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Sixth Form College celebrates outstanding student achievements

Outstanding student achievements were celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony at Hartlepool Sixth Form College last night.

A number of students who had left Hartlepool Sixth Form College this summer, following successful completion of A-Level and BTEC qualifications, returned to be presented with prizes of achievements and other special awards.

Over 50 awards were presented to the class of 2017/18. Among the award winners was 23-year-old A-Level student Niloufar Saffari, who is now at the University of Bath studying a prestigious engineering degree.

She scooped an impressive four awards - A-Level Physics Prize for Achievement, A-Level Further Mathematics Prize for Achievement, the Dorothy Lownds Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement and joint winner of the Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Originally a refugee from Iran, Niloufar was excited to be back at College. She said:

“I came to Hartlepool from Iran and the support of my teachers at College was fantastic. I was really excited to catch up with them and let them know how I’m doing. It was great to see my old classmates too!

“I am so happy about winning these awards and really proud of myself. I had a great experience at Hartlepool Sixth Form College. It has completely changed my life and given me the foundation to get into university.”

Anna Acey, aged 18 from Hartlepool, was awarded the A-Level Biology Prize for Achievement. Anna, who is now at the University of Birmingham studying medicine, said:

“I was delighted to be nominated and to win an award. I feel very humbled and grateful. I want to express my thanks to the teaching staff for all the support they have given me. They made my transition from A-Level to degree level study so much easier.”

Reflecting on her college experience she said:

“There is an extremely supportive environment at Hartlepool Sixth Form College. The teachers gave me the confidence to take on A-Level exams, which initially seemed very daunting to me. They were always on hand to help me when I needed it and supported me in developing my independence to prepare for university.

“It was so nice to come back and see my college friends and teachers, and to look back and think how far I have come already.”

20-year-old Adam Radwan, a former student of the College who is now playing rugby for Newcastle Falcons, was invited back to present the awards to the students.

Mark Hughes, Head of Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said:

“Our annual awards ceremony gives us all an immense sense of pride and achievement as we recognise and celebrate individual student achievements. It was great to see the students again, and to welcome back Adam, and to hear how they have all progressed since leaving us.

“Our students who left in the summer are now studying at 50 different universities across the country and even overseas. We were delighted that almost 20% of our students secured places at Russell Group universities, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of both staff and students. We wish all of our students every success for the future.”

For more information about courses at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, visit the next open event on Tuesday 15 January 2019, 4pm to 7.30pm or contact 01429 294444 / hsfc@hpoolsfc.ac.uk

Sport students visit Teesside University to examine contemporary issues related to football

A2 PE students recently visited Teesside University to attend a conference examining the contemporary challenges in football culture.

The conference brought together social science researchers and football practitioners to explore the contemporary challenges facing the people’s game and the opportunities to address these challenges. Guest speakers included the chief executive of ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, chief operating officer of Middlesbrough FC and a Premier League and Championship football agent.

The visit was a great opportunity for students to experience a university campus and the teaching style they would receive. The conference allowed students to gain an up to date understanding of issues faced in the industry which can be used within assessed work the classroom.

Tom Heselton, Hartlepool Sixth Form Tutor of Sport and PE said:

“The trip itself allowed students to gain an up to date idea of the contemporary issues faced in female football and the initiatives that being put in place to hopefully help deal with and overcome these problems.”

Teesside University also expressed their thanks:

“Thank you to all participating colleges. We hope you enjoyed the conference and gained valuable information from the guest speakers at the top of their field.”

To find out more about our courses in Sport, click here.

College students take part in Christmas Wintertide Festival

A2 Performing Arts students have recently had the opportunity to perform to the public at Hartlepool’s Wintertide Festival.

The second year students of Hartlepool Sixth Form College Performing Arts department were invited to take part in the event, creating original work from a commission brief for the festival. The final piece performed was a multidisciplinary piece called What Lies Below based on the theme of Myths of the Sea.

Being a part of the festival meant that students were able to work with a professional company on a professional event and gain invaluable experience in the industry they are studying. Rebecca Brierley, Hartlepool Sixth Form College Tutor of Performing Arts said:

“I am really proud of the students and the young adults they are all starting to become. Although there were a few small hiccups and the weather conditions were cold and wet too yet they all battled on and handled the situation with complete professionalism. They are a great bunch of students and I can’t wait to see them all flourish throughout the coming months.”

The performance at Wintertide Festival was a real taster for an upcoming Winter Showcase at the college taking place on the 19th of December at 6:30pm. The performance is open to the public at £5 per ticket and the show will celebrate the work and talent of the performing arts students in the college.

If you are interested in attending the winter showcase, please contact us.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College supporting talented athletes

Hartlepool Sixth Form College has been awarded TASS Dual Career Accreditation. This prestigious accolade recognises the College’s commitment to the academic support it provides for talented young athletes.

