his congratulations to students and staff. &lsquo;<em>I am delighted with the improved pass rate at A level and the highly successful introduction of BTEC programmes. Overall results are very good and there are many individual success stories where students have achieved their personal best.&nbsp; Such fine achievements reflect the commitment of the students and college staff and build on the excellent work of local primary and secondary schools.</em>&rsquo;</p> <p>Shropshire Star report and images - <a href="">here</a></p>, 13 Aug 2015 12:56:13 GMTStart Up Business Summer School Success<p>Shrewsbury Sixth Form College recently hosted a Start Up Business Summer School for students with an interest in entrepreneurship. Marking the end of the 2015 college year and offering young people the chance to use their skills and talents and launch their own business in the rapidly growing UK solo entrepreneur economy, the Start Up Business Summer School took place at the colleges&rsquo; Welsh Bridge Campus on the 10th July.</p> <p>Attendees included both current and prospective students who met with people who have started all sorts of businesses at a young age such as Millicent Evans who ran the Business Enterprise team whilst at SSFC and who has just graduated from Lancaster University with a Management and Enterprise degree. Students also heard from Fay Easton who led the Start Up Session. Fay is Operations Director with the Enterprise Partnership based in Shropshire and one of only 100 people in the UK nominated as a Maserati Business Mentor this year.</p> <p>Fay Easton said <em>&ldquo;This is an inspired decision by Shrewsbury Sixth Form College to provide start up and enterprising skills to students. With a rapidly growing freelance and self employed sector in the British economy we need to prepare our young people for an entrepreneurial future.&nbsp;</em></p>, 23 Jul 2015 13:23:13 GMTSecuring the future<p><strong>Shrewsbury Sixth Form College moves towards Federation </strong></p> <p>Shrewsbury Sixth Form College&nbsp;provides a high quality A level education and a strong&nbsp;rate of progression into Higher Education. Like all post-16 colleges though, we know we need to adapt in order to meet national changes to the A level curriculum and to cope with on-going funding reduction. We feel that we will do this more effectively with partners.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We have looked at a wide range of options for collaboration with other organisations in order to achieve efficiencies, whilst retaining the distinctive&nbsp;identity and reputation of the college both within and beyond Shrewsbury.</p> <p>Our preferred option is a federation agreement with Shrewsbury College and New College Telford and we are delighted that all college governing bodies are happy with our inclusion.</p> <p>We feel that working with partners who have expertise in the 16-19 market and who extend into the vocational and Higher Education field, will provide us with a strong strategic position in the local educational setting and provide opportunities to grow and cement our brand whilst facing up to the financial pressures that have been applied to the post 16 sector. We think this option is also the best for students.</p> <p>With partners we are looking into the legal and financial implications of this approach and seeking to find ways to sustain and strengthen our curriculum provision.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If the outcomes are positive, and there is a mutually beneficial and workable proposal for all colleges in the federation, then we will consult with parents, students, staff and the wider community during the next few months. The college is an important local asset with many stakeholders and no changes will be made without a full consultation.&nbsp;</p>, 16 Jul 2015 09:31:43 GMTThe Show<p>The Show, held recently at our English Bridge Campus, features creative work of students from fine art, product design, graphics, textiles, film, media, and included&nbsp;for the first time food and&nbsp;engineering. Open to the public for a week, the Preview Night was really well attended by parents and invited guests including Mayor Miles Kenny and his consort ~ all expressed their appreication for the work of the students.</p> <p>Martin Ward, Principal &#39;<em>I was thrilled with the use that was made of Wakeman Hall, The space and grandeur of the building lents itself to displaying creative peices on a scale that has previous been impossible</em>&#39;</p> <p>The work also included the WW1 project art work that had been displayed in the Shrewsbury Musuem &amp; Art Gallery and that is now permanently displayed in Wakeman Hall.</p> <p>The exhibition overall includes the work of more than 250 students and recognises the immense amount of talent and hardwork that both staff and students put into these subjects.</p> <p>Belinda Greenaway expressed that she hoped that the exhibition would provide inspiration to the next generation of sixth form college students and reveal to members of the public the innovative talent that is at the heart of students in these subjects at college.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read visitors comments <a href="/files/files/THE_SHOW_2015_Visitor_comments.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> and view the gallery below for a selection of the work displayed in the exhibition.