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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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  • Havering Half Marathon brings College and the community together

    Published 08/10/19

    Community spirit was in full force when students and staff got involved in the Havering Half Marathon on Sunday.  

    Organised by Havering Mind – a local mental health charity - the fun and friendly event with around 1,000 runners, brought all sections of the community together.

    The College was one of the major sponsors of the race which started and finished on the field at Abbs Cross Academy, Hornchurch. Students from our Travel & Tourism and Public Services courses got involved by volunteering to help early in the morning with the runner registration desk.

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  • Parliament tour for Politics students

    Published 07/10/19

    Lower Sixth A Level Government & Politics students saw first-hand how Parliament works with a tour around both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

    The visit, organised by tutors Tom Porter and Katrina Fuja, was entertaining and informative, taking in the Commons Chamber, the Lords Chamber and the historic Westminster Hall.

    The students then took part in a workshop on democracy in action.

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  • Good Samaritan student Reuben stops bus to help man who had collapsed in the street​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 02/10/19

    Sixth Form student Reuben Bunce-Mason didn’t hesitate for a second when he saw a man collapsed and having an epileptic seizure in the street.

    The upper sixth A Level student was travelling on a bus to college on Thursday morning in Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, when he saw the man lying bleeding on the pavement.

    Reuben, 17, who is studying History, Media Studies and Sociology, rushed up to the bus driver and asked him to stop so that he could get off and give first aid to the man.

    The former Army Cadet said: “The man was bleeding from his nose and mouth and had rolled onto his back so he was choking on his blood. He was having quite a severe fit, so I took control of the situation and placed him in the recovery position.

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  • Fantastic opportunity for TV and Film students at Ravensbourne

    Published 27/09/19

    An eye-opening trip to Ravensbourne University London in the summer gave BTEC TV and Film students an insight into the different careers available in the industry.

    Around 20 students from the Sixth Form visited Ravensbourne – which is located right next to the O2 Arena and is known for its design, fashion TV and media courses.

    Creative Media Production (TV & Film) Tutor Holly Whelan said: “While we were there, each student was given a different job within the TV gallery and on the production floor, as well as a team of two who were filming behind the scenes.

    "It was a fantastic opportunity for the students which really gave them hands-on experience and an insight into the different roles in TV and film production.

    "They took part in interviews and produced a film of really high quality."

    Ravensbourne, pictured right, is striking with its circular windows and its proximity to the O2 Arena


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  • Medics student shadows heart surgeon on work experience

    Published 19/09/19

    Student Masooma Ali, who is part of the upper sixth Medics Enrichment group, completed a four-day work placement at Barts Hospital with heart surgeon Mr Kulvinder Lall, who at 36, is one of the youngest cardiac surgeons in the UK.

    Masooma, who is studying Biology, Chemistry and Graphics A Levels, said it was a fantastic experience where she got to see the surgeon at work in the operating theatre as well as the general day-to-day life of a busy hospital.

    The former Chobham Academy student is now aiming for Medical School and eventually would like to become a surgeon.  Details of her interview by The CUBE Work Experience Officer Carla Leonard are below:

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  • Javelin thrower Max takes aim for Paris Olympics

    Published 18/09/19

    Javelin specialist Max Law has racked up seven consecutive titles as Essex Champion – and now has the Paris Olympics 2024 in his sights!

    Former Hall Mead School pupil Max, who is studying for the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business at college, took up javelin throwing at the age of 9 and has gone on to achieve tremendous success in competitions all over the UK and Europe.

    His first big breakthrough was in 2016 when he broke the World Age 13 Best record. He ended that year ranked number 1 in the world in the U15 age group.

    Max has since represented Great Britain in the European U18 championships in Hungary, where he placed fourth, and this summer he competed for Great Britain in the U20 Javelin at the Loughborough International, also finishing 4th against some of the top senior throwers in the UK!

    This season he collected the South of England U20 title with a personal best throw of 68.57m, the England Athletics U20 title and he won the inaugural Home Nations U18 Cup in Dublin.

    Max trains four times a week at Hornchurch Stadium, juggling his sessions around his studies, a part-time job, and social life.

    This winter he will be training hard to hopefully qualify for the World Junior 2020 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, which will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    His coach at Havering Athletics Club, Sam Harrison, said: “Max’s future is full of exciting challenges ahead with the European U20 Championships in 2021, the Commonwealth Games in 2022, the European U23 Championships in 2023 and the main big target of the Paris Olympics in 2024!”

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  • Oxford University Professor’s talk inspires History students

    Published 13/09/19

    A guest speaker from the University of Oxford, Professor Adam Smith, visited College to talk to History A Level students about the American Civil War and why the North defeated the South during that conflict.

    The students have chosen the American Civil War as the focus of their coursework this year and gained some invaluable insights from the presentation.

    The visit was organised by Faculty Leader and History tutor Larry Auton-Leaf who felt that the students would benefit from hearing from an American Civil War specialist.

    Professor Smith, the Edward Orsborn Professor of United States Politics and Political History at Oxford, said he was impressed with the quality of questions from the students.

    Tutor Kieran Clements, who hosted the event and is pictured with the Professor and some of the students, said: "I was delighted to welcome Professor Smith to the College. Our students were really engaged by his session and learned so much from it. It is a tribute to the College that a lecturer from such a prestigious institution as Oxford University would give up their time to come and speak to our students."

    The History faculty has other visits by academics planned for the forthcoming year.


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  • High-achieving students honoured at Upper Sixth Awards Evening

    Published 22/08/19

    Outstanding students were celebrated for their brilliant academic successes at an end of year Upper Sixth Awards Evening on Wednesday.

    There were so many students who achieved mainly A*, A and Distinction* grades in their A Levels and BTEC courses that the college had to hold two separate presentations as the theatre was not big enough to fit everyone in.

    Following a drinks reception, parents, staff and friends watched as the successful students were presented with certificates and book vouchers by Principal Paul Wakeling during the two ceremonies.

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  • Individual student success 2019

    Published 16/08/19

    Many students were overjoyed with their A Level and BTEC results as they nervously opened their envelopes on results day morning at college.

    One student achieved 3 A*s, two students will be taking up places at Oxford University and three students will be studying Medicine or Dentistry at Medical Schools.

    Principal Paul Wakeling was delighted with the results and said passes at A* and A, high grades A*-B and grades A-C were all excellent.

    An impressive number of students have gained places at top universities or have secured higher apprenticeships or employment.

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  • Students celebrate excellent results

    Published 15/08/19

    Students were celebrating at the sixth form today after receiving fantastic A Level results.

    Two students will be taking up places at Oxford University and many more were accepted onto courses at the universities they had applied for.

    The overall A Level pass rate was 95% and passes at A* and A, high grades A*-B and grades A-C were all excellent.

    • 117 students achieved A*-A
    • 419 students achieved A*-B
    • 876 students achieved A*-C 

    In addition, 100% pass rates were gained in many courses with almost all attaining pass rates in excess of 93%.

    The facilitating subjects favoured by the Russell Group Universities such as Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, Spanish, and the arts – Textiles, Photography, Graphics, Architecture & Interior Design and Fine Art all achieved 100% pass rates.

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