October 24th, 2014

Sociology students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull visited the Birmingham Back-to-Backs Museum this week to see at first-hand how many people lived in Birmingham in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The A level students visited the National Trust museum as part of their involvement in the College’s Social Sciences Academy. This academy offers students taking Economics, Politics and Sociology the chance to benefit from a host of additional experiences thanks to an association with the University of Birmingham. It enables students studying social sciences at the College to extend their understanding of their subjects beyond the normal A level curriculum. This trip expanded students’ understanding of domestic and industrial life in past Birmingham.

Abigail Cooper, a final year Sociology student, said: “I learnt so much from this visit. The arduous conditions which working people faced in the nineteenth century became really apparent to me. Our guide was excellent.”

The Social Sciences Academy will also see students visiting the University of Birmingham for lectures and they get the opportunity to complete an Extended Project qualification on a topic of their choice.


October 23rd, 2014

A talented singer claimed top prize at the Heartfield-Wharam Scholarship Concert at The Sixth Form College, Solihull last night.

A total of 13 talented musicians auditioned to win a scholarship fund at the first concert of the academic year. Solo performances ranging from vocal pieces to instrumental pieces on the piano, cello, flute, clarinet and trumpet made up the first half of the concert, with Music staff judging the winner.

Jeni Galvin (aged 17, from Solihull) was judged to be the winner for her performance of “Good Morning Baltimore” from the musical “Hairspray”. Her performance even included costume and hairspray as a prop, as she delivered a whole-hearted rendition of the popular musical song.

Jeni will receive a bursary to spend on music tuition from an eminent performer of her choice. The bursary was set up in memory of two great musicians who strongly supported music in Solihull and at the College. Roy Heartfield was the original Head of Music at the College, who died in post in 1992, while Margaret Wharam was the former Head of Music at Malvern Hall and Head Organist at Solihull Methodist Church. The first winner of this prize was in 1994 and for the last 20 years the scholarship fund has continued.

Music teacher Chris Phelps commented, “I must commend all 13 students who auditioned at the concert. Performing in front of an audience is daunting enough without the added pressure of competition. Choosing a winner from such impressive and diverse performances was very difficult but in the end we were unanimous in selecting Jeni’s vocal performance as the most convincing and complete.”

The next music concert at the College will come in December. The Christmas Concert takes place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 17 December.