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The 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.

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  • Daniel Stander

    Published 14/08/19

    Daniel is a Solicitor in the London office of the American law firm, Vedder Price, where he specialises in Employment Law.

    The former Gaynes School student attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2004 to 2006, studying A Levels in Law, History and English Language & Literature.

    Daniel went on to study for a Law degree at the University of Kent in Canterbury, gaining a 2:1.

    He subsequently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of London in Bloomsbury (formerly the College of Law), achieving a Commendation.

    Daniel was excited to take Law as an A Level subject, and looks back fondly at his time at Havering Sixth Form, saying his teachers were patient in tolerating his unhealthy appetite for argument and the sound of his own voice!

    As an employment lawyer, Daniel acts for employers and senior executives on the full spectrum of the employment relationship. He notes that employment law is incredibly topical – it is influenced by social, political and economic changes in society, and you have to constantly work to keep up. He also acts as a mentor to students who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in law.

    He adds: “Being a solicitor is by no means always about courtroom drama or like an episode of Suits. But if you want to be continually challenged and have variety in your day-to-day working life, and use the skills you have developed to be at the forefront of helping your clients achieve their goals, it can be a thoroughly rewarding experience.”

    For more information, Daniel can be contacted at https://www.vedderprice.com/daniel-stander

     

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  • Hibban Musthafa

    Published 10/07/19

    Hibban is an Architectural Assistant (Level 6) on a Trailblazer Apprenticeship with Scott Brownrigg. He is half way through his programme and says it is the perfect job for him where he is earning and learning at the same time.

    Before joining College in 2014, Hibban was a pupil at Eastlea School in Canning Town but chose to travel to Havering because he was set on taking A Level Interior & Architectural Design – and the Sixth Form was the only place offering the course. He also studied A Levels in Graphics and Computing while he was here.

    Hibban said: “I was desperate to study the A Level Interior Design course because architecture has been a passion of mine since I was about six years old. I have been fascinated with it ever since I can remember.”

    While at College he set up his own business, Hibbsketchup, and worked as a Freelance Interior Designer developing initial ideas and providing sample sketches/demos as required for clients.

    After College he progressed to Ravensbourne university for a year to study Interior Design Environment Architecture but he always had his eye on an Apprenticeship as he wanted to get out and work within the industry.

    He secured a Civil Engineering Apprenticeship at Expedition Engineering Ltd where he was an Assistant CAD Technician, using software such as Revit, AutoCAD and Sketchup.

    He was then thrilled to be chosen for the trailblazer Architectural Apprenticeship programme at Scott Brownrigg in Covent Garden, which he will finish in two years’ time.

    Hibban is so enthusiastic about his apprenticeship, he recently returned to College to give a talk to current students about the benefits of the Architectural scheme at Scott Brownrigg.

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  • Konyin Aromolaran

    Published 05/07/19

    Konyin has just completed her degree in Medicine and is about to start working as an NHS junior doctor at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital in Merseyside.

    A student at the Sixth Form from 2009 to 2012, Konyin achieved an A* and As in Biology, Chemistry, French and Physics A Levels after resitting a year to improve her grades.

    She progressed to study Medicine at the University of Southampton and has spent the last seven years working towards her dream of becoming a doctor.

    As part of the degree she travelled to the Caribbean and the USA on an 8-month work placement to learn about Medicine in other parts of the world.

    While in Liverpool Konyin will get general training in all departments focusing on general surgery before choosing a specialism in two years’ time. She will be moved to various hospitals around the country in order to finish her training.

    The former Robert Clack School pupil from Dagenham said studying Medicine has been very rewarding but very intense. She added: “I’m fully prepared for the struggles ahead – it’s not going to be plain sailing, I know that, but the reason why I chose Medicine and have always wanted to be a doctor is because people are vulnerable and I want to help them. Always having that in the back of my mind helps me focus when things get tough.”

