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National Company Calls on HSFC Student

One of our International students Liu Zhaocheng (John) has built a program for a national company that tracks trends in sales to try and predict future sales and targets. He decided to do this as part of his coursework and put in a lot of independent research and many hours outside of College trying to learn how to program it, including teaching himself Javascript.

John said

I was looking for a project that would help me achieve a high grade and I am interested in solving real-life problems. I really enjoyed working on the project and I am very proud it’s being used across the country.

John has also built responsive web pages for a local roofing company during his internship with a local design company M Media & Design over the summer. He is planning to go to Edinburgh University to study Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in October.

April 2017

HSFC Students Excel on the National Sporting Stage

Students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College competed at the AoC Sport National Championships in Nottingham last weekend, coming home with gold and bronze medals as representatives of the NE team.

25 students, competing in Rugby, Netball and Table-Tennis, travelled to the University of Nottingham where they battled against athletes from colleges across England and Wales during the three-day event.

The Rugby Academy travelled to Nottingham as the reigning National Champions and competed against the best colleges in the country winning 7 from 8 games. This included a win over the eventual gold medallists SEEVIC College. The lads had a 100% record until the very last game of the weekend against Neath Port Talbot College, Wales. After battling back from a slow start they took the lead until the very last play of the game saw the Welsh cross the line to agonisingly win by 2 points. The upshot of this was a 3-way tie at the top and on tries scored Hartlepool Sixth Form were in bronze medal position.

Elite Sport and Academy Manager, Chris Hyndman said,

I am immensely proud of the boys and how they conducted themselves. The competition was fierce and to achieve the record they did is testament to our programme. We are disappointed not to retain our national title but being ranked 3 in the UK and beating the gold medal winners is very satisfying and further emphasises our programme amongst the best in the country. We now have a national cup semi-final in Leicester to prepare for so it straight back to training for us

The Netball Academy travelled for the second year in succession to Nationals after securing a 6th place finish at the 2016. The squad were hopeful of improving on this placing after already winning the NE Regional Performance League. After a slow start, the girls won 2 matches in succession and there were some sterling individual performances. The competition is an extremely high level with many players representing Super League Clubs. The team finished in 8th position overall.

Marie Lithgo (Head Netball Coach) said,

The girls know that some of the matches lost were there for the taking and we came away feeling that as a squad we underachieved. That said, the competition is of a very good standard and we have a young team who will have learnt a lot from the weekend. I am looking forward to next season and working with the current players and the outstanding new athletes we have coming in

Amy Webster represented Hartlepool Sixth Form College as part of the NE regional table-tennis team. After winning gold at last year’s championships in the mixed doubles, Amy was unable to defend her title due to a change in format to a team event. However, the gold medals just keep on coming, as the NE team were crowed national champions beating the SW 4-1 in the final.

Amy said,

I’ve had another great weekend and to pick up my second gold in 2 years is fantastic. I would like to thank the college for all the sporting and academic support I’ve had and I’m moving on the study a Sports Degree in Nottingham next year

Further success has come in Football this year, with Matthew Ridley and Guilherme Baltazar representing England at Colleges level and travelling to the FA Headquarters at St Georges Park to train along with a tournament against International teams in Italy last term.

The newly formed Basketball Academy were also regional league winners, under the guidance of Ian Hewitt who is also involved in coaching the England U15’s.

As well as individual glory, teams were aiming to accumulate points for their region and win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy.

The South East became the new winners of the Wilkinson Sword trophy, wrestling the title off local rivals the South West in a highly competitive weekend.

The region - who were 2016 runners-up - finished 22 points clear of last year’s winners in second, while the West Midlands once again finished in third place, just a point behind the South West.

More than 1600 college students took part in this year’s National Championships, now in its 39th year, at a series of incredible sporting facilities including the University of Nottingham’s David Ross Sports Village, Trent Bridge, Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Morley Hayes Golf Club, Nottingham Tennis Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The athletes competed across 13 different sports, including football, squash, hockey, basketball and cricket.

