Young Carers Awareness Day 2016
Worcester Sixth Form College is committed to supporting young adult carers to succeed and enjoy their time at College. The College joined the Young Carers in Schools Programme in January 2015. The programme is an exciting initiative across England that aims to make it as easy as possible for schools and colleges to support this vulnerable group of students and, at the same time, rewards good practice. It is run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society. Worcester Sixth Form College was delighted to achieve the Silver Award in September 2015 and is the only post-16 provider in the whole of Worcestershire to have achieved this Award. The College has developed its own practice with young adult carers by offering a range of support for them, such as a flexible timetable and work placements, a young carers group, financial assistance and signposting to support available outside of College amongst other initiatives. There has also been an opportunity to share good practice with other schools and outside agencies, such as Worcestershire Young Carers who have been in to College to talk to our young adult carers group, the University of Worcester and Worcestershire School Nurse team. Callam Edwards, a second year student at the College, said: “Before the College explained to me what a young carer was and what support they could offer for me both in College and out of College as well, I didn't even realise that I was a young carer. I saw it more of just part of a daily routine. Once the College helped me realise that I could get support, it made my life a lot easier. It also made teachers more understanding when it came to the work I was doing. Sometimes it simply wasn't possible for me to do some of the work set out of College, which previously was just dismissed as me being lazy or not trying. Now alternatives are offered such as trying to fit in extra study sessions on my timetable while I am still in College, as when I am out of College I find it very hard to work.” Ellie Gallagher, a former student, said: “I received a lot of support from teachers, I was given extensions when I needed them due to things happening. I had good understanding when I needed time off due to visiting sister in hospital.” Michael Kitcatt, Principal of Worcester Sixth Form College, said: “We are proud of our involvement with the programme and of the achievements both inside and outside College of the young carers within our student body. We are committed to supporting young carers in all ways that we can.” To find out more about the support available to young adult carers at the College go to the website www.wsfc.ac.uk and click on the Young Adult Carer link. Alternatively call 01905 362600 and ask to speak to Julie Ferman, Head of Year.
Students win places at Oxford and Cambridge
Students from Worcester Sixth Form College have once again won coveted places at Oxford or Cambridge University. Pictured below are Daniel Scotson (formerly Nunnery Wood High School), Frances Arnold and Peter Lewin-Jones (both formerly of Christopher Whitehead Language College) and Will Hodges (formerly Bishop Perowne CE College). The students have been offered conditional places to read Materials Science at Mansfield College Oxford, History at Robinson College, Cambridge, Mathematics at Mansfield College Oxford and Medicine at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Aimee Drescher, who was offered a deferred place last year, will also take up a place at Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge, to read English. Principal, Michael Kitcatt said: “At Worcester Sixth Form College we provide a really high level of support to our students with their university applications and our students are much more successful at obtaining offers from universities than is the case nationally. These students have fought off huge competition to obtain their places as there are about 5 applicants for every place at Oxford and Cambridge.”