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  • Ethan Gates

    Published 30/06/19

    Ethan runs his own business which has over 50,000 clients and is still growing. The business - a DAB radio station called Fresh - has office premises, a purpose-built radio studio, employs staff, and broadcasts in the Birmingham area to thousands of people.

    A former St Thomas More High School pupil, Ethan, from Romford, studied A Levels in French, English Literature and Psychology and left the Sixth Form in 2017 to travel to France where he is studying French at the University of London Institute in Paris.

    He found he was able to grow his business while at college – which had around 15,000 clients when he started - as well as successfully complete his A Levels and he puts this down to the fact that college life allowed him the flexibility to do both.

    He says: “Whilst at college, my business had really begun to take off and it required lots of my time. I found I was able to manage working on my business and college studies quite efficiently due to the unrestricted nature of our free time and the fact we were treated like adults in being able to manage our own time efficiently.

    “My tutors were also very understanding and this attitude and flexibility allowed me to continue to grow my business to a level I never expected.”

    Ethan first started getting involved with online business ideas at the age of about 11. He researched how web hosting worked and joined together with a group of friends to start a small, unofficial venture providing friends and family with web hosting services. From there, he was introduced to internet radio thanks to his now business partner, Aaron, and his interest in it.

    In 2013, the two boys decided to start their own company called SHOUTca.st (now parented by Unmuted Limited), which specialises in providing innovative and modern internet radio solutions at an incredible price.

    The service started with an initial investment of £100 and they had a month to turn a profit, otherwise it would have to close. Ethan says: “It was done on a complete gamble with minimal chances of succeeding. But much to our surprise, we managed to turn a profit and it all went from there!”

    He added: “My team and I are extremely proud of what we have achieved and we aim to continue growing the business for the foreseeable future!

    For more information, visit Fresh at http://freshonair.co.uk and SHOUTca.st at https://shoutca.st

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  • Amy Blythe

    Published 27/05/19

    Amy currently works with people all over the world in her role at Cisco (IT and Telecomms) in Talent Acquisition for EMEAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) Sales and Corporate functions.

    A former Gaynes School pupil, Amy attended College from 2006 to 2008, studying Italian, French, English Language and Performance Studies.

    Learning languages at A Level gave her the platform she needed to enrol at the University of Hull for a BA in Italian and Film Studies, which included a year studying abroad in Bologna on the Erasmus Programme.

    The Erasmus Programme allows students to study at universities throughout Europe where academic credits achieved abroad, count towards the student’s UK degree. Most Erasmus students use the programme to advance their language skills with a view to working in the international sphere and Amy says she would thoroughly recommend it to others. “It was the best decision I ever made,” she says.

    In 2012 she graduated with a 2:1 and started her first job in London as a Recruitment Consultant in the Energy Sector. But almost three years later, a yearning to see more of the world spurred her on to go backpacking solo around South East Asia, travelling through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

    When she returned from her travels in 2016, she was offered the role at her current company Cisco where she uses her past experiences of studying, living and travelling abroad to help people all over the world make the next step in their careers, which is what she loves most about her job.

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  • Haris Seedat

    Published 15/05/19

    ​Haris is half way through an Apprenticeship with TfL and says his decision not to go to university when he left College is one he will never regret.

    He studied at Havering Sixth Form from 2015 to 2017 having previously been a Sanders School pupil. While at College, he achieved a Distinction* in the Science BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and two B grades in A Level Geography and Applied ICT – grades that would have definitely been accepted at one of the top universities.

    But Haris decided to take up TfL’s offer of a place on their General Management Apprenticeship scheme instead. He is now in his second year of the busy and varied job where he is also studying for a BA (Hons) in Business Management.

    He said: “I didn’t want to go to uni just for the sake of it so I applied for the TfL Apprenticeship scheme and it’s a decision I don’t regret. It made more sense to me that instead of leaving university in three years’ time with a large debt and no work experience, I am earning money now and learning at the same time – and I will also have a degree in four years’ time.”

    The nature of the job means that no day is the same – one week he could be working on the ground dealing with customer problems at Liverpool Street Station and the next he could be shadowing the Emergency Response Unit for buses. He likes the fact that he is getting many opportunities to develop his skills.