AoC Sport Managing Director Marcus Kingwell said, “What a fantastic weekend we’ve had at this year’s National Championships.

Thanks to the hard work of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Conferences, Visit Nottinghamshire, volunteers, AoC Sport staff and, of course, the competitors, coaches and college staff, the past three days have been a resounding success.

Congratulations to all who took part, we’re already looking forward to seeing you all again next year.”

For more information on how you could be part of the Elite Sport and Academies programme at HSFC please contact the college on 01429 294444 or contact Ben Robinson via email.

April 2017

Internship in China

Have you considered a gap year abroad, teaching English to primary and secondary students while learning Chinese language and culture, and getting paid up to £12,000? If interested please feel free to take a look at the Internship Programme leaflet and contact Maoge via email by clicking here.

March 2017

Hartlepool Sixth form College qualifies for AoC Sport National Championships

Rugby, netball and Amy Webster for table tennis has qualified to represent Hartlepool Sixth Form College and the North East region at the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, which take place next month.

The teams and athletes from HSFC sport fought off stiff competition from colleges across the North East to win gold placings, which qualifies them for the national finals taking place at the University of Nottingham and surrounding facilities over the weekend of 21-23 April.

The AoC Sport National Championships will see the team competing against athletes from colleges across England and Wales. As well as individual glory, teams will be aiming to accumulate points for their region and win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy.

Liberty Dunning from the netball academy said, “Having experienced National champs last year in our home region, myself and the other 11 members of the group are really looking forward to the chance to perform in another region. As always the competition will be very tough but we are confident we can be competitive throughout the weekend”

Adam Radwan from the rugby sevens said

“After winning lasts years competition unbeaten we have set ourselves really high standards, it is always going to be hard to go and defend your trophy but that is our priority. The fact that we have become so competitive over the last few years really shows how our academy group has grown, if we were to go back 5 years we would have been happy to win 1 game out of the whole weekend and would have classed that as success”

AoC Sport Managing Director, Marcus Kingwell, said: “We are really excited about this year’s National Championships, which will be hosted at state-of-the-art facilities in Nottingham.

“Ours will be the first major Multi-Sports event to take place at the David Ross Sports Village, and we believe the standard of the facilities will provide students with an incredible experience.

“We could even see a future Olympic champion in action at the Championships.”

The AoC Sport National Championships are now in their 39th year and remain the largest student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,800 students taking part last year. Colleges will compete in 13 different sports over a three-day period, taking place in some of the best facilities in the country.

For more information about the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, please visit www.aocsportchamps.org

March 2017

HSFC Basketball Academy Shoot to Success

Hartlepool 6th Form College launched their Basketball Academy in September 2016 and it has become an immediate success. Hartlepool 6th Form College recruited a very good class of players and continued their link with local Junior National League team, Durham Wildcats. This has led to the team topping the AOC Division 1 North East league, unbeaten and putting in some excellent performances. Some dominating performances include beating Middlesbrough College 79 – 29 and East Durham College 94 – 33. The newly formed team even made it through to the Final 8 of the AOC National Cup only to be beaten in over-time by 2 points by Sheffield College, the previous year’s finalists. Another success was the National Schools competition, making it through the regional pools and into the national pools.

The College is looking to recruit players of all levels, both male and female, as they look to enter the ABL (Academy Basketball League) as they apply for promotion from AOC Division 1 North East and offer the U19 basketball players from around the Tees Valley and Country Durham area a chance to compete at a much higher level.

The student athletes take advantage of both outstanding academic provisions and elite training with Head Coach Ian Hewitt (Newcastle University & England U15 Coach). Basketball players in the College receive individual sessions, individual strength and conditioning programmes and also receive daily training sessions and compete in multiple competitions through the year.

March 2017

Rock of Ages at HSFC

HSFC Performing Arts department’s annual full scale musical is Rock of Ages; running from the 4th to 6th of April at 7pm. Tickets are £8 and £6 concessions. You can book tickets by calling reception on 01429 294444.

