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13 June 2017 In Sixth Form News
As part of the recent OFSTED inspection, Weavers Sixth Form was also inspected and we were very pleased with the outcomes from this report. It reflects the hard work that both staff and students have put in to make our Sixth Form a real asset to the community. You can view the report here
 
In brief OFSTED commented that “Good teaching and leadership in the sixth form allows students to achieve well and prepare effectively for their next steps”
 
“Across a range of subjects, students engage in mature debate and discussion, and a great majority of students go on to higher education when they leave school and gain places at prestigious universities”.
 
It was also pleasing to note that OFSTED recognised the work that goes on with students in the sixth form outside of academic qualifications. “Post-16 students have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Students told inspectors that these wider opportunities gave them greater confidence and prepared them better for life after school.”
 
Lastly, a comment on what we are really here for! “A strong programme of careers advice and guidance prepares students for their next steps in education, employment or training.”
 
If you are interested in joining our growing sixth form as a student commencing in September 2017, we still have places available. Please contact the school for further information.
 
 
 
 
 
24 February 2016 In Sixth Form News

On Wednesday 3rd February we went to Leicester University for the Launch event of Realising Opportunities. When we arrived we were greeted by Andy the Admissions Tutor and the Ambassadors at University of Leicester who help run the programme. After the warm welcome we were introduced to the programme followed by an ice breaker activity called ‘Minglo’ in which we had to mingle with all the other students from different schools so that we all briefly got to know each other. Throughout the day we learnt more about the programme and about University of Leicester and all the other 14 universities (majority of them being part of the Rusell Group) that are part of the Realising Opportunities programme. The day was very helpful and has broadened our knowledge of the programme, as well as prepared us for future challenges in relation to applying for university. We were also given a campus tour and had the opportunity to discuss our future plans and set goals for ourselves on how to get there. In order to complete the Realising Opportunities Programme we have to do the Academic Assignment or the Extended Project Qualification, which Weavers Academy offer to us Sixth Form students to complete in Year 13. After a successful completion of the programme, some participating universities may be able to subsidise tuition fees, and any of the 15 universities that take part in the programme can lower your expected grades by 1 or 2, if you receive a conditional offer from them. Realising Opportunities provide you with an e-mentor which you communicate with online over the University of Leicester website. The e-mentors come as a huge advantage as you are able to message them whenever you like if you have any query’s requiring university or the programme itself, or even if you need any advice on how to manage school work or revision for exams or support with information on higher education studies.  The programme gives you access to the University of Leicester’s library and we can visit on campus as well as access  books and journals electronically. The programme also gives you an opportunity to attend a summer residential for 3 or 4 days, at any Realising Opportunities participating university programme. The next big event is the ‘National Conference’ which is going to be held at Sheffield university where we will be meeting our e-mentors for the first time in person.

16 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

Year 12 student Keith Chirozva has been announced as the overall winner in the secondary category for the national Childnet Film Competition.

 

With over 130 entries in this year’s competition, Keith was one of the 9 finalists to attend the finalist’s event at the British Film Institute in London with his film ‘We have a choice to make a better internet’. A panel of experts from the BBFC, BFI, PhonepayPlus, beauty vlogger, Lily Pebbles and previous film competition finalist, Jude, judged the films before they were shown on the big screen.

 

Keith won a trophy along with a host of media resources for Weavers Academy.

 

Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:

"The internet is a tremendously powerful tool that is changing the way our children learn and stay in touch but we cannot afford to be complacent about the risks - the dangers of the virtual world are no less pressing than those in the real world. It’s through initiatives like the Childnet Film Competition that we can make sure children really harness all the opportunities that the internet provides while at the same time giving them the information and tools they need to protect themselves online. Well done to all of those who have taken part.”

Keith's winning film can be viewed below.

 
16 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

Following our victory in 2014, this year was the turn of Wrenn Academy to host the 2015 Sixth Form Olympics. Despite a programme that was intermittently interrupted by the heavens opening, the event continued to represent the good humour and friendly competition that has long been a feature of the games. There were many closely fought contests, however Weavers’ students excelled in a number of team events, namely boys and girls football, boys and girls basketball, mixed volleyball and the tug of war.

