University of Bath Visit: 13th June 2016

Marlwood Year 12 students visited the University of Bath on the 13th June as part of a three day Post 18 Options Programme. The day included a tour of the campus university and international renowned sports village, discussions with Higher Education advisors, help and guidance in choosing a university and course and also the opportunity to quiz undergraduate student ambassadors on university life.

In addition to the UoB visit during the three days' programme Year 12 students also had workshops with UWE HE advisors and Marlwood's Career Service in regards to HE, Apprenticeships, training opportunities and career pathways; they were introduced to UCAS and started their personal statements and met with several guests including Aldi's Regional Manager and apprentices, an apprentice from Deloitte Financial Services and several former Marlwood 6th Form students who have gone on to university and employment.

University of Law - Taster Day. 4th July

If you are considering a career in law we have an excellent opportunity for you to experience life in the law courts and judicial service. You will also have the chance to meet and discuss potential careers pathways with acting judges and participate in practical workshops. If you would like to attend the University of Law taster day please sign up on the 6th Form Careers board.

Thornbury Premium Partners: Apprenticeships & Jobs Website

If you are considering looking for further training, an apprenticeship or direct work placement either during or on completing your Post 16 studies please have a look at the Thornbury Premium Partners: Apprenticeships & Jobs Website.

The site provides current opportunities within the Thornbury and South Gloucestershire area through Marlwood's partnership with over 70 local and national career providers, companies and employers. Please click on the following link for further information and live apprentceiship and job opportunities.

Year 13 End of Year Arrangements Including the Final Assembly

As Year 13s' time draws towards a tearful close please be aware that we have arranged a number of celebratory events to mark their time at Marlwood School. In addition to the Leavers' Assembly we are also inviting Year 13 students to the annual Founders' Day Service, at St. Marys Church, Thornbury and the Valedictory Dinner - both on the 28th June.

For full details of these events please refer to the letters sent home previously and which are available at the following Marlwood School website links:

Year 13 Study Leave & Term 6 Letter (11/05/16)

Information Letter (22/01/16)

Looking for a Career in Insurance?

Bristol University - Open Days

If you would be interested in visiting Bristol University for an open day please click on the following link:

Bristol University Open Days

Although students are invited to attend the taster days individually or with parents,  providing general information in regards to:
  • UCAS statements
  • Applying to Universities
  • University Life
  • Student Finance
  • Information for parents
  •  Subject Information
 We would ask that the taster day is booked through Mrs Jefferies, in Student Services.

Revision Apps

Following today's Revision Techniques and Exam Preparation Life Skills session all students and parents may find the following link a useful resource in the build up to this summer's exams:
The Telegraph - apps to make life easier education and learning/

Thinking of a Career in Law?

If you are considering a career in Law but worried about the cost implications of university this may be your chance to gain financial support through a Law bursary. Through providing £2500 a year towards your degree costs the bursaries from Law firm CMS would go a long way to making your dream a reality. For further information as to how to enter the competition to win a Law bursary please see Mr Davies.

Halo Film Website Design Opportunity


Halo Films, are seeking support for the design and production of several websites. The company are involved with training cyclists and producing films.

The focus would be cycling web sites, with the company looking to produce semi professional designs including new logos and changes to page structure. Any 6th formers who are competent with Wordpress and would like to earn a small amount of money, whilst gaining great web design experience, please contact Mr Davies. 

Calling any Potential Medical Professional or Those Seeking a Career in the Health Care Profession.


The Royal University Hospital, Bath, are advertising a three day event, which provides a great opportunity for anyone seeking a potential career in medicine or as a health care professional. All interested students need to apply directly to RUH Bath (see Mr Davies for details) and there is a cost of £80 for the 3 day course, which includes lunch and refreshments. The 3 day programme will deliver an excellent insight to the world of health care and provide a unique experience for those involved. It will also provide a very positive addition to UCAS Personal Statement applications and CVs.

Please can we also take this opportunity to remind all parents, carers and students of the Medical Profession Career Assembly, to be held on Monday 21st March, in the drama hall. As previously advertise on the Marlwood 6th Blog and by email, the fortnightly career assemblies focus on different job sectors and career pathways. The Medical Profession assembly will be led by Simon Atkinson, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Bristol Medical School from 8.40am to 9.10am and provide details on careers within the medical profession and also qualification requirements. The signup sheets for this and every career assembly are available on the 6th Form Career noticeboard, 6th form foyer and the career notice board in the school’s main corridor.

Discover Your Bounce!

