Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Student Profiles

Hartlepool Sixth Form students Reach for the Stars! Find out what drives students to choose HSFC and what they’re hoping to achieve after completing their studies.

Thomas Acey

Name: Thomas Acey

Courses: A-Level Chemistry, Biology and English

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Thomas described his experience at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as enjoyable, memorable and rewarding. He progressed to university and is now a Pharmacist.

He said:

“I decided to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as I knew people who had been and liked it. The best thing was the teachers because they would go out of their way to help us to achieve our best. They treated us as responsible adults and encouraged us to be inquisitive and accountable for our own learning, which was especially beneficial.

There was a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and large parts of the college were newly built so the facilities were excellent.”

Jessica Hill

Name: Jessica Hill

Course: A-Level Chemistry, Sociology and Biology

Previous school: Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Jessica described her time at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. She has a MChem from The University of York and a master’s and is now studying a PhD is Synthetic Chemistry at The University of Bristol, under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Clayden.

She said:

“I decided to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College because of their reputation for teaching. I really enjoyed the chemistry course. The teaching was excellent and really inspired me to continue my studies in chemistry. The College had a really friendly atmospheres.

My Chemistry Teacher had a fantastic way of teaching. It really was him who inspired me to continue my studies in chemistry.”

Peter Wheatley

Name: Peter Wheatley

Course: A-Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths, General Studies and AS-Level in Physics

Previous school: Brierton Community School

Peter was part of the College’s Rugby Academy and said it enriched his experience. He described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form College a challenging, interesting and fun. He progressed to university and is now a Continuous Improvement Co-ordinator at Morgan Advanced Materials Europe.

He said:

“I decided to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as it had an excellent reputation for sciences, for teaching and support for students and progression into higher education.

The best thing was the support given to students and the friendly atmosphere. There were excellent facilities for both practical and non-practical aspects of study and well-kept grounds, providing safe environment.

Being part of the first Rugby Academy team was one of the best aspects about my time in college. It helped me integrate with older students when I was in lower sixth and then support younger students when I was in upper sixth. It enriched my experience and gave me lots of enjoyment as well as keeping me very fit and healthy, and let to regional representation for the College.

I cannot recommend it highly enoiugh as a sixth form. I would not be where I am today without the education, opportunities and support I received from the College.”

Sarah Acey

Name: Sarah Acey

Course: A-Level Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Sarah described her time at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as supportive, engaging and enthusiastic. She progressed to a medicine degree at Newcastle University and is now a trainee GP doctor.

She said:

“I decided to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as it had had a good reputation for achieving good grades and was local. The best thing was the dedicated teachers who understood individual student goals.

They were very committed to giving their own time and enthusiastic with their teaching, often developing their own workbooks, and delivering interactive sessions/experiments. They taught the class as a group but ensured it was relevant for all levels. They helped me to achieve the A-Levels I needed for my university degree. It was good fun too! The chemistry and biology teachers particularly stand out as fantastic teachers, they really made their subjects great.

The College was redeveloped while I was there and had very good facilities with a nice atmosphere.”

Adam Dickson

Name: Adam Dickson

Course: A-Level Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

Previous school: Manor Community Academy

Adam described his experience at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as challenging, exciting and enjoyable. He progressed to a chemical engineering master’s degree at university and is now employed on an engineering management graduate programme.

He said:

“I decided to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College because of its good reputation, good results and it was close to home. The best thing about the college was the atmosphere, the high standard of facilities and the excellent teaching.

I had a very positive experience at the sixth form college, overall I’d give it a solid give star rating. My personal expereince was enoyable. The level of teaching was excellent; teachers could recognise your potential, understand your level of knowledge and ensured you were challenged and never complacent in your studies. This was a great help in achieving the results I needed for university.

Ethan Knowlson

Name: Ethan Knowlson

Course: English Language, Business Studies and History

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Ethan described Hartlepool Sixth Form as brilliant, enjoyable and rewarding. He progressed straight onto University following the completion of his A-Levels and is working toward gaining a degree in Business and Marketing Management at the University of Sunderland.

He said: “I chose Hartlepool Sixth Form because my brother and sister both attended and spoke so highly of the college and their experience.

The best thing about Hartlepool Sixth Form was the support from the teachers, it made my experience very enjoyable. The courses were challenging but also very rewarding, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience at college.”

Ethan is now studying a BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management at the University of Sunderland.

