Politics students grilled Hornchurch & Upminster MP Julia Lopez on issues close to their hearts when she visited College on Friday 17th November.
The lunchtime meeting gave the students the chance to talk with the new local Conservative MP and also ask questions on subjects such as the youth vote, housing for young people, education, Brexit, electoral reform and engaging teenagers to take an interest in political affairs.
After the Q&A session, Julia, aged 33, along with her parliamentary advisors, Joanna Thomas and Alex Stone, was taken on a tour of the College by Principal Paul Wakeling. She visited the Arts & Media Faculty, the new Wolfson state-of-the-art Chemistry labs and our award-winning careers area, the CUBE.
A concert by BTEC Music students really had the audience Feeling the Blues with a selection of jazz band numbers and much loved songs sung from the heart.
Students entertained a packed college theatre with a varied programme of blues and blues influenced music on Thursday 9th November with one visitor saying they were ‘blown away by the talent’ on show.
The upper sixth Music Performance students organised all elements of the gig, ably co-ordinating Music Technology students on the sound and lighting desks. Students did all announcements, setup and front of house duties themselves and the whole evening was a great success.
The College’s Engineering BTEC Diploma course has had such fantastic success this year that it is in the top 10% highest achieving Engineering courses in the UK.
The results – where every student achieved no lower than a Distinction (equivalent to a grade A) in the first year and a Double Distinction (equivalent to AA) in the second year – are thought to be the best in the country.
Data from the Government’s ALPS (Advanced Level Performance System) shows that 79% of students on the course achieved a Distinction* and 21% achieved a Distinction.
Assistant Principal John Crossley said: “The statistics speak for themselves. We believe there is nowhere better to study Engineering and no other provider has stronger results.”
Students raise £700 to help educate youngsters in Africa
A fantastic sum of £700 was raised by students for the College’s international charity, EducAid.
The money was presented to EducAid director Miriam Mason-Sesay who visited College to give a hard-hitting but inspiring talk to students about life in Sierra Leone for young people.
The special presentation marked the end of Black History Month, which saw various events run by the Student Council in College.
Miriam, who has been awarded an MBE for her outstanding contribution to education and charitable work in the African country, has been at the helm of EducAid since 1998, helping the very poorest children gain access to an education.
Dream jobs and fantastic futures for former students
A starring role in a production of War Horse, working as a Volcanologist in Hawaii and coaching for Chelsea Football Club are just some of the exciting and diverse careers our former students have progressed to.
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 below have all worked hard and taken the opportunities given to them to carve out fantastic careers:
BTEC students set for Adventure, Skills and Social Action with NCS funding boost
Havering Sixth Form College has been chosen to receive over £100,000 in funding from the NCS (National Citizen Service) for an exclusive programme that provides amazing opportunities for students.
Young people studying Business, Travel & Tourism and Sport BTEC courses are being offered the chance to take part in NCS Term Time which will help them develop confidence, boost their CV and enhance their life skills – all for free.
The programme has been offered to only 13 colleges nationally and just two in London, and Havering Sixth Form College is one of them. The funding will cover the £1,800 cost per student and we have been allocated 60 spaces.
Students and staff joined the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and raised almost £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
There were mouth-watering muffins and delicious Danishes on sale in the College’s Quad along with cupcakes, crepes, hot dogs, doughnuts and drinks.
ICT students and tutors set up the stall and helped sell the sweet and savoury goodies, which had been home-baked or donated by staff.
Tutor Alan Benham put on a brave face yet again and had his head shaved for the fifth year running to raise more money for the charity. He said: “It’s all for a good cause, and it will grow back – in time for me to have it all off again next year!”
Official opening of state-of-the-art Chemistry labs
Two new state-of-the-art science labs for 21st century Chemistry teaching were officially opened at Havering Sixth Form College after a successful bid to the Wolfson Foundation secured £100,000 funding for the project.
The opening ceremony followed news that the college’s A Level Chemistry results this year were in the top 10% in the UK.
Principal Paul Wakeling welcomed Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, to formally open the bright spacious labs with new prep room and to meet science students as they carried out a practical experiment.
