Penygeulan Cottage Visit

On Friday 25th November, seven members of staff left to close down Penygeulan Cottage, in Wales for winter. After arriving in the pitch black, donning torches, walking down a beaten track, the cottage, even at night, was beautifully quaint.  

The cottage houses a picturesque fireplace, adequate kitchen; including a range cooker, eating area and 2 large bedrooms, sleeping 18 in total.

The next morning, after a very comfortable sleep, and a homemade breakfast, (where everybody contributed)  the cottage was given a good clean before we headed off, to what can only be described as some of the most stunning views ever seen. The weather was fantastic for this time of year and the views and sights that Mr Cushen took the party to were breath-taking.

The students who get to stay at the cottage and visit the sights  are so privileged to be able to experience what the staff have this weekend.

Looking forward to next year, when we can do it all again.



Summer 2016 GCSE, GCE and BTEC certificates are now ready for collection between the hours of 8.30am and 1.30pm. If you are unable to collect yourself you can nominate a family member or friend to collect on your behalf. You will need to send in a letter naming the person who will be collecting on your behalf and they will need to bring ID to confirm their identity.

Please note a number of students haven’t collected their certificate from previous years, they are available to collect during the above times. The same will apply if you are not collecting in person.

News from the English Team

  • swsc-news-logoYOUNG WRITERS

This term has been an eventful one for SWSC young writers: our College was invited to take part in a number of competitions that are opened to KS3 and KS4 students.

This term has started with launching KS3 creative writing competition, where students were invited to write a story. It was their chance to voice opinion, share a memory or dilemma, impart advice, or indulge in creative writing about hidden powers. A number of our students were encouraged to explore and express their opinions, inner feelings and inmost emotions.

The English staff would like to congratulate all our participants and we would like to confirm that: in third place is Romay Francis with his ambitious story The Power Within; in second place is Lisa Evans with her gripping and poignant account Hidden Powers.

Both students were awarded extra Vivos, school certificate and a small prize. We do hope they will show further commitment to our next competitions.

The teachers decided not to give the first prize this time in order to encourage our students to demonstrate more attention to technical writing of stories. Continue reading

Students in Tune for Singing Day

singing-3On the 10th November, 10 students represented the school at the KS3 singing day for Solihull secondary schools, where they worked with people from Armonico Consort.

Students from all of the schools joined together into a massed choir and learnt seven songs which they performed in the concert at the end of the day. The concert also included a song performed by just our students and our performance was exceptional. A massive well done to all the students who took part.

Pupils Explore their Future

skills1Year 10 and Sixth Form students spent an informative morning at the NEC on Friday 18th November 2016 finding out about a range of Careers available to them.

The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event that helps to shape the future of a new generation. Attracting nearly 80,000 visitors annually, the show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work.

Year 11 Updates

For an update regarding Year 11 academic support and forthcoming mock exams press here

For Year 11 after college booster timetable press here

For Year 11 mock examination series timetable press here


Army Success for Year 10 Girls

armyA massive ‘well done’ to 4 of our Year 10 girls who participated in a ‘girls only’ Army Work Experience Camp in Swynnerton, Staffordshire.

The girls had a great experience, it was also very hard for them at times during the week.  The girls overcame some massive hurdles and were smiling when we collected them!

Tiffany Passco was awarded the medal for ‘Edneavour’ out of 50 girls for her resilience, attitude & never giving up.Hollie Chamberlain was presented with a medal for being part of ‘Section 1’ who were the best overall company section for the week.

The girls carried out a parade which was a real delight to watch.