A conference to raise awareness of domestic violence was held at Cadbury Sixth Form College by Ashram Housing Association

In a bid to raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage our students to gain new insights into what young people may be experiencing at home, Cadbury Sixth Form College hosted a conference by Ashram Housing Association as part of The Accord Group.

The “Celebrating Success” conference, which was held on Friday April 24th 2015 in Cadbury College’s Bob Michel Performance Theatre, explored issues including forced marriage, honour-based violence and domestic abuse.

High-profile speakers at the event included Ashram Housing Association’s Children and Families Service Manager, Sahdaish Pall and Suzanne Virdee, once a television journalist for ITV Central and BBC News and now a freelance journalist.

Students Support Local Community

A group of A-Level students from Cadbury College raise funds for charity

This year, a group of nineteen students from a Specialist Sixth Form College in Kings Norton raised an impressive £500 for charity as part of their enrichment programme.  The students were split into four groups and took part in Young Enterprise, which aims “to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise”. The enterprise programme requires students to form a business and elect a board of directors among themselves, raise share capital, then create, sell, and market products, attempting to generate profits.

The Cadbury College students undertook a multitude of activities for their respective businesses, including fresh eggs, cake, chocolate, ice cream and milkshake sales, an exciting X-Box challenge and packing shopping bags at their local Sainsbury’s store.

Healthy Week with Centro at Cadbury College!

Mountain biking

The end of January saw Cadbury College host their “Healthy Week” event, where they invited a variety of organisations into the college to discuss health-related issues with students, promoting the importance of healthy living.  Christine Preece, Student Services Manager at Cadbury College, said "As part of our ‘healthy college’ status we think it is very important to offer as many services to our students as possible.  Many of our students are reluctant to source services outside of college, so it is vital that we bring the services to them."  

West Midlands Fire Service Road Casualty Reduction Team support Stay Safe Week

A huge thank you to Stuart Fisher MBE for visiting Cadbury College as part of Stay Safe Week.

Stuart was left with life-changing injuries after being knocked down by a drunk driver in 1996, and is in need of 24 hour care. He kindly agreed to join the West Midlands Fire Service Road Casualty Reduction Team (RCRT) for a talk and Q&A session with Cadbury students, to help raise awareness about road safety.

Cadbury College’s Stay Safe Week ran from 20th to 23rd October, 2014. The week was organised with the aim of educating all students on how to stay safe in a variety of situations and covered issues such as crime prevention, personal safety and online safety.

Beth Sherburn takes centre stage at Cadbury College’s ‘Stay Safe Week’

Beth, a singer songwriter who is originally from Sedgley, has already supported artists including The Saturdays Greatest Hits Arena Tour, Conor Maynard, Katy B and Duke Dumont and is using her new profile to visit colleges in the area to speak to students about cyber bullying.

Beth visited the specialist sixth form college on Tuesday 21st October and began her set by performing a cover of Rihanna's Diamonds followed by clap-along song Happy and a cover of Beyoncé's XO, finishing with her new single Joker, which features rapper Lil Wayne.

Beth also took part in a question and answer session where the sixth form students asked her about cyber bullying and what they can do if they are affected by it. Speaking after her performances, Beth said:

"Cyber bullying is on the increase and that is why this campaign is so important.”

School Leavers' Open Day

Young people and their families are being invited to Cadbury Sixth Form College’s annual Open Day on Saturday 8th November 2014.

The Open Day will provide young people and their parents with an opportunity to find out about the specialist A Level college, which offers over 45 different advanced level courses including A Level and BTEC qualifications at Level 3.

The event is aimed at students in Year 11 who will take their GCSEs in summer 2015. The government has risen the participation age, which means that young people completing their GCSEs next year are required to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. However, this does not mean that pupils have to stay in school, one of the options is to continue their education at a sixth form college, such as Cadbury College.

Turves Green Girls' School Enjoy a visit to Cadbury College

Pupils from Turves Green Girls’ School got a taste of college life on Thursday 2 October by spending a day at Cadbury Sixth Form College.

The visit was organised to help pupils start thinking about careers and their plans for after school.

Over 100 Year 8 pupils visited the specialist sixth form college to undertake a range of activities including a careers quiz which explored the skills required for different jobs.

The pupils got to meet former Turves Green Girls’ School pupils who are now students at the college and heard about the differences between school and college as well as the advantages of studying A Levels. The pupils were also treated to musical performances from A Level Drama and BTEC Performing Arts students. The day ended with a fashion show in which Cadbury College students modelled garments created by students studying A Level Textiles.

Cadbury College hosts Oxford Union Debaters

The Oxford Union Society's annual schools' competition is the biggest schools debating competition in the UK, aimed at students aged 14-18.

The workshop, which was held on Thursday 2 October, welcomed pupils and staff from six West Midlands schools and colleges including Kings Norton Girls' School, King Edward VI College Stourbridge, King Edwards Stratford upon Avon, RGS Worcester, Warwick School and Colmers School. The pupils were joined by students from Cadbury College’s Debating Society, who are all aiming to compete in this year’s competition.

Experienced Oxford Union debaters ran the workshop and introduced students to the British Parliamentary debating style which included tips on coming up with arguments, structuring speeches and speaking with confidence. There was also a talk about student life in Oxford and applying to the university.

Students bake and donate!

Students at Cadbury Sixth Form College tucked into tea and cakes to raise hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The students were supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which invites people to fundraise for the charity by taking time out for a slice of cake. Cake stalls were set up across campus and staff and students at the specialist sixth form tucked in to some home-made delights.

The event, which was organised by nineteen second year A-Level students, kick-starts a year of fundraising activities and charity work at the college. Some of the students donated treats whilst others took the time to bake their own cakes.The event, which ran for three hours on Friday 26th September, raised £259.41.

Supporting you to Step Up

Information for new students.

The term for our new lower sixth students starts this week with an induction programme on Thursday 4th September and Friday 5th September.

Induction is when we welcome new students to the college and provide lots of useful information that will support them during their time with us. It is also a chance to meet teaching staff and fellow students.

For many new students this is an exciting time but some individuals may be feeling a little nervous.

Individuals can sometimes be worried about starting new subjects or are concerned about the step up from GCSE to A Level.

New students, do not worry, help is at hand!

Cadbury College will help you Step Up!

Step Up is a college wide programme specifically designed to help students make a successful transition from GCSE to AS Level study.