I Joined Jo Richardson Community School at the beginning of Year 10. With the help of supportive staff and amazing teachers I was able to finish my GCSE’s with all my subjects between an A*-C, with particularly good grades in business studies. This new-found passion was explored further in sixth form where I choose triple business BTEC. It is no exaggeration to say that this course was the foundation of my future. The BTEC course equipped me with the skills and know-how to excel in university and was some of the most enjoyable times at Jo Richardson as part of the Southern Consortium, as the style of teaching allowed me to experience the independence of a university student with the boundaries that applied to my age which ensured that I still succeeded in my classes.
I was able to attain Di*Di*D from the BTEC course and aim for high ranking universities. I was able to attend SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) to study International Management in Japan and Korea. This opportunity opened pathways to Japan where I spent two months over the summer getting to grips with the culture and language and was able to become conversational during the time I was living over there. My time at sixth form had taught me to push myself and accept challenges and I lived with an elderly couple in Japan who looked after me and helped me to experience real Japanese culture.
Being inspired by the teaching staff at Jo Richardson Community School, especially Mr Sturdy, Miss Wright and Mr Davis, I have chosen to pursue a job in Japan teaching English for a year which starts in July 2016.
Even though it's only been a year, I've learnt a lot since leaving school. When I was in Sixth Form, I was excited for university for two reasons: the social side of it and the degree. We all know how fun uni can be... meeting new people, cheap nights out and amazing friendships - but there's so much more to it than that. Probably my favourite thing about uni so far, is being able to control my own life. I was able to move away from home to a completely new place, with loads of other people who were in the same situation as me and have the support and guidance of all of the university services. I'm able to control my own money, time, friendships and studies... whilst studying a subject that I love.
If I looked back to my teenage self, the one piece of advice I would give myself is to make the most of the support your A Level teachers give you. When you leave sixth form - not everything is handed to you on a plate like it is right now. You may moan about your workloads, but I bet your teachers give you the books (along with page numbers), worksheets, websites and other sources on where to get the information from. Just think about how long it would've taken them to compile all of those resources for you to leave at the bottom of your bag... Make the most of your teachers.
Ronda Daniel – left summer 2014
Hi Mrs Wren
I just wanted to email and say thank you and let you know some things I've been getting up to.
I'm an editor of the LSE sociology blog, and I'm hoping to apply for a Masters next year as I've found some potential funding for it. I've been looking at a journalist related route and have been published in the Guardian this week! I am working at a full time internship over the summer.
I'd love to come back and visit soon, as I really miss sixth form and the staff who have all helped me so much and influenced me.