The group have worked hard on the production and have been busy making sets, props and fundraising for the show. It does include some explicit language and therefore holds a parental supervision advisory.

Story

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Leather, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where rock god, Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it’s too late? Maybe, as long as they Don’t Stop Believin’!

Featuring 80’s rock classics from the likes of Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Survivor and Journey.

March 2017

Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Sunderland College in merger talks

Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Sunderland College are in discussions about a potential merger that will create a super-institution for education, it was announced today.

The proposal will see Hartlepool Sixth Form merge with Sunderland College and its Sixth Form. The merger will mean that Hartlepool Sixth Form will secure financial stability and as a result, continue at its Brinkburn site remaining as Hartlepool’s high quality specialist Sixth Form provider of choice.

Both Sixth Forms in Hartlepool and Sunderland have a long standing history of delivering Sixth Form provision. Originally known as West Hartlepool Grammar School, or Brinkburn Grammar School, Hartlepool Sixth Form College now serves more than 850 students, not only from the immediate Hartlepool area, but from neighbouring towns, owing to the college’s fantastic achievement record. Originally Bede Collegiate Grammar School, Sunderland Sixth Form, is situated at the College’s Bede Campus and serves more than c.600 students, from Sunderland, Washington and County Durham. Sunderland Sixth Form has had a 99 per cent pass rate for the last eight years.

Mo Bunter, principal of Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “Sunderland Sixth Form and Sunderland College is a tremendously well-respected institution, and one that we believe will help to take Hartlepool’s provision to the next level.

“We explored a number of options, but none came close in terms of the cultural fit between our two organisations, and the absolute commitment we both share to academia. It will strengthen both organisations and remedy the financial challenges that we have been facing as reductions in funding continue to hit the sector. We look forward to working together and in collaboration with other partners, as we move forward, over the coming weeks.”

Chair of the Board of Governors at Hartlepool 6th Form Jonathan Brash, said: “We know that this represents a strong, financially sustainable partnership, and one that will ensure that further education and academic attainment in both Colleges is the best it can possibly be”.

“We will be working closely with Sunderland College’s board – and of course the leadership teams of our organisations will be doing likewise – to ensure that the transition is smooth and that we quickly begin to reap the positives, in terms of sharing sixth form expertise and best practice.”

Ellen Thinnesen, principal and chief executive of Sunderland College - said: “Hartlepool Sixth Form has a very long and important history and role within the town, it is vitally important this continues.

“I am delighted that our proposed merger resolves the Sixth Form’s current financial challenge and supports its continuation along with the provision of high quality, academic choice for the young people of Hartlepool. The merged colleges will see the development of a financially-stronger, more resilient organisation into the future and will lead to further investment for the people that matter the most - the young people studying in Hartlepool and Sunderland”

“Both organisations share an absolute commitment to the highest level of academic attainment and like Hartlepool Sixth Form, Sunderland Sixth Form and Sunderland College also have a fantastic record of progressing young people into higher education and meaningful employment. We believe this merger will make Hartlepool Sixth Form, Sunderland Sixth Form and Sunderland College even stronger and will raise the bar higher in terms of the standards, quality and the educational experiences we are able to offer young people.”

She added: “There are a great many synergies between the two colleges including our educational values and our relentless aspiration for shaping the lives of the young people in our communities for the better. Sunderland Sixth Form, along with Hartlepool Sixth Form achieved a recent set of outstanding results, meaning the merged colleges will provide a very strong academic foundation to build upon.

“Both colleges are looking forward to working together, learning from each other and ensuring that our individual strengths are maximised across Hartlepool and Sunderland. We will also look to work closely with neighbouring education institutions and the local authority to ensure the merger does not lead to unnecessary duplication in provision, but rather complements and strengthens the educational offer in Hartlepool”

Since 2015, the Sixth Form College and Further Education College sector has been under significant scrutiny by Government Departments to ensure financially viable and sustainable organisations that deliver maximum value for public investment.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College believes that the partnership with Sunderland College, with its specialism in Sixth Form provision, represents the strongest possible alliance and will provide the best outcomes for young people in both areas. Consultation on the merger will run from Monday 27th March until 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017.

