During my time at Heart of England Sixth form I studied English Language, Sociology, Media and Drama. I thoroughly enjoyed my two years at sixth form and went on to study Children’s Nursing at the University of West London. The support and confidence I was given at Heart of England has proved invaluable on my journey through university.
After gaining amazing experiences during my placements in various children’s departments, I have now completed my three years and have been offered my first Nursing job on a Children’s ward to start in a local hospital in September.
“Heart of England Sixth Form gave me the opportunity to grow academically and as a person with their incredible teaching staff and support. I know I would not have achieved the things I have without them.”
Heart of England former student Karl left the Sixth Form in 2008. He was very involved in all the school productions and developed his love for his future career at school.
After Heart of England Karl went to The Guildford School of Acting and studied for a BA in Musical Theatre where he was offered a full Scholarship.
Karl performs at major venues and theatres and has appeared on the BBC The Voice programme. He has released an album.
“Performing in the school shows at Heart of England gave me the stamina and discipline that was needed to take on a professional Musical Theatre course at one of the most prestigious UK drama schools.”
On completing A Levels, Bethany chose to go straight to work and complete an apprenticeship. She now has an NVQ.
Currently working in a pensions company, Bethany is studying for CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) examinations to become a qualified financial adviser or planner.
“The teachers at Heart of England are very supportive if you put the hard work in yourself, and I felt that they genuinely cared for your well-being as a student.
“I enjoyed my time in sixth form. The small class sizes meant that there was a good rapport between students and teachers, which I found very beneficial.”
Phil graduated from the University of Warwick with a first in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (Hons). He became an ACA Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in July 2016 and is a Financial & Operational Auditor and Local Counter Fraud Specialist for Deloitte.
With experience of performing an in-depth review of an NHS Foundation Trust, Phil has been working with managers to improve systems of control in the trust.
“Heart of England helped me develop the inter-personal and analytical skills to perform in a high pressure, professional environment. Extracurricular activities like my involvement with school productions greatly improved my confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate with others towards a greater goal.”
Jake graduated from Bournemouth University Media School with a first in Advertising and a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) foundation qualification.
He is an Account Executive on the Bacardi Global Brands account at AMV BBDO working on Martini, Dewar’s Whiskey and Bombay Sapphire.
During his university placement year Jake was one of a few successful applicants for the WPP Zed Academy Apprentice Scheme at the creative agency Y&R. He underwent training from industry-leading professionals and gained hands-on experience brands like M&S, Lloyd’s Bank and the BBC.
“The mature nature of Heart of England’s post-16 education has helped me gain the qualities I needed for employment, including time management, organisation, independent study and work ethic”
Pupils are very welcoming to visitors and speak positively about all aspects of their school. Pupil’s good attitudes are reflected in the classrooms. There is a calm and purposeful atmosphere in lessons.