Outstanding students were recognised for their fantastic achievements at an end of year Upper Sixth Awards Evening.
Students who achieved A* and A grades in their A Levels and those who gained Distinctions and Distinction* in their Level 3 BTEC courses were presented with certificates by the College’s Deputy Principal Paul Nutter.
Fourteen students who, over their entire time at College achieved 100% attendance, were also honoured at the ceremony attended by students, parents and staff.
Before presenting the awards, Paul Nutter said: “These are our highest performing students with outstanding results and attendance. It has been rewarding for us to see these young people at the start of their journey turning into young adults and now leaving College and moving on to exciting futures.
“These students have been resilient and resourceful, well organised and prepared to go the extra mile in order to improve every piece of work they have submitted. They embody real success and we are extremely proud of them.”
Students receiving awards were:
Rajan Mistry – 4 A* grades
Dorin Iftinca – 3 A* and 1 A grade
Aimee Murphy – 3 A* and 1 A grade
Daisy Rovai – 3 A* grades
Anita Wiid – 2 A* and 1 A grade
Kristina Petkova – 2 A* and 1 B grade
Niji Rajesh – 2 A* and 1 B grade
Thomas Harris – 2 A* and 1 B grade
Nathan Hardy-Walker 2 A* and 1 C grade
Jamie Gilliam – 1 A* and 2 A grades
Isabelle Mattia – 1 A* and 2 A grades
Oliver Pears – 1 A* and 2 A grades
Ayub Ali – 3 A grades
Jade Kinchella – 3 A grades
Reece Louch – 3 A grades
Thomas Perry – 3 A grades
BTEC Triple Distinction*
Mustafa Arnavut - Business
Jake Bick - Sport
Joseph Bonning - Sport
Nathan Borne - ICT
Bismah Butt - Science
Lucy Cecil – Travel & Tourism
Samuel Childs - Sport
Zi-ying Choe - Science
Amar Dhaliwal - ICT
Kristijanas Dobrovolskis – ICT & Business
Nimesh Gondalia - Business
James Gunn - Business
Katie Hastie - Science
Axel Healey - Business
Tayla-Ann Hodgson - Business
Callum Hood - ICT
Daniela Hrastel Martins - Business
Min Htin - Business
Amy Hurley - Sport
Almas Issa – Travel & Tourism
Iulian Ivighenie – ICT & Business
Matthew Kennedy - Matthew
Jake Killion - ICT
Raphael Mensah - Sport
Dolapo Olumoko - Business
Peter Price - ICT
Charlie Quant - Business
Arti Seth - Science
Maya Sudesan - Science
Simrun Sumbal - Sport
Sabrina Tasnim - Science
Jack Wearn - ICT
Jamie Willett - Sport
Zareena Zaman – Science
BTEC Distinction* and Double Distinction
Matthew Gaskin – Science and Creative Media Production (Gaming)
BTEC and A Level combined programmes
Jamie Tull – Engineering (Double Distinction*), A Level Mathematics (A)
Lauren Webb – Law (Distinction*), A Level Sociology (A*) History (B)
Henry Cossey – Music Technology (Distinction*), Chemistry (A) Physics (A)
Umu Sherif – Creative Media Production TV & Film (Distinction*, Distinction), Sociology (A)
Louise Horner – Creative Media Production TV and Film (Double Distinction), History (A)
Joe Sams – Creative Media Production Gaming (Double Distinction), Graphics (A)
GCSE Results Day – making sense of the new grading system
In the light of GCSE results nationally, we will treat GCSE Grade 4s as C grades. We are also currently reviewing our entry criteria. Students should come to their enrolment interviews and discuss their options as we always take a holistic view of students applying to us.
For the first time ever in England, English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSEs are now graded 9-1 (with 9 highest) rather than the old style A*-G.
The replacement of the alphabetical system (8 grades) with the numerical system (9 grades) means that a 7 is equivalent to an A and a 4 is equivalent to a C. Grades 8 and 9 are both equivalent to A* which makes direct comparisons with previous years difficult, although exam boards are reporting that this year’s results are broadly consistent with last year.