As I write, many students at the College are in the midst of their end of course, external exams. Staff at the College have been readily on hand for the past few months, providing additional support, guidance and revision materials to help our students as much as possible and I have been delighted to hear from many students that they have felt very well prepared for their exams by College staff. We wish all our students well in their exams and in their next steps.
Regarding next steps, I can report some very positive news on progression routes for College students – last year, 57% of our students progressed from the College into Higher Education, including 18% progressing on to one of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities; other students progressed into employment (20%), further education or went on a gap year. This year, we expect 62% of our students to progress on to Higher Education, with 19% expecting to go to one of the Russell Group universities and 15% into employment; other students, again, will be taking gap years, progressing on to further education or an apprenticeship. College staff place a very high importance on ensuring that students have suitable progression routes on leaving the College, tailored to the needs of each individual student. Staff also place much emphasis on raising and maintaining high aspirations for our young people, right from them joining the College in Year 7. On 19 July, we are hosting Whitby’s biggest progression fair, including representatives from universities, employers and apprenticeship providers. The event is open to anyone in the area, from any school or college. Students will visit the exhibition during the day and the general public are invited from 3.30-4.30pm in the College Sports Hall and Learning Centre on our Normanby Site. On Monday 27 June, we are also organising a further careers event entitled ‘My Future’ for the Esk Valley Alliance schools. Over 80 primary school students will experience 7 different workshops that will introduce them to different subjects and learning styles that we have on offer at the College.
Despite our current focus on the exam season, a range of other enriching activities have been taking place at the College. On 23 May 2016, 19 students from St Hilda’s School in Buenos Aires, Argentina spent the day at Caedmon College Whitby. The guest students spent the first part of the day in normal lessons with their English exchange partners. After break time, the visitors met Year 8 students at the College who will be studying GCSE Spanish next year. The theme was “Getting to know you” and, using a “speed dating” format, the students interacted in Spanish and English in an informal and fun way. The afternoon saw a group of 30 musicians from the College’s Scoresby Site preparing and recording two songs with their Argentinian friends. The College has a growing number of international musical and linguistic links and these continue to offer College students a plethora of global learning and friendship opportunities.
On 8 June 2016, Year 6 students from local primary schools joined the College for a fun-filled day of international-style activities, using several languages such as Russian, German, Spanish, Italian and French. On arrival, the children went to the “Bureau de Change” to get their euros ready for spending at the French Patisserie at break time. The College’s Year 7 ‘Language Leaders’ worked as café assistants, selling croissants, pains au chocolat and drinks whilst ensuring that everyone spoke entirely in French. During the day, students were able to experience outdoor pursuits whilst participating in cycling “Tour de Caedmon” and learning how to play “Boules”. Students also tasted foods from around the world and undertook several sessions using digital technology. At the end of each session, students added a charm to their DREAMCATCHER, which they were able to use after the event to describe their learning journey during the day and reflect on their various linguistic experiences (see photograph).
With best wishes,
Caedmon College Whitby