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.
Two of our carpentry and joinery students recently carried out a work experience placement at Falkus Joinery, one of London’s leading joiners with 60 years of experience behind them.
Joe Hill and Stanley Kappes worked at Falkus’ swanky Shoreditch premises, which is home to a central workshop and state of the art machinery.
Over the course of a few weeks, Joe and Stanley were set to work on one of Falkus’ latest projects; producing a mace stand for the Lord Mayor of Havering. They saw the entire process through from initial design on paper, to computer aided design, and then finally creating the physical product.
They were able to practice what they had learnt in the classroom in a real working environment, and Stanley highlighted the value of this:
Work experience is really important because it makes the theories and stuff you learn in the classroom come to reality. It helps you understand what the market you’re going into is like.
Falkus regularly accept work experience students and encourage them to apply. Speaking of Joe and Stanley’s time there, Commercial Manager Will Burn said:
We wanted them to take their experience from college and make something using our tools and techniques.
We do not doubt that Joe and Stanley took a lot from their time at Falkus and we congratulate them on their involvement in such a prestigious project.