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:The Show 2014-15}</span></p>, 15 Jun 2015 15:13:17 GMTDavid wins Rotary Young Innovator Award<p>David has recently won the Rotary Young&nbsp;Innovator award with his product an &lsquo;Impossible Wheel&rsquo;, which is basically a unicycle without pedals. His design is expected to go into production.</p> <p>This annual competition is open to Product Design students and is a key part of the course run by Charlotte Brock.&nbsp;</p> <p>Connor Sturrock came second for his design for an internet mast and Georgie Clarke came third for her flower arranging stand.</p> <p>David who has studies Maths, Physics and Electronics along side Product Design&nbsp;now goes through to the &nbsp;West Midlands regional finals in Bromsgrove. &nbsp;He is hoping to do a 4 year Engineering Higher/Advanced Apprenticeship aiming for a career in Engineering.</p>, 22 May 2015 10:30:54 GMTMore refurbishment at Wakeman Hall<p>One of the massive benefits for SSFC in taking on Wakeman Hall, continuing&nbsp;its use as an educational setting, is the sheer size of the building.&nbsp;</p> <p>This has realised huge benefits for many departments not least creative and sport based subjects but also for our Examinations Officer, Sandra Sparkes.</p> <p>Given the nature of the majority of our subjects, exams is what we do at this time of year and at our peak we have to be able to accommodate over 390&nbsp;students at any one time under very strict rules and regulations from the Exam Regulators. Previously, we have had students taking exams all over Shrewsbury including at Central, the Baptist church on Barker St. Now all exams are able to be accommodated under one roof, in Wakeman Hall&#39;s Lower Ground Floor.</p> <p>Interestingly, the name is a bit of a misnomer. Not many people realise that &#39;Level 1&#39; (aka the first floor) of Wakeman Hall is actually way above ground level. This means that the exam suite is actually the &#39;ground&#39; floor and very well situated with windows and excellent views of Abbey Gardens and the river. Refurbishment has made the space very useable and work will continue over the next academic year on some of the space that isn&#39;t yet utilised.</p> <p>The gallery below shows more.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Wakeman Hall - Lower Ground Floor}</span></p>, 22 May 2015 11:05:39 GMTSwimming Success<h4>Congratulations to swimmers&nbsp;Kate Grindley &amp; Izzy&nbsp;Lester</h4> <p>At the Midlands Championships this bank holiday weekend, students&nbsp;Kate and Izzy proved that along with their studies* swimming features highly as one of their passions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kate&#39;s 50m breaststroke was a long course personal best as well as a converted short course personal best. Also&nbsp;100m and 200m breaststroke were long course personal bests.&nbsp;She came 11th in 50m, 13th in 200m and 20th in 100m in the Midlands.&nbsp;</p> <p>Izzy swam 200 IM just off her PB and placed 17th, in 100m free she swam a long course personal best being&nbsp;placed&nbsp;22nd.&nbsp;In the 50m fly she swam a long course personal best and placed 31st.&nbsp;In the 200m free she swam just off her long course personal best&nbsp;and placed 13th. Added to this in the&nbsp;50m free she again swam a personal best&nbsp;and placed 28th.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>*Kate studies Business, PE and Sociology</p> <p>*Izzy studies Geography, PE and Politics</p>, 06 May 2015 16:01:34 GMTGap Year Fair April 2015<h4>A great time was had by all at our inaugural Gap Year Fair held for students and parents in Priory Hall on Thursday 29th April.</h4> <p>(See below for images)</p> <p>Representatives from both international and local voluntary, sporting, language and working options were presented to the students by a whole host of organisations.</p> <p>Our thanks go to Frontier, Think Pacific. Peak Leaders, Projects Abroad, Venice Courses, Don Quijote, Outreach International, Volunteer Vacations, Oyster Worldwide, Raleigh International, The Dragon Trip, Cultural Care (Au Paris) and YSS (Local Volunteering Opportunities)</p> <p>Students response was very positive.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Quite busy, great atmosphere, great range of stalls&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;It was very relaxed and informal which was good&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;Lots of different companies offering different opportunities is many areas&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;Varied range of stalls and helpful advice from companies&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a very lively area and full of facts and opportunities for everyone&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;People that came were super friendly and helpful&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;The stalls were really well presented and the people were easy to talk to&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;Nice to talk to people who could answer any questions rather than just leaflets&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;The informality is nice &ndash; the drop-in style makes it easier to go to&rdquo;</em></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Gap Year Fair April 2015}</span></p>, 30 Apr 2015 13:04:25 GMTSSFC Question Time - a student perspective<h4>SSFC Question