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More courses launched at Bishop Laney Sixth Form during successful open evening

Last week, the doors of Bishop Laney Sixth Form opened to prospective students and their parents for the school’s annual open evening event.

Due to Government restrictions, last year’s open events had to be held in a virtual environment and so Bishop Laney Sixth Form were delighted to welcome prospective students in person this year. This gave the opportunity for visitors to meet staff and current students and find out all that the Sixth Form has to offer.

At the open evening, Bishop Laney Sixth Form, part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), announced they would be further increasing their choice of courses for students – now offering 37 courses in total.

These include a blended offer of A-Level and Technical courses to allow students to tailor their Sixth Form programme and support students’ progression beyond the college in their future careers.

New A-Level courses for this year have included Further Maths, a more challenging qualification, aimed at extending and deepening students’ understanding beyond the standard A-Level Maths subject. Music Technology has also been introduced for those who are interested in the development of popular music, and in learning and developing practical skills through creative composition, performance and production.

Adam Steels, Head of Bishop Laney Sixth Form, said: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome people into our college this year and great to see so many families in attendance.

“We’re so proud that being a student at Bishop Laney Sixth Form has many benefits. We pride ourselves on having an enriching curriculum offer led by our dedicated team of staff who are passionate specialists in their subject areas.

“Every student is known, valued and supported within Bishop Laney and our extensive selection of study programmes ensure we align with our students’ future aspirations. We have also developed excellent relationships with the local community and beyond, to offer students further opportunities and experience. This can be seen through our thriving partnership with Norwich City Football Club, designed to develop students’ employability and wider skills through the club’s Regional Football Development Programme.

“We hope all those in attendance of our open evening gained a real insight into what the college has to offer, our supportive learning environment, and I look forward to welcoming many of them into our Sixth Form next academic year.”

Prospective students were able to take part in demonstrations across the college’s A-Level science courses, try out the workshop and studio environments on offer to Design Technology and Fashion & Textiles students and test out their theoretical reasoning with the Philosophy department. Students could also visit the college’s Skills Centre, to see the Bistro laid out for a full student-led three course service, receive a mini treatment from Beauty Therapy students and visit the A-Level Maths department, where they could sample some high-level question papers.

Families attending the open evening were encouraged to take a lateral flow test before the event and wear face coverings while in the school building to ensure a safe and Covid-secure environment.

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