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Where Are They Now ?

A huge majority of our students go on to successful futures giving Havering Sixth Form the accolade of being the top College in East London for student progression to positive destinations – and we are in the top 10 per cent of all schools, sixth forms and colleges nationally.

We give students the platform to make their next step, whether that be university, a job or an apprenticeship. The young people featured here have all worked hard and taken the opportunities given to them to carve out fantastic careers:

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  • Deren Aygin

    Published 23/03/18

    Deren Aygin is about to qualify as an NHS doctor specialising in emergency medicine. He is finishing off his medical training as a junior doctor based at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

    A former student at Sanders Draper School, who lived in Havering-atte-Bower, Deren achieved As in A Level Maths, Biology and General Studies and a B in Chemistry. He left Havering Sixth Form College in 2011 to study Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University, having been rejected by Medical School.

    He then decided to train to become a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police but finally was able to join Medical School when his second application was accepted. 

    Because his journey to Medical School was not a smooth one, Deren likes to inspire current students to follow their dreams and never give up. As a former student, he has been a special guest at Havering Sixth Form College's Awards Evenings, telling students of his experiences.

    He said he had always wanted to be a doctor, but felt completely deflated when he was turned down for Medical School immediately after his A Levels. He said: “But I now realise that it wasn’t a failure - it was an opportunity. So I became a Police Officer and my experiences in that career shaped me as a person. A few years later, the same Medical School accepted me because I was then the type of person they wanted and I’m now training to be a doctor.”

    Deren has also spoken to prospective students and their parents at College Open Days, saying that his time at Havering Sixth Form helped him prepare well for his Medical degree.

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  • Charlie Kwai

    Published 23/03/18

    Charlie Kwai is an in-demand street photographer who has travelled the world – China, Ghana and South America – to create self-published books of his photographs.

    Formerly of Morpeth School and from Bethnal Green, Charlie achieved an A grade in A Level Graphics, and Bs in Geography, Psychology and General Studies while at Havering Sixth Form College.

    He then achieved a Distinction in the Art & Design Foundation Diploma and left in 2006 to study Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

    He worked as a graphic designer after leaving uni but realised his passion was photography. He won an award from creative website ItsNiceThat.com as One to Watch 2016 and said in an interview with Metal Magazine shortly after: “I realised that if you want to get really good at something – to be the very best – you have to do it every day. If you don't do it every day, you’re always going to be mediocre.”

    Charlie has a natural interest in people and found street photography was an excellent excuse to start a conversation with them. His pictures are candid-camera style images that he takes as he wanders the streets of London daily, capturing photos and talking to people about their lives.

    He is also one-third of photographic group, Tripod City, and with this collective, travelled to Africa, South America and China to document in pictures the lives of ordinary people. With Tripod City he has also come back to Havering Sixth Form College to lead a workshop for Foundation Art students.

    Most recently he has exhibited work and spoken at The Photographers Gallery, Soho House, Nicer Tuesdays and the Photographers Dining Club and he is tutoring in Photography at the City Academy. His photobook ‘Gold Dust’ gained international recognition via The Guardian and he is interviewed about his work and is featured in magazines regularly.

    Photo: Metal Magazine

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  • Antonia Heslop

    Published 23/03/18

    Antonia Heslop (now Bonello) is working as an Associate Creative Director at BuzzFeed UK. She works closely with brands to create engaging content on BuzzFeed’s platforms (including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat), leading design, animation, illustration, photography, and interactive game content.

    She project manages and leads daily operations of the internal design department, including sourcing and co-ordinating locations, props, freelancers and post production. Her job also involves creating pitches and presenting to clients as well as increasing BuzzFeed UK’s brand awareness through public speaking at events and conferences.

    Antonia, formerly of Langdon School and from East Ham, achieved grade As in A Level Graphics and Computing, an A in AS Photography and a B in A Level Accounts while at Havering Sixth Form College.

    She then achieved a Distinction in the College’s Art & Design Foundation Diploma and left in 2008 to study Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

    Her work has led to her being shortlisted for Design Week Awards Rising Star 2016 and The Drum Content Awards for Best Branded Content Campaign 2017. She also won Silver at the Media Week Awards for BuzzFeed’s partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society charity group.

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  • Olivia Crowther

    Published 22/03/18

     

    Olivia Crowther works in Crisis Management at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, aiding and protecting British citizens should they be caught up in terrorism or other damaging events overseas.

    A former student at Sanders Draper School, Olivia studied A Levels in English Language, History and Law while at Havering Sixth Form College, achieving straight As.

    She left College in 2009 to study for a degree in History at Queen Mary University.

    On the first day of her current job in June 2015, the terrible massacre on the beach in Tunisia happened and Olivia had to think on her feet and learn very quickly.

    When a situation arises, she sometimes has to work shifts in order that the Office can provide 24-hour support to people affected. Her job has taken her overseas and it required her to have very in-depth security vetting before she could be employed.

    Olivia often returns to College to help current students with UCAS personal statements and CV writing.

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  • Aftab Khan

    Published 22/03/18

    Aftab Khan has progressed to become Assistant Vice President - Capital and Leverage Management at Barclays Treasury after leaving Havering Sixth Form College in 2007.

    He was an outstanding student while here, achieving straight A grades in A Level Maths, Biology and Chemistry and also in AS Physics.

    Having originally been set on a career in Medicine, Aftab secured a place at Oxford University straight from College and graduated in Physiological Sciences & Neuroscience in 2010.

    However, he then had a change of direction and after leaving Oxford, studied Accountancy and became fully qualified in ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

    Formerly of Stratford School and from Plaistow, Aftab started as an Intern at Barclays in June 2011 and very quickly progressed to his current position.

