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  • Library launches Literacy Week activities

    Published 27/11/18

    Reading, writing and everything book-related was celebrated during Literacy Week held at the College Library.

    Two visiting authors gave workshops to students and the winner of a Book Review competition, Caleb Hernandez, received the prize of a £15 book token from Librarian Gemma Osborn.

    Former Abbs Cross School pupil Caleb wrote the winning review of a book titled Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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  • College awarded OFSTED grading of GOOD

    Published 20/11/18

    We are delighted to share the news that Havering Sixth Form College has just been graded Good by OFSTED in all areas of provision.

    The Inspectors recognised that the College is on an improvement journey, stating that ‘Governors and senior leaders are ambitious and have high aspirations for staff and students. They have established a strong culture of improvement at the college’.

    Particular mention was given in the OFSTED report to the way in which students enjoy their time at College, are supported to make good progress and that teachers ‘use varied and stimulating activities during lessons, which challenge and enthuse’ them.

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  • Fancy Dress fun for Children in Need

    Published 19/11/18

    Staff and students at Havering Sixth Form College joined in the fun for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal again this year – raising almost £250.

    Teacher Sheri Bernstein (pictured centre) along with her colleagues Lee Smith (left) and Martha Campbell-Irving (right) all from the English department, got dressed up for the occasion wearing their costumes for the whole day on Friday.

    Sheri, who runs the RAG (Raise and Give) Society in College, and students who belong to the society, shook buckets to collect cash and sold out of the special Children in Need wristbands, badges and other merchandise on the day.

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  • Refurbished Library is at the heart of the College, fostering a love of learning

    Published 14/11/18

    A fully refurbished and modernised Library at Havering Sixth Form College was officially opened by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel.

    The brief ceremony on Tuesday 13th November was attended by College staff, colleagues from Havering College of Further & Higher Education, Havering Libraries and also Patricia Metham from the Havering Learning Partnership.

    Principal Paul Wakeling welcomed the visitors and spoke of his personal love of libraries, saying that he saw a library as ‘a safe and fascinating place that fosters independent learning’.

    Guest Patricia Metham then spoke about why a library is a centre of learning and how it can stretch your mind, citing many literary figures to support her view, including William Wordsworth and Ezra Pound.

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  • Spook-tastic Halloween gig is ‘just like a professional concert’

    Published 05/11/18

    A spooky night of music, described as ‘just like being at a professional gig’ was held on Halloween by students at Havering Sixth Form College.

    It was standing room only in the theatre – decked out with creepy cobwebs and eerie pumpkins - as the Music Performance and Contemporary Music Enrichment students put on a wonderful evening of entertainment for the audience.

    There were so many highlights of the concert, including Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, Zombie by the Cranberries, Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra and Thriller by Michael Jackson.

    A surprise return from ex-student Niamh O'Sullivan to duet with current student Callum Parkin was another highlight of the gig.  Together they brought the house down by playing a very technical Royal Blood track. Niamh left College last year and is currently studying Music at the University of Kent.

    The upper sixth music performance students organised the evening themselves, from the initial idea, to marketing the event, ticketing, programmes, staging, set-lists, decorations, costumes and make-up. They even prepared tasty Halloween snacks for the interval. More than £150 was raised for College charities.

    Other tracks on the programme included: Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics, I put a spell on you by Screaming Jay Hawkins, Black Heart by Stooshe, Science Fiction/ Double Feature from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theme from The Exorcist, Theme from Halloween, Emperor's new Clothes by Panic! at the Disco, Men In Black by Will Smith, Sympathy for the Devil and Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones and Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell.

    Students who organised the event were Jaz Dager, Callum Parkin, Jogaile Silkaityte, Holly Eaton, Toby Pavitt, John-Michael Mahoney, Tom Baldwin, Sarah Rumsey and Saffron Harper.

    Performing students were Ella Tipping, Casey Millington, Ellie Clarke, Georgia Morgan, Reece Donn, Hannah Jean-Baptiste, Rashida Walker, Penny Jackson, Leon Purdie, Jordan Lowe, Archie Connor, Samantha Rogers, Ben Butawan and Lukas Rackauskas.

    Technical support was provided by Ben Butawan, Jordan Lowe and Gabi Platukis and the Media team consisted of Joesph Fox, James Diable, Megan Wren and Hannah Lawrence.

