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  • OxFizz carousel day gives students heads up on applying for top universities

    Published 13/02/18

    Ambitious students aiming for the top universities when they leave Havering Sixth Form College attended a ‘Subject Carousel’ with almost 100 other high-flyers from across London.

    Run by Oxfizz – an organisation which supports students with their university applications – the day gave students a taste of what it would be like to study a variety of different subjects at Oxford and Cambridge.

    Ten students from Havering Sixth Form attended the day on Saturday 3rd February, held at King Solomon Academy in Marylebone, London.

    They rotated around talks run by 23 Oxfizz volunteers, all graduates from some of the best universities in the world, and heard from them about their own experiences.

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  • Business student Andrew networks with City bosses after essay writing success

    Published 06/02/18

    A Level Business student Andrew Lam attended an awards ceremony in the City after being named a winner in the 10th annual Worshipful Company of International Bankers Essay Competition.

    Andrew, who is also studying A Level Economics and A Level Accounting, was presented with £100 at the ceremony held at the headquarters of ING Bank in Moorgate.

    He had the chance to network with financiers, CEOs, bankers and entrepreneurs and left the evening presentation with an offer of work experience with accountants at a grant and funding charity based in London Bridge!

    The competition asked students from 25 school sixth forms and colleges across London to write a 1,500-word magazine article discussing the topic: ‘Cashless payments are now commonplace. Is this, and other developments in FinTech, fundamentally changing the provision of traditional financial services?’

    Andrew wrote about the progress of technology and online banking and considered whether notes and coins will eventually die out and become non-existent.

    He said: “I entered the competition because I saw it as a way to develop my essay writing skills which will help me in my A Levels. I did a lot of research about online banking and the technology which is being developed, not just in the UK but internationally as well.

    “The best part about winning was not actually the £100, but the chance to network with so many people in the banking industry at the ceremony. I found that really useful, talking to them and finding out about the opportunities available after college. I was even offered work experience there and then which will help me so much with my future plans.”

    Two other Havering Sixth Form College students, Jimmy Kidjana and Caroline Enaw, received certificates from the WCIB for their essay entries and were given £25 Amazon vouchers by The CUBE – the College’s careers department.

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  • College commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

    Published 29/01/18

    Two students who were selected as ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust because of outstanding work they produced for their History A Level, led Havering Sixth Form College’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day last week.

    Anna Donoghue and Becky Wingett were chosen to take part in the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project and become ambassadors in recognition of some fantastic homework assignments.

    On Friday 26th January, they created a Holocaust Memorial Day display and table in the College Atrium to make other students aware of the atrocities of the Holocaust and of other genocides that have taken place around the world.

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  • School pupils aim high after College taster day

    Published 22/01/18

    Ambitious pupils from local secondary schools were invited to take part in Aiming High Taster Days at Havering Sixth Form College.

    The two stretch-and-challenge days for high achievers from partner schools gave youngsters the chance to experience specialist teaching as well as gain an insight into progression opportunities, such as access to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

    Around 150 Year 10 and Year 11 pupils from schools including Emerson Park, Hall Mead, Coopers, Marshalls Park, Bower Park, Redden Court, Albany, Royal Liberty, Brittons and Sanders attended interactive sessions such as Imagination & Speculation, Thinking Logically, Fake News, Higher Order Thinking Skills and Thinking Ahead.

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  • Debating team win trophy in national competition

    Published 16/01/18

    A team from Havering Sixth Form College beat off strong competition from private and funded schools around the UK to win the History Matters Debating Competition held at Cambridge University.

    The team of four students, pictured left to right with the trophy - Alexandria Blackwell, Steven Gjegji, Shanna Bromberg and Callum Flynn – had to research and then articulate an argument in front of a small audience and a judging panel.

    They travelled to Cambridge University with History Course Leader Penny Jackson and were drawn to face a team from St Ivo School Sixth Form, in Cambridgeshire.

