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  • Principal runs marathon for Jodie

    Published 24/02/20

    Principal of the Havering Colleges, Paul Wakeling, completed the Lenham Cross Winter Marathon in Kent on Sunday, 23rd February, in memory of Sixth Form student Jodie Chesney, who was brutally murdered on 1st March 2019.

    The tough course - up and down hills and forest trails in the wind and rain - involved 27.5 miles and 4,300ft of elevation. Paul is limping around college today!

    Jodie’s tragic death sent shockwaves through the college and the country as a whole. Due to the horrific nature of her murder, and subsequent deaths around the country relating to knife crime, Jodie’s father set up a charity in Jodie’s name – The Jodie Chesney Foundation - with the help of a team of experienced youth services professionals.

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  • Cross-section of sounds at Solo Showcases

    Published 31/01/20

    Talented singers and musicians performed a variety of pieces – from heavy metal to classical – at a series of Solo Showcases.

    The individual sets by 15 students on the Music Performance BTEC Subsidiary Diploma course were well received by the audiences and provided an insight into the eclectic mix of styles and genres of music favoured by the young performers.

    The students who performed were: Eleanor Hails – singer; Ben Green – guitarist; Denis Sahnovics – violinist; Sara Freire Tinta – singer; Romaya Owusu-Ansah – bass guitarist; Joseph Wilson – guitarist; Skye Ryan – singer and guitarist; Daniel Warren – pianist; Adebayo Olakunle-Ajayi – saxophonist; Jemma Cumberbatch – pianist; Maiya Walker – pianist; Caitlyn Morley – singer; George Kovalenko – Electric guitarist and singer; Laila El-Shafie – singer; and Alexia Tumbaga – pianist and singer.

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  • Jack Petchey honours for students making a difference to our community

    Published 24/01/20

    Six students have received Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for their outstanding contribution to the community or for overcoming personal adversity and showing great dedication to their studies.

    Isabella Pavitt, Jesutomisin Adeagbo, Freya Barnes-Wassell, Caragh Scurr, Charlee Wood and Samantha Rogers were presented with their awards at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Colonel Mark Bryant, in a special ceremony on Wednesday evening.

    The Award winners received a framed certificate, a boxed medallion and £250 to be spent on a project of their choice which will benefit a group of young people.

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  • CUBE staff worked tirelessly to support students with UCAS applications

    Published 20/01/20

    A huge number of applications to university have been made by students who will be leaving the Sixth Form in the summer.

    Many made full use of our award-winning CUBE (Careers, University, Business and Employment) facilities and sought advice from our dedicated careers staff in order to meet the UCAS deadline of January 15th.

    A total of 668 UCAS applications were submitted by the deadline with another 100 expected to be sent off in the coming months, which is considerably more than last year.

    Included in the applications are nine for Medicine and 14 for Oxbridge. Six students have already had their interview at either Oxford or Cambridge universities.

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  • More than 1,000 students register at Open Days

    Published 20/01/20

    Well over 1,000 prospective students have visited the College Open Days to find out about courses and opportunities available after leaving school.

    At the latest Open Day held on Saturday 18th January, students and their families were able to talk to teachers, look around our classrooms and facilities, attend the Principal’s Welcome and other presentations on Aiming High and Becoming a Medic, have a guided tour from one of our Student Ambassadors and get careers information from our expert staff.

    Visitors commented on the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and said the subject presentations and question and answer sessions were informative and interesting.

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  • Addams Family Musical is a resounding success

    Published 10/01/20

    Talented Sixth Form Performing Arts students delighted audiences with their frighteningly hilarious version of the musical comedy The Addams Family.

    Showcasing the fantastic singing voices, acting, dancing and comedic timing of our students, the performance earned high praise from friends, family and staff who came to watch.

    The show – a musical about the famous ghoulish American family with a penchant for all things macabre – was spooky, creepy, fun and entertaining with lots of great songs.

    Performing Arts teacher Lisa Rogers said: “It was a huge success and we are all very proud of the students who did a great job!”


