- Luke Haughton
Luke Haughton completed his GCSE courses under challenging circumstances (through unforeseen circumstances, he was unfortunately only able to sit 5 of his GCSE’s). He showed real motivation, resilience and determination in the Sixth Form. He chose to study Government & Politics, Law, Sociology and English Literature A Levels. He was a real success story and managed to secure a place at Liverpool University to read English with Criminology.
- Emmanuel Adepoju
Emmanuel Adepoju is at Southampton University studying Biochemistry Degree. ‘It is certainly hard work’ – he told us recently when he came back to speak to some Sixth Form Science students. ‘I am working hard to keep to deadlines and have sometimes had to work through the night! The support and guidance I had whilst at Norwood had such an impact – staff helped guide me towards the best Universities, I had a lot of extra tuition after school – especially once I had my University offers through and had to work hard to achieve the grades I needed.’
Toheeb is in his second year on a BA in Acting at the prestigious Guildhall School for Music and Drama. Toheeb successfully completed 13 GCSE’s (a mixture of BTEC and GCSE examinations). He studied a mixed curriculum of History, Law and Acting after completing Government & Politics AS level. He was incredibly successful in gaining a place at all four of his Drama School choices and was so excited to speak to us here in school recently about his course. ‘It’s great - it’s everything I ever wished it could be! It is incredibly intense and very long hours – most days I’m at college from 9 am until 9 or 10 at night. There is no way that I would be where I am now without the support and hard work of the Performing Arts team. Five years down the line? I want to have been signed up by a great agent and will hopefully be working as a professional actor!’
Jade succeeded in achieving 10 GCSE’s at A*-C. She was one of our most successful students in Year 11 making 4 & 5 levels of progress in all her subjects. She had a genuine flair for the creative arts and studied BTECS in Fashion, Art and an A-Level Photography. She undertook a series of Saturday Schools and Summer Schools at Camberwell and Wimbledon Art Colleges. She went on to a Fine Arts Foundation Course at Ravensbourne. She has recently gained a place at Wibledon, University of The Arts London to start a degree to train as a costume/ fashion designer with future plans to possibly work in theatre or TV.
Sanna achieved a pleasing set of GCSE’s and is studied Maths, Biology & Chemistry A-Levels at Norwood. She successfully gained a place on the Kings Plus Programme (Kings College University) which helped provide additional subject support through the delivery of seminars, workshops, subject specialist masterclasses, UCAS application assistance and a Summer School. She is now studying a degree in Biomedical Science at Kings College.
Janet completed 9 GCSE’s three years ago. She left to go to Coulsdon College in 2011, but came back “home” to the Norwood Sixth Form. She really excelled in her studies here, initially completing her first year studying Media Studies, Photography and Health & Social Care. She was successful in achieving her goal and gained a place to study Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology at Portsmouth University.
- Diogo Fernandes de Jesus
Diogo Fernandes de Jesus – has recently been awarded a place at Laban School of Dance. Diogo completed his GCSE’s and started Year 12 studying Art (BTEC) Spanish (A Level), Maths (GCSE) and Dance (BTEC), he specialised in his second year in Dance and Art (BTEC). He had no previous background in Dance, but really flourished. He took advantage of the enormous variety of extracurricular arts provision on offer and has undertaken Summer Schools at Chelsea School of Art and Pineapple Dance Studios.
‘Being part of the Norwood School has had an enormous impact in my confidence and communication skills and it has given me the strength to take dance on as a future career.’
Lucia took both Acting and Dance in the Norwood Sixth Form and has gone on to study a Foundation in Acting at the renowned Drama School – E15. ‘Leaving Norwood was one of the hardest but yet easiest changes I have had to make in my life. I felt so prepared going into Drama School with the training I had been given at The Norwood School 6th Form. I know I had some of the best teachers and I enjoyed the most amazing two years’.
- Rochelle Taylor Butcher
Rochelle Taylor Butcher is currently in her 3rd year studying dance at Kingston University. ‘Norwood really helped me find my skill sets as well as be able to improve on those skills. In particular, the visual and performing arts departments were always full of energy and presented projects that you would be eager to get stuck into. There were always opportunities for furthering development in an area and teachers would provide suitable challenges in order to get the best of you.’
