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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 featured here have all worked hard and taken the opportunities given to them to carve out fantastic careers:

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  • Florence Adepoju

    Published 05/06/18

    Florence Adepoju or Flow as she prefers, has built up her own beauty empire from scratch and her lipsticks – specially formulated for black women – are loved worldwide, particularly in Los Angeles, France, Spain, Holland and Australia.

    Flow got into the beauty industry through science, having taken A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Fine Art while at Havering Sixth Form from 2007 to 2009.

    When she left College at 18, she made the decision to swap an offer to study Pharmacy for a place to study Cosmetic Science at the London College of Fashion. It was a decision which has shaped her life.

    During the four-year course, with a year’s placement in Belgium, she learned all the aspects of putting together a cosmetic product, from the chemical mixes and packaging to business planning and marketing.

    She began formulating foundations, eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushers in her parents’ garden shed in Rainham during the days and working at luxury beauty retailers in the evenings. But her real ambition was to develop her own beauty brand for black women.

    Her dream came true when she launched MDMflow, a lipstick line of bold, bright, highly pigmented colours designed to suit black women, when she was 22. She describes MDMflow as an accumulation of all her obsessions; bold colours, hip hop, beauty, fashion and science.

    Five years on and the brand is critically acclaimed and is growing month by month, year by year. It is stocked worldwide and sold in upmarket stores such as Harvey Nichols and online at popular websites such as Pretty Little Thing.

    Flow also works with various companies and campaigns to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM subjects.

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  • Emma Velterop

    Published 04/06/18

    Emma Velterop has worked at the European Space Agency and is about to move out to the USA to start her PhD in Geophysics (Radar Remote Sensing) at Stanford University in California.

    The former Bancroft’s School pupil completed an MEng in Civil Engineering at UCL, during which she spent a year abroad at ETH Zürich on exchange.

    Her experiences during this time include satellite data applications for oceanography at ETH Zürich; analysing one of the Earth Observation satellite’s data at the European Space Agency; using Earth Observation satellites over Antarctic glaciers at Caltech; generating risk maps for cities from satellite data at Sarmap (a Remote Sensing company); and satellite instrument calibration at the University of Oxford.

    Emma, who studied at Havering Sixth Form College from 2010 to 2012, achieved 2 A*s and an A grade in Fine Art, Maths and Physics.

    She said: “College gave me a strong first step on the path to where I am now and I have had some amazing opportunities already. I would say to prospective or current students, ‘Don’t be intimidated by world-class institutions, apply to any opportunity that takes your fancy. Internships and placements give you priceless experiences and open so many doors. If there’s nothing that peaks your interest, be pro-active - e-mail that professor, get in contact with that industry leader – you’ll be surprised at how open these people are and they’ll be impressed with your efforts’.”

    Later in 2018 Emma is moving out to America to start her PhD at Stanford University, a private research university in California, known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as a top-10 university in the world.

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  • Clark Baker

    Published 04/06/18

    Clark Baker completed an MSc in Physics at Imperial College London after leaving Havering Sixth Form College and is currently a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London.

    His previous work includes the design of resonators for Superconducting Qubits with Quantum Computing applications at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology; and the design, construction and testing of temperature control systems for novel compact Magnetometers for use in satellite navigation at Imperial College London.

    He is now working on the discovery and characterisation of Exoplanets, specialising in instrumentation - specifically the design and construction of stable, high resolution Spectrometers.

    A former Royal Liberty Boys School student, Clark achieved an A* and 2 A grades in A Level Double Maths and Physics while studying at HSFC from 2010 to 2012.

    He said: “I can say completely that the Maths and Science teaching staff at Havering Sixth Form College were instrumental in my academic journey – along with being incredible teachers, they always had the best intentions for their students’ progress and in my case, I’m very thankful that they went above and beyond to let me be flexible with course modules to best suit where I wanted to go.

    “In fact, they put some concepts across so well that there are lessons of theirs that I still refer back to today.”

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  • Ahad Sheikh

    Published 18/05/18

    Ahad Sheikh is a Designer working at the prestigious Heatherwick Studio design agency which creates buildings, spaces and master-plans, focusing on large scale projects in cities all over the world. Their portfolio ranges from the design of the new London Routemaster bus to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Hampshire.

    Already at the age of just 23, Ahad has designed and built three projects in Wales, England and Indonesia.

    A former Stratford School student, Ahad used his graphic design skills to good use while at Havering Sixth Form, working part-time for the College’s Marketing team to produce posters, brochures, logos and newsletters, while also studying on the Art & Design Foundation Diploma course.

    While at College from 2011 to 2014, Ahad achieved 3 A*s, one A and one B grade in Graphics, Interior & 3D Design, Extended Project, Fine Art and English Language & Literature A Levels. He then secured a Merit in the Foundation Diploma and went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Cardiff University.

    He always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and as a teenager he founded his own design company, BluRoc, where he worked with over 150 clients on various projects all the way from corporate branding to interior design.

    Alongside his marketing and design skills, Ahad has also successfully mentored and supported a number of students on courses such as Teaching English as a Second Language and mobile app development.

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  • Sam Gould

    Published 18/05/18

    Former student Sam Gould, who attended from 2007 to 2009 is now a Governor at Havering Sixth Form College.

    After studying A Levels in Accounts, Government & Politics and Economics, he then graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Politics. He has since worked for an anti-racism NGO, a campaigning agency, an education charity and, most recently, as a Labour MP.

    In late 2013 he was selected as the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for Romford for the 2015 General Election, at the time being one of the youngest parliamentary candidates in the country. Since 2015 the former Marshalls Park School student has been working as a Caseworker for a Labour MP, which involves trying to help constituents with serious and often complex problems.

    He says: “It may be a cliché, but I got involved in politics because I wanted to make a positive difference. I see politics as the most effective way to do this. Through my job and my voluntary work with the Labour Party I have helped run a number of national and local campaigns, such as a national voter registration drive and ‘back to school week’, a campaign that sought to bring former state-school students back into their former schools to inspire today's young people.

    “Through my current role as a Caseworker I have helped hundreds of people with problems ranging from benefit appeals to housing repair issues and homelessness to health and social care complaints.”

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  • Tele Lawal

    Published 18/05/18

    Tele Lawal is a Labour Party Councillor on the London Borough of Havering Council, as well as a Public Relations professional at Metro Bank – where she is the founder of Mbrace, the bank’s diversity network. 

    During her time at College, she studied Performing Arts and Creative Media BTECs, achieving Distinction grades in both.

    She describes her time at Havering Sixth Form as “one of the best times of my life” and said: “College is where I learned independence and determination. This particular mind-set was drummed into me by some wonderful tutors who taught me that I could be successful through hard work.”

    After leaving College in 2013, Tele attended Nottingham Trent University, where she was awarded a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She has experience in Public Relations, the not-for-profit sector, and has volunteered at Belong Charity and Capital Moments. 

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  • Fel Costin

    Published 18/05/18

    Fel Costin studied A Levels in English Language, PE, History and General Studies, achieving two A grades and two B grades when she attended College from 2006 to 2008.

    Following her time here, she went on to the University of Essex and studied Sport and Exercise Science with Biology. After graduating, she took up a post as Teaching Assistant at The Sydney Russell School in Dagenham because she wanted to see if teaching would be the career for her.

    She took to the job immediately and decided to train as a teacher.

    She says: “Seven years later, I am still at The Sydney Russell School and loving every - very busy - second of it! I’m a Science teacher and I have been Head of Year for four years. I’m now Head of Year 11 and saying goodbye to my first year group as they embark on their GCSEs and off to their future careers.”

    Fel, who is from Hornchurch and a former pupil of Albany School, has very fond memories of Havering Sixth Form College and her tutors. She said she enjoyed College and it gave her the perfect platform for further study at university.

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  • Luke Main

    Published 27/04/18

    Luke Main is now a Senior Researcher at Fidelio Partners, a company that specialises in research of best practice corporate governance and board development.

    The former Albany School pupil left College in 2012 after achieving 3 A* grades in Classical Civilisation, Extended Project and Geology and an A grade in History. He went on to study History at Cambridge University.

    Luke had achieved extremely good GCSE results and could have chosen to go to any of the local school sixth forms, but he says he was very happy that he decided to attend Havering Sixth Form.

    He said: “I chose Havering Sixth Form above other colleges in the area because of the range of subjects that were offered (particularly Geology and Classics, which I was very interested in but couldn't find elsewhere). The College had also been recommended by some friends of mine who were ex-students. And, the Open Day events really stood head and shoulders above the other colleges and schools in the area as a stimulating and enjoyable place to study.

    “On applying to Oxford or Cambridge Universities, I would just say that current students shouldn't be afraid to aim high. With the top-quality teaching staff and great College facilities, students are encouraged to do the best that they can possibly do and it is a wonderful place to study, where you can achieve amazing results.”

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  • Lannen Armstrong

    Published 27/04/18

    Lannen Armstrong became a teacher after leaving College and university and is now Head of Sociology at Langdon Academy in Barking at the age of just 26.