Michael Rowell

Name: Michael Rowell

Course: A-Level Film Studies, Media, Music Technology and BTEC Music Technology

Previous school: Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Michael described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as transformative, educational and fun. He progressed to Staffordshire University to study Media (Film) Production and is now Assistant Editor at a film trailer editing company working for Deluve. He’s recently worked on various TV and social spots for films such as Lego Movie 2, Mowgli, Tomb Raider, Rampage and more.

He said:

“I decided to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as I was excited at the prospect of studying music, film and media all together. I enjoyed working with the teachers and staff at HSFC as I found them approachable at all times, and friendly and enthusiastic.

The course opened up a lot of opportunities for me to explore some of my favourite films and work out what makes them so powerful and engaging. I always felt like I was surrounded by people, staff and fellow students, who shared the same enthusiasm as I did.

The campus felt incredibly refreshing and a place to feel at ease. There was great editing facillities with technicians and staff who were kindly willing to take time to teach you.

I frequently performed music outside of study, and through the college I got to perform with various talented musicians that otherwise I would not have had the chance to meet.

Before my time at HSFC, I had sometimes struggled with keeping focused, however the patience and the enthusiasm of the staff helped me develop and prepared me completely for a career in my dream job!”

Amy Faulkner

Name: Amy Faulkner

Course: A-Levels (Chemistry, Biology and English Language)

Previous school: The English Martyrs School

Amy said the three key words she associates with Hartlepool Sixth Form College are achievement, support and enjoyment. While studying at the College she participated in extra-curricular activities such as badminton. After leaving the College she graduated from University of Sunderland with a First Class Honours BSc Biopharmaceutical Science degree. She now works full-time for Hart Biologicals Ltd.

She said: “The science department at Hartlepool Sixth Form College made me want to study there.

What I liked best about the College was the help given to me when the time came for me to apply to University. There are a number of individual staff members who helped me out a great deal. The facilities were also very modern.

The best thing about the course was the various laboratory work that we undertook each week.”

After leaving the College, Amy graduated from University of Sunderland with a First Class Honours BSc Biopharmaceutical Science degree. Amy is now working at Hart Biologicals Ltd as their HPLC Method Development Scientist.

Michael Nicholson

Name: Michael Nicholson

Course: A-Levels - Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography.

Previous school: Manor Community Academy

Michael described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form College as memorable and engaging. He secured a place on an apprenticeship scheme at Johnson Matthey Catalyst Technologies straight after College, which involved part-time study to gain a Chemistry degree from Teesside University. He is now a Research Scientist.

He said: “I decided to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College because of the good options for studying STEM. The best thing was the support from the staff, particularly in Chemistry. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for my Chemistry teacher at Hartlepool Sixth Form College. A massive thanks to him!”

Michael progressed to a higher apprenticeship and gained a Chemistry degree. Since gaining his degree, Johnson Matthey Catalyst Technologies have offered Michael a full time job as a Research Scientist.

James Siggens

Name: James Siggens

Course: BTEC Performing Arts, A-levels (Performing Arts, Drama and Theatre Studies), AS-Levels (Media Studies, Music Technology)

Previous school: Wellfield School

James described Hartlepool Sixth-Form College as fulfilling, engaging and amazing. While studying at the College, he often spent time outside of class time using the facilities to rehearse. Following his time at the College he gained a BA in Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He now works as an actor, director and teacher in Scotland.

He said: “I had previously attended a different College but I decided to change my career path when a friend suggested Hartlepool Sixth-Form College to me. After visiting the College, I knew it was the right place for me.

What I liked best about the College was the fact that it was a place where I was able to feel like myself. I found who I was as a person through studying there. My performing arts teachers were very big influences upon me and inspired me to become an artist.

My favourite thing about the course was the big focus on the performance element of the course. I have always been a practical kind of learner and I feel that in the performance industry the only way to learn is by doing.

On campus, the mixture between the old build and the new features was one of my favourite things about the place as it had a very creative atmosphere. The theatre was amazing and allowed us to put on a number of different performances throughout my time there.”

James is now working as a professional actor in Glasgow, where he also regularly teaches at the Royal Conservatoire.

Steph Durkin

Name: Steph Durkin

Course: A-Levels (English Literature, History, Performing Arts), AS-Level (German)

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Steph described Hartlepool Sixth Form College as empowering, enlightening and fun. Aside from her studies, Steph took part in drama shows with the college including We Will Rock You and The Wizard of Oz, as well as performing as part of a Shakespeare festival in Liverpool. After completing her A-Levels she studied a degree in Drama at Northumbria University before moving onto a Master’s programme at York St John University. She currently works as a Freelance Drama Practitioner.

