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  • College tour and student Q&A session for new MP

    Published 20/11/17

    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.

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  • ‘Blown away by talent’ as students sing the blues

    Published 14/11/17

    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. 

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  • Top results for outstanding Engineering course

    Published 07/11/17

    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.”

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  • Students raise £700 to help educate youngsters in Africa

    Published 06/11/17

    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.

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  • Dream jobs and fantastic futures for former students

    Published 30/10/17

    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:

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  • BTEC students set for Adventure, Skills and Social Action with NCS funding boost

    Published 23/10/17

    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.

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  • Playback gig awakens the senses for World Sight Day

    Published 16/10/17

    A multi-sensory, immersive experience created by upper sixth Music Technology students was enjoyed by the College community last Tuesday.

    Called Playback, the gig with a difference was held to raise awareness of Vision Aid Overseas and tied in with World Sight Day on Thursday 12th October.

    The audience wore blindfolds for part of the experience which brought together sound, vision and the use of technology and electronics in a live performance.

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  • Coffee Morning raises hundreds for Macmillan

    Published 09/10/17

    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!”

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  • Official opening of state-of-the-art Chemistry labs

    Published 02/10/17

    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.

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  • Sultry sounds of the blues ring out as students put on acoustic gig

    Published 26/09/17

    Students had the ‘Kind of Blues’ when they put on a mini acoustic gig performing much loved songs in the College theatre.

    The concert, titled Kind of Blues, by the Upper Sixth Music Performance group, was enjoyed by staff and students who found the sultry, chilled sounds relaxing and enjoyable.

    The gig started with student Shekhem Vige on guitar and vocals performing the Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe. Shekhem’s strong voice gave the song a great sound and he connected well with the audience.

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  • Upper Sixth Awards Evening celebrates outstanding achievement

    Published 15/09/17

    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:

    A Levels
          Rajan Mistry

    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

        Aimee Murphy

    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

       Thomas Harris

    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

    Bismah Butt


    Nimesh Gondalia


    James Gunn


    Callum Hood


    Amy Hurley


    Dolapo Olumoko


    Charlie Quant


    Jack Wearn


    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)

          Jaime Tull
         Henry Cossey
         Louise Horner


    100% Attendance
    Michael Bradshaw


    Cerys Burns


    Alexander Miller


    Ayla Ozbey


    Billy Bowness

    Michael Bradshaw

    Cerys Burns

    Samuel Childs

    Isabel Davy

    Paige Hammerton

    Hou Man

    Alexander Miller

    Ellie Noble

    Sukurat Olowosale

    Matthew Owers

    Ayla Ozbey

    Jonathan Ritson

    Abhirami Vasanthakumar


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  • GCSE Results Day – making sense of the new grading system

    Published 24/08/17

    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.

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