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25th January 2023

Dear Parent/Carer
Re. Industrial Action

As you may be aware, the National Education Union (NEU) has announced it is to take industrial action due to a national dispute between the unions and government over teachers’ pay and funding decisions for school. The first day will be next Wednesday, 1st February.

Due to the number of NEU members at Cowley and the health and safety implications, unfortunately, after careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision that the College cannot operate a standard day.

Next Wednesday, 1st February, the College will only be open to Sixth Form and a small group of identified Y7-11 students. Parents/carers of this identified group will receive a personal communication in the next few days.

Sixth Form students will follow their normal timetable. If their teacher is not in College, they will complete independent study in the Sixth Form Study Area.

All students not attending next Wednesday will be provided with appropriate independent study to complete throughout the day. Miss Barry will be providing more details about this and adding information to our website early next week.

I am sorry that you will have to make alternative arrangements for your child, and for the disruption to their education. I very much hope this situation can be swiftly resolved so we can continue to deliver high quality education and opportunities for our students. I am in regular contact with the LA and union representatives and will keep you informed of any progress or change.

College will re-open to all students on Thursday, 2nd February and it is a requirement that all students attend.

If you have any questions, please contact the college via email, however, more details will follow over the next few days.

Yours sincerely,
Mr R Cormack

Cowley Sixth Form College Year 12 student, Eve Kelly, has won a prestigious German A-Level writing competition organised by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at King’s College London.

The competition, open to A-Level students across the UK, invited students to submit an original piece of writing in German of about 400-450 words on the topic of climate change.

Entries were judged on both the content and the language.

News of the success was broken to Eve, rather fittingly, during a recent college trip to Stuttgart with the rest of Cowley’s German A-Level students.

Talking about her reasons for entering the competition, Eve explained: “I wanted to enter to be able to express my thoughts on something outside of A-Level whilst using my German, as I really enjoy writing, especially in German.

“German is definitely my favourite subject because of how diverse language learning is and how much you receive from it, like the opportunity to express yourself in a different perspective of language.

“In the future, I want to continue my German learning at university, alongside Mandarin. I would really like to live in Germany and maybe work over there doing translation, teaching or something in publishing.”

As the winning entrant, Eve was invited to a prize-giving ceremony where she received a book token and her essay has been published in the Königspost, the German-language magazine produced by students at King’s College London, which has a wide circulation among university students and language learners across the UK.

Mrs Faulkner, Director of Cowley Sixth Form College, said: “We are incredibly proud of Eve for this achievement. To win a nationwide competition like this is no mean feat, so she has done incredibly well.

“As the only sixth form college in the area to offer A-Level German, it is fantastic to have students like Eve who enjoy the subject and are excelling with it, both inside and outside of college.”

Applications to join Cowley Sixth Form College in September 2023 remain open until Friday 20th January, and you can apply online now at

Recently, students on the Cowley Sixth Form College Nurse Cadetship programme were given a talk about nursing apprenticeships by visitors from the healthcare sector.

The guests shared information about the courses and the different career pathways they can lead to, sharing their own individual experiences and knowledge of the healthcare profession.

As part of our Nurse Cadetship programme, the students spend two days a week on work placement in various healthcare sectors to gain hands on experience alongside all the study they carry out within college, with this talk, and others which take place throughout the course, providing additional value to their learning experience.

It was a thoroughly engaging session with students asking plenty of questions, and we would like to thank our guests for taking the time to speak to the students.

Year 11s (from Cowley and beyond), you still have time to apply to come and join the Nurse Cadetship programme or Cowley Sixth Form College’s other fantastic courses from September 2023.

To apply online, please click here.

Two aspiring mathematicians in Year 9 have been adding to their learning by attending the Mathematics Education on Merseyside (MEM) Masterclasses.

Tom Curley and Rhys Crehan were nominated by the Maths department for their enthusiasm and ability in the subject and, over the past couple of months, have attended four Masterclasses across the region to enhance their learning.

The sessions included activities on Roman numerals, origami, bridge building, fun mathematical puzzles as well as a spot of maths juggling from guest speaker, Colin Wright.

Both students commented that the juggler was their favourite part of the experience, stating that he was “really interesting and funny”.

Reflecting on the experience, Tom said: “At the beginning, I was quite nervous, but I settled as soon as I got there.

“It wasn’t like a test, it was all about finding enjoyment from maths. I’ve learned a lot and found it very enjoyable and am thinking about studying maths after high school.”

Rhys added: “Like Tom, I was nervous at first, especially with it being in a university setting, but there was tonnes of help which eased the nerves.

“It was an experience I enjoyed, seeing how maths is used outside of school and as part of a career.”

During the final session, the students received a presentation in one of the university lecture theatres where they collected a certificate, pen and some maths books.

The College would like to thank the students’ parents for their fantastic support of this programme.

Every month, Cowley Sixth Form staff are asked to nominate students who have done well for our ‘Student of the Month’ awards.

This month, there were again plenty of nominations, making it an extremely difficult decision.

Our congratulations to the two worthy winners of this month’s awards:

Kiana, Year 12
Kiana is one of our nursing cadets and she has shown incredible resilience, self-motivation and initiative towards her studies despite some difficult circumstances. Her coursework is of an excellent standard and she always puts in 100%. Her placement feedback has also been exceptionally positive.