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    Discover what some of our students go on to achieve once they leave us on our Where Are They Now? page

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  • Band hit the right notes

    Published 10/01/20

    A lively Concert in the Sixth Form theatre featured many festive favourites and really got staff and students in the Christmas spirit in the week before the College break.

    The concert featured Upper Sixth and Lower Sixth Music Performance students who took to the stage along with the Contemporary music group to play well known songs.

    Santa hats, tinsel and other sparkly accessories completed the festive feel along with toe-tapping songs such as: Let it Snow, Last Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Rocking around the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus is coming to Town, and White Christmas.

    Music Performance students will be taking part in Solo Concerts during January for one of the units as part of their BTEC Performance course. 


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    Discover what some of our students go on to achieve once they leave us on our Where Are They Now? page

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  • The dog with a job - our new addition to the Sixth Form!

    Published 16/12/19

    Like many students, Lydia Storey comes to college with her best friend – the difference being is that Lydia’s best friend is her Medical Assistance Dog, April!

    Eight-month-old Labradoodle April has changed Lydia’s life and is now her constant companion – which includes being by her side on her journey to the Sixth Form and sitting in class with her for lessons.

    Lydia, who is studying GCSE Maths and Level 2 ICT, has a rare back condition where her legs give way suddenly and she can suffer from a form of blindness for a short time. She has also been diagnosed with hypermobility and has a cognitive disability which affects her ability to comprehend situations and apply practical skills.

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  • Winning students get the chance to network with City bosses

    Published 13/12/19

    A Level students Zi Rong Huang and Aaron Acharya attended an awards ceremony in the City after being named as winners in the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) essay competition.

    Zi Rong, known as Billy, and Aaron, were both presented with a financial reward and a certificate at the ceremony, run jointly with The Brokerage, and hosted at the headquarters of ING Bank in Moorgate.

    They also had the opportunity to network with bankers and entrepreneurs and were invited to sign up to the Gateway to the City Careers Mentoring Programme which can lead to mentoring and internships with top City firms.

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  • School pupils Aim High at College Taster Day

    Published 12/12/19

    High achieving pupils from across schools in Havering took part in an Aiming High Taster Day at the Sixth Form.

    The stretch-and-challenge day gave the Year 10 students the chance to experience specialist teaching as well as gain an insight into future opportunities, such as access to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

    The schools - Bower Park, Hall Mead, Marshalls Park, Hornchurch High and Royal Liberty -  brought along their top pupils to attend interactive sessions titled Analytical and Critical Thinking, Neuroscience, Political Spectrum and Ideology, Thinking Ahead and Higher Order Thinking Skills.

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  • Red Hot Kili-Trekkers get set for charity climb

    Published 09/12/19

    Sports tutor Mike Smith has been training hard for an adventure of a lifetime when he and nine of his friends – together known as the Red Hot Kili-Trekkers – will climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

    Mike, who teaches BTEC Sport at the Sixth Form, has been working out in the gym and cycling to get fit, as well as completing a practise climb up Ben Nevis, a Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition, and a five-day hike on the Yorkshire Moors in preparation for the mammoth challenge in February.

    The Red Hot Kili-Trekkers, all connected to Maldon Cricket Club, where Mike plays cricket, are hoping to raise more than £30,000 for four charities: The Teenage Cancer Trust, Alzheimer's Society, MIND and the David Randall Foundation (set up in memory of 21-year-old cricketer David Randall who passed away from cancer).

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  • Honour for Apple-Jane as she is chosen as Mayor's Cadet

    Published 27/11/19

    Sixth Form Sport student Apple-Jane Hayward has been selected as the official Mayor’s Cadet to accompany the Mayor of Brentwood on civic engagements.

    Apple-Jane, who is in the first year of studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at our Wingletye Lane site, is the first ever Mayor’s Cadet to be selected.

    As part of her role she attends many events with the Mayor of Brentwood Councillor Keith Parker, meeting and greeting people from local charities and organisations.

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