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Maria Imran

What subjects do you study?

Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Business (AS)

What are you planning to do in the future?

I would like to become a Doctor studying medicine

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

I've taken part in Access to Bristol and Authentic Biology; I did some mentoring with younger years and have also been an ambassador. I'm on the Bristol City Youth Council as the representative for BAME and RAS people in Bristol. I also volunteer as a youth worker with Refugee and Asylum seekers and did a work experience placement with the NHS

What support have you had during your studies?

I've had a lot of support from teachers especially my tutor and the Post 16 team. This included helping me write my personal statement, applying for university and also increasing my chances of getting in! My friends have also really helped in encouraging me to study.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

I'm based in Cotham and so I really like the atmosphere. It's quite chill and everyone's nice including the teachers. I especially like the support you get as well as all the people.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

Don't compromise revision time. When you have free lessons, instead of going home or going out, just stay in school and study. Also make good, organised revision notes starting from Year 12; it will help a lot when it comes to the exams. I learnt that the hard way! However, make time for doing things you enjoy too and don't give up good hobbies.

 

 

Shanice Lindsay

What subjects do you study?

I study English Literature, Psychology and Sociology. In my first year, I also studied Biology AS.

What are you planning to do in the future?

I have just received an unconditional offer to study Law at a University, so I intend to study there, study abroad for a year in North America and hopefully become a solicitor or barrister.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

I have mentored a year 8 English Literature class, started a project to help BME students in education and I became a ‘Respect’ Ambassador, which means that I am expected to tend to the wellbeing of those in lower school. In addition to this, I have attended Law information days at Chambers and Law firms.

What support have you had during your studies?

I received a lot of careers advice in 1:1 meetings with staff. Through Core Programme, we have had talks from many visitors in different careers who explained what they did and how they got there, which I found very inspiring.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

I find it VERY important to have a good relationship with your teachers, which is something that NBP16 is very successful with; the staff give a lot of support and there are many opportunities that they provide, such as work experience and information days.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

Utilise your teachers! They know the subjects really well, so soak up everything they teach you and listen to their advice! Do not be afraid to ask for help, if you don’t the only person this will affect is yourself.

 

 

Christabel Robinson

What subjects do you study?

History, Music, English Literature and GPR

What are you planning to do in the future?

York University to studying politics or history with a year abroad, then a Law conversion degree to be a lawyer with the aim of eventually going into politics.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

I am in the middle of doing my DofE Gold award but I have also volunteered in Year 9 History lessons. I also took part in the Lessons from Auschwitz project. Me and My friend Keira also run the Gender Equality Movement. Outside of school I sing in various choirs and I play in Bristol Youth Orchestra. I am also doing my grade 8 ballet later this year.

What support have you had during your studies?

I have had a lot of support from teachers in terms of coursework and exam help. My History teachers in particular are especially helpful when around my exam arrangements.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

I like how much freedom you have and the trust from teachers. you don't get spoon-fed but you can also get extra help and support.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

It’s always a good idea to have a break from revision and studying to get a good sleep to look after yourself, especially your mental health.

 

 

Imoleayo Ogunade

What subjects do you study?

Philosophy and Ethics, Health and Social Care and Medical Science.

What are you planning to do in the future?

Go to University and study Law.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

For enrichment, I took part in football, the Young Enterprise company, Authentic Biology, Respect Ambassadors and EPQ. And for extra-curricular activities. I did work experience at EY and Santander Private, and joined both the BFI Film Academy and Into Film (check me out!). I also got to visit several law insight days and open days.

What support have you had during your studies?

I’ve had support with essay structures, revision timetables and resources, time management as well as tips and advice about apprenticeships and universities. You think of it, I’ve had it.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

All the opportunities and support I got from both inside and outside of sixth form.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

Keeping communication with teachers and tutors as strong as possible, discipline, ambition, utilising Upgrade and, most definitely, believing in yourself!

 

 

Theo Davies

What subjects do you study?

Maths, Further Maths, Physics and GPR.

What are you planning to do in the future?

I plan to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University, and after that I'd like to work or study abroad, ideally in the public or non-profit sector.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

This year, I was chosen to help younger students at Cotham's maths homework club. Before that, I did Access to Bristol, and served as one of Bristol's Youth Mayors.

What support have you had during your studies?

The help I've had in planning my future has been invaluable, and has given me a sense of purpose. The individual feedback teachers give has helped me identify and work on weaknesses.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

Everyone is here to learn and have fun, which creates a positive, motivated, atmosphere.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

Study effectively. Tailor your revision to areas you're weaker on, and be realistic. It's better to do half an hour of work and focus, than to plan to do an hour and spend it on Facebook!

 

 

Atchchuthan Kanagasabai

What subjects do you study?

Biology, Chemistry, Physics and GPR.

What are you planning to do in the future?

I plan to go to university and study Medicine.

What enrichment have you taken part in at NBP16C?

I take part in Rucksack club, Authentic Biology and Gold DoFE.

What support have you had during your studies?

My teachers have been very helpful in improving my understanding of the subject material and my tutor has been very supportive during the UCAS application process.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NBP16C?

Being able to take part in the Authentic Biology project which is only available at around 10 schools across the country. I was able to develop my presentation skills and was able to confidently present the findings of our project at the annual Authentic Biology symposium.

What is the secret to success in Post 16 study?

Being hard working, having perseverance and being able to maintain a good work-life balance.