Time Tuesday 14<sup>th</sup> April &ndash; Reported on by Hazel Rogers</h4> <p>&lsquo;This is your evening, not mine&rsquo; Eric Smith boomed throughout the hall of Shrewsbury Sixth Form&rsquo;s English Bridge Campus, hosting Question Time, following a brief, but concise, welcome from Principal Martin Ward. Surprisingly, not an ounce of cynicism could be seen; the students had taken their pews with controlled eagerness, and the consequent silent anticipation echoed through the room as loudly as Smith&rsquo;s voice, all eyes glued to the stage, whereupon the five candidates were observing the crowd with measured passivity. The introductions were made: Emma Bullard, Green Party; Jonathon Carr, electoral agent to Susannah Evans, UKIP; Laura Davies, Labour; Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative; Christine Tinker, Liberal Democrats. The evening had begun.</p> <p>An initial question rose promptly from the crowd and brought on immediate controversy:&nbsp; &lsquo;Is Sixth Form College a financially endangered species?&rsquo;</p> <p>The generic response rose up from the panel (no, and their parties were completely supportive of the educational system in Sixth Form Colleges). Additionally, the Greens made a valid observation: &lsquo;there is NO SUBSTITUTE for good teaching&rsquo; and the requirement for colleges to pay extra taxation (more than schools &ndash; Sixth Form colleges pay VAT whereas secondary do not) should be completely eliminated.</p> <p>The Liberals spoke up, and were instantaneously met with Smith&rsquo;s comment on their supposed &lsquo;educational failures&rsquo;, a remark that stimulated a divisive audience response; there was a slight outburst of frank laughter at Smith&rsquo;s bluntness, but at the same time a considerately pensive atmosphere: for the students, this was affecting, and intriguing; Should the Liberals be blamed for their theoretical &lsquo;failures&rsquo;, or should the strained coalition? This enthused more educationally-based questions; Tim Mayo demanded to know whether the panel &lsquo;[supported] the university planning in Shrewsbury&rsquo;, to which the Liberals, and the rest of the panel, subsequently, stated that they genuinely believed it would be a valuable asset to the town, bringing variety and a differing culture to the existing community. UKIP used the question to state their willingness to fund the university, but also to eradicate the need for fees for those studying Maths, the Sciences, and Technology, as the UK, they claim, is in desperate need of trained professionals in Medicine and Computing for example. Understandably, this caused a rather contrasting mood change; did this mean that the Arts, English, Classics and History were not as important? Who decided this? Also, a pupil commented on the fact that the university would most probably not be of particular benefit to the students of Shrewsbury; further education is generally a chance for newfound independence, therefore why would young people from Shrewsbury want to remain where their families, their friends, their past is? Surely they want to experience a different lifestyle, different people, a different form of maturity?</p> <p>Cameron Brydone-Reed, another student, proceeded to ask an imperative question: &lsquo;How will the youth be heard in Westminster?&rsquo;</p> <p>This is an almost palpably important question for today&rsquo;s youth, to which the answers varied greatly; Liberals praised the quality of contribution from young people in politics, and particularly during the Scottish Referendum. Labour pledged contentiously to lower the voting age to 16, however, were willing to consider the fact that perhaps there might potentially be too much parental influence at this age, thus meaning that the voting would be tainted; this was counteracted by UKIP&rsquo;s clearly stated opinion, that voting means power; the youth should conscientiously join a political party that they have investigated and that represents their core interests, so that their issues ARE addressed, and their voices ARE heard. This was followed by eager ovation from the audience &ndash; this objective point is one that very much needs to be said, particularly with some celebrities such as Russell Brand attempting to convince young people that voting should be avoided. The entire panel agreed that it is imperative that students recognise that they have a voice, a voice given not easily, but by years and years of universal struggle to gain suffrage for all.&nbsp; Conservative followed this up by declaring that they had supported multiple internships for young people, and had had over 14,000 new constituents over the past 10 years, to which Smith inquired without delay whether the interns were paid, or whether some were on zero hour policies? A growl rose from the spectators; a large number of young people are often exploited by employers with these contracts.&nbsp; The Conservative claim: that most are pleased to have zero hour contracts. The general response: are they? Are they really?