- Aisha Haque
Aisha Haque studied Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
I am now in my 2nd year studying BSc Pharmaceutical Science at The University of East London – eventually I would like to work in a large multinational pharmaceutical company such as GlaxoSmithKline and specialize in drug development and design. Norwood will always be dear to me not only because best childhood memories are of my time there but most importantly because it has shaped me into the driven ambitious person I am today- through the inspiration, motivation and support all my teachers gave me. I know how important it is to always remember where you came from and appreciate the people who contributed towards your successes in life, those are the ones who really care – that to me is the Norwood Sixth Form.
- Amira Shariif Ali
I studied A level Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Norwood. I am now in my final year of my BSc Psychology Degree at Westminster. I am also working part-time in the Houses of Parliament. Norwood not only provided me with support for my academic subjects but prepared me for whatever ‘comes next’. I always tell my new friends about the incredible support I have received – even now, from my teachers. I still email them from time to time to asking for advice. I am applying for graduate schemes in Marketing/Advertising probably with Sky. Whatever happens I know that Norwood could not have prepared me better!
- Decio Mendonca
I am studying Extended ICT and my aim is to achieve a D*D*D*. I want to be a computer scientist – possibly do an apprenticeship or I would like to work as a computer technician in the army. One of the things that I am enjoying the most about the Norwood Sixth Form is the atmosphere, especially how different it feels from the lower school, it definitely feels more mature and you get treated like an adult.
- Mir Hashemi
I am studying Physics, Chemistry, and Biology A Levels. I am definitely going to go to a top Russell Group University – possibly Imperial. I haven’t yet decided what I might do as a career yet but am considering something like Chemical Engineering. What am I enjoying the most about the Sixth Form? That’s easy - the friendly teachers and supportive atmosphere.
- Abigail Bailey
I currently study History and Government & Politics A Levels, I already have my full A-level in Sociology. When I leave the Norwood Sixth Form, I want to go on to study History and International Relations at Southampton University. Eventually I might go into teaching or NGO. I am really enjoying studying a range of different subjects that I know will allow me to choose from a wide range of possible careers in the future. The amount of help I have had with my UCAS application has been great, the time, care and thought that my tutor and head of year have put into guiding me has been invaluable.
- Josephine Gisarin
One of the best things about the Norwood Sixth Form is the work experience opportunities and the links that we have had to world class businesses and organisations. I was fortunate to be chosen from a large number of applicants to participate in a 4 week internship at the Whitehouse Consultancy last summer, an issue led communications agency that specialises in media relations and public affairs. This opportunity enabled me to gain first hand insight into our political systems, working on a range of policy areas including health, energy and EU policy. The internship programme was a real challenge; I was given a variety of tasks to do which were published professionally. These tasks ranged from writing press releases for prominent companies such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) to writing blog posts for the company’s website. This was indeed an amazing experience that has given me a taste for more. I hope to further my interest in Politics through my study of Politics and International Relations at University next year.
- Samantha Henry
I had work experience at Livity London, a youth marketing agency in October. I researched famous authors, worked on new social media campaigns and schemes to encourage young people to be active and take part in sport, I also attended meetings about content production. I think work experience has helped me decide that I really do want to go into the creative industries. I have had so many opportunities here to visit museum and galleries, have worked with lots of practising artists and have had a real taste of what my future might hold. I will be applying for a foundation course for next year at Camberwell Art College and then hope to gain a place on a Graphic Design degree.
- Nahom Ghilazgi
My work experience was with Bartle Bogle Hegarty last summer at the end of my Lower Sixth. It was great to be part of such a busy, creative working environment and I was given far more responsibility that I thought I would! I set up meetings with employees from different fields and was responsible for taking notes throughout the meetings – quite a responsibility!
My goal is to go to university and work with computers or technology. My work experience has helped me clarify my career possibilities and has been a really satisfying element of my studies here. I have enjoyed being part of a creative environment here at the Norwood Sixth Form, and as well as taking a Theatre Studies course, alongside my other subjects, I have taken on a great many responsibilities in the theatre, working backstage on the lighting and sound and always going along to support my friends in shows and productions.