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Welcome to our half termly SFH6 newsletter.

The sun is shining and the exam season is now well and truly upon us. Students have been focused on revision and exam preparation and indeed some Y12s have already completed all of their AS exams. Many students attended a range of revision classes held over the Easter holidays and some subjects will also be running extra sessions in half term and in school time immediately prior to an exam. Students will be informed of these sessions by the relevant subject teachers.

Year 12 Students: Please remember that you MUST hand your Work Experience form!


Going to University in 2016? 2017?

Over 77% of our Y13 students have now received University offers for September and they have already made their final choice of two – one first choice and one ‘insurance’ offer.

Just the A level results to go now and then it will be all about shopping for kettles and learning to cook Spaghetti Bolognese.


Year 12 Progression Week

Year 12 students will be starting their ‘Progression Week’ from 13th – 16th June and then start lessons again on Friday 17th June.  

This week is all about helping our students to think about their options after 6th form and is designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to apply to University and Apprenticeships. The week will include workshops from Goldsmiths College, visits  to Kent  and Goldsmiths Universities, workshops on personal statement writing and student finance as well as workshops on Apprenticeships.

We are looking forward to meeting Y12 parents at our UCAS information evening on 14th June at 6pm. 

Details of the Progression Week programme have already been sent home and are also listed below.

Students are encouraged to book in for University open days and you can see details of these on this website


Progression Week Programme




June 13th                       

AM: Period 2, 3 and 4
Progression week launch assembly with guest speakers (Introduction to UCAS, why study at higher education, student finance & student life)

PM: Periods 5 & 6
Workshops with student ambassadors from Goldsmiths University  – (student life, finance, personal statement, course and uni choice)

The New School Hall @ Sydenham



In the 6th form area at Base school (where your tutor group is)

June 14th:

AM: Period 1-4

Personal statement/CV writing workshops and UCAS registration.


PM: Apprenticeship Workshop in the afternoon.


In the 6th form area at Base school


The New School Hall @ Sydenham

June 14th:

UCAS Evening for Parents: 6.00pm – 7.30pm         

Forest Hill School in the Atrium

June 15th

AM: (Times will vary depending on activity)
Personalised activities including a University visit and in-school activities with a focus on applying to competitive Russell Group Universities, Medicine, Art College and Oxbridge.
NB: Students will select which of these sessions to attend on Monday 13th June

Various depending on activity chosen

June 16th                       

Visit to Kent University for ALL students

Students will need to return a permission letter for this trip

Kent Campus and Canterbury
Transport will be by coach from your base school

June 22nd

UCAS Convention: Leaving at 11am and returning at 3.30 approx.
This is an opportunity to speak to representatives from all universities in the UK in one place!          
Students will need to print their own individual ticket for this – instructions for this will be given on Monday

Greenwich University


Success for our Physics Students at the British Physics Olympiad AS Physics Challenge 2016

The British Physics Olympiad (University of Oxford) produce a series of challenges each year for students in Year 10-13. Students from top schools all over the country take part in these which are in the style of very demanding question papers. To give you an idea of their difficulty, this is the statement that can be found on the front cover of the papers:

‘This paper is about problem solving. It is designed to be a challenge for the top AS physicists in the country. If you find the questions hard, they are. Do not be put off. The only way to overcome them is to struggle through and learn from them.’

This year, two year 12 students, Kate Alston and Florence Williams, opted to take part to represent Forest Hill and SFH6. I am delighted to say that both students succeeded in the challenge. Kate achieved the Bronze 1 award, and Florence achieved the Bronze 2, which means they were in the top 15% and 19% of students in the country, respectively, that took the challenge. Well done to you both!

Budding Science Journalist Olivia Kersey (y13)......

Olivia has been busy not just preparing for her A2 exams but also writing articles for’ Big Picture’ which  is a free educational resource that explores the innovations and implications of cutting-edge science. It is aimed at Biology teachers and post 16 students. Olivia has had 3 articles printed recently. Please click on the links below to read them.

Well done Olivia!


Plants case study: Muriel Wheldale Onslow and the ...
‘Big Picture’ is a free and impartial educational resource for biology teachers and students exploring the innovations and implications of cutting-edge science.

Plants case study: Barbara McClintock and maize | Big Picture
‘Big Picture’ is a free and impartial educational resource for biology teachers and students exploring the innovations and implications of cutting-edge science.

Attendance to lessons during Exam Season

Year 12 and 13 students are expected to attend all lessons in each subject up until they have taken the relevant exam. However, students are permitted to take the session immediately prior to each exam as private study so that they can focus their revision.  Year 12 students are expected to attend all of the sessions during Progression Week.
We would like to remind students that we expect everyone to maintain a minimum of 95% attendance to lessons. If you do have to be absent from school please remember that a note or a phone call from parents is needed to authorize the absence. Contact details for 6th form reception at each school are listed below.

If you have booked an Open Day please make sure that you inform the 6th Form so that we can authorise your absence!

Revision Tips

As the AS and A2 examinations have now started students need to make sure that they continue to put their revision plans into action, paying special attention to their exam timetable. Revision needs to be active and techniques such as flash cards and the Cornell method have been recommended to students. To check that revision is working students should always ask themselves; ‘Do I know it?’, ‘How do I know that I know it?’

Remember The 3 Steps To Success

  1. CHECKLIST: Have you got a list of everything you need to learn and know for each exam?
  2. PLAN: Have you got a written revision plan for every day up to and including your last exam? Make sure it covers everything on your checklist.
  3. LEARN & TEST YOURSELF: Make sure that you are using active revision methods (Cornell/Flash Cards etc) to learn and then test yourself to check it’s working. Just reading through your notes is not enough!

The websites in the useful links section below can provide some really useful advice on revision techniques and planning, take a loo
k.       a youtube clip explaining the Cornell method

Date Event
May 27th    

  Year 13 Leavers Prom

June 13th – 16th

Year 12 Progression Week begins. Students should arrive at the Sydenham site (new hall on the ground floor) for the start of period 2 at 10.00am. Details of the programme have been posted home.

June 14th Progression and UCAS Parents meeting held in the Atrium at Forest Hill School at 6pm (Y12 parents)
June 16th

Kent University trip for Year 12

June 17th

A/A2 lessons begin for Year 12. Students should attend all subjects until AS results are released in August

June 22nd       UCAS Convention held at Greenwich University – all Y12 students
June 27th     Bridging week begins new Y12 students
July 13th – 17th   Work Experience for Year  12
July 16th Last day of teaching for Y12

6th Form Admin Staff - Forest Hill

Simone McFarlane 6th Form Administrator

Morgan Bradshaw 6th Form Administrative Assistant

6th Form Admin Staff – Sydenham
Marcia Brown 6th Form Administrator

Sadia Naim 6th Form Administrative Assistant

Lesley Daniels SFH6 Federation Secretary

6th Form Leadership Team

Gill Pooley
Head of SFH6 Gill Pooley: Teaches Sociology, Media Studies and the Extended Project. Contact

Thierry Maton
Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Economics and Business Studies.

Mark Salmon
Deputy Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Maths and Politics.

Anita Belger
Head of 6th Sydenham: Teaches Sociology.

Sheila Conway
Head of Year 12 Sydenham: Teaches Health and Social Care, Citizenship and PSE

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