She said: “I chose to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College due to the college’s excellent reputation for arts education. I felt that attending a college separate from a secondary school gave me a step towards independence and the next chapter of my education. It was also a bonus that a lot of my friends chose the college too.

The thing I liked best about the college was the Performing Arts department. I loved the freedom we had in lessons to explore our interests and make our own decisions. There were so many opportunities to participate in the world of performing arts. We had workshops from professionals, theatre trips locally and to London and participated in arts events that were taking place in Hartlepool and beyond.

In terms of the course, I especially enjoyed the module in ‘the world of work’ where we found out about the different lines of work an artist can pursue in the arts. I also loved that we did a yearly show for everybody in college to participate in, as it allowed me to make friends with people who I wouldn’t have otherwise have met. Furthermore, I loved that in college we were treated as adults, and our choices were respected and listened to”.

Steph is now working as a freelance community drama practitioner. She works with organisations such as Live Theatre, Seven Stories, Bigfoot Arts Education and New Writing North to co-ordinate and deliver arts based work.

Kate Williams

Name: Kate Williams

Course: A-Levels (Performing Arts, Art), NCFE Music Technology.

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Kate described Hartlepool Sixth Form College as inspiring, enjoyable and life-changing. While studying at the College, she participated in an extra-curricular performing arts enrichment on Wednesday afternoons. After finishing her studies at HSFC, she earned a degree in Contemporary Acting at Newcastle College. She now owns her own company specialising in the teaching of performing arts.

She said: “I chose to study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College because I wanted to do Performing Arts. After attending a trial week at the College, I knew it was the place for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the course content, the College environment and the atmosphere.

What I liked best about the College was the Performing Arts faculty. The course was fantastic, my tutors were inspiring and encouraging, and the sense of teamwork within the Performing Arts department was amazing to be a part of. I was at the college for 4 years and loved being a part of the dramatic productions each year.

The best thing about the course was my tutor Vicky. I truly believe I would not be where I am today without her guidance (something which has continued long after my time at HSFC), for which I am very grateful.

In terms of the facilities I think it’s the perfect establishment and atmosphere to transition from school to further education. In a performing arts sense, the facilities have only got better, and it’s been fantastic to see.”

Kate is now self-employed and has opened her own musical theatre academy in Hartlepool: Casting Call Academy of Musical Theatre.

Nathan Storm

Name: Nathan Storm

Course: A-Levels (Business Studies, Psychology, PE, Performing Arts)

Previous school: Dyke House Sports and Technology College

Nathan described Hartlepool Sixth Form College as having a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. He was drawn to the College by the Performing Arts department, where he gained a passion for theatre he has carried into his career. After gaining his qualifications from the College, Nathan attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He now works as a Technical Manager in Liverpool.

He said: “I chose Hartlepool Sixth Form College because of the Performing Arts course. I was very pleased with the course and found that my study was expert led. It was a pleasure to learn and grow within the department.

The best thing about the course was how supportive the tutors were, they were always willing to help with any queries I had. I found that the College had a nice environment and had a number of areas for students to socialise with friends and relax between classes.”

Nathan is now working as a Technical Manager at Liverpool Guild of Students and is also a freelance Theatre Technician.

Adam Dickson

Name: Adam Dickson

Course: A-Levels (Chemistry, Physics, Maths)

Previous school: Manor College of Technology

Adam described Hartlepool Sixth Form College as challenging, exciting and enjoyable. After leaving the College he attended Newcastle University to study a 4 year Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. He is currently employed by a major engineering company in Middlesbrough.

He said: “I chose Hartlepool Sixth Form College due to its great reputation, results record and due to the fact it was well situated in the local area.

The thing I liked best about the College was the good atmosphere. The facilities were great and the teaching was also of a high standard.

I found that the teachers at the College could recognise a student’s potential, understand an individual’s level of knowledge and ensured everyone was challenged in their studies. I also think that the teachers were skilled in challenging any complacency in the student’s work.

In terms of the course, a number of aspects were outstanding. The quality of teaching and the variety of teaching methods stood out as excellent. There was also a good variety of practical work, demonstrations, coursework, written study and visual learning across the topics I selected.”

