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Havering Sixth Form wins award and is named as top college for student progression

Havering Sixth Form College is the top college in East London for student progression to positive destinations – and it is in the top 10% nationally of all schools, sixth forms and colleges in the UK.

And in the same week that the Government figures were published, the college was also named as a winner in the prestigious Loop Awards for Careers Advice.

The statistics from the Department for Education’s Key Stage 5 progression data put Havering Sixth Form at the top of the league table for all East London colleges and sixth form colleges, with 90% of students going on to either university, employment or training.

This was higher than any other college in the area and was hailed by Principal Paul Wakeling as a huge achievement.

The figures also showed the college was in the top 10% for progression compared to all schools, sixth forms and colleges in the UK.

Paul said: “We are very proud of these figures. Last year, around 65% of our students progressed to university and this latest data shows that of these, over 76% achieved a First or Upper Second degree, which is well above the national average of 71%. 

“Much of this success is down to the support that our Coaches give and the fantastic work that the staff in our new CUBE centre (Careers, University, Business Links and Enterprise) do and it is very fitting that they have just been presented with a Loop Award for Careers Advice, which is awarded based on what students say about their experiences.”

The Loop Awards are the first ever student-led awards for excellence in Further Education and they were set up to celebrate institutions which are raising standards through high quality student feedback.

Of the five colleges shortlisted for a Careers Advice award, Havering Sixth Form College was chosen as the winner. Associate Principal Ian Budge and three students from the College Council, Sigourney Hove, Alice Sellar and Adita Varavina-Grover, attended the awards presentation.

Nikki Phelps, the CUBE manager, said: “The awards evening was a great success and we are particularly proud of the Loop Award because it is based on what students are saying about the support and service that we give them.”

Some of the student feedback which won the college the award included:  “The college is more supportive than most, with a care system and staff available to anybody that needs help with any issue, a careers service for University and employability advice, work experience placements and summer jobs opportunities.”

And another said: “The careers department is excellent. The team are very well integrated within the local community and they always have work experience opportunities available. Not just this, but many students are able to ask questions about their pathway and can be taught the relevant skills to gain successful employment.”

Paul added that the advice and support was really having an impact on current students and parents. He said: “One parent recently wrote to me praising the support available here. The letter said, ‘I am very impressed with the level of support my son enjoyed with his UCAS application.  The quality of this support was timely, empowering, enabling, impactful and motivating.  It shows that your college is not only interested in its OFSTED rating but also in the destiny of all of the students in your care.  It is not surprising to see the increase in students proceeding to university and landing a successful career’.”