    The history students had to research and then present a debate on: ‘Nuclear weapons helped to make the world safer between 1945 and 1951’. St Ivo spoke for the motion and Havering Sixth Form College spoke against the motion.

    Other schools taking part included Oakwood Park Grammar School from Maidstone, Kent and Coopers Company & Coborn School, from Upminster.

    The Havering Sixth Form team won their debate against St Ivo and were also judged to have presented the best research and spoken performance out of all the participating teams.

    The competition was organised by Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge and is designed to encourage students to develop both their historical research skills and debating confidence. 

    Penny Jackson said: “I’m really proud of the students – they did a great job. To beat other private and funded schools and win the trophy was a fantastic achievement.”

    Student Alexandria said: “We thought the construction of our debate went well but then the questions from the audience and the judges took a long time and were quite tough. We were surprised when we found out we had won!”


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  • Singing nuns and Rag Week fun

    Published 12/01/18

    Students and staff played games for good causes when they took part in a Raise-And-Give (RAG) Week at Havering Sixth Form College to collect money for charity.

    As well as the festive fun, there was also a performance of the feel-good musical Sister Act, and a Christmas concert that was attended by friends, parents and residents who live close to the College site.

    All the events raised funds for the College’s nominated charities, which are St Francis Hospice, Cancer Research UK and EducAid.

    The RAG Week included activities such as the HSFC Bake Off Competition, a FIFA tournament, glass painting and engraving, a table tennis competition, a staff versus students netball match and games stalls in the Quad.

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  • Cambridge University student returns to College to inspire hopeful Medics

    Published 08/01/18

    Former student Munaib Chowdhury returned to College to help current science students reach their goal of getting into Medical school.

    Munaib, who left Havering Sixth Form College in 2015 with 4 A* grades in his A Levels, is now studying Medicine at Cambridge University. He came back to give hopeful students some hints and tips about how to be successful during the challenging interview process for Medicine degrees.

    Along with his Cambridge University colleague, Tony Lopez, Munaib gave a presentation on ‘dos and don’ts’ and then gave the eight potential Medics some practical training exercises.

    Chemistry tutor and Medics Leader Gursewa Harrad said: “Munaib particularly focussed on the selection process called Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), which many medical schools are now adopting. This can consist of anything from about five up to 12 different 'stations' that the students have to go to and they are given a set timed task to complete at each one.

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  • Students experience a day in the life of a Ford engineer

    Published 18/12/17

    Aspiring engineers from Havering Sixth Form College were taken on a visit to Ford Dunton Technical Centre for a tour and the chance to take part in design workshops.

    The 18 students – all in the upper sixth year of the Engineering BTEC Diploma course – saw the company’s newest cars being designed and were given a talk on the different types of apprenticeships and training schemes run at the Centre in Laindon, near Basildon.

    They also took part in some group engineering activities where they designed a futuristic car.

    The students who took part in the visit were: Gurminder Bains, George Cane, Connor Gear, Bryan Ibrahima, Nathan Mansfield, Jesse Martin, Emilija Minialgaite, Luca Palumbo, Jack Payne, Rinor Pireva, Freddie Pollock, Waseeuddin Rafid, Max Rankin, George Rowe, Thomas Rowley, Tjan Shillingford, Rhiannon St Pier and Ben Wood. They were accompanied by the College’s World of Work Officer Kay Williamson, Engineering and Design tutor Guy Reid and Engineering and Design facilitator Anneliese Attack.

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  • Virtual reality brings students’ work to life

    Published 11/12/17

    A high-tech virtual reality experience was on offer for students to try in the Quad on Wednesday 6th December, run by the Science and Engineering course staff and students.

    Using a special headset and hand controllers, students were able to immerse themselves in another ‘world’ where they could teleport themselves from one point to another and pick up items from a shelf to examine.

