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WSFC supports Mission Christmas!

Staff and students at Worcester Sixth Form College have been supporting the very first Mission Christmas. The campaign launched by Free Radio's Cash for Kids aims to support children who are living in poverty across the West Midlands.

The College's Student Services department has been inundated with gift donations which will continue into next week before being taken to the local B&M store. The Mission Christmas effort culminated in a Christmas Jumper day and cake sale which has raised an additional 214.93. This will be donated towards buying more gifts which it is hoped will make a difference to the children in the local area on Christmas Day.

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WSFC Ambition Programme students inspired by Dr Mark King

Dr Mark King of Christ's College Cambridge spent the day at Worcester Sixth Form College working with students on the College's Ambition Programme. Dr King spoke to students about what it was like to study at a top university like Cambridge and how to improve your chances of a successful application.

Principal, Michael Kitcatt, said: "The sessions with Dr King were excellent. He was good at promoting the message that students of all backgrounds can enjoy studying at Oxbridge and it is not just 'full of posh people' as many young people think. He also gave them some brilliant tips for extending their studies beyond A Level."

Xara Shanks, a student at the college (previously at Nunnery Wood High School) studying A levels in English Language and Literature, Early Modern History and Mathematics, took part in the session. Xara said: "I found it inspiring. Dr King was very reassuring and made the whole process of applying and studying at Cambridge less intimidating than I thought. I am seriously thinking of applying to one of the top universities."

There are currently over 70 students taking part in Worcester Sixth Form College's Ambition Programme which aims to inspire students to apply for the top universities and to support them in preparing their applications. In weekly sessions the students learn about possible university options, develop their thinking and debating skills and are inspired to do research that takes them beyond A Level. Students on the Ambition Programme also get the chance to visit and attend masterclasses at top universities like Oxford and Cambridge.

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