Life at Blatch6
To prepare for working life and independent study at University, we encourage students from an early stage to adopt business-like attitudes to college life, with an emphasis on attendance, punctuality, responsibility and commitment. We have found that by emphasising these life skills, along with resourcefulness and a respect for craft, students are able to succeed not only in their studies and qualifications but going forward into their life post age 18.
We have a tradition of volunteering at the College and for the past two years have worked to formalise this into the realms of Internship. The result is that students gain broader experience and achieve skills for future employability, and enhance their personal statements and CVs. Through this scheme, students have volunteered to support younger students in the main school, gained paid work at medical conferences and organised events for the elderly in the local community.
A Studious Atmosphere
Blatch6 has its own 6th form block in a separate building, with a common room and a large Open Learning Area to enable students to carry out independent study. Many lessons are taught in the 6th form block, however we are also able to utilise the excellent facilities within the main school building. Our science labs, IT suites and Design rooms are fully equipped with state of the art technology and new products or innovations are included wherever possible to ensure that the latest techniques and practices can be investigated by our own students. All our facilities are well supported and are available for both curricular and extra curricular activities.
The college views the Student Union as an integral part of the sixth form including charity fund-raising, social events or NUS support. Each year, students elect a president and vice president to lead the sixth form student body and represent their views, in a number of different forums. Subcommittees include sports, entertainment and common room.
The Student Union is a great opportunity for students to develop and improve their own college environment. The teamwork to organise events is a great chance to broaden skills and experience, whilst also taking the students’ voice directly into all areas of college life.
Josh Milsom, current Joint President with Charlie Harrington, says, “Being on the board of the Student Union offers great opportunities for developing different skills and working as part of a team - looks great on the CV! l I have had some fantastic times at Blatch6 and made good friends.”
Rag Week – Blatch6 is the only 6th Form in Brighton and Hove to offer a Rag Week. Just like at University, we organise a week of charity events where we go off timetable, taking part in activities and raising money for a range of charities. This has been a huge success over the past five years with the College collecting over £8000. Activities are organised by the Union and can be anything from cake sales, to the sixth form exclusive barbeque, after school games, shows in the Windmill Theatre and Capture the Flag themed days (when students dress up and collect money from staff and students, seeing who has raised the most and devised the best costume.)
6th Formers also get the opportunity to manage events within the Windmill Theatre, which not only broadens experience and skills, but consistently produces professional quality shows, such as The Fashion Show, Strictly Come Dancing and Blatch has Talent!
Students rate the support advice and counselling by the Sixth Form tutor team as being of the highest order. We aim to be accessible, approachable and positive. We are always prepared to give our students the time they need to think carefully through any academic, vocational or personal matter.
In support of student achievement, each student is monitored and mentored by a personal tutor. The personal tutor is allocated time to get to know their tutees and recognise the need for support when necessary. They help with course concerns, applications to Higher Education or employment. The college also has a Sixth Form Co-ordinator and dedicated Learning Mentor to provide support and guidance. These staff ensure students have access to all that is needed to enable them to focus on their studies and with future plans for University, Apprenticeships or employment. The Sixth Form Administrator is the focal point for communication and is readily available for assistance with general queries, including attendance issues, timetable isses and finance. The team is completed by Matt Greville (Sixth Form Leader) and Barbara Cornall (Assistant Headteacher).
Extensive Social Events
Blatch6 organises many extra-curricular events aside from Rag Week and these change each year to reflect the interests and skills of the students. From Blatch6 vs Staff football matches to theatre productions, new ideas are always welcome and every assistance given to making sure they happen.
Regular events include:
A show with pizza before and frequent Fancy Dress options make this an unforgetable experience!
Monthly guests present on a range of topics aiming to challenge and inspire us. Sit back and take it all in or take the opportunity to become more involved.
Debating the subject raused by our inspiring guest speakers and also the subjects we all care about. Learn to challenge each other's perceptions whilst respecting our differences.
National Citizen Service
A rewarding scheme that Blatch6 is offering through its partners: Concordia and YMCA. A residential includes activities such as raft building and rock climbing.
Meet professionals in the creative media industry at the Brighton Dome and take part in hands on workshops tailored to your interests.
International Film Club
Our English and Overseas students come together monthly to watch foreign language films (all subtitled) on our big screen. Popcorn provided!
Teenspirit is run by NRG in conjunction with Blatchington Mill School. Bands can audition to take part of 6th formers can volunteer as back stage crew at the Concorde 2 for this unmissable event.
Students and the wider community
Students are encouraged to broaden their range of experiences by working with other sections of the community, both in and out of Blatchington Mill. Students have spent time working in various departments at the Martlets Hospice, gaining reception skills, retail work in the charity shop and contributing to others in the garden and café.
Within Blatchington Mill, sixth form students have participated in pair reading schemes with pupils lower down the school in need of assistance.
European and International Students
Blatch6 has a strong international mix and welcomes European and International students to join the wide range of courses and subjects we have to offer. Due to the fantastic community environment within our College, students from overseas have the perfect opportunity to find out about and take advantage of all that our city has to offer.
Brighton and Hove is a vibrant and cultural city, being host to many Festivals from the Arts to Comedy, with a rich history of royalty, commerce and innovation. Blatch6 takes advantage of the array of opportunities that are available from the numerous events in our town to enrich learning and leisure time. Travel to London from Brighton is especially convenient (being only one hour on the train), and allows students to take advantage of events and exhibitions within the capital city, without the expense and distraction of having to live in such a busy environment. Brighton and Hove has embraced the student culture and there are numerous outlets offering discounts, as well as the town’s exciting annual ‘Student Lock-in’ at Churchill Square and various Freshers events.
Over the past few years Blatch6 has had full-time students from all over the world including: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria and Turkey, Zimbabwe.