It was very good to meet with so many parents this week in the Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form information mornings this week. We were able to share more about what we do within these two very important phases of learning as we build the students towards their IGCSE and International A level exams. It was also a great opportunity to answer the many questions that our parents have with regard to their children’s education.
I shared details with the Sixth Form parents about how we are helping to prepare the students with their International A Level studies, beyond what we are teaching them in their subject areas. We want our students to become independent learners, as they will have to have this skill to be successful at university. Accordingly, we have put together a programme that enables this and allows them to understand fully the many courses that are open to them at university.
Sixth Form study at BVIS has several strands:
- Highly engaging, enquiry based lessons where the students are given ample opportunity to research, question and present ideas.
- Each 50 minute lesson requires the students to do another 50 minutes of consolidation, wider reading or independent learning outside of the class.
- A tutor programme that focuses on key skills and attributes required for successful studies. We follow the VESPA programme that focuses on:
- High-level English support, focusing on university level technical English
- One-to-one subject-specific EAL that looks at supporting the use of English in their current subjects
- Private self study lessons to give the students time to keep on top of their workload and
- University preparation.
To aid the last one we have organised many visits from leading US, UK and Canadian universities. These sessions are designed to enable the students to find out as much as possible about application procedures, course availability, accommodation etc etc. Many of these are individual university representatives coming in to speak with the students at lunch time.
We have managed to organise three university fairs where there will be a large number of universities attending. For these, we would like to invite parents to also attend. The dates are below, and we will be sending out a separate invitation letter. I hope as many parents of Year 11 and 12 students will be able to come to these events.
The other highlight of this week was the culmination of our Big Sing for Peace project. The entire school from Early Years to Year 12 came together in the Secondary auditorium to sing our version of ‘Fix You’, originally sung by Coldplay, and it was a real joy to be involved with this initiative.
Singing in community choirs brings a real sense of joy to the hearts of those taking part, and we all left the auditorium with smiles on our faces. Thank you to Sue Pogson for organising it and to the many secondary staff involved in the band.
I sincerely hope that you all have joy in your hearts this week, and take some time to sing to yourself!
Upcoming University Fairs and Visits
26/9 USA Universities Fair. 10.45am - 12.30pm
28/9 City University, London. 12.30pm
5/10 King’s College, London. 3.30pm
7/10 UK Universities Fair. 8.45am - 9.35am
13/10 Canadian Universities Fair. 3pm
Mr Nick Lee - Head of Secondary