Year 11s Spring into Sixth Form


Future sixthformers showed off their creative talents when they rose to a fashion design challenge at the Spring into Sixth Form event.

Nearly 40 Year 11 students from St Bernard’s, Walney, Dowdales, Furness Academy, Ulverston Victoria High School and Chetwynde attended the event at the Rating Lane campus.

The students were mixed into teams and tasked with finding the materials for their design on a treasure hunt around the college and then set to work to create a ‘concept’ costume.

Sue Hannan, Assistant Director of Curriculum (Young People’s Learning), said there was a fantastic vibe around college as the students ploughed their energy into the task.

“One of the brilliant things about sixth form college is that school leavers get to meet a whole range of new people and this event aims to help them do that in advance of starting their academic studies and ensure they settle in quickly to college life.

“Within minutes the students were all working together and you’d never know that for many of them it was the first time they had met. We were impressed by their confidence and creativity and we can’t wait to welcome them as first years in September.”

The competition was judged by Assistant Principal Head of Sixth Form Jeff Chadd and Deputy Head of Sixth Form Helen Gibson who selected the ‘knowledge’ concept costume – complete with inspiring phrases – as the winner out of seven teams. Each of the winning team received a £20 high street fashion voucher.