To support students as they progress towards course deadlines and exams we would like to offer a free 6 week course of support, focusing a coping strategies and techniques in regards to stress and anxiety. The lunchtime programme looks at how we think, how we can make healthy choices through our food, exercise and sleep and how a positive mindset can improve our confidence as well as reduce stress.
The six weeks course starts on Wednesday 23rd March in R1, the 6th Form Centre and then will continue for the first 5 weeks of Term 5, running on Thursday lunchtimes in R1.

Curriculum Focus Day - Wednesday 9th March

All 6th form students will take part in this collapsed timetable Focus Day on the theme of Employability Skills. UWE Pre-HE Careers will deliver the first workshop to the whole group, then after break the 6th form will be divided into 3 groups and attend a carousel of 3 workshops that are delivered by SGS Schools’ Careers Advisors.

Times of sessions:
Common Room
Employability Benefits of HE
Common Room
Workshop 1: Successful CVs
Common Room and 6th Form computer area
Workshop 2: Winning Applications
R1 (6th Form Classroom)
Workshop 3: Interview Skills
R 2 (6th Form Classroom)

Y12 Students' Pre-Registeration for the UCAS Exhibition Visit on the 14th March


Dear student and parents / carers
The 2016 UCAS exhibition season is now underway, but we wanted to update you on a couple of things now that involve the UCAS Exhibition Marlwood Year 12 are all attending on 14th March.
Changes to registration
We want our students to get the most out of their UCAS exhibition, so everyone must individually pre-register online at least two weeks before our visit on the 14th March. Information regarding this process was sent to parents and students in January and also placed on the Marlwood 6th Form Blog.
Launch of the UCAS exhibitions app
Another advantage of pre-registering is that students will now, for the first time this year, also be able to download and explore the brand new UCAS exhibitions app – a tool created to enhance event experience and help make the most of the visit.
Using the app, students will be able to:
  • search for exhibitors at the event
  • decide which stands to visit with the interactive venue maps
  • access a digital version of their online ticket – which exhibitors can scan at the event to record their interest
  • view the event’s activity schedule – to see when talks, seminars, and workshops are taking place
  • tap into additional UCAS info – covering applications, personal statements, deadlines, and more
Users can download the app to their mobile phone or tablet, or access it via the UCAS website. They sign in with the email address used to register for the event, and by entering the password: Event1.
UCAS look forward to seeing us on the 14th March but if you do have any questions or would like to give them any feedback (good and bad), please contact us.

Apprenticeship Event at Brimsham Green School

Following Marlwood's Careers and Guidance Presentation, Ambitions Event, 1:1 Careers Interviews and Life Skills on Higher Apprenticeships if you would like further information please visit the Apprenticeship Event at Brimsham Green School

Weekly Events (29th February - 4th March)

Ambitions + Event (16th February)

The Ambitions + event held at the Wise Campus this morning, involving more than 100 university, college, career, higher training and employer exhibitors and almost 2000 post 16 students from across South Gloucestershire and Bristol was a huge sucess. With workshops and seminars from specific post 18 routes and more specific interests, young people were able to discover valuable information and ideas for their future education, training and potential careers.

Weekly Events (15th - 19th February)

Post 16 Careers, Information and Guidance Morning

On Friday 5th February Marlwood 6th form provided all students with the opportunity to attend a range of activities and work shops to support them with the crucial decisions of what they do after year 13. Members of the SGS Careers Service advised students on post 18 options, careers, higher education, further training, apprenticeships and Gap years. Those students involved found the interactive sessions extremely helpful and beneficial in shaping their next steps.

Graphics Apprenticeship Opportunity

N3 Display Graphics Ltd Apprenticeship Opportunity
Apprentice Artwork Technician

To support artwork and new design layouts for signage and display graphics

MAC & PC literate – Adobe Creative suite capable (Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator)
5 GCSEs including Maths, English, Art and/or Media studies
Must be self-motivated
Mobility – preferably a driver with their own car

Modern office, clean with a friendly team
Office hours are 8:30am - 5:30pm
Good rate of pay above the apprentice minimum for age – subject to abilities

This is most likely to suit a Y11 or Post 16 student who is looking for an alternative to either A Levels or University. This position requires creativity and a precise working method. The job will be under supervision of our current Artwork Technician, whilst working to fixed timescales, often under pressure.

 A confident individual with great communication skills also – not for the meek in this environment! We will need a ‘Swan’ (calm on the top; paddling like crazy beneath).

This is a lot to ask from a young person, but we are confident that they do exist. We are looking for somebody to start URGENTLY, but, they need to have the right stuff! We can offer a trial day initially following interview selection before making a final offer. The length of Apprenticeship is minimally 1 year and subject to other factors, which may include college and/or other training requirements to be discussed.

