New Student Information

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Welcome to the new student information area for students who are holding an offer from us to join Hills Road Sixth Form College in September 2018.

Admissions queries: If you need to contact us about any admissions matter between July and September – eg: to rearrange your enrolment, enquire about course changes or withdraw from your offer – please use the following link to our online query form and choose the relevant query type.

https://fs22.formsite.com/HillsRoadSixthForm/form180/index.html?1529480940956

In most cases, our response will appear immediately on screen, as well as in a confirmation email to you. Queries requiring our additional follow-up will be dealt with as soon as possible, but please note that the Admissions Team will be on summer break until Thursday 23 August and we shall then be prioritising queries relating to Year 12 enrolment until mid-September. This being the case, we may not be able to respond to other queries for several weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Please note: If you are unable to open the link above, please try copying and pasting the full link address into your browser.


Please find below more information about the following:

Volunteering information – volunteering can be undertaken as your enrichment choice or  in addition to enrichment.



Women's Rugby Taster Session

(Wednesday 29 August 1pm – 3pm on the sports field at Luard Road)

Sport Training Dates



Learn to Row



Advice about IT access and portable devices


 

Volunteering Information

This is an ideal opportunity for you to gain some valuable work experience. More information about the opportunities that are available to you can be found.here PdfIcon

Women's Rugby Taster Session

More information PdfIcon

Sport Training Dates

Sport Training Dates PdfIcon

Learn to Row

Learn to Row PdfIcon

Advice about IT access and portable devices

At Hills Road we provide all students with an Office 365 College account. Office 365 is a cloud service. This means that your work is stored by Microsoft on the internet within an individual Hills Road College account area. Your work can be accessed easily using devices that have an internet connection, including personal portable devices that you can bring into College and use on our WiFi service. The files that Office 365 works with are primarily Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. In College there is often a high demand for our open access fixed PCs at peak times in the day. At these times if you use a personal device you can review and edit your work independently. We offer the following advice to students regarding suitable personal devices based on the experience of current students.
Office 365 works well on the following:
  • Laptops, tablets and phones running on Microsoft Windows
  • Tablets and phones running on Android
  • Tablets and phones running on Apple IoS
  • A full Windows laptop has the added benefit that the complete version of Office software can be downloaded and installed by our students for free. This integrates fully with your online files.
At present the experience of students using MacBooks is less successful; they can edit and review their work within an internet browser. However access to the full Office software that is in theory available free to download and install has been much less reliable. This might improve in the future, but this may be the result of a lack of full compatibility between Apple and Microsoft products.

Producing work or 'browsing'
As you all know browsing and emailing on a phone is easy but typing and editing text is much less straightforward. It can be done, but 1000 words for an essay would be difficult. In light of this we recommend that you have a reasonably sized keyboard. Laptops generally have good keyboards, on screen tablet keyboards can be ok if they are of a reasonable size, but smaller tablets would certainly benefit from a Bluetooth keyboard. Bluetooth keyboards are relatively inexpensive accessories and can make a massive difference to the speed that text can be entered.

Support for personal devices
We endeavour to provide an appropriate level of WiFi connectivity that is compatible with a wide range of devices. Our IT Service department is happy to offer support regarding connection. However these devices remain personal to you and as such are your own responsibility to maintain.
If you have any questions before you join us regarding personal devices on our network, please email ITServices@hillsroad.ac.uk.