 

We narrowly missed out on achieving what no school has yet achieved, retaining the title of Wellingborough Sixth Form Champions, finishing a close second to Wollaston who succeeded in demonstrating a consistently high  level in all the events. Credit needs to go to all the students involved who conducted themselves honourably and with admirable sportsmanship, they played an essential role in the success of the day. Thanks to the staff and students at Wrenn for hosting the event and we all look forward to renewing the competition in 2016 when Wollaston will play hosts.

 

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16 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

Last week Year 11 leavers and Sixth Form applicants returned to the Academy for the 2015 Sixth Form Induction. We were also delighted to welcome back former Sixth Form students who came in to share their own experiences of Sixth Form life and where it has taken them.

 

The first day gave students the opportunity to try lessons in their proposed Sixth Form subjects. This provided them with a realistic experience of A-level and Level 3 lessons and is designed to help guide students towards the best possible choices for them to be successful.

 

Tuesday’s sessions had a specific careers focus, enabling students to learn more about academic and career routes based on A-level, Level 3 vocational and        university course selection. A series of seminars and talks were provided enabling students to access information and guidance from a wide range of local employers including Barclaycard, the University of Northampton as well as from the fields of engineering and law. In the afternoon, each student was given a mock interview by one of the employers with the additional benefit of feedback and advice.

 

Wednesday saw the annual Sixth Form Olympics hosted at Wrenn Academy. Weavers, as the previous title holders, narrowly missed out on retaining the cup for a second year, finishing a close second to Wollaston. Nevertheless, an enjoyable day was had by all with Weavers dominating in football, basketball and volleyball.

 

On Thursday there was a study-skills focus with students receiving sessions led by Mr Wallace covering note-taking, active listening and synthesis. The final challenge of the morning saw students placed in random groups to deliver a three-minute speech based on a single stimulus word; the engagement and focus the students demonstrated throughout was excellent. In the afternoon we were delighted to welcome back former students Riyah Patel (studying for a PHD in Psychology),  Puja Mulgi and Kris Ardle (studying maths at university), Perry Cayford (studying at the University of Northampton Police Officers Academy) Jamie Martin (STEM representative for Cummins Engineering) and Jack Dimmock and Ben Pegg (both enrolled on apprenticeship schemes) – to give brief talks on life after Sixth Form and to answer any questions students had. The final session on Thursday was led by David Hargreaves, former Housemaster at Westminster School who gave students a talk on educational aspiration and the mentality of the high-achieving student.

 

On Friday, a very tired student body needed to have some fun, so we concluded the week with final subject sign-up and a range of activities designed and led by the Sixth Form Leadership Team. All that remains is to wish all students well for their results in August. We look forward to welcoming you again in September.

 

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01 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

The CET Essay and Public Speaking Prize launch was held at Abbeyfield Academy last week. The event welcomed esteemed academics to deliver elements of the launch and two of our students who attended share their thoughts below:

 

“The Public Speaking prize was in the morning. We were given the task of presenting a three minute speech on a specific word. Some words were difficult to talk about for three minutes (words such as ‘hollow’ and ‘speed’) but once we started thinking outside of the box, our thoughts and ideas made it easier. Once we had finished, we heard last years’ winning speech, which inspired me to think about giving the Public Speaking prize a go. For the Essay Prize, we were split into four different groups by topic - English, Humanities, Material World and Maths/Science. Meeting Professor Jonathan Katz was a real pleasure as I enjoyed listening to his insight to English and his huge depth of knowledge; this was apparent throughout the event and a feature of all of the speakers involved.”  Aimee Hudson-Brown

 

“Before attending this event I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. However after attending, I feel the experience I gained through meeting peers of a similar age range and being addressed to by the likes of Hugh Aldersey-Williams has put me in a position to start this project positively. I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and take an interest in science. l found the topic highly engaging as it discussed morals surrounding science. I then moved to a discussion surrounding the material world, seeking to answer the question, ‘useful is always beautiful, beautiful is useful’, I am now very much looking forward to researching my chosen subject title and producing a successful piece of writing.” Vinay Hill

 

16 June 2015 In Sixth Form News

Year 12 student, Sammie Allen has been awarded a placement at Northampton General Hospital to take part in a microbiology project. The project looks at methods for identifying bacteria in blood cultures and how this work can be developed to improve methods of targeting and identifying bacteria in blood. The improved methods can then be used to aid the development of immunisations in the future. Sammie’s induction takes place next week and hopefully this will be a significant step on her road to genetic research in the future. Sammie gained this placement through the Nuffield Research Project. 

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