Academic Review Day takes place on Thursday 15 March.  If you haven't yet collected a form to book an appointment, please collect one from the LRC as soon as possible as all forms should be returned by Friday 2nd March.

University of Glamorgan talks- dates for your diary!

The University of Glamorgan is visiting school to speak to Year 12 students about applying to university on the following dates:

Thursday 8th March

Thursday 29th March

Wednesday 25th April (Finance)

These hour long sessions will begin at 1.45 and will take place in room C0:24.  These are  informative sessions led by speakers who know just what admissions tutors look for and will be really helpful if you are thinking about going into Higher Education. 

Aberystwyth Summer School

If you are thinking of applying for the Aberystwyth Summer School, you will need to have  a Nomination Form signed by Mrs Nelson before you send off your application.

Please find below details of an Employers Challenge day to be held at Raglan Barracks Newport on Sat 12 May 12. The aim of the day is to identify and develop leadership amongst individuals from a sixth form team within a challenging military environment. The day will also be an ideal opportunity to increase awareness of the Territorial Army.
If interested, please give your name to your form tutor or Mrs Nelson.


 1.  On behalf of the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Phil Shepheard-Walwyn MBE RA I would like to invite you, and members of your organisation to an Employers Challenge day to be held at Raglan Barracks, Newport, Gwent on Saturday the 12th of May 2012. The event has been organised as part of this unit’s ongoing commitment to supporting Employers and the local community. The day is expected to last approximately 7 hours from 10 am until 5 pm.
2.  The aim of Exercise EMPLOYERS CHALLENGE is to identify and develop leadership amongst individuals from your organisation within a challenging military environment. The day will also be an ideal opportunity to increase the awareness of the Territorial Army and in particular 104 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) including its role and function and the opportunities it offers within the local community.
3.  The day will be open to individuals or teams (a max of 8 per organisation) to participate in a number of leadership tasks that will enhance both leadership and communication skills. There will also be a number of military equipment stands that depict the role of the Regiment in its combat role within the Army structure.
4.  Individuals selected by organisations to participate in this event should be dressed in suitable attire that will enable them to conduct physical activities. As a suggestion, tracksuits/sweat shirts and training shoes would be beneficial. Individuals may get dirty!
5.  A packed meal will be provided for lunch with hot and cold drinks also available on the day. On completion of all events there will be a presentation of a small trophy to the most competitive team of the day. To complete the day there will be a well earned hot buffet type meal. This will be an ideal opportunity for individuals to talk to serving members of the regiment about their experiences during their time with the Territorial Army.

Yours Sincerely
Gareth Dibble
Employment Support Officer
for Commanding Officer

UCAS Extra - info for Year 13 university applicants

If you have used all 5 choices and been unsuccessful or have declined your offers, Extra is a way of continuing to apply for higher education.  It is available through Track from 24 Feburary at  Please note, to use Extra you need to have:
  • already made five choices
  • received decisions from all these choices, and
  • either had no offers or declined all the offers you have received.

If you decline your offers and add an Extra choice, you will not be able to accept any of your original choices later.
Please see your form tutor before using Extra.
The TATA Steel talk takes place today in room C0:01 and starts at 1.40pm. 

Glamorgan Summer Programme 2012

Learn something new this Summer!
Glamorgan Summer Programme 18th – 29th June 2012
The Glamorgan Summer Programme offers you an exciting range of courses, with something to suit everyone. Held at the University of Glamorgan’s ATRiuM campus in the heart of Cardiff, the Summer Programme is easily accessible by car and public transport. A warm welcome awaits you, so come along and learn something new in 2012.
Below you will find a taste of what you can study in Summer 2012:

Character Animation Techniques
An Introduction to Digital Illustration
Advanced Digital Illustration
A Film in a Week
Radio and Voice-over Master Class

Fashion Illustration for Beginners
Child Psychology
Criminal Psychology

Course Fees

Prices are £45 per day or £199 for a full week. Prices quoted include tuition, registration fee, materials and equipment (unless otherwise stated in the course outline), guest speakers, and admission to any other events that may be run.
More information can be found at

Headstart Cymru and The Year in Industry scheme

Headstart Cymru is a residential summer school which provides an opportunity for year 12 students to spend three days at a University prior to making their UCAS application.
Following from our successful 2011 Headstart Cymru residential courses we are pleased to announce four Head Cymru courses based within University Engineering departments.
·    Glyndwr University 25th-27th June 2012
·    University of Glamorgan 2nd-4th July 2012
·    Swansea University 3rd-5th July 2012
·    Bangor University 9th-11th July 2012

Education Headstart Cymru is aimed at prospective Teacher Training students. This is a new initiative with University of Wales, Newport, based within the Science, Mathematics and Design Technology departments.
·   University of Wales, Newport 9th-11th July 2012
A small contributory fee of £55.00 is charged which includes accommodation, food and all activities.

Year in Industry- YINI-is a leading national provider of UK based work placements and provides paid, degree relevant placements for students prior to studying at University. In some instances, placement companies have gone on to sponsor YINI students through university and even offer them jobs at the end of their degree.
YNI specialises in work placements in all aspects of Engineering, Science, Technology, Manufacturing, Business and IT

Further information and application forms are available on the web site:-

Aberystwyth Summer Scheme

Following the talk given by Dr Croft from Aberystwyth university yesterday, if any students are interested in finding out more and filling in an application form, please follow this link:

The powerpoint presentation from the talk is  available to view in the shared area in the folder named 'Key Stage 5 university talk'.  If you were unable to attend yesterday, please have a look at this presentation as this is a brilliant opportunity.

