Bright futures beckon for our hard-working students
In a year where education, college and lives in general have been very much disrupted, many of our students have worked hard to secure fantastic futures.
Here are just some of our successful young people who have gained great results and who will be taking their next step to their chosen career via some of the UK’s top universities.
Max Roach – Max (above) achieved a Double Distinction* in the Creative Media TV & Film BTEC Diploma and a B in A Level Film Studies. The former Abbs Cross Academy student is now studying Film and Television Production at the University of York, with a year in industry, and hopes in the future to write and direct his own films. He said: “I’d like to break onto the UK indie scene or even write and direct a big Hollywood production. I want to tell my stories to the world. Hopefully I can make people smile, cry and be inspired.”
He added: “At the sixth form, if you put in the effort you’ll do well. If you are self-motivated and willing to work hard you’ll achieve what you want to achieve. The tutors give you great support and go out of their way to help you. The college is a place for inspiration and innovation. I love the diversity, the facilities and the opportunities on campus - anything feels possible when I’m there.”
Ana Atanasescu – Ana was a student ambassador, helping out during many college events and information evenings. She achieved two A grades in Architecture and Fine Art and a B in Psychology. She has now begun her seven-year journey to becoming a fully qualified Architect at the University of Westminster.
She said: “The sixth form is one of the best places to establish your independence and work towards the things you are passionate for. It was quite difficult for me because my mum is a single parent, so I have had to balance working at the weekends to help financially and to support myself through college. But I am so pleased with my results and I am really determined to focus on becoming an architect.
Jay Chambers – Jay achieved three A* grades in Geography, Psychology and English Literature and an A in the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). He is studying English Literature at the University of Warwick and hopes to progress from there to post-graduate studies in the USA.
Jay, a former St Clere’s School student, said: “After Warwick I hope to study at an Ivy League institution in America, possibly majoring in International Policy. I am hoping to work in this field after completing my studies. I am very pleased with my grades as I have had to overcome personal and family mental health issues and have had to work part-time throughout my time at the sixth form to help fund my education.”
Jess Saint – Jess is another aspiring architect who achieved brilliant grades, gaining two A*s in Government & Politics and Graphics, and two A grades in Maths and the EPQ. The former Redden Court School pupil is now studying Architecture at the University of Bath with ambitions of completing RIBA part I, part II and part III to become a fully qualified architect.
Ewan Newall – Ewan has praised the support he was given from his tutors and staff in our careers office, the CUBE, for helping him to overcome the self-doubt he had in whether to study French at A Level. That encouragement has resulted in an A* grade in the subject, and also an A* in History and two As in Government & Politics and the EPQ.
Former Campion School pupil Ewan is now progressing to King’s College London to study Modern Languages. He said: “Studying languages wasn’t very well supported at my school and it took both time and help from my teachers in the first year, as well as the advisors in the CUBE to make me feel like I was making the right decision.” In the future he hopes to use his degree for a career possibly in the civil service, but he is keeping his options open.
Loum Tzaferi – Loum achieved an A* in Psychology, an A in Government & Politics and a B grade in Accounting (although this is subject to appeal). He is hoping to gain a place at UCL to study Psychology. Former Redden Court School pupil Loum only arrived in England in August 2016, speaking very little English. He speaks two other languages, Greek and Albanian and English is his third language. He enjoyed his time at Havering Sixth Form and said: “The sixth form is a nice college where excellent learning takes place in a safe and friendly environment. When you are here it feels like you are part of your own small community.”
Magdalena Staicu – Magdalena arrived from Italy with only basic knowledge of English and started her time at college by attending lessons in GCSE English and Maths. Once she had completed these, with high grades, she enrolled for A Levels in Spanish, History, Maths, Government & Politics and the EPQ. She sat her Spanish A Level early, achieving an A* grade (with a 96% mark in her mock) and next year, after completing the second year of her other A Levels, she hopes to go on to study Law at Cambridge University.
She said: “Although I achieved an 8 in Maths GCSE and a 5 in English, after studying the subjects for just six months, it was really hard for me to understand the English accent and to be able to express myself to the fullest. So when I started my A Levels last year I relied on the English dictionary to understand what was written in the text books! It was a little frustrating but then during lockdown, I became very independent and determined not to let it affect my studies.”
As well as her academic studies at college, Magdalena has been focusing on her Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, preparing for the expeditions, as well as volunteering and completing the physical and skills sections of the award with support from the sixth form staff.
Discover what some of our students go on to achieve once they leave us on our Where Are They Now? page