Firstly, apologies if you are receiving this but your son or daughter is not coming to our Sixth Form in September, but this was the most straightforward way to ensure that all relevant people received the letter.
We very much enjoyed the day we spent together last month for induction and it was wonderful to see so many of you there on what was a beautifully warm day. I hope that you took away with you some useful knowledge and key work that you can do over the summer. I thought it would be useful to provide you all with an additional ‘Getting Ready’ checklist.
Reading for pleasure
In the Sixth Form we promote a ‘reading culture’. All books have value, but we would ask you to read at least one classic book over the summer. If you are not sure what to read, then please look at the best 100 books on this list http://thegreatestbooks.org
Reading around your subject
Look back at the prospectus or online. You have time now to get ahead. Read additional material and come back in September ready to impress. If you don’t know what to read, then please get in touch with the Head of Department.
We know that many of you will be working, which is excellent, but we also want you to think about stretching yourself culturally. If you have never been to a museum, then go to one, the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge is brilliant and it’s free!
Equally you could get on a bus or train and go to London. Some of the most wonderful art galleries are also free for you to attend.
See what is on at the theatre. It is going to be a beautiful summer. The colleges at Cambridge put on ‘Shakespeare in the Park’. These are not expensive, and you have a chance to watch a wonderful play in a beautiful setting.
Go to a music concert – classical, jazz, pop – doesn’t matter, there is a world of live music out there and the more eclectic your knowledge and appreciation the better.
It is never too early to go to an open day. In the summer, lots of universities have open days over the school holidays. It stands to reason that, if you have a goal, you are likely to work harder to achieve it.
Really stretch yourself
There are loads of MOOCS (online courses) out there. Some of the very best are to be found within Future Learn. Many of our students complete these during their time with us but you could be doing them now. Search Future Learn and you will find a huge range of academic courses that you can complete over the summer. These are set up by leading universities. Most of them are free and will help you stand out from the crowd.
Results day is on 23rd August and we will see you on that day. Registration afternoon will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 6th September. You will have your photo taken for your sixth form lanyard and, whilst hopefully you have thought long and hard about your subject choices, this is an opportunity for you to change a subject choice if you need to.
We very much look forward to seeing you in September. Nene Park Academy Sixth Form is one with high standards and we want you to hit the ground running.
(Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Principal)