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  • Careers Day inspires students to set their future goals high

    Published 12/07/19

    A fantastic Higher Education and Careers Day encouraged lower sixth students to think about their next step when they leave the Sixth Form next year.

    Organised by our Careers staff in The CUBE, the event brought more than 80 representatives from universities, employers, and apprenticeship providers together to give advice and information about the range of opportunities available.

    Guest speakers delivered motivational presentations on everything from applying for Medicine, studying in the USA and routes into teaching, to careers in STEM, Fashion, TV, Digital Marketing, Politics, Nursing, Finance, Law, Engineering, the Civil Service and the NHS, to name a few.  

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  • Reading challenge opens gateway to greater opportunities

    Published 11/07/19

    An initiative to encourage students to read more was run by the College library.

    Called Reading Ahead, the scheme invited participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a personal diary. Once students had completed their diaries, they received a certificate and were entered into a prize draw.

    The programme encourages reading in all its forms – not just books. It could include newspapers, magazines and websites too. The aim was for students to challenge themselves to try something new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process and also help their studies.

    The winner of the prize draw was student Jiya Khan and she won a £25 book voucher. Runners-up were Ruta Grainyte and Billy Huang who are both pictured receiving their prizes of a £10 book voucher.

    College Librarian Gemma Osborn said: “We run initiatives such as Reading Ahead because research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.

    “Reading Ahead is the gateway to these opportunities. We want students to improve their reading skills and develop a love of reading and this challenge is designed to do that.”


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  • Science Challenge day brings STEM subjects to life

    Published 08/07/19

    A Science & Technology day to foster enthusiasm for STEM subjects was held at the Sixth Form for local secondary school pupils.

    The Year 8 and 9 students from schools including, Redden Court, Sacred Heart of Mary, Royal Liberty, Trinity Catholic School, The Palmer Catholic Academy, Ilford County High, Woodbridge High, Dagenham Park, Mayfield, Loxford and Oaks Park, spent the day working together in mixed teams of four to complete practical scientific challenges.

    The activities are designed to stretch and challenge more able students, develop skills such as planning and teamwork which are highly sought after by employers, and encourage them to consider studying science and technology subjects further.

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  • Flight demo and Travel Market give visitors food for thought

    Published 05/07/19

    Three special guests paid a visit to our Travel & Tourism department’s Travel Market and iFly aeroplane rig to share good practice.

    Victoria Fowell, the Travel & Tourism Subject Advisor for Pearson, which awards qualifications including BTECs, along with travel tutors Tracy Kemp and Arlene Clark from Leyton Sixth Form College, spent time talking to our students and listening to their presentations.

    They also had a demonstration from Subject Leader Kelly Griffin on how our iFly aeroplane rig works and were shown around our special World Travel Market.

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  • Students attend House of Commons awards ceremony

    Published 01/07/19

    Four Politics students were invited to an awards ceremony at the House of Commons by the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, after being chosen as finalists in a political blog writing competition.

    Jasmeet Jamu (ex Brittons School), Jodie Packham (ex Stratford School), Michael Royer (ex Redden Court School) and Billy Zi Rong Huang (ex Sanders School), attended the ceremony in the State Rooms with Government & Politics tutor Tom Porter after they entered the national Student Blog Competition for 16-19 year-old students, run jointly by the Political Studies Association and the Financial Times.

    For the competition the students had to write a blog of 600 words on the question, Is British politics broken? Entries were judged on clarity, style, originality, insight and evidence of research. All four were finalists and highly commended. The winner was Daniel Harrison of Alderbrook Sixth Form in Solihull.

    During their visit to the House of Commons, the four met other students, judges, representatives from the PSA and Financial Times, and guest MPs.

    Tutor Tom Porter said: “I’m very proud of the students for entering the competition and doing so well against very strong opposition from schools and sixth form colleges all around the country. Visiting the State Rooms for the ceremony was a great experience for them.”