The Sport England-backed scheme supports rising sporting stars to gain qualifications alongside their sport and have the chance to follow other interests and personal development.

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) has formally recognised Hartlepool Sixth Form College’s commitment to supporting talented athletes to reach their potential both on and off the field by awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation.

The status of being a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site shows that the College has the ability to support students following a dual career route, providing athletes with the opportunity to pursue an education and enjoy a more well-rounded approach to life. Ian Hewitt, Elite Sports Academy Co-ordinator at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said:

“I’m thrilled with our TASS Dual Career Accreditation. It is a reflection of the hard work of our staff in supporting our talented athletes to compete at an elite level, alongside gaining recognised qualifications.

“Hartlepool Sixth Form College has a reputation for sporting success and with our TASS accreditation we can further support young people, who are at the top of their game, to achieve both their academic and sporting ambitions.”

As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Hartlepool Sixth Form College will be an important extension of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 400 student athletes each year.

While some of the existing services delivered focus solely on developing the young person’s sporting performance, a dual career support structure and academic flexibility policies will be central to the help available to athletes based at an Accredited Site.

A designated Dual Career Co-ordinator at Hartlepool Sixth Form College has completed a Talented Athlete Support in Transitions and Education (TASTE) course, to gain the skills required to offer a dual career approach.

Additionally, all Dual Career Accredited Sites are supplied with a toolkit of resources to help provide practical dual career support and bring together all parties who work with the athlete.

For student athletes, the increased academic flexibility may mean they have the opportunity to access online notes or resources, have a choice of assignments, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances. Meanwhile for Hartlepool Sixth Form College, the recognition of becoming a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site is expected to be beneficial by attracting a greater number of talented athletes and building connections with other local sporting institutions. TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said:

“We’re delighted to be awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation to colleges and universities across England.

“Dual career support is at the forefront of what TASS does and that’s why the Accreditation Scheme is so important for us in recognising those institutions who place precedence on their athletes’ education too.

“We hope that the academic flexibility policies put into place for the Accreditation will begin to develop an effective and lasting dual career structure within each institution.”

For more information contact sport.academies@hpoolsfc.ac.uk or ring 01429 294444.

Image, taken by Chloe Walker A2 Photography student, shows (from l-r): Mae Rackstraw (Women’s Football Academy), Hannah Gillies (Women’s Football Academy), Joe Ross (Rugby Academy) Ian Hewitt (Elite Sports Academy Co-ordinator).

Health industry professionals visit college and students

Professionals from the health industry have attended Hartlepool Sixth Form College to speak with students and answer questions in relation to their job roles.

Health and Social Care students were given the chance to speak to professionals working professionally in the industry, including a paediatric nurse, general nurse, social worker, health care assistant and specialist sexual health nurse. The event gave students the chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and enabled them to take their new understanding back into the classroom.

The opportunity to learn about different roles within health and social care settings meant that students could use the information gained to aid with for forthcoming exams and university applications and pathways.

Charlotte Bratt Health and Social Care Teacher

“This event was very successful. Our first year students found it very beneficial and could put their theoretical knowledge learned to use when having discussions with the professionals. The second year students found the event useful as they were able to ask questions about real life experiences and what job roles entail on a day to day basis. We were very thankful to the professionals as they had attended this event in their free time to aid in our students learning.”

Sophie Sharp Qualification Foundation Diploma Health and Social Care

“Myself and my friends really enjoyed the event, it was really useful to the unit we are currently studying and we were able to gain an insight into the day to day roles and responsibilities of the health and social care professionals.”

If you are interested in studying Health and Social Care, click here to find out more.

Film student visit York for a film festival

Film studies students have recently had the chance to visit a Short Film Festival in York to experience a showcase of talent.

The students visited the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, a BAFTA qualifying festival that is highly regarded among those in the film world. It was an important channel for students to experience moving image and digital culture and provides opportunity for talent development and stimulating film viewing.

Film students also had the chance to listen to a speaker from Framestore, an Oscar winning creative studio on visual effects in cinema.

The festival has given students the chance to examine professional short films and the opportunity to speak to filmmakers, and lovers of film to connect. As part of their studies, the students are required to create or write a short film therefore this experience has been invaluable.

Carl Percival, Hartlepool Sixth Form College Lecturer in Media and Film said:

“This experience is essential in showcasing the talent of global professional filmmakers and it has huge potential to stimulate creativity amongst the students.”

If you are interested in studying film, click here to find out more about the course and to apply!

Performing arts student experience thrilling new dance production.

BTEC performing arts students have visited the customs house in South Shields to experience Rosie Kay’s Dance Company’s MK ULTRA.

