Sophie studies Professional Cookery at New College Telford, under the National Hospitality School. She previously attended Telford Langley School.
“I decided to come and study Professional Cookery at New College Telford because it was exactly the right course for me and in a convenient location. I attended an open evening and was really impressed with the new facilities and kitchens, so that definitely made my mind up.
Everyone here is really friendly and helpful. It's a nice atmosphere to study in and the college always has lots of events organised for the entire student body to take part in, so there are lots of opportunities to mix with people outside of your course.
I've done better than I ever thought I would and am proud of what I've achieved during my time at New College Telford. This year I won the National Hospitality School Award. I was really honoured. It's so nice to be in an environment where students' achievements are genuinely marked and celebrated.
After college I'm considering university or possibly a Foundation Degree here at New College Telford in Events Management. Eventually I would like my own catering company, with a view to cater at different events, with possibly a franchise like a local café.”
Will Beddow is in his second year at New College Telford, studying Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
“I chose New College Telford because it was local to me and a popular choice for a lot of my friends (I went to BRJ School). I knew I wanted to study Further Maths at A Level, but didn't feel as comfortable at the prospect of studying it at other places. New College offers a relaxed and really supportive environment, so I knew I'd be happy studying it there.
Since attending the college, I've enjoyed studying and socialising with the diverse group of people that I've met. We all have different interests and come from different backgrounds. I don't feel that this sort of experience is on offer at every college and it's given me much more confidence.
The teachers here have an excellent knowledge of their specialist subjects. This means that they are able to give a wide background on what they are teaching us, answer any questions well and keep lessons really interesting and dynamic. I've really appreciated being taught by people with such enthusiasm for their subjects. Last year, I studied extra modules on my own time, and my teachers were very supportive and happy to help me with extra material and advice. This proved very useful when making my university applications.
Next year, I hope to attend Downing College, Cambridge to read Maths. Eventually I think I'd like to pursue a Masters or PHD and possibly become a University Lecturer."
I'm someone who likes to be given the space to challenge myself academically, but given the support to facilitate that. I decided to home-school myself for my GCSEs - so picking a college as my next step was a massive decision for me.
New College Telford was an obvious choice for me as they encourage you to be yourself and independent – whilst been supportive when needed to help you in achieving your goals. I decided to take the Extend Project Qualification in my AS year and achieved an A which was a great achievement - the lectures supported me all the way.
There's lots to be a part of outside of the classroom too - during my time here I’ve met lots of new people and taken part in a number of enrichment activities including badminton, running and football.
After university I'd like to move on to a PHd.
Carys is celebrating A Level results which mean she can follow her dream career in Medicine, after battling a life threatening heart condition since birth.
Carys was born with only one ventricle to her heart – which meant she has spent long periods in hospital since birth and has to undergo regular tests and take medication. However, she has not let that hold her back and her many visits to hospital inspired her decision to aim for a career in Medicine.
She has now been successful in securing a place at the University of Liverpool to study Medicine. Carys is a keen dancer and charity fundraiser who has previously been awarded the High Sheriff of Shropshire's Outstanding Young Citizenship Award. She is heavily involved with the ‘Little Hearts’ charity which supports families with children who share her condition.
Carys is also an inspiration to others with dyslexia, having developed her own coping strategies, as well as support from the college, to ensure that she has achieved a grade A* in English Language at A Level.
As she collected her results today, Carys said: "I am so shocked! It hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m going to medical school! I’m looking forward to celebrating now!"
"As I was already fluent in Polish, I thought it would be a good way to increase my UCAS points and gain a formal qualification."
In addition to her studies, Oliwia also played a major role in College life, as she was an active member of the Equality and Diversity group and the Student Council.
"I really enjoyed getting involved with various groups as I got to meet other students, develop my communication skills and represent student views at a higher level. The groups have supported the implementation of lots of new ideas and really had a positive impact on College life. Life at College is very different to school; you have a much wider social circles and, in terms of study, you’re given more."
"I found the extended learning project really useful in developing my research and academic writing skills. I was also given support with university applications and advice on choosing the right course and university for me."
"Studying at New College Telford is very different to school; your lecturers treat you like and adult and are always available if you need extra support."
"The staff here are great at getting you to where you want to be. Whilst we were preparing for exams, they offered extra classes and exam workshops where we could brush up on any areas we were concerned about."
"I'd definitely recommend New College Telford to other students. I’ve made lots of new friends, had a great social life and I’m now on my way to University."
"Studying here has been a fantastic experience; the teaching style is relaxed, friendly and you can call lecturers by their Christian names, which makes you feel like they are treating you as adults.Lecturers here work with you and help you to achieve the highest grades possible. If you want to achieve something, they will help you to do it."
"The Gifted and Talented scheme was really useful in helping me to reach my full potential, applying for university and preparing for interviews. After my interview at Leicester University, I received and unconditional offer on the course I applied for."
"I would definitely recommend the College to new students as I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I feel like it’s broadened my future horizons."
"My lecturer suggested that I take the scholarship exams and I'm so glad I did! I gained an unconditional offer from Aberywstwyth University and a £1K bursary for my first year."
Ryan chose to come to New College Telford as he felt it had a friendly, supportive environment and that he would be treated like an adult.
"When I visited the College, I was impressed by the way the lecturers treated you like an adult and took a genuine interest in your career goals and aspirations."
During his time at New College Telford, Ryan took part in gained work-based skills on course-related field trips and attended ‘catch up’ workshops arranged by his lecturers as and when he felt he needed extra support.
"The College exceeded my expectations in every way. My lecturers were always on hand if I needed them and encouraged me to achieve my academic goals. I now feel ready to go on to university and I’m confident that I have a successful career ahead of me."
"I love the teaching style at New College Telford and my lecturers were always available at lunchtime and after college if I wanted any extra support, such as help with specific modules or exam preparation."
"I'm going onto Warwick University to study Chemistry. I’m not 100% sure of what career I want to go into yet but I’m thinking about research, teaching or finance."