Chair of the Board of Governors at Sunderland College, Rob Lawson, said: “Nationally the Sixth Form College and the Further Education sector have and will continue to face significant challenges now and into the future with regards to financial viability, while at the same time continuing to raise standards. It is because our governing body are so deeply passionate about sustaining the provision of outstanding education and training for young people in the North East, that we see the merger as a logical step.”

“Our geographical closeness to Hartlepool, the cultural alignment of the two organisations, our commitment to partnership working and the vast educational opportunities that the merger will unlock, mean this really is a perfect fit. It’s a fantastic outcome for both organisations.”

Details of the merger and consultation process will be shared online at www.hpoolsfc.ac.uk and www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk over the coming days.

March 2017

It's a strike for Amy!

Amy Teal, who studies Biology, Chemistry and Law is making huge strides in the world of 10-pin Bowling. Over summer 2016, she played in the Junior Triple Crown representing England. She came away with a gold in team, a silver in trios, a bronze in doubles and a silver in masters (top 6 play head to head matches, getting bonus points for each winning match, where she was victorious in 4 from 5 matches).

In September 2016, she played the Masters for the European trials and was selected to be part of the European Youth squad to train with the team, in the hope, she will make the European Team to go to Helsinki on April, 5 to play in the European Youth Championships. Amy is supported by the Colleges Elite Athlete Scholarship Programme along with 56 other athletes was varying sports. We are very proud of Amy and wish her all the best in future competition.

For more information on Scholarships contact the College on 01429 294444 or apply through the website.

March 2017

The Future's Bright for Ethan

A Hartlepool Sixth Form College student has just celebrated winning a prestigious award at the Future’s Bright Young People Awards Ceremony last Friday. Hartlepool Youth Council and Hartlepool Borough Council support the awards and recognise special achievements of young people in Hartlepool in categories such as Courage, Entertainment, Academic Achievement and Sporting Excellence.

Ethan Lang, 18, from Hartlepool Sixth Form College won the Clare Irvine Award for a young person in Hartlepool who has made an outstanding contribution to culture in the town. Clare Irvine, the town’s Arts and Events manager, sadly died at the age of 40 in March 2016. Clare was enthusiastic and vibrant individual who championed arts and culture across the town. Always mindful of the contribution culture had made to her own life and career, Clare wanted the young people of Hartlepool to be given the same opportunities she had through the arts. This award represents her commitment to arts and culture, and her commitment to the young people of Hartlepool.

Ethan’s award is all the more poignant as Clare had worked closely with HSFC Performing Arts on various community performances.

Vicky Jackson, Programme Area Manager of the Creative Industries Faculty at the College, said:

We are very proud of Ethan’s achievements; he is involved in so many performing arts activities both at HSFC and across the North East. Ethan is currently in his final year of a BTEC in Performing Arts and plans to stay at HSFC to further his studies next year in preparation for drama school. Ethan will be playing Dennis Dupree, in the upcoming production of Rock of Ages at the college from 4th – 6th April.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College is increasing their Creative Industries offer from September 2017 with the addition of A level Drama and Theatre Studies. Tickets for Rock of Ages are available by calling the college on 01429 294444.

March 2017

Higher Sport Leaders Award Volunteers

Our HSLA students have been volunteering at two different events over the past two weeks, held by Smile Through Sport, in partnership with Stockon School Sports Partnership.

Students were required to officiate the events to ensure that all participants, from Hartlepool and Stockton schools, were enjoying the time they spent with the team. They explained the rules and how the day would be carried out for all individuals, who have disabilities ranging from physical to learning difficulties.

It was good fun going out to the disability event in Stockton. I volunteer a lot out of college at my Karate club and found this event both rewarding and challenging. I haven’t worked specifically with disabled participants before so found this experience pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I will definitely be looking at more placements within this area moving forward

Lewis Muldown