Students enjoy their KickStart Experience!

The summer holidays are a great time for our students to recuperate after the academic year.  However they are also a fantastic opportunity, particularly for first year students, to build up some experience and prepare themselves for their upcoming second year and beyond.  Four of our students decided to grab the opportunity with both hands, and they signed up for the KickStart Programme run by the Springboard UK charity.  Springboard’s KickStart programmes are open to school and college leavers (16+) who are undecided on their career plans and is designed to help them in their career decision making, which is particularly helpful at a time when gaining a foothold on the career ladder is particularly difficult for young people.

Physics students are flying high!

This month saw our first year Physics students complete the annual Cadbury College air rocket competition, hosted by our very own specialist Physics teacher, Ian Kemp.

Every year, the students are provided with a brief to build a rocket out of paper and card that will fly the furthest distance when propelled by compressed air from the rocket launcher.  The students spend around 4 hours constructing, testing and perfecting their designs, before taking them outside to take part in the competition.

Physicist of the Year Award goes to Marc Rosales!

Each year, The Ogden Trust sponsor each school/college to nominate an outstanding year 12 physics student to receive an award.  

Marc Rosales was this year's award winner from Cadbury College and he was chosen for the outstanding work he produced in Physics throughout the year.

The award was presented to Marc at a special event held at Birmingham University School of Physics and Astronomy by the Ogden Trust.  The award was presented to Marc by Professor Martin Rees, the head of the Nuclear Physics group at Birmingham.

Glisten: The show will go on!

Wednesday 22nd May saw the hard work, dedication and exceptional talent of our Creative and Performing Arts students being showcased in Cadbury College's very own exhibition centre.  The exhibition was run in tandem with our Prospective Parent Information Evening, which was well attended by parents of our applicants.  A fantastic opportunity for parents to find out about the college and what to expect over the coming months, the evening was a huge success.

From a range of A-Level and BTEC Level 3 subjects, including 3D Design, Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics, our students 2 years' worth of work was set up and showcased to parents, students and teachers from local schools.  

Next Stop: Your Future!

On Friday, representatives from Staffordshire University visited Cadbury College to showcase what they can offer to A-Level students.  A super fancy, branded double decker bus with an on-board cinema, bedroom and lounge with hot drinks, give-aways and a competition. Watching a short HE movie with popcorn, delving into a virtual reality experience with an oculus and seeing just where they could be living if they chose Staffordshire University next year, the students had a fabulous time!  

The idea of the double decker bus came in response to many of the difficulities students have attending Open Days.  The experience gives students an interactive opportunity to discover more about University life before embarking on that adventure, even if they are unable to travel to the scheduled Open Events.

Performing Arts students reunite!

Thursday June 16th 2016 saw some of our former Drama & Theatre Studies and Performing Arts students return to Cadbury College for a catch up! Students have been studying Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts here at Cadbury since we opened over 30 years ago, and today we welcome some of our previous students back to the drama studios.The students caught up with one another and shared their exciting experiences since leaving Cadbury.  They reminisced about some of the fantastic shows that have been produced and performed at Cadbury College over the years.  Let's take a look at some of the highlights - click through the slideshow below:

Our students really have put on some cracking shows, and the level of talent over the years has been truly exceptional.

Well done to all involved!

Godspell: all-singing, all-dancing!

May saw our Performing Arts and Drama & Theatre Studies students come together for their end-of-year production of Godspell - the all-singing all-dancing theatrical musical.  Our students got the chance to not only showcase their acting abilities, but also their skills in singing and dancing.
 
Using the whole of the stage area and a wealth of exciting props and techniques, the two groups collaborated extremely well and the show was a huge success.

Former student pursuing her dream career!

Meg O'Donnell joined Cadbury College in 2009 from St Peter's Roman Catholic School.  She chose to study English Literature & Language, Media Studies, Photography and Theatre Studies in her first year here, before dropping Theatre  Studies in her second.  She achieved fantastic results in her A-Level subjects, and went off to study a degree in BA (Hons) Photography at Plymouth University.  Here, she talks about her experiences in landing her dream job since graduation and what it took to get where she is today:

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

Students gain valuable insight into "Interview Success"

On Tuesday April 19th 2016, Cadbury College welcomed three representatives from Barclays Life Skills, who were prepared to conduct an interactive workshop with our second year students to provide them with useful insight to succeed at university and employment interviews.

Our students, who take part in the WorKing Knowledge enrichment programme at Cadbury Sixth Form College, have had a variety of different experiences when it comes to interviews.  One of the main aims of the workshop was to share these experiences with one another and develop a stronger understanding of how to perform well at an interview, in a bid to improve employability prospects for our students.  Students learned about various interview techniques and what they could expect during a variety of interview processes and how best to prepare for these.