Havant Sixth Form College

Havant Sixth Form College is Shortlisted for TWO TES Awards!

Staff and students at Havant Sixth Form College are extremely proud and excited to be shortlisted for TWO of the prestigious national Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards!

Havant Sixth Form College has firstly been shortlisted for Sixth Form College of the Year, which recognises and best epitomizes qualities of excellence in teaching and learning as well as learner outcomes. John McDougall, Principal and Chief Executive, is delighted:

“Being shortlisted for two prestigious TES Awards is such a privilege and extremely well deserved. Our staff and students work tirelessly to achieve the very best, all the time. The energy that staff put into supporting both prospective and current students has led to phenomenal success. We are in the top 20% for A Level value added nationally which motivates us to do even more every year. I am incredibly proud of all our staff and students for being shortlisted for these Awards.” 

At Havant Sixth Form College we build student resilience, this has led to fantastic exam results and our excellent position on the Department for Education Performance table. Suki Dhesi, Deputy Principal, delivers Building Learning Power sessions to students:

“We impact positively on the lives of many young people across our wide ranging feeder schools, the pupils from over 40 local schools benefit from our intensive schools liaison programme. A key example of this is Building Learning Power, a fast paced revision programme that develops neurological pathways in young people’s brains.”

This programme has also been offered to Year 11 students in local feeder schools. John Lomas, Assistant Headteacher at Springfield School, sees the impact of this activity for his students learning development:   

“Havant Sixth Form College come into our Year 11 PSHE lessons leading up to their mock GCSE examinations in December each year. Here they run active sessions about brain gym, building learning power and reassurance about exam technique. Evaluations show them to be a valuable support of the hard work the rest of the departments put into exam preparation.”

The College has also been shortlisted for Supporting Learners.  Havant Sixth Form College students are supported throughout their journey at the College. They have a personal tutor, a nationally recognised Careers Department and can receive specialist help through our Academic Support team. Every teacher enhances this support on offer through teaching and learning. Jamie Harrison, Head of the School of Business, said:

“The teaching staff give a great deal of support, time and effort to every student to ensure that they achieve to the very highest of their ability, whether that be through lunchtime support sessions, after College 1-2-1s or during half term breaks, the department, and staff are committed to ensuring student success, and will continue to do whatever is needed to ensure this.”

Shema Begum, a former student, talks about her support she received whilst at the College:  

“As a care leaver, I was behind on my education. I had a lot to catch up on, and my confidence was very low. The Academic Support team taught me how to study, and helped me with my work. They helped me academically, but they also helped me emotionally. The Student Support team also developed a positive relationship with me, and their door was always open. I am now at a Russell Group University studying Psychology, I would never have achieved this if I wasn’t a student at Havant. I am currently involved in a Student Business Consultancy programme working on a project with a business client, also engaged in volunteering for a charity, and am a Research Voluntary Assistant in my Psychology Department. It is an amazing experience, and I can only thank Havant Sixth Form College for their help and patience.”

The award winners will be announced on Friday 22 April at a celebratory ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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