    But he adds: “It’s not easy, you do have to be prepared to work hard, and you need good time management to study for a degree and work at the same time.”

    When he completes his Apprenticeship, he is hoping to progress to a permanent management role within TfL.

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  • Coco Khan

    Published 07/05/19

    Coco works as a journalist for The Guardian newspaper. She is commissioning editor for Guardian B2B (Business to Business), and a columnist and feature writer.

    A former Mayfield School student, Coco achieved A grades in English Literature, Government & Politics and Law A Levels when she studied at College from 2004 to 2006.

    She then progressed to Warwick University where she studied English & American Literature and developed her love of writing.

    On leaving uni, she secured a job as an Editorial and Marketing Assistant at Crane.tv where she was responsible for content creation and promoting arts and lifestyle. She then worked as a Copywriter with Amazon, Expedia and eHarmony as well as becoming a Production and Features Editor where she worked on publications for World Travel Market and Arabian Travel Market.

    Various media roles followed, including being a pundit for the Evening News at London Live TV, an Expert Producer at Mastered and a Senior Editor at youth publication Complex.

    More recently Coco has worked as Editor at the luxury arts and lifestyle magazine, the Kensington & Chelsea Review, overseeing the rebrand of the title, and she is also freelancing for titles including The Independent, New York Magazine, the Huffington Post, BBC, The Voice, Dazed and Confused.

    As well as writing her column and her witty features, mainly about social and cultural issues, for The Guardian, Coco has also contributed to books such as The Good Immigrant (2016), Counterculture UK and her piece, Flags, was subsequently serialised in Emerald Street and adapted for BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. She is now working on her debut novel.

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  • Kweku Bennin

    Published 30/04/19

    ​​​​​​Kweku is a digital designer, creating concepts for brands online, with a speciality in UI (user interface) design for mobile and web platforms, as well as interaction design. He has worked for companies including the National Theatre and Zoopla and has been described as ‘a brilliant creative’.

    The former St Bonaventures School pupil attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2003 to 2005, achieving top grades in A Level Graphics, Design & Technology and Maths.

    After leaving College he studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College in London before becoming the Lead Integrated Designer at Bold Creative, working on concept creation and design for the web and iPhone/iPad.

    He then moved to the National Theatre where as the Digital Designer, he created visual directions for digital campaigns and built digital marketing materials for use in-house, among other duties.

    Kweku has also worked as a freelance Digital Product Designer where he has designed for clients ranging from corporate, not-for-profit, third sector, theatre and the arts, to fashion and commercial brands. Companies he has worked with include the Telegraph, Quiet Storm Advertising, Tommy, Newsweek, the NHS, and various luxury brands.

    In August 2017 he began working at Zoopla (ZPG), the property based company, where he worked closely with stakeholders to design product UI and interactions from concept through to implementation and iteration.

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  • Laura Burchett

    Published 25/04/19

    Laura (formerly Blythe) is currently working as an Advanced Practitioner in social work where she teaches and mentors other Social Workers in a busy South London Borough.

    The former Gaynes School student attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2004 to 2006, studying A Levels in English Language & Literature, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology.

    She went on to study for a BA in English Literature and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, gaining a 2:1.

    Soon after finishing her degree in Bath and returning to her home in Gidea Park, Laura discovered a passion for social advocacy and made the decision to become a Social Worker.

    She completed a Masters degree in Social Work through the Tavistock Clinic in North London and then worked for the next eight years as a Social Worker in a number of London boroughs, predominantly with disabled children.

    Laura, now 31, is employed as an Advanced Practitioner in a Children with Disabilities and Early Help service. She is responsible for embedding systemic practice, which means social work that is focused on relationships.

    As part of her day-to-day duties, she runs various teaching sessions and assesses students and Newly Qualified Social Workers, ensuring that they are fit to practice.