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  • College taster sessions for Havering’s Year 10 pupils

    Published 28/06/19

    Year 10 students from local secondary schools attended Taster Days at Havering Sixth Form, to find out what college life is all about.

    Around 700 students from Bower Park, Brittons, Coopers, Emerson Park, Hall Mead, Hornchurch High, Immanuel, Marshalls Park and Royal Liberty schools all spent a day this week taking part in subject sessions and discovering courses they could study when they leave school.

    The Taster Days are held over two days and are organised as a joint project between local schools, Havering Sixth Form and Havering College’s Ardleigh Green and Rainham campuses.

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  • Staff recognised for commitment to student success at Havering Learning Partnership Awards

    Published 25/06/19

    Five enterprising Sixth Form staff received trophies at the Havering Learning Partnership Awards evening for their excellent work this year.

    Principal Paul Wakeling and Deputy Principal Paul Nutter were also presented with a special award for guiding the College to a grade 2 Good Ofsted rating.

    Teachers Silka Warrick-Akerele, Nigel Huggett and Lee Smith, as well as support staff Janice Spriggs and Carla Leonard were presented with Individual Excellence Awards to recognise the various ways they have helped students to achieve success.

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  • Stunning artwork on show at creative arts exhibition

    Published 24/06/19

    A ‘stunning’ exhibition by creative arts and media students was visited by parents, governors and prospective students.

    The end-of-year Showcase, by students studying within the Arts, Performance and Media Faculty, was full of inspiring artwork, striking photography, intricate architectural models and sleek portfolio magazines.

    Students studying subjects such as Graphics, Digital Publishing, Fine Art, Interior & Architectural Design and Photography exhibited work while those on the Gaming and TV & Film BTEC courses demonstrated computer games they had programmed and films they had created.

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  • Entertaining shows provide platform for students’ talents

    Published 19/06/19

    Audiences were treated to two fantastic performances which showcased the talents of our Performing Arts and Acting students.

    Eugene Ionesco’s Shorts was performed over two days with a matinee and evening show by the BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) Diploma students.

    Ionesco was a Romanian-French playwright who was one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. His plays ridicule the most banal situations and he is often considered a writer of the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’. The students enjoyed bringing some of his works to life.

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  • Film screening showcases students’ work for counselling service

    Published 11/06/19

    Students studying TV & Film held a special screening of six short videos based on the theme of ‘anxiety’.

    The original, 30-second films, were created for the Havering & Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS) to promote and raise awareness of #4ME – a unique, free counselling service for young people.

    The films will be used on the HBBS social media platforms.

    The upper sixth students, all in their final term of the Creative Media Production (TV & Film) BTEC Diploma, were asked to work in groups to make a short film aimed at helping teenagers suffering from anxiety.

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  • Top honours for students at College Awards Evenings

    Published 10/06/19

    Students who have worked hard, shown an excellent commitment to their studies or an outstanding contribution to the College community were celebrated at Awards Evenings.

    Attended by parents, governors and staff, the evenings were a chance to honour those students who have dedicated themselves to being the best they possibly could this year.

    Bursary awards were presented to eight exceptional students for excellent progress, determination and attitude in their subject area. These special awards are handed out in memory of members of staff from the College, and student Jodie Chesney, who all sadly passed away while working or studying here.

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  • Students aim to find the Middle Ground during passionate debate

    Published 07/06/19

    A debate entitled Where Are We As A Society – United or Conflicted? was held for students to discuss issues including immigration, gender and the police.

    The group discussion was organised by A Level student Gabrielle Prah who wanted to use the debate to write an article for student magazine, The Writeous.

    Inspired by the Youtube series Middle Ground, Gabrielle invited students with different and similar beliefs to join the discussion, posing the questions: We live in an age of progression – do we? We have overcome our restraints and we are liberated – are we?

    The statements debated were: Immigration is holding back the UK; White privilege doesn’t exist; There are more than two genders; I trust the police to protect me.

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