Adam is now employed by Navigator Terminals UK Ltd, he is primarily based at the Seal Sands terminal in Middlesbrough. He joined the company as a Junior Project Engineer and is currently enrolled on the Engineering Management graduate scheme.

James Slimings

Name: James Slimings

Course: A-Levels (Chemistry, Physics, Music, Maths, General Studies, Critical Thinking)

Previous school: Manor College of Technology

James described Hartlepool Sixth Form College as ‘transitional, empowering and enriching’. While studying A-Levels at the College, James was involved in extra-curricular activities in the Performing Arts department, conducting the band for shows and playing the piano for other students. Following his time at the College, James studied a degree in vocal performance within the Music department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he continues to study for a PHD and work as a conductor.

He said: “I chose Hartlepool Sixth Form College because I knew it would give me more independence than my previous school environment. I was also impressed by the positive academic reputation of the College.

The aspect I liked best about the College was the support I was given in terms of pursuing extra-curricular activities. Studying at Hartlepool gave me the opportunity to lead and take responsibility for things I consider important such as collaborations with schools and external professionals.

The best thing about the course was the great teaching staff. The new facilities for the arts are also state of the art and of industry standard.

The musicals held by the performing arts department were consistently excellent. These performances were seen by fellow students and industry professionals alike.”

James is now a self-employed conductor and singer, as well as being a lecturer. Additionally, he works as a conductor for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he is also studying a PHD.

Katie Lester

Name: Katie Lester

Course: Law, Politics, English Literature

Previous school: Dyke House Sports and Technology College

Katie described her time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as enriching and eye-opening. She is currently on a gap year and will be starting University in September.

She said:

“My favourite thing about studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form was the support I received from members of staff for my course. They made such a nerve wracking and academically challenging time much easier to cope with.

The campus and atmosphere was perfect, I loved meeting and I really enjoyed the content we studied in my course”

Katie is currently taking a gap year out and has been accepted to study Politics at Newcastle University.

Peter Garforth

Name: Peter Garforth

Course: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, PE, EPQ

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Peter described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as fun, challenging and inspiring. Since leaving our sixth form, Peter progressed to Loughborough University to study Sports Science.

He said:

“The best thing about the sixth form was the knowledgeable teaching staff and the relaxed atmosphere, we were treat with respect and as an adult.

The atmosphere was great, it was more like a campus at University than a sixth form and the support that was given when it came to applying to University was great.

I loved having the chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh and the Basketball team, we were a very successful team and I made friends for life.”

Peter is now a teacher of Maths and PE at Kepier School.

Victor Gonzalez

Name: Victor Gonzalez

Course: Media, Graphics, Photography

Previous school: English Martyrs Secondary School

Victor described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as amazing and challenging. Since leaving our sixth form, Victor now attends Ravensbourne University in London.

He said:

“The best part about attending Hartlepool Sixth Form was how focused they were in replicating a university and work environment, in order to prepare students for the wider world when they leave college.

There was a wide range of facilities, perfectly tailored for each of their courses. The teachers encouraged and supported all of their students through every stage of the course so that they achieved their best.”

Victor has progressed to studying Advertising and Brand Design at Ravensbourne University in London.

Olivia Carey

Name: Olivia Carey

Course: BTEC Performing Arts, A-Level Law

Previous school: English Martyrs School

Olivia described her time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as supportive, professional and lively. Olivia progressed straight onto training professionally at a top musical theatre college in London.

She said:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Performing Arts course and taking part in the musical productions and showcases.

I had great support from my tutors throughout my time at college and was able to speak to them if I was struggling with anything. They helped me to gain new skills, knowledge and experience, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

The campus environment was supportive and mature, the facilities were amazing too.”

Olivia is currently studying a three year BA Hons Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre at The Urdang Academy in London.

Adam Radwan

Name: Adam Radwan

Course: BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science

Previous school: Allertonshire School

Adam described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as fun, friendl. He enjoyed that his course covered lots of important topics and the great facilities he had access to.

He said:

“Attending Hartlepool Sixth Form was an amazing experience for me.

One of the main reasons I chose the sixth form was the scholarship programme they provided which meant I could combine my studies with an elite coaching programme and have the chance to be part of the Rugby Academy which I loved.

I wouldn’t be doing the job I currently am without the amazing support from staff.”

Adam is now a professional Rugby player for Newcastle Falcons.

Matthew Ridley

Name: Matthew Ridley

Course: BTEC Sport, BTEC Business Studies

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Matthew described his time at Hartlepool Sixth From as fun and educational. He loved that he was able to combine his love of football with studying business so that he could progress onto University.