</p> <p>The Conservative policy of right-to-buy for tenants from housing associations stirred up some forceful inquisition due to the clear fact that young people as a whole will be greatly influenced by this, because, as Smith rapidly clarified, this is rather a lucid &lsquo;throwback to the Thatcher era&rsquo;, to which the crowd became excitedly aroused; none of the students were alive during Thatcher&rsquo;s reign, and yet all experienced her death and witnessed the highly opinionated views of her, as well as many having heard horrific family legacies, along with dedicated praise of her. The idea that politics could go backwards, to a time primarily dominated by austerity, is not only unthinkable but seemingly impossible. Yet, the facts are transparent: this could happen. Smith went on to further quiz Conservative&rsquo;s Kawczynski&rsquo;s on what, initially, buying a house should be.</p> <p>Kawczynski responded: &lsquo;A sound investment.&rsquo;</p> <p>The collective opinion, voiced by Smith, to this was whether a house should be &lsquo;a sound investment, or a home?&rsquo;</p> <p>UKIP followed this with a housing-based comment about immigration: the 300,000 immigrants a year mean that there is a housing shortage, giving the implication that getting rid of immigration would immediately stop the housing crisis in this country, a statement that should be closely considered.</p> <p>Are houses being rented out on exploitation of people? the Liberals questioned, whilst they claimed that they were, as a party, helping people to buy their homes.</p> <p>A highly-charged question for an increasing number of young adults was suddenly posed from a student: &lsquo;Child mental health services in Shropshire are being neglected &ndash; they are in crisis &ndash; and self harm itself is not a priority. Will the successful party choose to change this?&rsquo;</p> <p>Labour swiftly supported the statement, stating themselves that psychiatry had become a &lsquo;Cinderella affair&rsquo;, with in-patient care being often hundreds of miles from the patient due to mental and physical health being dubbed as separate by the NHS, even though they are evidently connected. They proposed to join them if they came into power, thus supposedly meaning that patients could be much more widely catered for, a proposal widely appreciated by the audience, but also counteracted by UKIP; they planned to invest an extra &pound;1.5 billion to mental health and dementia services.</p> <p>This bold claim was met by Smith&rsquo;s nonchalant satirically humorous observation: &lsquo;Where&rsquo;s that money from? Europe?&rsquo;</p> <p>A further almost violently rowdy hoot arose from the audience once again &ndash; this was an almost vulgar abuse of UKIP&rsquo;s policies &ndash; whilst UKIP&rsquo;s spokesman merely spoke inaudibly.</p> <p>The conclusion to a questionably productive evening was this;</p> <p>What WILL our future be? Has politics moved on at all? Where should student&rsquo;s priorities be?</p> <p>As Green rightly concluded: &lsquo;Vote for what you believe in.&rsquo;</p> <p>That is the least any of us can do.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hazel Rogers - Year 1 Student of English Literature, English Language, History and Film Studies</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 17 Apr 2015 12:36:31 GMTCongrats - off to Aber!<p>Congratulations to all those students who have applied to Aberystwyth University and who have been offered scholarship funding or unconditional offers.</p> <p><strong>Merit Award &pound;1000 first year</strong></p> <p>Fletcher Johnson - English<br /> Charlotte Morgan -&nbsp;English/French<br /> Genevieve Wilson -&nbsp;Film/Art History</p> <p><strong>Open Scholarship &pound;1000</strong></p> <p>Gemima Brettell -&nbsp;Film/English</p> <p><strong>Unconditional offers</strong></p> <p>Alice Allsop - Chemistry/Maths<br /> Bronwyn Aykroyd -&nbsp;Geography<br /> Rebecca Ball -&nbsp;Geography<br /> Sophie Crosland - &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;History<br /> Robert Jackson &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; History<br /> Charlotte Preece &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Geography<br /> Robert Smith &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Geography<br /> Jasmine Williams &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Geography</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 08 Apr 2015 11:20:21 GMTQuestion Time at SSFC<p>We&#39;re looking forward to welcoming the Parliamentary Candidates for Shrewsbury &amp; Atcham to our English Bridge Campus on Tuesday 14th April for the only student driven question time to be held locally in the run up to the General Election in May.</p> <p>Chaired by Eric Smith from BBC Radio Shropshire, the event won&#39;t be broadcast live - with a room full of first time voters, many of whom will be politics students we expect the debate to be lively!</p> <p>You can register your attendance <a href="">here</a></p> <p><img alt="faces of shrewsbury and atcham parliamentary candidates" src="/files/images/SA-Candidates.jpg" style="width: 479px; height: 100px;" /></p> <div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Emma Bullard - Green Party</div> <div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Suzanne Evans - UKIP<br /> Laura Davies - Labour<br /> Daniel Kawczynski MP - Conservative<br /> Christine Tinker - Liberal Democrats</div>, 08 Apr 2015 09:15:18 GMTCelebrating Achievement 2015<p>A great evening was once again had by all. Many thanks to the students, performers, parents and invited guests who all contributed to make the evening the outstanding occasion that it was.</p> <p>Thank you Nathan and Paris for the images.</p> <p>A few memories ...