Pre-Public Exam Timetable (23rd - 24th February)

Weekly Events (1st - 5th February)

Careers, Guidance and Advice

On the 5th February we will be holding a careers, guidance and advice morning to support all year 12 and 13 students as they consider their post 18 options. The morning will include 3 sessions focusing on:

Session 1: Post-18 Options: A Presentation Explaining Pathways at 18.

(Focus Group:  All of Y12 and  Y13)


All students to gain a better understanding of all routes available to them and possible advantages and disadvantages of each option.


Session 2: Careers Exploration 

(Focus Group: All of Y12 and  Y13)


 i) To understand what skills and qualities are needed for progression into work or higher education and to be able to identify skills and qualities within ourselves.

ii) To be able to use a range of resources to research employment sectors and to generate ideas about their future.


Session 3: Alternatives to University 

(Focus Group: All of Y12 and  Y13 not applying to University (or seeking an alternative))


To enable students to consider the range of options available to them if they do not want to go to University, and to be able to use tools to research opportunities, including:

Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Gap Year, Sponsored degrees / School Leaver Programmes, Other Education (includes College Higher Education, College Further Education, distance learning, part-time learning) and Employment.

Students will present back on a 'live' opportunity.


Please note normal lessons will be collapsed on the morning of the 5th February to enable all students to participate and gain from this invaluable opportunity. Also, for those Y12 students focused on Higher Education, there are additional HE research sessions arranged for the Curriculum Focus Day (9th March). These will include a 'Why Go/Employability Benefits of HE' talk from the University of the West of England.

Weekly Events - (11th - 15th January)

Law Information Day - Thursday 11th February

If you are considering a career in Law please read the attached opportunity which is occurring during the next school holiday. This provides the chance to find out more about the possible options and pathways involved with Law.

UCAS Higher Education Exhibition - Monday 14th March

We will shortly be sending a letter home to all Year 12 students regarding two events during term 3 - The Ambitions Event, held at the Wise campus, Filton on Tuesday 16th February and also the UCAS Higher Education Exhibitions, held at the University of the West of England on Monday 14th March. In the meantime please can all Year 12 students click on the UCAS website  link below where they can book into the UCAS exhibition independently. Once you have registered and requested a ticket you will receive an email link to an E-Ticket for the event. Please print this off and hand into Mrs Jefferies in the Post 16 Office so that all student tickets can be centrally tracked and managed:

Change to Marlwood - Castle Link Bus Time

Following discussions with students the 6th form link bus between Marlwood and Castle Schools will depart from Marlwood 5 mins earlier each Friday at 9.55am. This does not effect any other bus time and is only relevant to the Friday bus time.

Happy New Year

Marlwood 6th form would like to welcome back all our 6th form students after the festive break and hope you had a fantastic two weeks. Looking ahead there are a few events in the coming term which we would like to draw your attention to:

Friday 8th January
Year 12 and 13 Exam data will be released to students following term 2's mock exams.

Thursday 14th January
Castle 6th form will be holding a Year 12 Parents Evening for all students studying courses at the Thornbury site.

Monday 25th January
Castle 6th form will issue progress data for those students studying at the Thornbury site.

Monday 8th - Friday 12th February
Marlwood and Castle Schools closed for school holiday.

Looking further ahead there are two exciting events for all year 12 students during term 4:

Tuesday 16th February
Ambitions Event, held at the University of the West of England
Year 12 students will have the opportunity to get advice and visit the stands of Further and Higher Education institutions and over 50 employers displaying at the event throughout the day.

Monday 14th March
UCAS Convention, held at the University of the West of England.
The event will give Year 12 students the opportunity to find out about a huge range of university courses and opportunities.

Further information and permission letter will be sent home to all Year 12 students later this term regarding both the Ambitions Event and UCAS Convention.

Y12 & 13 EPQ Group Visit to UWE: Wednesday 9th December

Mrs Carrington is looking forward to taking all EPQ students (Year 12 & 13) to the University of the West of England tomorrow between 11am and 3pm.
A copy of the letter sent to all relevant parents last week, detailing the visit can be found by clicking on the following link:
EPQ visit to UWE

UCAS Deadline - 16th December

Final reminder that the deadline for UCAS applications at Marlwood School is Wednesday 16th December. Although UCAS will accept applications up to 15th January Marlwood staff will need time to review personal statements, tutor statements and subject testimonials. Y13 students can continue to arrange Wednesday afternoon appointments with either Miss Morgan or Ms Rosvear for application assistance, booking time slots through Mrs Jefferies in the 6th Form Office.