It is sad to hear about the closing of the renowned CPA Studios Colins Performing Arts College.
After more than 30 years of operation, the renowned Romford-based College – which boasts Jessie J and James Buckley amongst its former students – announced its sudden closure on August 7th due to financial difficulties, leaving many students and staff stuck in the dark.
As such, Havering College is welcoming late auditions for anyone who is still unsure of where they would like to continue their training for the performing arts, or those who would like to start it. It is not too late to enrol on what could be the start of a great career in the industry, so find out more before it’s too late!
A total of 52 students are left looking for places on other training courses after the end of an era at CPA Studios and the college is doing all that they can to assist them in doing so. Nick Crossley, head of dance, said:
As staff, we are trying to coordinate our efforts to make sure all the students that want to continue training have the option to continue training.
It is with great pride that we announce a huge improvement in our GCSE results this year.
The overall percentage of GCSE high grades 9-4 (formally A*-C) for English and mathematics has seen a staggering 4.3% increase from last year, with GCSE English language results seeing the biggest increase of 14% in comparison to the previous year.
An increasing number of learners have secured their next steps, with some moving on to confirmed placements with employers and colleges. At Havering College, we have a legacy of success in securing positive destinations for our learners and we are very pleased to continue doing so.
Among the high achievers was Hakan Esmahilpour, who achieved a 7 for maths. Hakan is going to enrol on an access course here at Havering College to study Engineering. Similarly, Madeline MacNamara achieved a 6 in English language and looks forward to continuing studying for a career in the legal sector.
Vice Principal Asfa Sohail said of these achievements:
We are extremely proud of our learners and staff and the continuing improvement trend in our results, including the legacy of success in securing positive destinations for our learners. We have been able to achieve these improvements through the sheer hard work of our staff and learners.
Huge congratulations to all staff and learners at Havering College. We look forward to another successful academic year ahead.
We are extremely proud to have received five nominations at The Brents this year, our most successful year to date.
The Brents is an annual awards ceremony for non-professionals hosted by the Brentwood Theatre. It celebrates the incredible talent we see in the shows put on at the theatre, as well as the relentless hard-work that goes into them behind the scenes.
Rewind to September, the start of a new academic year. Performing arts staff and students are a mix of emotions, trying to get the ball rolling on an end-of-year show. Eight months and one outstanding performance later, they are ecstatic to receive an impressive quarter of the 20 awards up for grabs at The Brents, for their retelling of a handful of Europe’s best known tales in their Beasts and Beauties performance.
We have been nominated for the Best Design of a Play and The Mary Redman Award for Best Production of a Play, as well as having three student nominees in the Best Supporting Actress Aged 18 & Under and Best Supporting Actor Aged 18 & Under categories.
Drama lecturer Julia Stallard voiced her delight at the nominations:
We're enormously proud of all our students' achievements both on stage and off. Beasts and Beauties gave our second year drama students the opportunity to multi-role play and was a truly ensemble piece which was well received by their audience. Our congratulations go to each and every one of them on the nominations.
The Brents will be taking place on Wednesday 5th September from 7:30pm at The Brentwood Theatre. Should you wish to attend and show your support, tickets cost £15 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office on 01277 200305.
Well done to our staff and students for putting together such a fantastic performance and congratulations on your nominations.
We are pleased to have been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard last week, which is given to education providers who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to careers and supporting students with life post-education.
It is a governmental requirement that careers guidance is given to all students in year 8 onwards, and the government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard, which we achieved at Gold level.
Achieving this standard is testament to the fact that we endorse quality careers education and recognise the impact it has on the overall success of our College and students, and we continue to offer a range of activities to introduce our students to the world of work, including compulsory work experience placements, industry days and guest speakers.
The assessment report, which was conducted by Prospects, praised the collaboration between governors, senior leaders and all involved with work-related learning for ensuring that careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) has a high profile and is embedded within our policy, programme and practice.
Vice Principal Asfa Sohail explains why the College chose to pursue the national Quality in Standard and the difference it has made:
We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the excellent work delivered by staff at Havering College. We are highly committed to ensuring our learners are prepared for the world of work. At Havering, it is not just about achieving qualifications, it is all about preparing our learners for their future careers. We are the first Further Education College to receive this ‘Gold’ standard.
To find out more about the national Quality in Careers Standard, please click here.
Hannah Wood, a previous Legal Secretary student, has recently gained full time employment with Herbert Smith Freehills.
Herbert Smith Freehills is an international law firm with headquarters in London. It is the result of a merge between UK based Herbert Smith, then one of the UK’s leading law firms, and Freehills, previously one of the ‘Big Six’ law firms in Australia.
We have previously welcomed them to the College for our industry day in March (pictured above), where our students were able to gain an insight into the industry and apply what they learnt to any future roles, which Hannah will no doubt be doing.
As an administrative assistant/legal PA to a senior associate, Hannah is tasked with completing expenses, taking phone calls and billing clients amongst other duties. Each day brings something different and a brand new challenge.
Hannah’s time at Herbert Smith Freehills started with a two week work experience programme during her level 2 qualification this past academic year, before going on to working for them twice a week. Her dedication and enthusiasm whilst there resulted in this offer of a permanent job.
Speaking fondly of her time at the company, Hannah said:
Whilst doing the 2 day a week placement, I learnt a lot about the role of an administrative assistant/legal PA in a London Law firm, as well as meeting new people which helped me grow in confidence.
I am enjoying the work and I am grateful for the opportunity that the work experience provided for me so I was able to start my career as quickly as possible.
Hannah’s success is yet another example of the benefits of work experience and networking. Congratulations from all at Havering College.