May 3rd, 2016

A community-minded student at The Sixth Form College, Solihull has been working with a mental health charity to help young people under the age of 25 years of age.

Erin Osborne-Richards (aged 18, from Stirchley) has been working with Forward Thinking Birmingham on a project called Pause. Based in Digbeth in Birmingham, this initiative exists to offer mental health support for young people. In particular, there is a focus on crisis support to give young people help when they really need it, rather than having to cope while on a waiting list for a mental health referral. This drop-in service will allow those suffering mental health issues to find someone to talk to or even join a workshop (e.g. to create some art).

Erin commented, “This is a really important service. Lots of young people are suffering with stress and anxiety and if they are in crisis they can’t afford to wait for help. I’ve been really pleased to be involved in supporting the creation of the Pause service in Digbeth and I hope it will benefit many young people in the area.”

The former Queensbridge School student is currently studying Biology, Politics and Psychology at A level. She is also part of the College’s Wider Medical Careers Academy enrichment and hopes that will help her forge a career in Midwifery. She is taking a gap year to build up work experience in this field and hopes to apply to university next year.

For more information on the Forward Thinking Birmingham Service, visit To discover more about the Pause initiative, go to

The SATs debate – comments from the Headmaster of Scarborough College

May 3rd, 2016
Further to the current unrest with SATs and today’s ‘strikes’ please see below comments from Mr Charles Ellison, Headmaster Scarborough College and Bramcote Junior School.
“It’s sad to see that the over-examination of pupils in the maintained sector has brought such a high proportion of the country’s families to their knees.  At a time when the KS2 SATs cause meltdowns across the country, after months of stagnated learning in the classroom due to the pressure placed on class teachers to ‘over-prepare’ their children so that the school’s data doesn’t come back to bite them, I am reassured to see our own Year 6s forging ahead with new topics, running past my office window for Games and engaging with subject-specific teachers who are ensuring they hit the ground running in Year 7, well ahead of their unfortunate counterparts in the state primaries incessantly jumping through the governmental hoops!”
KS1 and KS2 pupils at Scarborough College are NOT subjected to these examinations.  As an independent school we are able to ‘opt out’ but all of our pupils continue to learn and thrive in a challenging and nurturing educational environment.
For more information or comments from Mr Ellison, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
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