</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(53, 53, 53); font-family: 'Droid Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(232, 234, 235);">{gallery:Celebrating Achievement 2015}</span></p>, 25 Mar 2015 16:53:18 GMTProspective parents visit from China<p>SSFC students and staff were pleased to welcome to Shrewsbury several parents from China who are considering Shrewsbury Sixth Form College as a place of study before university for their children.</p> <p>Principal Martin Ward showed them the outstanding facilities available at the college, meeting students along the way and then gave them a tour of Shrewsbury highlighting the many historical features and benefits of being in such a unique town offers.</p> <p>Any international students that decide to study with us, benefit hugely from the homestay arrangement in place rather than living in a boarding house as this exposes them to British culture and the language in a really positive way. Students are particular keen to live with families and we are always looking to increase the number of families who are prepared to offer a home from home for them (payment is provided). If you are interested in finding out more about how to be a Homestay Family, please contact <a href="">Claire Reid-Warrilow&nbsp;</a></p>, 18 Mar 2015 12:53:12 GMTSSFC students take to the Model United Nations Stage!<p>10 students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College joined over 150 delegates from all over the country in a Model United Nations Conference at Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham.&nbsp; Supported by Principal Martin Ward, two teams of students representing The Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) and Chad ( a temporary member of the Security Council) arrived in Birmingham on Friday 13 March and immediately started on the process of lobbying other delegates to support their carefully crafted resolutions.</p> <p>Beth Fleming, Amber Goneni, Deniz Gulduren, Tom Mewett and Ellie Davison representing Chad, and Ryan Harrison, Matthew Burton, Megan Gater, Jasmine Fan, and Emily Ford representing North Korea, spent Saturday trying to persuade other delegates to vote for their resolutions so that they could be carried forward and heard in the General Assembly on Sunday.&nbsp; Topics such as conflict in Syria, the power of social media, the problems in Eastern Ukraine and the control of disease and biological weapons were debated within the Political, Human Rights, Economic and Social, Ecology and Environment, and Disarmament Committees.&nbsp; Meanwhile Tom Mewett was debating the issues of Boko Haram in the Security Council.</p> <p>It was a marvellous opportunity for the students to widen their understanding of world wide issues, and to hone their debating skills.&nbsp; At the same time it was a chance to meet a large number of other inspiring and talented students from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives.</p> <p>Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College produced <a href="" target="_blank">this</a> film about the event.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 16 Mar 2015 16:13:29 GMTMemories - Film Festival<p>We&#39;re really pleased to been the venue for this years Film Festival which is part of the Belle Vue Arts Festival 2015.</p> <p>This Friday evening will see archive films and images from Shrewsbury beteen 1914 and 1990 accompanied in the old cinema style by piano by SSFC student Pete Shaw.</p> <p>Tickets cost &pound;3 for adults, children are free.</p> <p>Contact: &nbsp;Email -; &nbsp;Call&nbsp;or Text: 07583 045553</p> <p>More details at&nbsp;</p>, 02 Mar 2015 12:25:35 GMTTalk on the Wild Side Workshops hit their mark<p>Ex-students and Talk on the Wildside mentors,&nbsp;Rory and Finn McCann came to college recently to run a day programme with a group of students.&nbsp;</p> <p>The day included two talks and&nbsp;workshops. The first talk focused on pursuing your passions and having the right attitude to obstacles. This was followed by a workshop on personal motivations in life, introspection on character development and how to stretch towards your goals.</p> <p>The afternoon talk was about what the world has to offer in terms of adventure and other lifestyle opportunities. The workshop that followed this focused on setting challenging ambitions and how to take manageable steps towards these. It also covered dealing with setbacks and how to embrace the support systems around you. The students were great and really got stuck into the workshops - coming up with some fantastic action plans and really throwing themselves into the activities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Student feedback was very positive - they had even come into college on a non-teaching&nbsp;day to attend!</p> <p><em>&quot;I just wanted to thank you for such an inspirational talk on Friday. I am so happy that you&rsquo;ve branched out to speak at colleges, as I and so many others I know have found it a very confusing time. Your talk and activities have inspired me to be more confident in sharing my ideas and goals with friends, family and people I meet, so truly thank you</em>.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;<em>I think what you do is awesome and it goes a long way in giving people the self confidence to achieve whatever they want!