He said:

“I loved being a part of the sport academy, being able to combine football with my studies brought a range of opportunities my way, including attending England College National Team Trials then being picked for the squad.

The subjects I studied prepared me well for university, I already have a broadened knowledge than most students in my class. In a way, it has made my first year of university significantly easier.

The facilities available to us were great for such a small college. We had full use of gym equipment and fields which were in good condition throughout the year.”

Matthew is currently attending Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina on a football scholarship. He is studying Business Administration with emphasis on Management and Marketing.

Paul Braithwaite

Name: Paul Braithwaite

Course: BTEC Sport, A-Level Business Studies

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Paul described his time at Hartlepool Sixth From as entertaining, educational and a great stepping stone. Paul took a gap year out straight after college to play cricket in Australia, he has since returned home to study at Loughborough University.

He said:

“The great relationship I had with my lecturers created a positive learning environment, we were respected and made to feel like we were adults.

There were great facilities to use during my time at the sixth form, in particular the gym and the sports hall.

There were a lot of sporting opportunities available too, I was able to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as golf which helped to clear my mind and help me keep focused in the classroom.”

Paul is currently working at Millfield Preparatory School as a Sports Intern during his placement year at university.

Anna Acey

Name: Anna Acey

Course: A-Levels Biology, Chemistry, History, As Maths

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Anna described her time at Hartlepool Sixth From as supportive and educational. Anna progressed straight to university after completing her A-Levels.

She said:

“The lecturers in all of my subject areas were supportive, moving up to higher education can be a daunting prospect, but they really helped to make the progression much easier than I thought it would be.

Due to the reassurance and support given from staff, I felt much more confident going into my A-Level exams.

My time at Hartlepool sixth form helped me to become a more independent and confident learner. The skills I developed throughout my time at sixth form stood me in good stead to face the challenges of university so far.”

Anna is currently studying Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

Bethany Anne Hunton

Name: Bethany Anne Hunton

Course: A-Levels Art and Design, Photography and Psychology

Previous school: St Michaels Catholic Academy

Bethany described her time at Hartlepool Sixth From as hard work and career defining. She progressed straight university after completing her A-Levels with us.

She said:

“Studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form helped me to gain the confidence I needed in my practice.

The Art & Design lecturers were a great support and the course really helped me define what I want to do with my future and solidified my career choice.”

Bethany is currently studying at Fine Art at The Northern School of Art University. She has high hopes to progress onto a masters once she has completed her degree.

Jamie Proudlock

Name: Jamie Proudlock

Course: BTEC ICT, A-Level Photography

Previous school: Manor Community Academy

Jamie was glad the skills he developed throughout his time at sixth form helped him to prepare for the next step in his education. He progressed straight onto university after completing his courses with us.

He said:

“Studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form helped me to develop confidence in my abilities and skills in problem solving.

My courses prepared me well for university, I was able to expand my skillset and with this, have been able to approach complex work at university with ease.”

Jamie is currently studying Computer and Digital Forensics at Northumbria University.

Jasmine Sirs

Name: Jasmine Sirs

Course: A-Levels English, History, Biology

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Jasmine described her time at Hartlepool Sixth From as hard work and supportive. She progressed straight onto law school after completing her A-Levels with us.

She said:

“Studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form helped me to gain a wealth of knowledge and ultimately, a place at one of the top 10 law schools in the country.

The staff were very supportive in helping me to achieve my goals and to prove what I was capable of, showing that hard work really does pays off!”

Katie is currently studying Law at Durham University.

Katie Richardson

Name: Katie Richardson

Course: A-Levels Psychology, Biology, PE

Previous school: St Manor Community Academy

Katie described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as supportive and educational. She progressed straight to university in Newcastle after completing her A-Levels . She said:

“The staff were very helpful and supportive when it came to my studies which really helped me to progress up to higher education.

The sixth form has a really friendly atmosphere and the facilities are great.”

Katie is currently studying a degree in Law at Northumbria University.

Katie Thompson

Name: Katie Thompson

Course: A-Levels Business, Art, History

Previous school: Northfield School

Katie described her time at Hartlepool Sixth From as supportive and informative. She progressed straight onto university after completing her A-Levels with us.

She said:

“Studying history and art at A-Level helped me to develop skills in time management when working to deadlines.