Key Skills meeting

Please could the following students  come and see me first thing on Wednesday morning in my room - D2:01 regarding their Working with Others and Problem Solving Key Skills.


Miss Butcher

Chandler, Chloe
Clayden-Wall, Joseph
Cole, Shaunna
Davies, Brooklyn
Elliott, Alice
Hathway, Kelly-Anne
JAMES, Soffi
Johnson, Chloe
Leighton, Alexander
Martin, Paige
Probert, Kayleigh
Richards, Chelsea
Spellman, Karla
Whittington, Alice
Witheridge, Danielle
Yates, Alistair

Aberystwyth University Talk

There will be a talk from staff from Aberystwyth University about their Summer School in the LRC during TfL on Tuesday 21st Feb.
Please make every effort to attend if you would like to know more about university life.

Those who gain places on the Summer School course will be given support by the university if they choose to apply for a place at Aberystwyth in Yr 13.An excellent opportunity I am sure you will agree.

Changes to TfL sessions

Dear all,
After half term there will be changes to the roomings of TfL groups. GG/SS and JDV will all register in B1:05 and CP/ASC/SDW and LJ will register in B1:13. I would like you all to attend TfL sessions whenever possible to ensure you have the opportunity to meet with your TfLs and to be able to receive up to date information about events at school and within the collaboration.

There are several guest speakers coming to school next term , I strongly recommend you attend as many talks as possible. I have listed all important future dates for your diaries below.

Aberystwyth University- Tues 21st Feb Pd 5 (in LRC)
Tata Steel Apprenticeships- Feb 4th Pd5 (In the Hall)
Why Higher Education? & Making the Right Choices – 6th March (In LRC Pd 5)
ARD- Thursday 15th March
Visit to Cardiff University- Pds 4 &5 Mon 19th March
Yr 13 Collaboration Parents Evening 4:30-7:00pm 22nd March (Coleg Gwent)
The UCAS Trail/Personal Statements and Student Finances – 27th March (In LRC Pd 5)

I hope you all have a restful half term break, see you on Tuesday 21st Feb.
Mrs Nelson

Year 12 - Date for your diary!

Reminder for the first day back after half term....
After half term, there is a talk for Year 12 students thinking of going to university. It takes place during registration time on Tuesday 21st February in the LRC.
A speaker from Aberystwyth university will introduce a scheme whereby Welsh students can gain a real advantage when applying for university courses.

TATA apprenticeships

The TATA apprenticeship talk will take place on Friday 24th February, Period 5.  More details to follow.

Apprenticeship Opportunity

Below is information from Tata Steel.

I am going to try and arrange for them to visit school to speak to Yr 12/13 students who are interested in gaining an apprenticeship. If interested, please give your name to your tutor for learning immediately.
Mrs Nelson

Challenging you!

Could you earn a qualification and a competitive wage?

Ready for the challenge? Find out more at

The Tata Steel Group is one of the world's top ten steel producers and will soon be launching its apprentice recruitment for 2012.
You can register your interest now for apprentice opportunities and once any opportunities become available you will be invited to complete a full application form. Applications for the Tata Steel apprentice programme will be open on-line and only on-line applications will be accepted.


Cardiff University Open Day

Cardiff University have an open day on Wednesday 25th April.  This is a great opportunity to visit departments, meet academic staff and admission tutors and look around the university.  For more information and to book a place, go to:

Year 12 Talk

After half term, there is a talk for Year 12 students thinking of going to university.  It takes place during registration time on Tuesday 21st February in the LRC - the first day you are back in school after half term.  The speaker is from Aberystwyth university and will  outline special opportunities they are offering for students.  Please come along - the talk is brief and the information could be really helpful for you in terms of gaining a university place.

Year 12 A Level students

Here are some events that may be of interest to Year 12 A Level students:

Thursday 15th March at 4.30 at Caerleon Comprehensive School, a
presentation by the Open University on Level 4 YASS courses.This is
aimed at learners, but staff and parents are also welcome. Please give Mrs Brockley your name if interested.

Wednesday 21st March at Duffryn High School at 4.30pm, a tutorial for
all learners who are considering applying for Medicine. This will be led
by Dr Susan Pugh of Bristol Medical School. Please can you let Mrs Brockley know if you would like to attend.

We are in the process of trying to arrange a critical thinking type
course, consisting of 5 short modules delivered after school at City of
Newport Campus. I will let you know more about this when I have further

Mrs Nelson

Year 13 Language day

As part of the WBQ it is essential that you complete a language element.
 Wednesday the 8th February will be a Welsh Language day where you will be complete Welsh activities all day starting at 8-45.

 It is essential you complete the day in order to pass the WBQ. Attendance is compulsory. Timetables will be posted in the common room at the start of the day.



Year 12 Into the future day

Wednesday 8th February will be a breakdown day focusing on building skills you will need to successfully move into the future and provide you with information about your options after the sixth form.
You will taught in your WBQ classes and ALL Learners must be in school for 8-45.

 You MUST bring your Problem solving and WWO workbooks unless you have already submitted them to your TFL.

 Attendance is compulsory.

 Timetables for the day will be posted in the common room.

 Thank You


Higher education Convention March 19th 2012

If you have received a letter inviting you to attend the Higher Education Convention at Cardiff Met University, please make sure you return your signed permission slip as soon as possible so that we can confirm numbers.
School uniform is to be worn and please bring a packed lunch.


Mrs B