</em>&quot;</p> <p>You can read more about Talk on the Wildside at&nbsp;</p>, 18 Feb 2015 13:30:36 GMTStudents support Shrewsbury film<p>Soup Creative have been producing films to support the creation of University Centre Shrewsbury and last year came to SSFC to film some of our students.</p> <p>Here&#39;s the result ...</p> <p>{vimeo:103421099}</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 28 Jan 2015 12:02:17 GMTMorris Property photography competition success for students<p>Students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College are celebrating after being named winners of a regional photographic competition.</p> <p>Leading local company <a href="">Morris Property</a> launched the initiative with Shrewsbury Sixth Form College to challenge students to showcase their creativity by capturing &lsquo;Shrewsbury in Autumn&rsquo; on camera. &nbsp;The winning images are to feature on the huge display signage at the entrance to Morris Property&rsquo;s prestigious Abbey Lawn development.</p> <p>Lottie Tomkinson took the winning title as well as a cash prize of &pound;500 with her colourful entry &lsquo;Symmetry of Autumn&rsquo; which showcases the beauty of the Quarry during the autumn season. Runners up, Eliza Brown and Florence Spooner were highly commended and each won &pound;250 with their creative shots of the English Bridge and Shrewsbury architecture.</p> <p>The finalist&rsquo;s entries have been printed and are on display for all to admire at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.</p> <p>Judging took place in Morris Property&rsquo;s Head Office in Shrewsbury with the judges: Bill Morris, Director of Morris and Company, Robin Morris, Chairman of Morris and Company, Liz Lowe, Head of Estates at<a href=""> Morris Property</a>, &nbsp;John Kenyon, celebrated local photographer and teacher and Stefan Greco, teacher of photography at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.</p> <p>Liz Lowe, Head of Estates at <a href="">Morris Property</a>, said: &ldquo;We were bowled over at the enthusiastic response and calibre of entries. Some were really imaginative whilst others managed to capture the essence of the town through the lens. All the judges were deeply impressed with the different techniques demonstrated and the diversity of entries.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="">Morris Property</a> enjoys a close connection with neighbouring Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and would like to thank everyone who helped in organising the competition and the effort and talent of all the students who took part.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Supported by&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>, 04 Feb 2015 16:08:21 GMTSnow ... no problem<p>Snow isn&#39;t a problem for ex-student and Nordic Skier Fern Cates.</p> <p>Fern, who studied PE, Maths,&nbsp;Politics for A level and also achieved an Extended Project Qualification, has been selected to represent&nbsp;Great Britain at the Nordic World Junior Championships in Kazakhstan next month. You can read more about Fern and the competition <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p>, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:52 GMTMedal success for Ffion<p>Ffion Butler, pictured above with&nbsp;Jordan Margery (left) and Olivia May Cameron (right) has recently had great success at the Swim Wales Open Short Course Championships in Swansea.</p> <p>Entering three events, Ffion achieved a personal best and Bronze medal in&nbsp;100m backstroke (ex-student Gemma Almond won silver); another personal best and Gold medal&nbsp;in&nbsp;200m freestyle and she took Gold in the&nbsp;100m&nbsp;freestyle. In all three events she was Welsh Champion and as such was presented with a special award.</p> <p>Ffion is not new to medal winning having achieved three bronze medals on one silver in the British Gas Disability Open Short Course swimming championships in Manchester. &nbsp;</p> <p>Coming to SSFC from Newtown High School, Ffion is in her first year and is studying&nbsp;Biology, Chemistry, Geology and&nbsp;Geography</p>, 26 Jan 2015 16:15:41 GMTFrom A levels to cooking for US Presidents<p>After finishing at Sixth Form College*&nbsp;I was accepted on the Culinary Arts Management degree course at University College Birmingham. The degree covers practical skills as well as modules in Business operations, Food Beverage and hospitality operations, Nutrition, Culinary Production Techniques, Financial Management, Research Practice, Marketing Communications for hospitality, events planning and kitchen and restaurant operations.</p> <p>The degree also includes a work placement year and I am at present spending mine at the White Barn Inn in Maine USA. This 1820&rsquo;s inn is the only 5 star restaurant in Maine. They have an amazing reputation and I have designed and cooked dishes for 2 ex presidents and Hollywood stars.</p> <p>I will be returning to Birmingham next September to finish my degree however already been offered other jobs around the country such as a very famous restaurant Called Pure C in the Netherlands which has 1 Michelin star so I feel honoured to be offered that job. I feel that the experience gained on my work placement will make me more employable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>* Luke studied Geography, PE, Graphics and Photography and left SSFC in 2012.