Superb exam results
Dominic Rogers left secondary school with what he described as 'only slightly above average GCSEs', but thanks to a fantastic set of A Level results at New College Telford, he is now following his career dreams by studying history at Exeter University.
Dominic, from Randlay, got an A* in Sociology, an A in Geography, and a B in History, and says: “Everybody at New College Telford was so friendly and encouraging, wanting you to do the best you possibly can.
“I would absolutely recommend New College to any person who aspires to study at a high-quality university in the future.
“Without the amazing support and encouragement from both my teachers and peers, I highly doubt I would have achieved the grades which have allowed me to progress onto the next stage of my education.
“Everyone is happy to help, be it with your coursework, exam revision, or the stress associated with them both.
“New College Telford is also an absolutely fantastic bridge between school life and university life, especially the way in which it prepares you for mature, individual study which later becomes an essential tool in higher education.
“Another great aspect of New College Telford is the friendly atmosphere generated by your peers, who are more than willing to help you with any aspect of college life, from socialising to revising.
“All my teachers across all three of my subjects were outstanding and most definitely contributed to my grades.”
Penny Cheadle has said a big thank-you to New College Telford for helping to prepare her for a career as a midwife.
Penny, from Wellington, studied Health & Social Care, Psychology at A Level, and BTEC Biology at the college, and has now gone onto a midwifery course at De Montfort University She said: “I enjoyed my time at New College Telford very much. Throughout my time, I always felt supported by all of my teachers, and the calm atmosphere in college was very beneficial when it came to exams. “My goal of becoming a midwife has always been supported by the staff – I couldn't have got to where I am today without New College Telford.”
Penny, 19, earned B grades in both of her A Levels, and a distinction star on her BTEC course. Health & Social Care teacher Emma Pierpoint Thomas said: “Penny is a conscientious and very hard working student and will often be the first to contribute to class discussions.
“She underpinned her studies with a fantastic experience during the summer between her AS and A2 practicing in the midwifery field in Africa.
“Penny is an exceptional student who rises to every challenge set; she was a clear asset to the college and not only assisted with her peers
but regularly supported staff at open evenings at college events. “Her dedication to detail and career aspirations
should be a shining example to all students.” During her two years with the college, Penny's work experience included Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley on the maternity unit, and Priority Care Ltd which specialises in home care for vulnerable people.
She then organised a trip with Gap Medics to complete a two week work experience placement in Tanzania.
Shannon Lockley describes her experience at New College Telford as 'life changing'.
She's currently studying towards a Level 2 Introduction to Early Years Education and Care qualification, and says:
“Since arriving at New College Telford I have become more confident in myself and my work.
“I feel like I have come a long way in the past two years. When I left school I was quiet and shy with social anxiety issues. I'm not as shy now, and I can talk to others when needed.
“I extremely enjoy childcare, due to the variety of work assessment and activities - and being challenged with harder work. I have received a lot of support and help from teachers and other staff for my dyslexia, and I feel confident I can pass my courses.”
The New College Telford team say Shannon's confidence has grown, and praise her keen enthusiasm to learn and overcome barriers to learning that had not previously been identified.
Using her creative flair, they say she is able to create stimulating and enabling environments' in which the children can learn and play.
“Her work within college is always focused and to the best of her ability, and Shannon thrives on additional extension tasks, completing these in her own time as well as taking on further English studies.”
Jared Edmunds says enrolling at New College Telford is one of the best decisions he has ever made.
He is currently studying for his Early Years level two qualification, and is keen to progress to level three.
He says: “I hated secondary school, but once I started at New College Telford I decided to start a 'new me'.
“I have made friends with everyone in my class, and love my lessons and my time at placement. My teachers, Sarah and Marita, have always been very supportive and help me with all my work.
“I have made loads of friends at New College Telford; they all are very caring and helpful whenever I need them.
“I have never been worried to come into college like I was at school; in fact I love coming into New College Telford and always enjoy my time here."
Staff describe Jared as a top performing student who brings positive ideas and attitudes to group discussions, is never afraid to 'give it a go', and is consistent and caring in offering support to other classmates.
Maxine Cumming, Head of Curriculum Area for Humanities, Social Science and Health, says: “Jared has had to overcome negative experiences at his former school, yet has also been strong enough to tackle gender stereotypes when making course and career choices.
“Jared had the academic ability to join a Level 3 course when starting at New College Telford, yet chose a Level 2 course to build that emotional resilience and has proved himself a very promising Early Years practitioner.
“Jared will make a great educator and role model as he continues to train at Level 3."
Fatima Olugbon is hoping for a career in the police force after graduating from New College Telford with a thirst for challenge and outdoor adventure.
Fatima, originally from Holland, spent three years at New College Telford, studying Law, Outdoor Education and Maths.
She clinched a place at De Montfort University in Leicester to study Criminal Investigation with Policing.
Fatima, 20, said: “The three years I spent at New College Telford were brilliant, especially the Outdoor Education course.
“It's an amazing course which provides fantastic life experiences, and memories that you will never forget.
“We went on a trip to France, which was one of the best – how many people can say they did a two-day canoeing expedition on the river Ardeche, plus canyoneering and high ropes. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance."
She added: “Law not only taught me a great deal, but also fascinated me the most out of the three modules – as it was the one I was originally least knowledgeable in."
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."