Student Union Fundraise for Refugee Week 2019

Friday 21st June 2019 This week our Student Union representatives gave everyone the joy of cake, in aid of Refugee week 2019. A bake sale is always popular, but they were also raising awareness of the plight of refugees as we were invited to discover the experiences of displacement that are found in our families, neighbourhoods and history. The theme of Refugee Week 2019, 'You, me and those who came before', is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees - and those who have welcomed them - throughout the generations. People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the UK for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. From the Jewish refugees of the 1930s to people fleeing Vietna...

King Ed's Chemistry Olympians!

42 of our year 13 Chemistry students took part in this year's 51st Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad, a competition that is designed to challenge and stimulate the most talented Sixth Form chemists in the country. This year over 7,000 students from across the UK took part in Round One, a gruelling 2-hour written exam composed of a series of structured questions designed to stretch able students, making them apply the principles they have learnt to new and often much more complex problems than they would meet on their A level course. The 42 students, 18 of whom are female, voluntarily took additional hour-long lessons every week of term to work on problems in preparation for the test, learning theory well beyond the A level syllab...

Raise the rate

In January 2019, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools (school sixth forms, academy sixth forms and free school sixth forms) and colleges (FE colleges and sixth form colleges) in England. The survey was conducted on behalf of the twelve organisations behind the Raise the Rate campaign. The aim of the survey was to assess the impact of funding cuts and cost increases on the education of sixth form students. Of the 1.1 million students that currently participate in 16 to 18 education in the state sector, 60% study at a college and 40% study at a school. The leaders of 271 schools and colleges that educate 282,994 16 to 18-year-old students (26% of the cohort) responded to the survey. Key findings ...

Student news

League winners We are so proud of our star rugby team - who have just been announced as winners of the AOC West Midlands division 3 league, score 50-29 to us! Played at home in the grounds of Stourbridge Rugby Club against BMET. Congratulations to all the lads and to their dedicated coach, Darren Knott.   Cycling stardom This is Ben Healy, our rising cycling star who now rides for Team WIGGINS Le Col, arguably the biggest team in the country after Sky. He has recently been racing on the continent against some big names and is seen here in his team kit. We are already huge fans of Ben!  ...

Chemistry Olympiad

This year 42 of our year 13 chemistry students decided to take part in the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad.The Olympiad is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is an annual competition for students within a further education setting. The aim of the competition is to further develop students and encourage them to apply their existing knowledge in new and interesting contexts.The competition is made up of three stages, starting with a written test and round three ending with only four students being selected from all those to represent the UK in the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad in July.The students who took part opted to receive and additional hour lesson each week and with their teachers, Jen De Voogd and Ed Babington, worked o...

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