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  • Andrew Jones

    Published 22/03/18

    Andrew Jones left Havering Sixth Form College in 1997 and is now a partner in a New York city law firm specialising in professional liability.

    Andrew, who attended Royal Liberty School, studied A Levels in Law, English Language and Geography while at College. He then progressed to King’s College London, where he studied for a degree in Law.

    He has fond memories of Havering Sixth Form, saying: "The College was a very positive experience for me because it allowed me to grow and become independent. The transition from GCSEs to being left on your own a bit more like you are at A Level, can be a difficult adjustment for some students. 

    “You go from having pretty much every second of your day mapped out for you at school, to having lots of independent study periods to work on your own. I coped well with this and feel it equipped me for University study where there is complete independence and very little mentoring from teachers.”

    After university, Andrew organised an internship in the USA and at the same time started studying to qualify for the New York Bar – a very tough qualification. This led to him being offered a job as an associate in a law firm, still in New York City. 

    He said: “I worked with a Partner who did a lot of Lloyd’s of London work.  I worked really hard.  My efforts resulted in me being invited out with clients on a regular basis and before long, the combination of hard work and hard marketing resulted in the law firm to agree to sponsor my Green Card (permanent work visa for the USA) application.  Five years later, my boss started his own law firm and invited me to join him.  I accepted and the following year I was made a Partner.”

    Andrew now considers New York as his home and is still a Partner in the same law firm – Furman Kornfeld & Brennan - specialising in professional liability, and giving advice to US and London insurers about insurance products and risk management, nationwide.

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  • James Robinson

    Published 19/03/18

    James Robinson recently landed a place on the BBC Graduate scheme for Graphic and UX Design, beating 1,000 other applicants.

    A former student at Gaynes School, from Gidea Park, James left College in 2014 after achieving an A* in Graphics, 2 As in ICT and Moving Image Arts and a B in English Literature. He then stayed at Havering Sixth Form for an extra year and gained a Distinction in the Art & Design Foundation Diploma before going on to study Graphic Design at the University of the Arts, London.

    While James was a student at college he was responsible for designing the iFly logo for our iFly room which houses part of the interior of an actual airplane and is used by Travel & Tourism students for some of their course qualifications.

    James also designed graphics which are the focal point along corridors in our Olympia House building.

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  • Marvin Muoneke

    Published 19/03/18

    Marvin Muoneke appeared on TV show The Voice in 2016 and although the chairs did not turn for him, he sang well and his voice and personality were praised by all on the programme.

    Since then Marvin, who left College in 2014 after gaining a grade B in Extended Project Qualification and 2 C grades in Music Technology and Moving Image Arts, has been studying for a degree in Music at Weston College, Somerset.

    He is a former student of Kingsford Community School and was a firm favourite in the Havering Sixth Form College Jazz Band. While playing for the Jazz Band in a concert one evening, he was talent spotted by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and is now a regular, playing gigs up and down the country with them.

    He is currently on a national touring show called Magic of the Musicals with a cast of stars from the West End, including Julie Atherton, who played in Avenue Q and Sister Act The Musical.

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  • Philip Aherne

    Published 18/12/17

    Philip Aherne studied English Literature, History, Theatre Studies and General Studies, achieving grades AABB, before leaving Havering Sixth Form College in 2006 to read English Language and Literature at Oxford University.

    The former Hall Mead School student, who lived in Upminster, went on to study his Masters and then a PhD in English Literature (History of Ideas) at King’s College London.

    He has been a Development Researcher at North One Television, as well as a private tutor, graduate teaching assistant and a freelance proof-reader.

    Currently Philip is an Associate Producer at On The Corner films, where he helps to develop world class feature documentaries and formatted factual entertainment.

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  • Sinead Fenton

    Published 14/12/17

    Sinead Fenton studied A Levels in Geology, Philosophy and Biology, achieving grades AAB, and left Havering Sixth Form College in 2009 to study Geology at the University of Leicester.

    From there, the former Lister School student, who lived in Plaistow, went on to work in various roles as a geologist and was awarded a £1,000 bursary from MicroMine, the leading provider of software solutions to the mining industry.

    In her role as a geologist, she travelled around the world working for a company that develops software to enable the efficient operation of mines.

    She is now a Communications Strategist for the Food Research Collaboration which has the mission of facilitating more effective collaboration to produce, share and use evidence-based knowledge to influence and improve UK food policy.

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  • Josh Harrison-Yellop

    Published 14/12/17

    Josh Harrison-Yellop studied at Havering Sixth Form College between 2009-2011, taking A Level Dance and BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

    He is currently touring the UK with the world-renowned Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance show.

    The former Campion School student, from Collier Row, achieved Triple Distinction in his BTEC and grade B in Dance and went on to study at the Laine Theatre Arts vocational school.

    On completion of three years at Laine he then attended several auditions for dance roles and performed in Panto. He was spotted by one of the Dance Captains at the Michael Flatley Academy in Barking, which he joined for fun and fitness, and has not looked back since.

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  • Amy Joseph

    Published 14/12/17

    Amy Joseph attended college from 1998 to 2000 and studied French, Business Studies and Graphics A Levels.

     

    The former Bower Park School student, from Romford, then studied Graphic Design at The Bournemouth Institute.

     

    From there she held various jobs in media companies, designing and creating, and worked her way up to become Art Director and Senior Graphic Designer at HMKM London.

     

    In her role she is responsible for campaigns, branding and exhibition displays for Selfridges, Aquascutum, Christian Dior, Burberry, Harvey Nicholls, Nike and Valentino, among others.

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