UPDATE: 

Students should make their own way to and from the college. All students will be required to attend the day.  A reminder that students should arrive for 9:30am on Mon. Students should report to Play Football/Sports Centre on arrival.  Start/finish times and guidance on equipment and dress are provided in the letter (website and SMHW). A number of student have not returned reply slips.  If you have not already returned the reply slip please can you do so or contact the school if you son/daughter is NOT able to attend.

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to provide you with some information regarding the school’s next Immersion Day on 3rd July. As part of the school’s careers provision students have access to a range of information and support so that they are prepared for when they finish school in year 11. As part of this provision, and in collaboration with Bury College the school has been able to organise a day in college for all year 10 students. The day has been organised to provide students with an opportunity to experience college life and study subjects and courses that they may pursue after leaving school.

Taster sessions for the range of subjects/courses (from A-levels to apprenticeships) available at Bury college have been provided to students and they have made their choices for the day. The sessions are taster sessions and we have encouraged students to make their selections with this in mind as the day is a valuable opportunity to investigate subjects/courses that they would like to know more about. Each student will be provided with an individual timetable based on their choices and they will follow this for the day.

As well as the opportunity to sample the different subjects and courses the day has also been organised with the aim of providing students with an experience of wider college life. Students will be required to make their own way to/from Bury college, navigate around the campus during the day and study in the surroundings and facilities of a large college. We hope that this challenge is one that students will embrace and to support them with this members of Tottington High School staff will be present in the taster sessions and around the campus during the day.

In terms of organisation on the day students will be expected to arrive promptly for registration at the college. Registration will take place at 9:30am. Students will be required to organise their own transport/journey and they can bring a packed lunch or money to buy food from the college. Students will not be allowed off the college campus during break and lunchtime and students will be dismissed at 2:30pm. If there are any particular issues with transport please contact me at school. Any student that receives school meals will be provided with a packed lunch if required (please indicate this on the reply slip below). Students will not be required to wear school uniform and should come dressed appropriately for the day. Standards of dress and professionalism will be emphasised to students before the visit.  As for all of our non-uniform days, make-up and jewellery rules will be ‘relaxed’ but we insist on ‘sensible’ amounts of both. Tops must not reveal midriffs or shoulders and should not be ‘low-cut’. Any student who we feel is not following these guidelines, will be removed from the day (parents/carers will be contacted). Under the circumstances we would appreciate your support in reinforcing this point to your child. For some of the vocational courses specific clothing will be required. Particular requirements will be organised with individual students in such instances. Students will also be issued with a timetable in school the week before and the timetable will provide details of the lessons and rooms that the each student will be in for the day.

It is hoped that the day will be a valuable and rewarding one for all year 10 students and that the experience of college and of subjects/courses that they are interested in will help support their post 16 choices and provide them with the motivation to fulfil their potential in year 11. Students will be reminded of the importance of excellent behaviour and their responsibilities as representatives of the school. Students that do not meet these high standards whilst at the college will be withdrawn from the day and parents/carers will be contacted.  Additional actions will be taken when back in school and there will be further implications for participation in future school visits and end of year activities.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support with this college visit for your son/daughter. Please could you complete the slip below and return it via your son/daughter to the Main Office at school.

Kind Regards

Mr A. Rashud
Assistant Headteacher

Download letter and reply slip

Bury College Year 10 Taster Day Letter 2017