Jack, Year 13
Jack is consistent in his studies and always works at a very high standard. He is very conscientious in his studies and works extremely hard in study in his free periods, whatever the time of day.

Both are excellent role models and very deserving of this month’s prize! Congratulations to this month’s winners!


We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for this year’s Educate Awards in THREE categories!

  • Most Inspirational Secondary School
  • Innovative & Creative Literacy Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to PE in Secondary School

Educate Awards have recently shared some of the reasons behind our shortlisting in each category on their social media channels.

We are extremely proud to be shortlisted for these awards and look forward to the awards ceremony which takes place at Liverpool Cathedral on Friday 18th November.

To mark Remembrance Day on Friday 11th November, the College will be holding a two-minute silence at the end of Period 2.

In addition, at 11:00am, Cadets, Ambassadors, Head Boys and Girls and deputies, Governors and staff will hold a two-minute silence and short service at the Cowley Memorial Wall.

Lest We Forget.

Every year, we offer Year 10 students a Careers Fair to get them thinking about their future opportunities and to show them, as much as possible, some of the opportunities they have after finishing school and college.

We had exhibitors come from around the country representing sixth form colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and employers to give our students exposure to the opportunities available to them.

This year, we had a drop-in session with all year groups invited to pop in during lunch time to have a look around and speak to the exhibitors, whilst parents and carers were also invited in after the college day and it was a very successful event.

We’d like to thank all the exhibitors for coming along and supporting our students.

Organisations who attended

  • Airbus
  • Army
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Balvac
  • Be More – Apprenticeships
  • BIMM Institute
  • Bowmer & Kirkland
  • Co-Op
  • Cowley Sixth Form College
  • Edge Hill University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • McLaren Group
  • Merseyside Police
  • Navy
  • NHS
  • Royal Air Force
  • Shawton Engineering
  • St Helens College
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Waterside Training

Every year, we offer our Year 12 Cowley Sixth Form College students a Progression Week, a week-long event to help them think about what they’d like to do after sixth form college.

Progression Week takes the form of:

  • University Day – featuring a careers fair (market place style) with universities from around the UK, university-based talks and sessions as well as a presentation around UCAS applications.
  • Apprenticeship and Employers Day – featuring a careers fair (market place style) of apprenticeship providers and employers from a wide range of different industries plus talks and sessions about apprenticeships and industry-based topics.
  • Mock Interview Day – each student sits a mock interview with a professional to help them prepare for university or employment interviews.
  • Work Experience – each student partakes in a work experience placement for three days (students in some courses will do more than three days) to gain valuable experience in a workplace.

We were delighted to welcome to following organisations in to Cowley Sixth Form College for the Progression Week events:


  • Aberdeen
  • Aberystwyth
  • Bangor
  • BIMM Institute
  • Chester
  • Coventry
  • Edge Hill
  • Huddersfield
  • Hull
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds
  • Leeds Trinity
  • Lincoln
  • LIPA
  • Liverpool Hope
  • Liverpool John Moores
  • Loughborough
  • Manchester Metropolitan
  • Northampton
  • Northumbria
  • Plymouth
  • Salford
  • Staffordshire
  • Stirling
  • UCFB
  • University Centre St Helens
  • West Scotland
  • Wolverhampton
  • Wrexham
  • York St John


  • Army
  • Asset Training
  • Barclays Bank
  • BBC Radio Merseyside
  • Be More (Halton)
  • Bowmer + Kirkland
  • Co-Op
  • Daresbury Laboratory
  • Education Solutions UK
  • Growth Company
  • LCR Careers Hub Growth Platform
  • M&S
  • Mace Group
  • MD Creatives
  • NHS
  • Pure Gym
  • RAF
  • Royal Navy
  • Shaping Futures
  • St Helens Chamber
  • St Helens Council
  • St Helens RLFC
  • Stocks Hall Care Home
  • Training Plus Merseyside
  • TTE Training
  • Waterside Training

Photos from the week

Pupils’ passion for learning and their all-round happiness has seen Cowley retain its ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Cowley International College is delighted to be recognised as a ‘good’ school following an Ofsted inspection.

The school and sixth form college recently welcomed inspectors inside for a routine visit for the first time since 2016.

Representatives from education watchdog Ofsted reported that pupils “described their school as a welcoming and friendly community where ‘people smile at one another’.”

They also noted that pupils behave well and that teachers are “ambitious for pupils”.

The glowing report highlights the well thought-out curriculum, as well as the enjoyment of learning and the determination of students to succeed.

Comments from inspectors included: “Leaders, including governors, ensure that pupils and students are at the centre of each decision that is made.”

The report spoke highly of the sixth form college, noting the range of appropriate courses and extensive array of enrichment activities available, stating “Staff expertise helps students to acquire a thorough insight and knowledge of the subjects that they study. As a result, students progress well.”

Cameron Sheeran, Executive Principal at Cowley said: “I am delighted with this Ofsted Inspection. Though only here for two days, the inspectors picked up on what makes Cowley unique: the happiness of students, their terrific attitude to learning and the dedication of staff, who place students at the heart of everything we do.”

Deborah Faulkner, Director of Cowley Sixth Form College said: “I am delighted that the sixth form has been recognised for its quality of education and extensive enrichment opportunities. The report highlights the support and guidance that sixth form students are given and this, in partnership with the opportunities available, leads to students feeling safe, happy and able to reach their full potential.”


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