Rosie Kay Dance Company tours across the country and aim to thrill and move a diverse public with relevant, important political and meaningful dance which responds to a contemporary society.

The students were able to watch the MK ULTRA production which is a conspiracy-fuelled show, produced in collaboration with documentary film maker Adam Curtin, and explores questions surrounding the proliferation of fake news, the manipulation of reality and fragility of truth.

Students had the chance to meet Rosie Kay herself and gained numerous contacts from the casted dancers whom they will keep in touch with to aid with primary research for an upcoming assignment.

Rebecca Brierley Hartlepool Sixth Form Tutor of Performing Arts said:

“It was really great for our students to take some time out from the studio and experience a professional production. It has really inspired the students to push themselves to the next level and to develop their skills further.”

If you are interested in applying to study performing arts at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, click here to find out more and apply!

Photography and Dance students collaborate on Flour Project

Sixth Form Photography students have recently collaborated with performing arts student dancers to create a series of photographs that explore dance moves and movement.

The A2 photography students used a simple technique of having the dancers use flour to be thrown at the same time as the dancers carried out dance movements - the flour creating a visible trail of the movement when performed. The lighting helped to capture these movements perfectly, using two standard studio lights as backlighting for the flour as it was thrown and one front light to record the movement of the dancers.

The project has helped both photography and performing arts students to develop their skills and enhance their portfolios with a series of unique photographs that were fun to do and create.

Alan Sill, Hartlepool Sixth Form Photography Lecturer said:

“I couldn’t be happier with the final photographs that have been produced by the students. It can be a challenge to produce creative photographs which were technically well produced too. The project has resulted in a fun series of photographs - that would not look out of place on a theatre billboard and they are a credit to all the students involved.”

If you are interested in a photography or performing arts course at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, take a look at what the courses involve by clicking here.

The future's bright for Olivia

Hartlepool Sixth Form performing arts student Olivia, was recently awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the Future’s Bright awards.

The Future’s Bright Awards is an award ceremony held at the Borough Hall in Hartlepool, which celebrates and recognises the courage, entertainment, academic achievement and sporting excellence of young people in the town.

Olivia is the second performing arts student to win a future’s bright award, last year another of the colleges performing arts students Ethan Lang won the ‘Claire Irvine’ Award, Claire was the towns arts and events manager and the away was given out in her memory. Ethan won the award after being recognised being a young person in Hartlepool who has made an outstanding contribution to culture in the town.

Olivia studied a BTEC Extended Diploma Performing Arts with us and has moved on to study Musical Theatre at the prestigious Urdang Academy in London. Olivia also achieved a scholarship to help with her course fees.

Rebecca Brierley Hartlepool Sixth Form Tutor of Performing Arts said:

“Olivia is a talented young person, as a singer, actor and dancer. She spent the majority of 2018 travelling to London for various auditions and was successful at almost all of them, meaning she had quite a choice when it came to her future. Olivia is a very humble person and someone who is kind to others and helps other people succeed. She is determined in everything that she does and I know she will go on to do amazing things and make the college and the town proud.”

If you are interested in studying performing arts at Hartlepool Sixth Form, you can find out more by clicking here.

College helps community Christmas festival to be a success

An arts and cultural Christmas festival in Hartlepool is now going ahead, thanks to the support of a local college.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College is sponsoring this year’s Wintertide Festival, following a plea last month by its organisers.

Volunteers from the Headland Festival Group appealed for funding to cover infrastructure costs in order for the community festival to be allowed to go ahead.

Mark Hughes, Head of Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said:

“As soon as we heard about the plea for funding, we were delighted to help. It’s a great family event, which showcases the fantastic local talent and culture in Hartlepool.

“As a college, we have always had a strong sense of social responsibility and strive to be at the heart of the local community.”

The festival will take place across the historic Headland, from Friday 23 November until Sunday 25 November 2018.

Natalie Howe, Chair of Wintertide Festival, said:

“We are delighted with the sponsorship received from the College and thrilled that our hard work throughout the year has been recognised and supported. The Sixth Form College has always supported the festival in terms of student engagement, whether it’s through live performances, pop-up art exhibitions or volunteer roles, to ensure the event runs smoothly.

“The Headland Festival group is extremely grateful to the College for their donation and look forward to collaborating with them over the weekend.”

The weekend celebration of art and entertainment will include a lantern parade, a festive market, live music, art exhibitions, family activities and crafts, a funfair and a firework finale.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College performing arts students will also be taking part in the festival. Second year students will stage myths of the sea, which follows the journey of three sailors as they encounter sightings of mythical legend creatures. Meanwhile, first year students will perform extracts of Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers, a dramatic physical dance theatre that explores the training of soldiers in modern war.

For more information about BTEC performing arts courses at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, or the new Dance A-Level, contact 01429 294444 or hsfc@hpoolsfc.ac.uk