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Where are they now?

Where are they now?

In Arden our aim is to equip young people with the skills and qualifications they need to continue their journey into university, apprenticeship or employment.

Former students have kept in touch and we are delighted to hear how their time at Arden has helped them.  They also offer some great tips and advice to current students.
Harry Smith

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Name of 11-16 school you went to; if in Crown Woods, please state the name of your home school: SCWA Delamere

GCSES studied and grades attained:

A English Lit and English Lang
B Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Religious Studies, Sociology, ICT (half)
C French, Geography

A levels studied and grades attained:
A* Sociology; B History and Geography; C Government & Politics

University you are currently studying: Warwick

Name of Course at University: Sociology (BA Hons)

Career ambition after completion of undergraduate studies: Teaching

How did Arden prepare you for university? Arden gave me the independence needed to prepare for university, whilst allowing me to work on key skills which will be needed for later employment.

Why would you recommend Arden to other students? The teaching quality is of very high standard, with teachers giving you the right amount of independence and guidance at the same time.

3 pieces of advice you could offer to a Y12 student:

  1. Ensure you can get rid of any distracting habits early on (not spending too much time on entertainment) as this can become a challenge especially when getting into a revision routine.
  2. Use your free time to focus on some relevant extra reading or potentially educational videos or documentaries.
  3. ensure you seek advice or guidance early on. Don’t leave any problems you’re having until the last minute. The exam period will become hectic and the last thing you want is unnecessary pressure being put on your teacher.

Elliot Simpson

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Name of 11-16 school you went to; if in Crown Woods, please state the name of your home school: Delamere

GCSES studied and grades attained:

A* English Language
A Physics, Chemistry, English Lit, Religious Studies
B Biology, Geography, Maths
C French and Drama

A levels studied and grades attained:
A* Religious Studies
B  History and Sociology

University you are currently studying: Warwick

Name of Course at University: Philosophy

Career ambition after completion of undergraduate studies: Lecturer

How did Arden prepare you for university? Consistent help with UCAS applications and advice/information about my course from my relevant subject teacher.

Why would you recommend Arden to other students? Arden is a Sixth Form that offers great level of one on one help with work. It provides a friendly yet academic and hard-working environment.

3 pieces of advice you could offer to a Y12 student:

  1. Don’t postpone revision
  2. Try to organise your work effectively
  3. Re-read old work to keep information fresh in your head

 


Yu Lin Teh

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Name of 11-16 school you went to; if in Crown Woods, please state the name of your home school: Haberdasher Askes’ Knight Academy

University you are currently studying: King’s College University of London

Name of Course at University: Mathematics with Financial Management

Career ambition after completion of undergraduate studies: Not sure

How did Arden prepare you for university? The teachers helped me throughout all the problems I had with choosing the right university and proof reading my personal statement to ensure it was perfect. Arden also arranged after-school revision sessions during the exam period which I found very useful and it made a significant impact on my results.

Why would you recommend Arden to other students? Arden is a school that provides sufficient freedom to students which allows them to be independent and prepared for the university life.

3 pieces of advice you could offer to a Y12 student:

  1. Work hard to achieve your dream
  2. Do not hesitate to ask for help if you have a question
  3. Don’t give yourself too much pressure in Year 13

Please add any additional comments based on your experience in Arden: I would like to especially say thank you to the EAL department, Mr King and Ms McHillary because they gave me huge help throughout my 2 years in Arden. I could not say more to show my appreciation to them, they are my listeners and helpers at all the times, I really wouldn’t survive in my sixth form life without them.


Ozan Caglar

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Name of 11-16 school you went to; if in Crown Woods, please state the name of your home school: Delamere

GCSES studied and grades attained:

A Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Turkish
B Biology, Citizenship Short Course, Religious Studies Short Course, ICT, English
C Geography, English Lit, Further Maths, ICT (pass)
D Spanish

A levels studied and grades attained: Mathematics, Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics), Chemistry. