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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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  • Hayley Anderson

    Published 06/12/18

    Hayley Anderson is a News Reporter on the local weekly newspaper the Romford Recorder.

    A former Bower Park School pupil, Hayley achieved A Levels in English Literature, Philosophy, History and Extended Project before leaving College in 2013.

    She had an offer from Royal Holloway University to study English Literature but chose instead to take up an Apprenticeship as a Trainee Reporter at the company Archant, which publishes the Romford Recorder.

    During the two-year Apprenticeship she worked four days a week on the newspaper and studied for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Level 3 Diploma in Journalism qualification on the other day at Lambeth College.

    She achieved the Gold Standard and became officially qualified as a Reporter three years ago. Hayley has been covering news stories and writing features in the local area for the Recorder since then and says she absolutely loves her job.

    She said: “It’s incredibly busy, it’s a fast-paced industry and you’re under quite a bit of pressure at deadline, but I really enjoy it. I get a buzz when a big news story is breaking, but my favourite part of the job is writing the human interest feature stories.”

    Hayley has just been put in sole charge of a new project launched by Archant called Enjoy Brentwood More. This is a small magazine which circulates in Brentwood containing news stories, interesting features, information about the area and a guide to events that are taking place. There is also an Enjoy Brentwood More website and Facebook page.

    She hopes in future to progress to possibly work on a national glossy magazine to write more in-depth features, but for the time being, she is getting a great all-round introduction to journalism in her role at the Recorder.

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  • Ola Sagbola

    Published 30/11/18

    Ola Sagbola is a qualified Barrister and is currently working as a Legal & Governance Paralegal for the Financial Reporting Council.

    A former pupil at Gaynes School, she was a student at Havering Sixth Form College from 2006 to 2008, studying A Levels in English Literature, Government & Politics and Biology. Ola progressed to the University of Essex and as part of her Law degree, spent a year studying at a New York Law School.

    From 2013 to 2105 she attended the University of Law where she completed the Bar Professional Training Course and qualified as a Barrister.

    She then worked for four years at the Financial Ombudsman Service as an Adjudicator where she prepared cases for final decisions for Ombudsmen and delivered training on new processes to colleagues.

    With a background in regulatory and public law, particularly for GDPR readiness, Ola has been working in house at the Financial Reporting Council for over a year.

    She often returns to College to give talks on what it is like to study law and what working in the legal profession involves, to current students.

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  • Charlotte Smalley

    Published 30/11/18

    Charlotte Smalley always knew she wanted a career within the Financial industry and so chose to study A Levels in Maths, Accounting and Sociology while at Havering Sixth Form College from 2015 to 2017.

    She now works as an Audit Associate on an EY (Ernst & Young) Apprenticeship.

    A former Emerson Park School student, Charlotte made an early decision while at College that she probably would not go to University as she preferred ‘on the job learning’ and so set about applying for Business-type apprenticeships.

    She visited the College’s CUBE (Careers, University, Business and Employment) for advice and was encouraged to apply for the EY Apprenticeship, based in Canary Wharf.

    It was a tough selection process – first the online application, then a difficult two-stage strengths assessment, including numerical and verbal tests; next a telephone interview; then she moved on to a written assessment and team exercise at an EY office and then finally a face-to-face interview with a partner.

    She was overjoyed when she found out she had been offered a place on the scheme.

    Charlotte said: “An Apprenticeship at EY seemed the best option for me as I prefer on the job learning and earning money at the same time, rather than studying full-time. I have passed all my exams so far and I look forward to achieving the ACA qualification.

    “I am thoroughly enjoying my job and would definitely recommend the Apprenticeship route to others.”

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  • Dr Sam Divall

    Published 30/11/18

    Dr Sam Divall has been a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at City, University of London since 2015.

    He attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2003 to 2005, studying A Levels in Maths, ICT and Design Technology.

    He progressed to City, University of London and after four years of study, graduated from the MEng Civil Engineering course in 2009.

    After graduating, the former King’s Wood School student (now Drapers’ Academy) decided to remain at City within the internationally recognised Geotechnical Engineering Research Centre to undertake his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, which he completed in 2012.

    He then undertook several years of post-doctoral research, becoming a Research Fellow in Geotechnical Engineering from 2013 to 2015 working with The Leverhulme Trust on research into the construction of shafts in congested subsurface urban environments.

    He has won several awards for his work, including the Civil Engineering Teaching Award; The ICE QUEST Travel Award; The ISSMGE Foundation Award; Winning presentation at the BGA's 12th Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium in Leeds; National Finalist for the Corus Steel Student Awards; and Shortlisted for City University London WSP Civil Engineering Paper Prize.

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  • Ellie Giles

    Published 29/10/18

    Ellie Giles studied at Havering Sixth Form from 2015 to 2017, achieving grades of AAB in A Level Accounts, Mathematics and History. She is now working as an Associate in the second year of a five-year Ernst & Young (EY) Business Apprenticeship in the City.

    The former Hall Mead School student, from Upminster, knew during her time at College that she didn’t want to go on to University, so she started investigating apprenticeships instead.

    Our team in The CUBE, the College’s careers centre, helped Ellie find out about the trainee programmes available and encouraged her to apply for the EY Summer School, which she managed to get into.

    She then applied for the Business Apprenticeship and was successful again – securing her place on the highly sought-after programme at one of the world’s largest professional services and accountancy firms.

    Ellie, who often returns to College for our Higher Education and Careers Days to give current students advice on applying for EY apprenticeships, said: “I have really settled into the company and I have been offered a lot of opportunities already, including a trek across the Sahara Desert for the EY charity.

    “I am really enjoying the job and am looking forward to taking advantage of further opportunities. 

    “This suits me so much better than studying at university because I was ready to get out into the world of work after College. I have already passed my first exam with 14 more to go! But I am learning on the job, training and getting paid while I achieve more qualifications, and I love working in London so it is great for me.”

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  • Sam Ward-Smith

    Published 26/10/18

    Sam Ward-Smith is a stage actor as well as a singer and a voiceover artist who attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2011 to 2013.

    Sam achieved a Distinction* in his Performing Arts course as well as two A Levels in English Literature and Film Studies.

    A former Albany School pupil, Sam progressed to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he gained a BA in Acting and was a Sir John Gielgud Bursary Award Winner in 2016. Previous recipients of this award include Michael Sheen, Ewan McGregor and Paterson Joseph.

    Sam has recently finished shooting a series of Corporate Films for Coral/Ladbrokes and will soon be returning to The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, to reprise his role in the one-person show 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' from December 1st to December 23rd 2018.

    He has appeared at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in the Sam Wanamaker Festival and at St Martin’s Theatre in Mystery Solved! Sam has also travelled to Germany as part of the Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Neuss to perform in The Alchemist.

    As well as these stage roles, he has starred in a variety of TV voiceovers, local pantomimes and musicals as well as a short film, and a workshop at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

    He was a member of Cut To The Chase Rep Company (Bob Carlton), from 2013 to 2014 and has many other talents to his name, such as additional dialogue recording, comedy improv, musical comedy, musical theatre, radio drama, voice acting, impersonation and juggling. Sam is also a specialist in accents and dialects.

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  • Kyle Harman-Turner

    Published 16/10/18

    Kyle Harman-Turner, who was at Havering Sixth Form College from 2001 to 2003, is responsible for one of the most well-known recent adverts on TV – the ‘Epic Strut’ of the businessman wearing tight denim hotpants in the MoneySuperMarket campaign.

    Kyle, who studied Graphics, Media and Psychology A Levels, went on to study Graphic Design specialising in Advertising at Central Saint Martin’s.

    He started working at Mother – the UK’s largest independent advertising agency – in 2006 and worked in the London office for four years.

    He then moved to Mother New York City, from 2010 to 2013, and became Creative Director of Mother, working with both offices, in September 2013.

    During his career, Kyle, now a proud dad, has been responsible for ad campaigns such as the MoneySuperMarket epic strut, Nokia’s the world’s oldest hockey player, the Coca-Cola Olympics ad, and the mini documentary film for Coca-Cola - Move to the Beat - with Mark Ronson.

    He has also worked on branding and advertising for Stella Artois, Fox’s Biscuits, Comic Relief and Schweppes and continues to work at Mother as Creative Director.

    A football enthusiast who still lives in London, Kyle is also a Founding Partner at – an online site where, with his creative partner, he plots and shapes ideas for the future.

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  • Abby Palmer

    Published 28/09/18

    Abby Palmer works as the Groups and Reservations Manager at Copthorne Tara Hotel, London Kensington.

    A student at College from 2007 to 2009, Abby was successful in Business, English Language, English Literature and General Studies A Levels and went on to study for a degree in Business at the University of Kent.

    She started work as the Front Office Assistant at The Cavendish London Hotel and worked her way up to Assistant Revenue Manager. From there, she became Central Reservations Manager at The Ascott Limited, working for a year in the UK and Germany.

    The former Albany School pupil then moved to the Copthorne Tara Hotel as Reservations Manager and is currently the Groups and Reservations Manager at London Kensington.

    Abby regularly returns to Havering Sixth Form College to give talks at our Higher Education and Careers Event to current students about finding and securing a Career in Hospitality and what it involves.

    She said: “My time at Havering Sixth Form, my A Level subjects and the support I received from my teachers all set me up for my current career. The College was a great starting point for me.”

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  • Tobi Oredein

    Published 28/09/18

    ​​​​​​Tobi Oredein is a freelance journalist and the founding editor of Black Ballad – a niche lifestyle website written for and by black women.

    A former student at Eastlea Community School, Tobi attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2006 to 2008. She achieved high grades in English Literature, History, Sociology and General Studies A Levels and went on to gain a BA in American Studies at King’s College, London.

    After finishing University, Tobi was employed as an Entertainment and Features Writer at the TV Times magazine where her weekly writing duties would include celebrity interviews, features, real life copy and news stories. She also freelanced for publications such as Entertainment Wise, Look, the Daily Mail, Woman: Diet Special, Chat and Pick Me Up.

    But Tobi grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of representation of black women in the media and so in 2014, she decided to launch her own website,

    She calls it ‘a forward thinking lifestyle website for the black and mixed race women of excellence’. The website’s mission is to create a media platform that helps black women in Britain live their best life and it has covered a varied range of topics, such as mental health, beauty, careers, politics, disability, dating and higher education.

    After three years of being a free platform, in December 2016, Black Ballad ran a successful crowdfund to transition into a membership platform and has achieved an average of 18% month-on-month growth since its launch.

    Tobi continues to develop her website and to write as a freelance for publications such as Grazia, Glamour and BuzzFeed. She says she is passionate about creating unique content that simultaneously engages readers and that puts publications and brands on the cutting edge.

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  • Mark Hunter MBE

    Published 28/09/18

    Olympic Rowing Gold and Silver medallist Mark Hunter – awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List - attended Havering Sixth Form College from 1994 to 1996.

    Mark, who won his gold medal in the lightweight double skulls rowing event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and a silver medal at London 2012, went to Bower Park School before joining College.

    He was introduced to the sport of rowing by his father at the age of 14, and while at Havering Sixth Form, he represented the College at the London Youth Games.

    Mark studied A Levels in Media Studies, Environmental Science and PE. On leaving College he chose to fully immerse himself into the sport he loved and was determined to reach the top.  In 2001 he made the important decision to change class and race as a lightweight, and he never looked back.

    He won Gold in Beijing with his lightweight double sculls partner, Zac Purchase, but the pair were pipped at the post in the London 2012 Games and had to settle for silver. They were so distraught and emotional after the race that even presenter John Inverdale, who was interviewing them, shed a tear on live TV.

    Experiencing such disappointment and having to pick himself back up, made Mark the perfect motivational speaker. He retired from competitive rowing in 2013 and came back to College to give students an inspirational talk at a Motivational Conference.

    He gave students a presentation on his experiences and how he motivated himself to become the best in the world at his sport. He also gave advice on how to approach challenges in order to make goals become a reality.

    Now retired from rowing, in 2014 he was elected as a Henley Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta and he took on a Project Management role in the City. From there he became Programme Director and then interim CEO at London Youth Rowing, a charity that introduces young people to the sport of rowing.

    After years of enduring the gruelling regime of being an Olympic sportsman, since retiring from competitive racing, he has enjoyed doing different things and seeing more of his family and friends.

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  • Tola Adeseye

    Published 31/07/18

    Tola is employed as a lawyer with global law firm Morrison & Foerster and has worked at their offices all over the world, including in the USA and Singapore.

    He attended Havering Sixth Form College from 2006 – 2008, taking A Levels in English Literature, Law, Maths and Psychology, before going on to study Law at Brunel University and achieving a First Class Honours degree.

    A former student at Eastbury School, Barking, Tola has built his career through working as a Case Manager at the Crown Prosecution Service – the UKBA Unit, and as a Paralegal at Clyde & Co law firm. He then trained as a Solicitor at Morrison & Foerster, which included a six month secondment to their office in Singapore. He is now a Litigation Associate based in London.

    Tola married another former student who he met while they were both studying A Levels at Havering Sixth Form College – and the couple have a six-month-old baby.

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  • Dorothy Abiola

    Published 31/07/18

    Dorothy Abiola is currently working as a Medical Doctor and Youth Mentor at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in Suffolk.

    She was a student from 2006 to 2008 at Havering Sixth Form College and studied A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and Critical Thinking.

    Dorothy, a former student at Albany School, Hornchurch, took a gap year after her exams, working for Havering Sixth Form as a College Ambassador before going to the University of Liverpool and achieving a First in Physiology.

    She then attended Hull York Medical School, graduating in 2017 with her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - and she has been working as an NHS doctor in Ipswich for just over a year.

    During her training to be a doctor, she underwent a six week clinical elective, working and observing at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, focussing on paediatrics, general surgery, gynaecology, obstetrics and medicine (rheumatology). She has also worked as a personal tutor of Biology and Chemistry for the last 4 years.

    Dorothy says she is passionate about promoting equity in health and education. She says: “I am devoted to raising educational aspirations and developing untapped potential amongst young people, particularly those within under-represented and marginalised social groups.

    “My health interests include public and global health, access to healthcare and health education.”

    Dorothy returned to Havering Sixth Form College for the day recently to pass on her career knowledge and experience to students at our Higher Education & Careers Fair.

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