</p>, 22 Jan 2015 10:26:37 GMTSupport 'Drop the Learning Tax'<p><strong>Shrewsbury Sixth Form College Support for the Campaign to Drop the Learning Tax</strong></p> <p>No young person should be disadvantaged because of the type of institution in which they choose to study. &nbsp;As it stands, colleges have to spend significant sums of money on VAT, when schools and academies are exempt. &nbsp;For a Sixth Form College like Shrewsbury this means paying close to &pound;200k back to the government rather than investing in the education of students.</p> <p>Introducing a VAT refund scheme for sixth form colleges would help to ensure that students in the sector receive the same level of investment in their education as students in school or academy sixth forms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sixth form colleges also have to pay 20% VAT on capital expenditure. This means that our recent refurbishments to the English Bridge and Welsh Bridge campuses have cost much more than would be the case in a similar school or academy.&nbsp;</p> <p>At times of austerity in public sector funding, the pinch of the cost of VAT is keenly felt.</p> <p>The Sixth Form Colleges Association has launched a national campaign to remove the imposition of VAT and an online petition can be found on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>I hope that parents, students, supports of SSFC and their families and friends will support this campaign which could make a huge difference to students in the county.&nbsp;</p> <p>Martin Ward<br /> Principal</p>, 19 Jan 2015 15:13:49 GMTTimely Anti-Semitism Talk<p>Freddy Naftel at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College &ndash; part of the promotion of International Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January</p> <p>Freddy Naftel&#39;s speech to Shrewsbury Sixth Form College&rsquo;s students was a deeply moving and shocking account of the events that his Jewish family experienced as German citizens during the Holocaust, as well as his own experiences of Anti-Semitism as a child and adult in Britain. &nbsp;It was a thought provoking presentation that also helped students reflect on the recent terror events in Paris and issues surrounding freedom of speech, religious stereotyping and prejudice. &nbsp;As one teacher described it, it is an important lesson from the past and one for the present, which we should all engage with. &nbsp;</p>, 16 Jan 2015 14:57:01 GMTWant to see what's been happening?<p>Why not view our photo galleries ranging from HE Day to Christmas Jumper funding raising.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to view them all</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 13 Jan 2015 15:18:45 GMTAspiring engineers seek solution to GKN problem<p>Several year 1 students are participating in live commerical engineering projects under the banner of the Engineering Education Scheme.</p> <p>SSFC this year has three teams covering product design, electronics, physics and computing. The process involves site visits, visits and conferences at universities, working as a team to a project brief, designing and producting a&nbsp;commerically viable solution for various companies.</p> <p>One of the project teams, led by Electronics teacher Tony Pyle, are designing a camera system that will remotely monitor the inside conditions of the flywheel test area that needs to be of 1080p quality, programmable, directionally motorised and preferably have an active lighting option. Read on for further information:</p> <p><strong>Background &hellip;</strong></p> <p>GKN are currently developing a flywheel hybrid conversion unit to retro fit to all London buses. They estimate that due to the start/stop driving that is the norm in a city the system should save 20-25% on fuel costs.&nbsp;<br /> The flywheel spins at up to 35000rpm. If it were to come free from its fittings it could cause injury/death to the anyone nearby.&nbsp;<br /> This is therefore all housed in a test room which is completely surrounded by breeze blocks, which act as a protective barrier. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Due to safety reasons no one is allowed in the test room when the flywheel is operational</p> <p><strong>Project Brief&hellip;</strong></p> <p>Design a camera system that will remotely monitor the inside conditions of the flywheel test area. It needs to be of 1080p quality, programmable, directionally motorised and preferably have an active lighting option.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Progress to date&hellip;</strong></p> <p>The two student teams have both designed a system that uses Raspberry Pi&rsquo;s to control the camera unit inside the test room, a standard wifi unit to send this signal to another Raspberry Pi which is connected to a monitor and keyboard in an office area. Although both teams have come up with solutions that are similar there are some distinct differences, particularly regarding the motorised control of the cameras. Both teams have had to come up with these solutions from scratch, selecting appropriate off the shelf sub systems and have then learnt how to interface all the subsystems together. They have also had to learn how to programme the Pi&rsquo;s in order for them to control the camera unit, motors, wifi and lighting. The projects are on-going but should be completed over the next few weeks. There is a fairly urgent need for a solution so we anticipate that the &ldquo;best&rdquo; solution will be taken on and used as soon as it&rsquo;s finished</p>, 09 Jan 2015 15:46:40 GMTJack thrilled about BBC opportunity<div>Year 2 student Jack Comerford has been selected by the BBC to be an Apprentice Broadcast Engineer which enables him to do a job he loves, get paid and achieve invaluable work experience and a BEng degree.