    Teachers Chris Donnelly and Alex Baines said they were very proud of the students and were given comments from the audience such as, ‘It was just like being at a professional gig’, ‘A fantastic music concert’, and ‘Such a great night’. They are now looking forward to the next concerts at Christmas and in the New Year.


    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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  • Twelve students elected in College Council ballot

    Published 29/10/18

    The new student College Council has been announced after votes were verified and counted following an election. 

    Students who stood as candidates prepared a manifesto, including information about themselves and what they would be able to offer to others within the College community if they were elected.

    On the day of the election there was a ballot box in the College Atrium and a board displaying each candidate’s manifesto.

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  • Former student returns to College to speak about the importance of trade unions

    Published 15/10/18

    Former student Nicholas West, from Unite the Union, came back to College last week to give a talk titled The Importance of Trade Unions.

    Along with his colleague Nabila Ahmed, who is studying for a Masters in International Political Economy at the University of Manchester, Nicholas spoke to students about how unions can help them as they begin to contemplate working in either part time or full time jobs.

    He said: “We travel all over Essex and London talking to 14 to 18-year-olds about this issue because we feel it is very important that people know their rights and know what unions are there for.

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  • Deputy Mayor takes time out to visit Careers and Education Fair

    Published 08/10/18

    Deputy Mayor of Havering Cllr Michael Deon-Burton took time out of his busy schedule to talk to students and representatives of Havering Sixth Form College at the borough’s biggest Careers and Education Fair.

    Along with Cllr Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Education, Children & Families and Deputy Leader of the Council, he visited the Havering RPA Moving On event held at Hornchurch Sport Centre in Harrow Lodge Park on Tuesday 2nd October.

    The College’s vibrant orange banner and stand stood out among the many schools, sixth forms, colleges, universities, employers and apprenticeship providers giving advice to Year 10 and Year 11 students and their parents who were seeking information on opportunities available after leaving school.

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  • Outstanding achievement celebrated at Upper Sixth Awards Evening

    Published 01/10/18

    High-achieving students were recognised for their brilliant successes at an end of year Upper Sixth Awards Evening.

    Students who achieved mainly A* and A grades in their A Levels and those who gained Distinctions and Distinction* in their Level 3 BTEC courses were presented with certificates and Amazon vouchers by the College’s Deputy Principal Paul Nutter.

    Parents, staff and friends attended the drinks reception and ceremony and heard how the College was proud to be honouring such outstanding students.

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  • Basketball team get off to a great start with convincing win

    Published 27/09/18

    A very promising first performance of the academic year has seen our Men’s ABL Basketball team win convincingly over Barking & Dagenham College.

    The team secured an early lead and didn’t let up, going on to win the ABL Premier Cup game 109 – 55.

    Sport and Fitness Manager Michael Leader said: “This is a great start to the season for our Basketball team. The players performed really well and deserve congratulating.”

    The next match is a Basketball ABL league match being played at home against The North School.

    Pictured are - back row, left to right - Daniel Simmons, Tobi Sobodu, Klaidas Giedrikas, Justin Arthur, Alpay Nafioglu, Timothy Alao, Kelson Mitchell. Front row, left to right - Seyi Emiola, Ivan Kosev, JV Bergonia, Ben Butawan and Sam Roe.

    Sports trials and training sessions for other sports teams have been continuing in the Sports Hall and on the Multi-Use Games Area.

    Sports available for students to get involved in, include Badminton, Men’s Football, Women’s Football, Netball and Handball, among others.


    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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  • Students make their mark in Youth Parliament vote

    Published 24/09/18

    Students had the opportunity to help change the world for the better when they voted in the Make Your Mark ballot in College run by the UK Youth Parliament.

    They were voting to choose what the Youth Parliament should campaign on and could decide between issues such as mental health, knife crime, homelessness, poverty, and education.

    The Make Your Mark campaign is the UK’s largest survey of young people’s views and the issues which win the ballot will be debated in the House of Commons by Members of the Youth Parliament in November this year.

    Young people in schools, colleges and youth clubs across the country have been invited to have their say to influence Government and decision-makers in their communities.

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  • Science and Technology days raise aspirations in young students

    Published 21/09/18

    A Challenge day to foster enthusiasm for STEM subjects was held at Havering Sixth Form College for secondary school pupils.

    The Year 8 and 9 pupils from schools in the region, including Royal Liberty, Sacred Heart, Palmer Catholic Academy, Shenfield High, Ilford County High for Boys, All Saints, Woodlands, Sydney Russell and Mayfield 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 and encourage them to consider studying science and technology subjects further.

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