    A former student at Sanders Draper School, she took A Levels in PE, Government & Politics and English Language & Literature as well as an AS Level in Media Studies.

    She looks back on her time at college with good memories and says the tutors were always supportive.

    After leaving College in 2009, Lannen attended the University of Essex to study Politics and Philosophy and then did her teaching qualification. She had set her heart on being a teacher from an early age and did her work experience at Ardleigh Green Primary School in Hornchurch.

    She said: “I love my job – it’s very busy and sometimes demanding but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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  • Lee Robertson

    Published 27/04/18

    Lee Robertson, who graduated from Cambridge University in 2017 is now working as the Volunteering and Charities Co-ordinator at OxFizz.

    Lee, an ex pupil at Emerson Park School, was at Havering Sixth Form College from 2012 to 2014 and studied A Levels in History, Government & Politics, Psychology and Extended Project, achieving 2 A* and 2 A grades.

    He was part of the College’s Aiming High programme, was active in many community events and was selected to represent the History faculty on a trip to Auschwitz, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

    After leaving College he went on to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

    In his role at Oxfizz – a not-for-profit social enterprise which delivers educational services to raise funds for good causes – Lee manages volunteer communications, organises volunteer events and liaises with charities.

    He recently organised a subject carousel day to give high-achieving students a taste of what it would be like to study a variety of different subjects at Oxford and Cambridge. Around 10 current Havering Sixth Form students attended.

    Lee said: “The day gave students the chance to hear about a range of different subjects – some of which they may have never heard of or considered before. Also at OxFizz we are committed to reducing educational inequality, and widening participation to Oxford and Cambridge.”

    He says he has fond memories of his time at College: “I am so grateful for the support I received from Havering Sixth Form in my application to Cambridge - and I know that tutor Penny Jackson and others are still doing amazing work with the Aiming High programme.

    “It was a pleasure to meet and support students from my old College recently, and I look forward to working more with them in the year ahead.”

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  • Deren Aygin

    Published 23/03/18

    Deren Aygin is about to qualify as an NHS doctor specialising in emergency medicine. He is finishing off his medical training as a junior doctor based at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

    A former student at Sanders Draper School, who lived in Havering-atte-Bower, Deren achieved As in A Level Maths, Biology and General Studies and a B in Chemistry. He left Havering Sixth Form College in 2011 to study Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University, having been rejected by Medical School.

    He then decided to train to become a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police but finally was able to join Medical School when his second application was accepted. 

    Because his journey to Medical School was not a smooth one, Deren likes to inspire current students to follow their dreams and never give up. As a former student, he has been a special guest at Havering Sixth Form College's Awards Evenings, telling students of his experiences.

    He said he had always wanted to be a doctor, but felt completely deflated when he was turned down for Medical School immediately after his A Levels. He said: “But I now realise that it wasn’t a failure - it was an opportunity. So I became a Police Officer and my experiences in that career shaped me as a person. A few years later, the same Medical School accepted me because I was then the type of person they wanted and I’m now training to be a doctor.”

    Deren has also spoken to prospective students and their parents at College Open Days, saying that his time at Havering Sixth Form helped him prepare well for his Medical degree.

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  • Charlie Kwai

    Published 23/03/18

    Charlie Kwai is an in-demand street photographer who has travelled the world – China, Ghana and South America – to create self-published books of his photographs.

    Formerly of Morpeth School and from Bethnal Green, Charlie achieved an A grade in A Level Graphics, and Bs in Geography, Psychology and General Studies while at Havering Sixth Form College.

    He then achieved a Distinction in the Art & Design Foundation Diploma and left in 2006 to study Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

    He worked as a graphic designer after leaving uni but realised his passion was photography. He won an award from creative website as One to Watch 2016 and said in an interview with Metal Magazine shortly after: “I realised that if you want to get really good at something – to be the very best – you have to do it every day. If you don't do it every day, you’re always going to be mediocre.”

    Charlie has a natural interest in people and found street photography was an excellent excuse to start a conversation with them. His pictures are candid-camera style images that he takes as he wanders the streets of London daily, capturing photos and talking to people about their lives.

    He is also one-third of photographic group, Tripod City, and with this collective, travelled to Africa, South America and China to document in pictures the lives of ordinary people. With Tripod City he has also come back to Havering Sixth Form College to lead a workshop for Foundation Art students.

    Most recently he has exhibited work and spoken at The Photographers Gallery, Soho House, Nicer Tuesdays and the Photographers Dining Club and he is tutoring in Photography at the City Academy. His photobook ‘Gold Dust’ gained international recognition via The Guardian and he is interviewed about his work and is featured in magazines regularly.

    Photo: Metal Magazine

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