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Posted on 10/11/2017

Year 10 Football team also showing strong

A brilliant 7-2 win for the year 10 football team in the second round of the National Cup against Etonbury Academy. Goals from Oliver (3) Kian (2) Harry (1) OG (1). Man of the match Jacob McGlynn.

Posted on 8/11/2017

Year 9 Football team follows up first win with a second

National Cup 2nd Round - Meridian 4 v Acle Academy 2.

Y9 boys Football team progressed to the third round after defeating Acle Academy from Great Yarmouth. Goals from Taylor Newman (2), Matthew DePetrillo and Jack Beber ensured a hard fought win against a strong team from the East coast. The team have now been given an away tie in Slough.

Posted on 13/10/2017

Brilliant first match for Year 9 Football team

The Y9 Boys Football played their first Round of the ESFA National Cup yesterday against Kempston Challenger Academy (Bedford) and won 6-1. Goal scorers for Meridian were Taylor Newman (3), Finlay Hogan (2) and Jack Green. A thoroughly deserved win. Well done to all the players who took part.

Squad:

  • Joe Smith
  • Ross Allen
  • Fin Bentley
  • Jake Harradine
  • Finlay Hogan (Captain)
  • Cameron Ratcliffe
  • Jack Green
  • Nathan Hamilton
  • Matthew Depetrillo
  • Taylor Newman
  • Luke Stressing
  • Elliot Brooks

Posted on 03/10/2017

Update from the RSAT Board

During September, we shared advance information of our intention to bring together the three existing schools in the Trust, to create one through school (years 5 to 13). As promised, we can now confirm that the full proposal will be published and shared no later than October 20th. The proposal will be subject to a full consultation period, details of which will accompany the publication.

Posted on 21/9/2017

Strong start for Meridian Year 10 Netball team

The Meridian Year 10 Netball team made a superb start to the district league with wins against Barclay and Priory.

Their first match was against Barclay who were strong in the opening few minutes and built up a 2-0 lead. After this Meridian settled more into the game and started to dominate possession. Excellent shooting by Lydia Webb (GA) soon drew Meridian level and both Webb and Elleanne Keen (GS) continued to be well supported by Maya Warburton (WA) and Ella Fleming ( C ) and Meridian went into half-time with a 6-3 lead. Taiah Chandler (GK), Sophie Bateman (GK) and Jessica Murton (WD) had worked hard to deny Barclay scoring chances.

At half time Ellie Wright swapped with Jessica Murton (WD) and continued to help our defensive players to intercept play and start our own attacks. Chandler, Webb and Warburton continued to link well during the second half and some beautiful shoulder passes were played into the D for Webb and Keen to score. The final score was Meridian 13 - Barclay 7.

Our second match was against Priory and straight from the first whistle it was evident that this would be a challenge for Meridian. With Warburton switching to C for this game, she was instrumental in linking our defensive and attacking players. Candler played brilliantly against a strong priory shooter and was working hard with Bateman to collect any rebounded shots. Keen and Webb worked hard to create scoring opportunities and Meridian went into half-time with a slender 3-2 lead.

The second half was exciting with both teams matching each other goal for goal. Meridian's grit and determination to win and intercept 50-50 passes was a deciding factor in the end and they won the game 7-6.

A fantastic start to the season, well done ladies!

Posted on 14/9/2017

Students in Royston Choose Meridian Sixth Form

This is an exciting time for Meridian Sixth Form College, with students and staff working together to secure great futures. The Sixth Form Team are committed to supporting students on this journey of discovery and achievement. Clive Crisford, Head of Sixth Form, said ‘we are delighted to welcome all of the new Year 12 students to the college, this year has seen a 50% increase in the number of students starting at the college and we look forward to helping them excel in all aspects of sixth form life. The students have made a strong start to the academic year showing real potential to gain top grades.’

The new Year 12 students have now begun a two-week induction programme to enable them to ensure they are on the correct programme of study. Students are allowed to change subjects during this period to explore the broad range of different courses that are available, something that is unique to Meridian. At the end of the induction programme students and staff enjoyed a well-earned BBQ. Heather Lawrence the new Student President said ‘starting in an entirely different environment can be difficult sometimes, however fitting into Meridian Sixth Form is not hard. The induction programme gives us the opportunity to make sure we make the very best start to out studies, and the BBQ was a great way to mark the start of a new year’.

The Sixth Form Team strive to ensure that all students feel happy and confident. This is achieved through a well-established pastoral support network that provides students with care, guidance and support when needed.

Posted on 29/8/2017

Meridian Sixth Form College – Results 2017

There have been well-deserved celebrations at Meridian Sixth Form as excellent results were confirmed for the College’s 2017 leavers. Head of Sixth Form, Clive Crisford, is delighted that once again the students have succeeded in gaining their university and apprenticeship places with a brilliant set of results.

Outstanding individual A-level performances included Kaitlin Saward who achieved A*A*AA grades, Kaitlin said, “I am extremely pleased with my results. I could not have done it without the teachers’ motivation.” Nathan King, one of Meridian’s highest GCSE achievers in 2015 kept his excellent track record gaining A*AA grades at A-level. Nathan goes on to study Mathematics at Exeter University.

Student President, Amy Jordan, with her A*AB grades will be making the move to St Andrews, Amy said, “I am very excited and really happy as I worked so hard. Meridian Sixth Form was so supportive throughout the entire application process for university and I am so excited to be going to my first choice university”.

Other A-level high flyers include:

  • Boris Choi (A*AAB) is taking up an accountancy apprenticeship
  • James Edwards (AAB) will study geography at Exeter University
  • Shona Saunders (AAA) will study International Spa Management at Derby University

As well as students going on to Higher Education, Meridian students are also embarking on apprenticeships in a range of employment sectors. Isaac Iles is taking up an apprenticeship with KPMG and William Smith is also taking up an apprenticeship with Johnson Matthey.

Headteacher (Acting), Kim Horner, said "Congratulations to all our Sixth Form students for working incredibly hard and achieving such strong results in addition to their wider contributions to the leadership of the school. One of the keys of our success is a consistent focus on the interests of the students, developing a broad range of skills and responsibilities. We wish our Year 13 students every success as they leave us for the next exciting chapter in their lives.”

Posted on 5/7/2017

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!

Posted on 13/6/2017

Eco Bag project

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.

Posted on 5/6/2017

High Flying Students from Meridian Visit Prestigious Universities

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.

Posted on 19/5/2017

New Defibrillator

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 who have 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 used within 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

Posted on 29/4/2017

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.

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.’

Posted on 7/4/2017

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.

Posted on 7/4/2017

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.

Posted on 1/4/2017

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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