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Sixth Form Transition Days – 26th and 27th June 2024

I am pleased to be able to share with you our arrangements for our transition days. These will take place on the 26th and 27th June 2024. They are designed specifically to prepare our new Year 12 students for life in our Sixth Form and allow students to refine their programmes of study.

Obviously, we understand that family holidays may have been planned but we would strongly encourage attendance if possible. Timetables for the two days will be available on the Wednesday morning. If you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as you can.

The first two periods of each day on the 26th and 27th June will be team building activities so students should dress for some form of physical activity. The school canteen will be open to all and the school day will remain the same. Each day will begin with a short briefing with myself in the main school hall. 

Business Breakfast – 25th June 2024 (8.00am – 10.30am)

I would also like to extend an invitation to our returning Year 11 students and any new external students to a Business Breakfast organised by our Year 12 students and the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. This will begin at 8.00 am – 8.30 am and conclude by 10.30 am on Tuesday 25th June 2024. This is an exciting opportunity to meet members of a number of professions in the Lincoln area and make some connections for the future.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Mrs R Carter.

Year 13 Leaving Liturgy and Celebration

Parents’ and carers are invited to join with us on Friday 24th May in the new academy chapel at 1.00 pm. The event will be marked with a Liturgy and farewell to our Year 13 students. This will be followed by a gathering outside in the academy grounds for tea and cakes, where we can hopefully enjoy the sunshine and wish our Year 13 well in all that they do in the future.

Please use the normal academy entrance and parking.  Year 12 students will be on hand to show you to the chapel. The event will conclude at 2.30 pm to allow all to leave before the end of the school day.

Mr S Penney (Head of Sixth Form)

On Tuesday 16th April, 16 Year 12 and 13 Health and Social Care students visited Ling Moor Academy’s foundation stage, to do some work with them about healthy lifestyles, as part of their curriculum. The sixth formers led the younger students in reading activities, sorting challenges and a scavenger hunt, to introduce them to the concept of living a healthy lifestyle. This in turn gave the sixth formers the opportunity to fulfil a graded section of their own coursework about group interactions.

The teachers at Ling Moor Academy were so impressed with how the sixth formers engaged with their students and included all of them in their activities. They were impressed with their professionalism and communication skills, stating they’d have them back to visit in a heartbeat.

Learning outside the classroom is vital to students to give them real life contexts to their work, so we thank Ling Moor Academy very much for giving us the opportunity to do this.

Dear Parents, Carers and Students 

I am once again pleased to write to you to thank you for your continued support this academic year. It has been a successful and busy first two terms and as we now approach the examination season, there will no doubt be individual challenges for all our Sixth Form students in the coming weeks and months. These challenges will not be faced alone and as the past terms have shown, there is a wonderful supportive community atmosphere within the Sixth Form learning community and wider academy. 

Catholic Life 

I have been delighted to see a new level of understanding and commitment to our shared catholic values based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. We have focused on respect, solidarity and hope and students have become far more invested in the writing and delivering of liturgies. These principles will be a key stone in the life of the Sixth Form moving forward. 

New accommodation 

Moving into our new accommodation last term has provided a positive and timely injection of enthusiasm and I am proud of the way both Year12 and Year13 have accommodated each other. The new facilities have been embraced and a fantastic feeling of pride and ownership has quickly developed.  

Attendance and punctuality 

 Overall attendance is above the national average and has been for the entire year to date. However, punctuality is something I would like to focus on this coming term. I do understand that on occasion there are family issues and responsibilities that impact on punctuality for older students. However, it is important that the Sixth Form team and I are aware of any circumstances that may result in lateness. 

Lateness to lessons however is rarely, if ever, acceptable and I would encourage all to be punctual without fail. 

UCAS and next steps 

 The hard work of Year 13 has paid off by being rewarded with some excellent offers from a range of universities and apprenticeship opportunities, importantly all have received an offer from their first choice. Accommodation and university finance is now top of the agenda; Mrs Carter and I will be organising whatever support is necessary. I would encourage all to investigate bursaries at their chosen institutions. Towards the end of May, Year 12 will be introduced to the UCAS process in detail but there is no harm in considering what their next steps will be.  

 Work Experience and Enrichment 

 We have set aside the last week of the academic year for Year 12 work experience; however, we can be flexible with this for the right type of experience. I have spoken to all of Year 12 with regard to this and several have secured a place at St Francis Special School. While we can support, it is intended that Year 12 make their own arrangements as far as possible. Parental and family support is often a key part in securing a meaningful placement. 

 Enrichment has been an overwhelming success so far this year with Year 12 as a group being involved in over a 1000 separate examples of enrichment. Year 7 mentoring and supported reading, subject support, enterprise, the garden project, and prefect duty in the school canteen. The positive impact this has on the school community cannot be overstated. They should all be thoroughly proud of themselves, and it is a real pleasure to see them all grow as young adults. 

Recent and up and coming events  

The recent Business Showcase at LCFC was a wonderful afternoon and a write up of the event can be seen on our website. The Sixth Form also recently raised over £150 for Marie Curie and continue to support all the charity events the academy organises. Later this term, they will again be holding the yearly Sleep Easy event on the academy premises for Sixth Formers and staff. 

Looking towards the final weeks of term for Year 13, we are beginning to organise the Year 13 leavers liturgy on the 25th of May; more details to follow. 

 Once again thank you all for your support. 

 Mr S Penney 

Head of Sixth Form 

Year 12 Student Business Showcase, Wednesday 28th February 2024, Lincoln City Football Club, Legends Lounge.

A group of our Year 12 students hosted a business showcase for local business leaders as part of their enterprise enrichment. Two groups of students presented their business start-up ideas and took questions from the audience. The event was organised and supported by Alex Nightingale (GLEP) and Lincoln City Football Club.

This was the first time that an event like this has been achieved through the Enterprise Adviser Programme and was the culmination of 6 months hard work from our students and Damian Froggatt our Enterprise Advisor. Two business pitches were presented by ‘Carry Global’ and ‘Chase Clothing’.

The event proved a resounding success and will be followed up with some further work with the Chamber of Commerce.