Written by Matthew White – Assistant Headteacher and Director of Post 16:
Budehaven Sixth Form students are currently making their plans to study at university next autumn. Many students have applied for places at universities all over the United Kingdom this year and we are very proud that many have received some excellent conditional offers. Often the application process involves sitting entrance exams and being put through rigorous interviews; our students have acquitted themselves extremely well.
In November, Ofsted inspectors visited Budehaven and were pleased with their findings. They wrote; “Students in Years 12 and 13 are on course to complete their qualifications. You (Budehaven) have supported students to access remote open days at further education establishments. Students are up to date with their university applications.” Mr White, Mrs Skipp, Mr Kavanagh, the tutors and subject specialists, spend many hours working with each student to ensure that their application is perfect and provides them with the best opportunities.
Over the years, Budehaven Sixth Form has had a great success with university applications with over a quarter of students receiving offers from the prestigious Russell Group Universities; this is way above the national average. Furthermore, A level performance has sat consistently in the top 20% nationally.
For those students not attending university, Budehaven has two experienced Careers Officers to support them with High Level apprenticeships at organisations such as Sky, BP and Thames Water. Students are helped with CV writing and with navigating the variety of careers that exist in the world.
Teaching is always a popular degree and Emily Pinn has offers at Plymouth University and Gloucestershire University to read Primary KS1/2 with QTS.
Abby McAuliffe is a talented geographer, and has offers to read this discipline at The University of Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff. She has also had an interview at The University of Cambridge and is waiting on the decision.
James Holmes has applied to read Zoology; he has received offers from the universities of Anglia Ruskin, Bangor, Plymouth, South Wales.
Louis Griffiths-Bird has done well to receive offers from some very prestigious Russell Group Universities; he has offers to read Politics and International Relations from The University of Bath, Bristol and Exeter. In addition, he also has an offer to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Exeter.
Of the students who have applied to University, Matthew Colwill has received an offer to read Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London. He has also applied to The University of Cambridge to read Engineering and is now waiting on their decision. Furthermore, Naomi Cole, a talented scientist has an offer to read Physics at The University of Bath.
Law and Criminology degrees are always sought after and a number of students this year have received some excellent offers. Lucy Cotter has offers from Cardiff University and Exeter. Charlotte Hussey is also keen to read Law and has offers from The University of Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton and Warwick. Charlotte has also applied to The University of Cambridge and is waiting on the decision following an interview.
Georgina Smith has offers to read Criminology at Bath Spa, Bristol UWE, De Montford and Plymouth Marjon University.
Alex Shackleton is keen to pursue a degree in both Sociology and Criminology; she has offers from places such as Bournemouth, Liverpool, Plymouth and Portsmouth.
Morgan McDonald has combined her love of Criminology with Psychology, a popular A Level at Budehaven Sixth Form. Morgan has received offers from The University of Brighton, Bristol UWE, Cardiff Met and Manchester Met.
Daisy Browning has offers to read Criminology and Psychology at Bath Spa University, Bournemouth, Bristol UWE, Portsmouth and Plymouth Marjon.
Other budding psychologists include Rachel Wilkins, who has offers from The University of Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Nottingham.
In addition, Bodhi Neve-O’Dwyer has offers to read Clinical Psychology at The University of Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth, Exeter and Bath Spa.
Alex Purnell is also keen to follow the Psychology path and has conditional offers at Brighton, Bristol UWE, Heriott-Watt Edinburgh, Liverpool John Moores and Plymouth.
Budehaven Sixth Form spend a considerable amount of time helping students prepare for interviews. We have been very lucky to have the support of a variety of external business people who voluntarily coached our students providing them with the confidence to perform well. In addition, a number of senior teachers have been coaching students with their interview skills.
Other successful scientists receiving offers or waiting following an interview include Ioanna Giannakidou to read Dentistry, Radiotherapy and Biomedical Sciences at Plymouth University and Megan Whitefield to read Adult Nursing and Midwifery from Plymouth University and Swansea University.
Theresa Marsh is also pursuing a career in the caring professions and has secured conditional offers at Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University to read Mental Health Nursing.
Peter Trowbridge has done incredibly well to receive offers to read Physiotherapy, a course notoriously difficult to get onto. Peter has received offers from Bristol UWE and Plymouth. He is waiting on a reply from Birmingham, Cardiff and Gloucestershire.
Chloe Luxton has chosen a vocational based degree, receiving offers to read Accounting and Finance at The Universities of Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Keele and Plymouth.