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  • Georgia Wazny

    Published 03/04/19

    Georgia has just completed a Merchandising Admin Assistant apprenticeship with Arcadia and is based at one of the company’s flagship stores, Topshop, in Oxford Street.

    Having passed the Level 4 Business Admin apprenticeship qualification, specialising in Merchandising, she has now been offered permanent employment with Arcadia, which owns fashion stores Topshop, Topman, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Wallis and Evans.

    Georgia, formerly of Hall Mead School, studied at Havering Sixth Form College from 2015 to 2017 and took A Levels in Psychology, Sociology and Communication Studies.

    Her day to day work is centred on global sales of Topshop jeans. She runs analysis on the stock, sale and intake of jeans at stores all over the world and then makes decisions on whether the store needs more or less stock and when to send it.

    She heard about the Apprenticeship scheme when she visited the College’s CUBE (Careers centre) and says if it hadn’t been for the good advice from the CUBE staff she wouldn’t have even known it was an option for her.

    The application process was tough but she managed to get through the assessments and interviews and hasn’t looked back.

    She said: “I love where I work, I enjoy the environment – it’s a very social place to work but it’s also very professional. I have a really supportive boss and feel that I am learning all the time. Arcadia also treat their staff very well – there is even a hairdressers and beauty salon in our building that we can make use of when we want to for just a small charge.”

    Georgia says there is a clear and fast progression route at the company and she plans to stay in Merchandising and have a senior position by the end of 2019 – with then further promotion to become a Director of Merchandising in the future.

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  • Lee Van Geleen

    Published 29/03/19

    Lee is a former Performing Arts student and is currently starring in the new West End musical Only Fools and Horses at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

    The former Royal Liberty School pupil attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2008 to 2010, achieving a Triple Distinction in the BTEC Performing Arts Extended Diploma.

    He took a gap year, working as a waiter and securing roles in local theatre productions, and then joined the London School of Musical Theatre on their one year, full-time course, designed for those who wish to realise their full potential as musical theatre performers. He was trained to a high professional standard and developed his skills in singing, dancing, drama and performance.

    He has recently had a starring role in Les Miserables at Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, playing Brujon and being the understudy for Javert, Bishop and the Factory Foreman.

    He was then cast in the ensemble of Only Fools and Horses – and the show has had fantastic reviews since its opening night in February 2019. The West End production has been written and produced by comedian Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, the son of John Sullivan who wrote the original TV series.

    Lee performs alongside Paul Whitehouse who stars as Grandad, Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney).

    Lee will make a special guest appearance on the Community Stage at the Havering Show in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, during the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th. 

    His other theatre credits include:  The Warrior/Russian Admiral in Pacific Overtures at the Union Theatre, Southwark, London; Gwilim in Ivor Novello’s Valley of Song at the Finborough Theatre in Kensington, London; Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Union Theatre; The Balladeer in The Immortal Hour at the Finborough Theatre and ‘Tis The Season at the Jermyn Street Theatre which is a small studio theatre just off the West End.

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  • Dan Jobson

    Published 27/03/19

    Dan currently works as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer at the Wheal Jane Group in Truro, Cornwall.

    During his time at Havering Sixth Form College, from 2008 to 2010, he studied A Levels in Geology, Geography and History and then went to the University of Plymouth to study Applied Geology.

    After graduating from Plymouth, the former Sawyers Hall College pupil who used to live in Romford, stayed in the West Country and began working as a graduate engineering geologist in the Exeter area.

    He then progressed to a role as a geoenvironmental engineer in Bristol, where among other responsibilities, he was involved in the analysis and interpretation of data for clients, outlining geoenvironmental and geotechnical risks and recommendations for further investigation and he supervised a range of site investigation techniques.

    He then moved to work as a senior engineering geologist at Ian Farmer Associates in Truro, before progressing to his current job at the Wheal Jane Group.

    Dan’s responsibilities have included tendering for and effectively project-managing a range of sites, seeing these through from the project design stage to on-site investigation and writing interpretative technical reports.

    His love of Geology was developed at Havering Sixth Form College with the help of popular Geology tutor Keith Oak.

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