The courses I chose pushed me to think critically and beyond the obvious so I could expand my knowledge of each area, this really helped me to prepare well for university.”

Katie is currently studying Fashion Management and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University, she has high hopes to gain a career in the fashion industry after completing her degree.

William Greaves

Name: William Greaves

Course: A-Levels Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics

Previous school: St Michaels Catholic Academy

Michael described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as interesting and educational. He progressed straight to university in Scotland after completing his A-Levels.

He said:

“The subjects I studied provided me with a gateway to one of the top universities in the country.

Thank you to the staff for their support during my time at sixth form and for helping me get into a great university.”

Michael is currently studying Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews.

Kirsten Hogg-Duncan

Name: Kirsten Hogg-Duncan

Course: BTEC IT, BTEC Applied Science, Use of Maths

Previous school: Northfield School and Sports College

Kirsten said her time at Hartlepool Sixth Form was supportive and enjoyable. She progressed straight onto University after studying with us.

She said:

“The atmosphere at the college was great and the facilities were always there when you needed them.

As soon as I walked through the doors at an open day it just felt right.

The support given by staff was fantastic and helped me to develop a real passion for the subjects I studied.”

Kirsten is currently studying a degree in Criminology at the University of York.

Jack Williamson

Name: Jack Williamson

Course: Law BTEC, Business BTEC

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Jack described his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as interesting, different and flexible.

He said: “The college was suggested at school and after visiting, I realised it would be the perfect place for me to study.

The flexibility of my timetable meant that I could study at my own pace and also have a part time job at the same time which was great.

The support from staff was great and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming.”

Jack is now working as a store manager in Starbucks after being promoted within six months of starting at the company.

Lois Burke

Name: Lois Burke

Course: A-Levels English Literature, Geography, Performing Arts

Previous school: High Tunstall College of Science

Lois described her time at Hartlepool Sixth From as fun and motivating. She progressed straight from sixth form to studying a degree in English Studies at Teesside University and then a masters in Romantic and Victorian Literary studies at Durham University.

She said: “I made great new friends at Hartlepool Sixth Form, really enjoyed my subjects and generally had a blast.

The teachers were great and very supportive. Lindsey Williams, my English Literature teacher, particularly inspired our class. She introduced us to Chaucer, the Gothic, advanced analysis of poetry, all of which inspired me to carry on studying English. ‘Frankenstein’ was even the first text that I taught to university undergraduates!

I particularly benefited from the performing arts facilities - the theatre and the practice space were fantastic.”

Lois has recently finished a PhD in English Literature at Edinburgh Napier University and is currently a visiting Research Library Fellow at Durham University.

Jamie Leigh Hennessey

Name: Jamie Leigh Hennessey

Course: A-Level English Language, Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Business

Previous school: The Manor Academy, Nottinghamshire

Jamie described her time at Hartlepool Sixth Form as supportive, fulfilling and hilarious. Not long before starting with us, she re-located back to the area and after visiting a number of colleges decided that Hartlepool Sixth Form was the best option for her.

She said: “The staff were instantly supportive and made clear that they would make every effort to support me through my studies - a promise I can wholeheartedly say they fulfilled in every possible way.

I thought the campus was really lovely, I definitely felt safe. There was generally a good atmosphere. Facilities were always clean and well maintained.

Business was my favourite subject. I found that I was able to produce a better quality of work from the way the course was structured, there was less pressure as there was a clear plan of what needed to be achieve and when, as opposed to relying on the outcome of an exam. I felt I had more control over the work I produced.

I had the most kind, loving tutors who not only pushed me and looked out for me, but genuinely made me laugh so hard every day for two years.”

Jamie progressed to study Digital Film Production at the University of Greenwich. She is currently finishing her Erasmus year in Prague, Czech Republic where she been studying at the FAMU film school.

Molly Farquhar

Name: Molly Farquhar

Course: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts

Previous school: St. Hilds Church of England School

Molly described her time at Hartlepool Sixth form as fun and confidence building. After completing her studies at our sixth form, she went straight on to study a degree in Acting.

She said: “The performing arts course is amazing! I particularly enjoyed trying out different styles of performance, for example physical theatre it really helped me to develop my skills and prepared me for the next step in my education.

The campus is great, it’s really light and full of communal areas to socialise with friends. The facilities are fantastic, especially for performance students. I loved the theatre and the space available to use throughout my studies.”

Molly has now completed her degree in acting and has been offered a place to train at the at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, she will be moving to America in January 2020.