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Starting in September 2015, he will, as part of the three year Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship programme, complete work placements with the BBC and other media companies, while studying towards a degree in Broadcast Engineering. All this and no student loan as the&nbsp;BBC pays an Apprentice training allowance of &pound;11.5k and covers university tuition fees. The BBC Academy has worked in partnership with ITV, Channel 4, Red Bee Media and Arqiva, to design the Apprenticeship so that, once qualified, he will have all the skills and knowledge to be highly employable across the broadcasting industry.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jack has been involved in this area of work for over six years now both working and volunteering and has experienced a wide range of technical roles in theatre shows, live music events, outdoor festivals and school &#39;multi-performance&#39; based events, in roles such as lighting, sound, audio/video and all around technical support including being part of the team that supports college events.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Well done Jack!</div>, 07 Jan 2015 14:16:52 GMT£757 raised for Save the Children<p>A great effort by all in college meant that over &pound;757 was raised for Save the Childrens&#39; &#39;Wear a Wolly&#39; Christmas Jumper charity event.</p> <p>Spot students (and staff) in the collages below.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/images/Christmas_Jumper_Day_Staff.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/files/images/Christmas_Jumper_Day_Students.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" /></p>, 18 Dec 2014 10:33:30 GMTWorld Development Movement Director visits<p>World Development Movement:</p> <p>A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to have Nick Dearden and Ed Lewis, from the World Development Movement, came to SSFC to teach our Geography lesson. They later gave a talk to A2 Geography students about the World Development Movement, what it campaigns for, how and why.</p> <p>The World Development Movement is an organisation which campaigns against what it considers to be the root causes of poverty and inequality. It is founded on the premise that &lsquo;Global poverty is not inevitable. It&rsquo;s a result of government policies, economic structures and corporate behaviour.&rsquo; WDM is a democratically-governed movement made up of local campaign groups based in towns and cities around the UK.&nbsp; Its staff in London and Edinburgh co-ordinate campaigns that challenge the powerful and seek to redress the balance between the rich and poor in the world.</p> <p>It was interesting to find out about the imbalance of wealth across the world and how powerful businesses have greater power and influence over the economy and governments than we may think. I think the entire class was shocked to learn that the top 85 richest people on the planet are richer than the poorest 3.5 billion people! Nick and Ed were great at encouraging us to discuss things and to voice our opinions. It was enlightening to hear different people&rsquo;s ideas about the redistribution of wealth and our discussion really helped me to develop my own thoughts on this issue. We also learnt specifically about the TTIP campaign. TTIP is the &lsquo;Transatlantic Trade &amp; Partnership deal which is a &lsquo;free-trade&rsquo; deal being negotiated by the EU and US. The deal will give big businesses substantial power and influence over our society, environment, public services and democracy. It was really fascinating to hear about something that is so relevant to all of us and will have such a big and serious impact on our lives, yet most of us had never even heard of it.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve already signed the petition against TTIP and I would encourage everyone to do the same! If you want any more information, head to the World Development Movement website <a href=""></a>&nbsp;&nbsp; I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Thank you to Dave Caton for organising such a thought-provoking event.</p> <p>Anwen Davies</p>, 18 Dec 2014 10:27:47 GMTTop in the Country<p>We were very pleased to receive from WJEC notification that Harriet Jackson &#39;<em>has been recognised as having achieved the highest number of points for WJEC A level Geography from the summer 2014 cohort across England and Wales</em>&#39;</p> <p>Harriet also&nbsp;studied A levels in Politics&nbsp;(A*), English Literature (B), Extended Project (A*) and AS levels in Critical Thinking (A) and Environmental Studies (B) as well as taking an active interest in many other college activities.</p> <p>She is currently studying in California as a representative of Downing College Cambridge which is where she will continue her studies in October.</p> <p>On hearing the news from Shropshire Harriet commented:</p> <p><em>&#39;I am really pleased to have won the WJEC geography award and am looking forward to starting my geography degree next year. Thank you to all those who have supported my studies.&#39;</em></p>, 11 Dec 2014 11:27:34 GMT