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Eddie Cohen

What subjects do you study?

Maths, History and Drama.

What are you planning to do in the future?

I like History and Drama and would like to work as a tour guide for a historical site, probably in Berlin. I love Drama and would like to include this in my plans. I am planning to apply to university, but am currently exploring the range of pathways available to me to guide my decision.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

I love to do the school plays because I'm really passionate about playing the piano - I love ragtime and contemporary classical music.

What support have you had during your studies?

It's really useful having had support from the Centre to get my exam access arrangements put in place; I couldn't complete my work without the use of extra time and a laptop. The one to one academic mentoring I have had has also been great. It really helped being put on a Stage 1 contract for maths to help me focus and know what best to learn.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

The individuality and the learning style of my lessons.  I also love hanging out with the friends I have made at the Centre, who are all awesome.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

It really helps to have a focus on career path you might want to follow in the future. This helps give a purpose and meaning to your study and can be really motivating.

 

 

Elena Matei

What subjects do you study?

I am studying English Literature, Psychology and Business Studies A level.

What are you planning to do in the future?

I'm not very sure about what I want exactly to do in the future. However, I plan to go to university and study something I enjoy.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

For enrichment, I am doing Young Enterprise, where we come up with a business idea and develop our business skills and knowledge. We work in a team and each of us are doing different roles. For example, I'm the Finance Director. We are trying to sell our product and hopefully be successful. I am also going to Film Club every Wednesday lunch time and period 5 with my friends. I really like it as we can choose the movies and then, at the end, we discuss and rate them.

What support have you had during your studies?

I had/have lots of support from the teachers, but also from my friends. There are also many resources and materials available in Upgrade, such as flashcards, stationery, posters. Moreover, mental health is taken very seriously which I believe is very important as it can be very hard to deal with stress. The school provides different activities, but also groups/committees that we can be involved in, such as being a Respect Ambassador.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

My favourite thing about studying at NBP16 is that everyone is always so nice. The atmosphere is very pleasant and I love how everyone is so friendly. The teachers are always interested in how you are doing, if you are all right and, for me, this really makes a difference.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

I think that for everyone this is different. However, I believe that the main 'problem' is that everything passes and, as a Post 16 student, we have more responsibility in organising our time for studying. Of course, there is a lot of help in writing different revision timetables and dividing the time equally, but we need to get the motivation of doing it. I try to keep everything organised (such as my folders). We just need to try to do our best and not to give up as there is always room for improvement.

 

Fatima Hussein

What subjects do you study?

Business Studies, English Literature and Computer Science.

What are you planning to do in the future?

I would like to take a GAP year to travel and get work experience and then go to university to do Business Computing.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

I did mindfulness sessions on a Wednesday as part of Enrichment which were helpful as they taught me good techniques for escapism.  It was a good break as I had lessons all day.

What support have you had during your studies?

I went to Upgrade which was useful last year.  Now I go to the library - all my work is set on Google Classroom.  I set myself tasks using Google Apps - the online resources are really helpful when building my own study routines.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

I was at Cotham School before so a lot of my friends are here - it was a familiar environment.  The CORE programme sessions were great, I learnt a lot from them. It was a great chance to find out about different organisations that I would have had to go out of my way to find out about.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

If you are used to your environment, throw yourself into your studies from the start.  If you have Upgrade organise your time so that you can tick off jobs and work you need to do.  Don’t be afraid to talk to the teachers, they are not there to judge you - they want to help. Ask for things to be explained to you again, they won’t mind!

 

Iben Robinson

What subjects do you study?

History, Drama and English Literature.

What are you planning to do in the future?

Attend Queen Mary University and become a primary school teacher.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

I'm in the school play: Little Shop of Horrors which has given me a chance to put my learning into practice and gain real experience of working in a creative industry. The teamwork and relationships you build by taking part in something like this are incredible.

What support have you had during your studies?

I've had 1:1 support meetings which were really useful. The Academic Mentors are really experienced in post 16 study routines and help you to see a way forward when it sometimes feels like you are going in circles. Staff have reminded me to keep being ambitious.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

I really enjoy the content of the courses for History and Drama. My lessons are so varied and engaging and the teaching at Post 16 is a real step up from GCSE.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

Studying smartly, not excessively. There is lots of help and support to assist in getting this right and managing hard work with wellbeing.

 

Zahid Farooq

What subjects do you study?

I study English Literature, English Language and Sociology.

What are you planning to do in the future?

In the coming years I plan to go to university and study Law.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

While I've been at NBP16C I have taken part in football at Redland as part of enrichment and I have also mentored lower school students. This has been incredibly helpful as it has helped me guide younger students. I am also on the student leadership team.

What support have you had during your studies?

The academic mentors are an incredible support and have helped me keep organised with work and other academic responsibilities. My teachers have, likewise, been great at inspiring me and keeping me motivated to see what I am capable of!

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

My favorite thing about studying at NBP16C is the freedom that the students are given. Independent study periods and enrichment opportunities allow students the independence and freedom to take responsibility over their studies.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

I think the secret to success at Post 16 is to get your work done on time and stay organised, which is something I had to learn the hard way! Organisation is key and will help you in the long term when you revise for exams.

 

 

Abeir Suliman

What subjects do you study?

Biology, Chemistry and Psychology

What are you planning to do in the future?

I applied for medicine so I am planning on going to university and becoming a doctor.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

One of the enrichment activities which I took part in at the NBP16C is the pathways to health sciences course at Bristol University. This really allowed me to understand the process into medical school and ensured that I'll have a strong application. Another enrichment activity which I had the chance to undertake was the reading buddy scheme. This is where I met up with a year 8 student during school hours on a weekly basis and helped them with their reading skills.

What support have you had during your studies?

The NBP16C have provided me with support throughout my two years here in several ways. They helped me find work experience and volunteering placements, continuously helped me throughout my application process to university by ensuring that I had a strong personal statement and good interview techniques. They have also always provided me with resources to aid my studies.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

I would say that my favourite thing about the NBP16C centre is the continuous support we (the students) receive throughout our studies whether it be from teachers or other student services and how our sixth form prepares us for the outside world. We regularly have core programmes during the first year in which different people come and speak to us about varying topics such as finances, apprenticeship opportunities and university which I personally feel improved my understanding of what life after sixth form may be like.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

I wouldn't say it is a secret but the key thing I'd highlight to anyone entering sixth form is to have a good school/life balance and to stay on top of things throughout both year 12 and 13. Try to utilise as many of your free lessons as possible to write notes on lesson content because that would just make life so much easier in the long-run. If I can do it, anyone can!