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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Student Yara shows true compassion

    Published 04/11/19

    Caring Yara Lopes Borges has been praised for her compassion and thoughtfulness after she sat with an elderly resident and held her hand as she passed away.

    Yara, studying Health & Social Care at the Sixth Form, was undertaking her work placement at Barchester Park View Care Home in Dagenham when she was made aware that one of the terminally ill residents was close to passing, but that none of her family could get there in time.

    The former Ilford Ursuline School pupil volunteered to sit with the elderly lady, made her as comfortable as possible and held her hand until she sadly passed away.

    Yara, 18, said: “I felt because the lady’s family couldn’t be there that someone should be with her when she passed and I didn’t mind doing that. Some people find it traumatic but I didn’t, I found it a peaceful experience. I could feel her presence in the room and then I realised that it wasn’t there anymore.

    “I checked for her pulse but there wasn’t one and I realised she had passed with me sitting there holding her hand. It was the weirdest feeling but I felt the family would have been comforted to know that someone was there for her and she didn’t pass away alone.”

    Yara has been working at the care home every Friday since September as part of her BTEC course, and says she really enjoys it. She said: “I help out with the meals, read stories to the elderly people, play games like chess with them and speak to them about their lives. There is some personal care involved too, such as helping them wash and dress.”

    She added: “I find it rewarding and it makes me feel like I have done something good. You do get emotionally involved sometimes, it’s hard not to. I did have a few tears when the elderly lady passed away because it is sad to see.”

    The Sixth Form’s Vocational Faculty Leader, Teresa Gladwin, said: “Yara showed a great example of care and practice with maturity and demonstrated perfectly the values of what she has been learning.”

    Yara is hoping to go to either Birmingham or Middlesex University to study Midwifery when she leaves college next year.

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  • Mind-blowing trip to New Scientist Live

    Published 28/10/19

    Top performing science A Level students had a memorable and inspiring trip to the New Scientist Live show at London’s Excel Centre.

    The lower sixth students studying Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Geology were able to immerse themselves in high-tec operating theatres, dig into the future of farming, explore the moon like never before, experience a virtual reality rollercoaster, test their skills as an air traffic controller and listen to talks from the greatest minds in science.

    Options on the different scientific pathways they could follow after their A Levels were showcased at the Your Future in STEM exhibition, where they found out about careers and also courses at top universities.

    There were talks at the five main stages, delivered by leaders in their field, including Why Did We Become So Smart?, A Cure for Ageing, Using Drones for Good and A Robotic Eye on Cancer.

    One of the students said: “The show was amazing. I really liked the VR rollercoaster but there were so many different things to see and do. The King’s College medical stand gave a real insight into studying Medicine.”

    Maths, Science and Technology Faculty Leader Marianne Knott said: “It was great to see the students really engaged in the day. They had options to attend talks covering lots of different topics and all delivered by leading scientists. They were able to take part in mini science projects and even met an actual astronaut, Apollo 15’s Al Worden.”

    One parent commented: “Thank you for giving my son the opportunity to go to New Scientist Live. He really enjoyed the day and was buzzing with enthusiasm for everything he had experienced.”

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  • Care home residents so impressed with industry placement students

    Published 14/10/19

    Two of the Sixth Form’s Health & Social Care students – Cassie Johnson and Leah Hurley - were showered with praise by residents and staff at The Oaks Residential Care Home in Upminster, where they carried out their Industry Placement.

    Manager Jenny Freeman could not speak more highly of the two students, who both completed the Health & Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma this year.

    She said: “Well done to Cassie and Leah for putting so much into their placement here. They both made a really big impact during their time with us and the residents loved having them around. We will all miss them so much but we wish them all the best for the future.”

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