Charlie Hazeldine has done well to receive offers to read Mathematics at The Universities of De Montford, Hertfordshire, Newman, Plymouth and Reading.
Business degrees are popular choices for students at Budehaven and it is important to point out that in Budehaven Sixth Form, Economics A Level is a well-subscribed and successful course. It often inspires students to take the subject further. Kyle Brown has an offer to read this subject at Bristol UWE, Bath Spa, Bournemouth and Gloucestershire.
Kessia, Jodie and Cayden Gill have spent time considering their futures, having achieved some outstanding results last year. Kessia has applied to read Neuroscience at places such as King’s College, London, Edinburgh, UCL and York. Jodie has applied to read Biomedical Sciences at Bath, Bristol, Edinburgh, Kings College and Leeds. Cayden, after much deliberation has applied to read Spanish and Politics at Edinburgh and Bristol, Social Sciences at Durham, a very prestigious and competitive course, Modern Languages and Politics at Leeds and International Relations at The University of St Andrews. Cayden has already been given unconditional offers at Durham and Leeds.
Last year, Budehaven Sixth Form was awarded the national plaudit for the best Higher Sports Leaders School in the country. Consequently, this has produced some very well prepared students ready to succeed in the sporting world at university. Keaton Meagan has conditional offers to read Football Development and Coaching, Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Psychology and Sport Coaching at Plymouth Marjon University. Kessen Porter also wants to follow a career in the sport field and has a conditional offer to read Sport Performance Analysis at Cardiff Met University and Sport and Exercise Psychology, Exercise Science and Sports Rehabilitation and Conditioning at Plymouth Marjon University.
Jade Luxton is keen to become a teacher and has a conditional offer to read Physical Education in Secondary Education at Plymouth Marjon University. Many of these sport-based students have studied our BTEC Level 3 Sport Diploma, a very successful course; last year’s performance was placed in the top 10% nationally. Xavier Booth followed the course, but also undertook relevant work experience so that he could reach his goal of working in the Light and Sound industry. He has conditional offers to read Live Sound, Lighting Technology and Live Event Production at the universities of Derby, Glyndwr, Hertfordshire, South Wales and ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music). Louis McCausland, a very talented musician has received an offer to read Popular Music Performance and Song writing at BIMM Institute.
English, RE and Psychology are popular and successful subjects at Budehaven, inspiring students to pursue these subjects at university level. Bethany Hiatt has offers to study English Language, Literature and Creative Writing at places such as The University of Cardiff, Gloucestershire, Plymouth Marjon and Swansea University. In addition, Dylan Haynes has offers from Arts University Bournemouth, Bath Spa, Falmouth University, Gloucestershire and Plymouth to read Creative Writing.
Art, Photography, ICT and Creative Media Design are subjects that perform consistently in the top 10% nationally at Budehaven. This success has enabled many of our students to pursue careers in the creative world. Thomas Richards has offers to read Photography at places such as Bristol UWE, Bath Spa and Falmouth. Likewise, Daniel Jones has offers to read Commercial Photography and Digital Media at Bristol UWE, Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art. Film making and production has appeared to be very popular this year. Anna Richards has conditional offers to read Film at BIMM Institute Brighton and Blackpool and Fylde College. Furthermore, Ethan Cross has offers to read Film Production at Worcester and Plymouth. Ellen Deller has also applied recently and is waiting on decisions from Exeter, Falmouth and Bristol UWE. Art degrees are always very competitive and students are expected to produce a quality portfolio. Maggie Dorey is busy creating her portfolio, and has received offers to read Fine Art at Bristol UWE and Visual Communication at Leeds Art University. Furthermore, Maggie Caddick has worked very hard developing her portfolio and is waiting on decisions to read Fine Art and/or Illustration at institutions such as Arts University Bournemouth, Bath Spa, and Bristol UWE.
The current Year 12 are beginning their journey on the UCAS path. Several students have been selected to be part of The University of Exeter Scholar’s Scheme where they attend workshops on subjects such as ancient history, theology, bioscience, geology and mining.
Our students’ choices demonstrate a Sixth Form with proven high aspirations and every promise for success. One of the things which Budehaven always sets out to achieve is to prepare Sixth Form students for university life in such a way that the transition from school to university is smooth, because students have not only worked hard, they have also matured as young adults able to cope as readily with examinations as with the immense opportunities which university life presents. It is good to see that hard work is really paying off, with first class offers from universities right across the UK being made to local students who deserve every success in their exams.