Update from Caedmon College Whitby


England v Iran Football Match, Apr-16

England v Iran Football Match, Apr-16

Students at the College identified as having ‘Proven Extra Potential’ were recently challenged and encouraged to aim high during a one-day conference focusing on developing leadership skills, applying for Russell Group universities and exploring careers in medicine, science, engineering, finance, teaching and information technology. The conference took place at Sneaton Castle and students proved to be excellent delegates. The opening speaker, Mr Stuart Myers encouraged them to aim high and never to give up on their dreams, whatever obstacles they faced. Following this, the students took part in workshops to further their knowledge of a career path in the subjects listed above. Each session was led by a top industry professional who had great insight in their chosen career. The evening session was open to parents and many joined in. The College received very positive feedback from parents and students and would like to thank everyone involved.

Students in Years 7 and 8 at Caedmon College Whitby have been taking part in the BBC’s ‘500 Words’ story writing competition. We’ve seen some fantastic stories submitted, although one student’s story in particular stood out. College student, Lily Sheridan has had remarkable success in the competition – out of 123,400 entries, Lily’s story, ‘All Stories End’, was in the top 4500! Her story is now being read by the ‘Reading Agency’ and we will find out in early May if Lily has been shortlisted in the final 50. Lily’s story had already impressed her teachers and other College staff – she was the winner of the College’s house competition. We are immensely proud of Lily’s achievement and hope that her story has inspired other students.

Many students at the College have enjoyed a high level of success in sport recently, including Daisy Drake who was selected through a very rigorous process to play football in the England v Iran match (see photo). In addition, four College students were selected to play hockey for the District following a series of trials. The girls – Danielle Walker, Jess Fields, Jaz Parkes and Emma Sharpe were subsequently asked to play in the County Tournament. The County Tournament included Scarborough and District who played teams from Richmond and District, Harrogate and District, York and Selby. The girls’ performances were outstanding and College student, Danielle was given the honour of captaining the side whilst Jaz Parkes was awarded Player of the Tournament. The girls deserve many congratulations for the commitment to their training and I know the staff who support our students in endless fixtures and training sessions deserve a mention too for giving of their free time and their dedication in ensuring that every student, of any ability, has the chance to enjoy sporting success at the College, both inside and outside of lesson time.

Whilst on the subject of dedicated support from staff, some staff have recently become involved in an initiative with the local police force to support them on the beat and help to keep students safe outside of College hours. Many are also giving up their spare time to support students in their revision for the externally assessed summer exams. Our Year 11 and 13 College students are currently deep in their revision for their end of course examinations, with support from staff in various forms, including comprehensive revision packs put together by staff, drop-in sessions for students and out of hours’ support sessions with our highly qualified and experienced staff across the curriculum. I wish all the young people success in their exams and all staff at the College are prepared to do whatever they can to support our students and parents through, what can be, a time of high-pressure and anxiety.

With best wishes,

Keith Prytherch

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