    The experience was devised by the College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) technician Curtis Oliver. He set up a ‘room’ in virtual reality and placed the Engineering students’ work on a shelf. The students were then able to pick up and inspect the projects they had created on a computer and see them in 3D through the virtual reality headsets.

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  • Principal meets Education Secretary Justine Greening to discuss post-16 funding

    Published 04/12/17

    Havering Sixth Form College Principal Paul Wakeling met up with the Government’s Education Secretary Justine Greening on Thursday November 30th during her visit to Havering.

    Justine took the time to discuss with Paul the great work that is being done at the College in ensuring outstanding destinations for its students, including Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities.

    The Conservative Cabinet Minister heard how the College has a good track record in giving students from deprived backgrounds access to the top universities and higher level apprenticeships, and was impressed with the ongoing guidance and support given by staff to ensure young people have every opportunity to a bright future when they leave the College.

    Paul discussed the importance of post-16 funding in helping Havering Sixth Form College to carry on this important work.

    He said: “Justine was, on the whole, very positive and made the point that politicians understand the issues and importance of post-16 investment and funding. She said she felt her work was about bringing the academic side of education and the skills side together, and was very focused on involving employers with the development of post-16 education.”

    He added: “It was encouraging to be able to discuss the issues we are facing with the Secretary of State and I’d like to thank Julia Lopez, MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, for arranging the visit.”

    Justine’s visit to Havering was hosted by Broadford Primary School in Harold Hill, which has jumped from the bottom 10% of schools to the top 1% in the country.

    Malcolm Drakes, the Executive Head Teacher, said: “For the Secretary of State to take the time to talk to teachers, listen to pupils and demonstrate a very clear understanding of some practical ways we can improve our system for the benefit of the most vulnerable, was so encouraging.”

    Pictured are Justine Greening, far left, next to Malcolm Drakes, and Paul Wakeling, far right.


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  • Keeping Havering Sixth Form College safe

    Published 01/12/17

    Our most recent College survey confirmed that almost all of our students ‘feel they are learning in a safe environment’.

    We pride ourselves on remaining one of the safest colleges in London, supported by CIS Security and an ID policy that ensures we know that everyone on site has a right to be here.

    From time to time we arrange, in conjunction with the Police, visits to check that no illegal substances or weapons are being brought onto site. This week we arranged a visit from police Youth Engagement Officers together with a search dog and we are delighted to report that no students were found in possession of drugs.

    The police officers stood at the main College gates with Milo, a black Labrador dog trained to use his senses to detect illegal substances, on the morning of Wednesday 29th November.

    Assistant Principal Ian Budge said: “Some colleges have problems with drugs being brought onto site, but in comparison we do very well. However, we must make sure that students know how seriously we take the issues of drugs and prohibited items. It was pleasing that the vast majority of students cooperated in a very mature way.”

    Pictured above with Milo the black Labrador are, left to right, PC Harinder Sanghera, PC Gary Samuels, College CIS Security Supervisor Peter Fayers and PC Rob Newton

    “Students’ behaviour at college is good. They are well behaved and courteous, respecting staff and other students, responding well to the college’s clear and high expectations.” - OFSTED 2017


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  • History students become ambassadors for Holocaust project

    Published 27/11/17

    Two hard-working History students have been chosen as ambassadors for a well-established project that aims to educate young people about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.

    Anna Donoghue, pictured in the yellow top below, formerly of Hall Mead School and Becky Wingett, below, who went to Abbs Cross, have attended seminars, talks and taken part in a visit to the former Nazi concentration and death camp of Auschwitz in Poland as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project, run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

    As ambassadors the students will have to use their experiences to spread to others the lessons they have learned and will get involved in Havering Sixth Form College’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

    The girls were chosen because of their outstanding summer homework assignments.

    Anna said: “I have found the project – and particularly the visit to Auschwitz – really interesting. It has made me think deeply about the issues and has motivated me to try to do something to make a change.

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