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The Meridian School • Garden Walk • Royston • Hertfordshire • SG8 7JH

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Meridian Sixth Form College Induction Day
On the 27 June, groups of Meridian year 11 students gathered in the Sixth Form Centre to find out more about Meridian Sixth Form College. The event opened with a welcome speech from Head of Sixth Form, Mr Clive Crisford, followed by an introduction to the Sixth Form team at the College.
The aim of the day was to gain an understanding of life at our Sixth Form in an enjoyable and sociable way, so that students could start to feel part of the sixth form before their well-earned summer break. Sessions included the ‘Team Challenge' in which students had to work as a team, thinking logically to solve a series of problems using their ingenuity and organisational skills. The ‘Study Skills’ session looked at the differences between GCSE and A Level study, and introduced new study techniques and how to apply them. Miss Kim Horner, Acting Headteacher, commented: ‘It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm from the students throughout the day, we look forward to welcoming them into Meridian Sixth Form College this September.’
At lunchtime, students met with the teachers of those subjects they were interested in studying in the Sixth Form. This was an extremely valuable session that enabled them to gain a better insight into those subjects to help them decide whether they wanted to study them or not. The students were also given tips as to how to get a head start over the summer break!



Y9 Business students have just taken part in an Eco Bag project. The students had to do some initial market research on why we need Eco Bags, what competition there is, pricing and which Charity to donate to. The students then used this research and wrote  a written proposal on how their bag could be successful. The students were then able to create there bags and sold them The students have raised £114 which has been donated to a range of charities such as  Garden Hospice, Make a Wish, Cancer Research, WWF Shine.



This year Meridian Sixth Form College has introduced an opportunity for our high-flying students in year 9 and 10 to sample the life of two of the most prestigious universities in the world.


Students attended taster days at both Cambridge and Reading University. The sixth form will be arranging these visits annually, students from both year groups are able to see and experience what these two famous universities are like.  The visits also serve to connect students from both year groups, who may have similar interests and ambitions. 


Students first attended an Open Day at Reading University on Wednesday 29 March. They attended talks about applying to university, received sample subject lectures, and had the chance to put their questions to Admissions Tutors for a range of subjects. They were also given a guided tour around the campus with one student in year 10 commenting ‘this is bigger than Royston!’


The following day, a second group of students travelled to Cambridge University.  Clare College hosted the day and provided tours around the picturesque grounds and buildings of the university. Students attended a ‘Cambridge Explained’ talk and then were able to find out more about subjects and colleges from existing students.


Commenting on the trips, Clive Crisford, Head of Sixth Form, explained “We were very pleased to be able to take students on these visits to both Cambridge and Reading universities this year. These trips enable students from both year groups to see the universities but more than that, they also help to inspire students to aim high when thinking about their future career paths”.


The visits were part of the information advice and guidance given to students in year 9 and 10 before moving into the sixth form at Meridian.




At Meridian School and Sixth Form College, we believe the health and safety of our students, and indeed, of all those who use the college site, is a top priority. As such, we are trying to raise money, in order to purchase a defibrillator.


We are contacting all those who use the school site, along with others whohave a connection with or interest in the school, to let them know about this fundraising.


We firmly believe that in the case where a defibrillator is available to be used in an emergency, the chances of saving a person’s life are increased hugely, especially if this is available to be usedwithin the first 4 minutes. The arrival of an ambulance is likely to take much longer than this.


In order to be able to buy a defibrillator, with which first aid staff can be trained, we are seeking voluntary donations from parents / carers of our students, as well as from those who use the site during evenings or weekends, or from members of the public who wish to support this venture.


The defibrillator would be available to all who use the site and its facilities. Thank you for supporting our good cause. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Meridianschool



KPMG Apprenticeship Success for Isaac Iles at Meridian Sixth Form College


After a rigorous selection process lasting over 3 months, Isaac Iles, a student at Meridian Sixth Form College, has been awarded a prestigious apprenticeship at KPMG. 


Everyone at Meridian Sixth Form College is delighted for Isaac. Isaac
KPMG’s recruitment process is highly competitive; Isaac was required to complete an online application, a psychometric test and record an audio clip answering a number of questions. 


After successfully making it through this stage, Isaac was invited to KPMG’s assessment centre, where he was further challenged alongside the other candidates.


Isaac said, ‘The help and support I received from Meridian Sixth Form College was essential; Mr Crisford helped prepare me throughout the process, explaining what I was likely to be asked to do, which I am sure gave me an advantage over the other applicants.'

'At the assessment centre we had to complete group exercises, followed by a written report, final interview and self-evaluation. The whole day was really stressful as I was constantly being assessed, however, just over a week later I received confirmation that I had been successful’.

Clive Crisford, Head of Meridian Sixth Form College, reported: ‘Isaac has been a star throughout his time at the college. This apprenticeship is just reward for all his dedication and hard work.’ 

Year 12 Work Experience Programme:  Monday 17th – Friday 21st July 2017


We acknowledge at Meridian Sixth Form College how important it is for students to gain valuable experience and skills required for their future career paths, whether it be university courses, further education courses or employment and apprenticeships. 


We have spoken to the Year 12 students about the benefits of gaining work experience in Year 12.  Most employers, young people and their parents or carers are positive about the experience and recognise the benefits, particularly in the competitive market place that now exists for young people when applying for employment and university courses.


Work Experience placements help young people learn and offer a number of benefits including: providing an insight into the particular skills and attitudes required by particular sectors and employers, a better understanding of changes in the world of work and an opportunity to develop the young person's personal and social skills and increase their maturity.


We know that a work based placement can prepare students for their next steps and believe the skills that are gained will benefit students when writing personal statements and letters of job application.


Work Experience for all Year 12 students will take place for a week from Monday 17th – Friday 21st July 2017.


How does this work?
The students have been asked to research their own work experience places, and if any of you have potential places available at your work place I would be very pleased to hear of them.

2017 Oxbridge Students 


​We are very pleased to announce that Kaitlin Saward has been offered a place at Cambridge University for this coming September.


As part of the Oxbridge Programme, Meridian Sixth Form College offers students regular sessions helping students with the following areas; writing personal statements, interview techniques and preparing for interviews.


We also offer subject specific support within departments, where heads of the department or designated staff members run special extension programmes enabling students to explore their subject in greater depth, often outsides of the confines of the syllabus.


Mock interviews are also arranged and run within departments, although in some cases, experts within the students chosen field volunteer their time to run mock interviews.


The Royston Rotary Club also visited the College in November to deliver practise interviews. We can't thank them enough for their contribution to the students' success. 

BBC News at Meridian School


On Monday this week, in the wake of Theresa May’s announcements highlighting mental health as a government priority, BBC National News asked to visit Meridian School in Royston, due to the innovative work that the Royston Schools Academy Trust (RSAT) is doing to support the mental health of students in our community. 


The BBC team was led by Hugh Pym, the BBC’s Health Correspondent, who was interested to find out how RSAT is leading the way on tackling mental health issues in young people.


Meridian has committed to employing a counsellor as part of its team, and also hosts NESSie, an organisation that offers support in mental health to all the schools in North Hertfordshire. 


Theresa May has announced that all secondary schools in England will receive training in spotting the early signs of poor mental health. However, as Kim Horner, Meridian’s Acting Headteacher, reflected, although training staff to identify vulnerable young people is a move forward, the government has not allocated any funding.


Schools, already on extremely tight budgets, simply do not have sufficient resources to fund therapeutic input for young people who need it, and without this input, many of our young people will continue to reach crisis point.


 Schools need extra funding to support their work on mental health.





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