College Notices: w/c 14th October 2013

by Kim Small.  

For All Students

Bullying Update

  • As you know, any form of Bullying will not be tolerated at Alton College
  • Sadly, a recent incident has resulted in a student being suspended for homophobic cyber bullying.
  • Please think carefully about what you say, write and do.

Summer Resits

  • Summer 2014 GCSE & AS resits
  • Book NOW through the online store
  • DEADLINE: 10th February, 12 noon
  • Late applications will not be accepted

Inset Day

  • Friday 18th October:
  • The College will be closed to all students for a Staff training day – the LRC will also be closed.
  • Your teachers will be giving you work to do so that you can study at home.

Student Reflection Period

  • 21st Oct – 01 Nov
  • This is when you will enter your ‘Student Reflections’ on Insight
  • This is your assessment of how you are doing in each of your subjects and is to help you meet your target grade
  • Your subject teachers will work with you to help you reflect on your progress
  • After half-term you will discuss your reflections with your teachers

Creative Writing

  • Come along and join our group of writers on Wednesdays from 1-2pm in Room 708 – open to anyone who enjoys Creative Writing, whether you are taking an English A level or not!

Geology Club

  • Interested in volcanoes, fossils, earthquakes, climate change – in brief, how our planet works? Perhaps want to find out about lucrative careers involving global travel?
  • We currently meet on Monday (1.00 pm, room 906) but are considering changing to Wednesday or Thursday after Half Term. Newcomers welcome!
  • November 2nd: Trip to London for the Geologists’ Association Festival. Entry is free. Lots of pretty stuff and interesting lectures. Email Mick ( for details.

Sports Clubs

  • Basketball, Frisby, Freeplay, Table tennis, Netball, Badminton, Wheelchair Basketball (wheelchairs provided)
  • Every Tuesday & Thursday
  • 12.45-1.45pm
  • All abilities welcome!
  • Please wear sporting gear ie: trainers and shorts/gym gear
  • No sports kit = no playing

Join the Alton College Rocket Scientists 2014

  • Knowledge is all about asking questions.
  • Contact your resident scientist Dr. Penny Marriott via the college e-mail and come and have a chat. (

For First Years:

Extension Discussion Group for AS English students

  • Tuesdays 1-2pm Room 708
  • For all students who enjoy English and are hoping for the top grades for your English AS/A level: wider reading and extending classroom work by discussing to a more advanced level is essential to gaining A and A* grades. It is also advantageous if you think you might apply to read English at University, and Admissions Tutors look for evidence of a wide range of independent reading in your personal statements.
  • You will begin by discussing texts from Cambridge University’s list of preferred wider reading, and the LRC has purchased the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review for you to use to stimulate discussions too.
  • If this appeals, then come along and join in!

For Second Years:

Extension Group for A2 English Language & Literature Students

  • Thursdays 1-2pm in Room 708 starting this Thursday, 17th October
  • For all students who enjoy their A2 Lang&Lit ‘A’ level and are wanting to boost their grades; to discuss new material, go over classroom work and push each others’ understanding to that work. Essential if you are hoping for top grades, and available to all who want to make good progress in their second year.

Extension Group for A2 English Literature Students

  • Thursdays 1-2pm in Room 706 starting this Thursday, 17th October
  • A Literary discussion group for all of you who enjoy English and are wanting to gain a good grade for your English Lit A level. I will provide stimulus material to begin with, based on Cambridge University’s list of preferred wider reading, and then you set your own agenda using the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review if you wish. Extended reading around your studied texts is the best way for students to achieve top grades.

UCAS Advisory Deadline

  • Friday 25th October
  • This is our advisory deadline. If you have chosen your courses and your application is near to completion aim to finalise your application by this date
  • If you still have open days to attend during half term and haven’t finalised your choices / personal statement visit a UCAS Clinic to get other sections checked and signed off
  • The FINAL College deadline for ALL applications to guarantee meeting the UCAS deadline is the 25th November – you MUST submit your application before this date.

UCAS Application Process

    1. Register through
    2. Attend UCAS clinics for help and to get individual sections of online application signed off
    3. Complete online application (except for the pay/send section)
    4. Complete sections A-C on UCAS Checklist (in yellow booklet)
    5. Take checklist to tutor to sign off Personal Statement and Course Choices
    6. Complete pay/send section of online application
    7. Take completed UCAS checklist to UCAS clinic for final approval

    Still unsure…..visit a UCAS clinic for advice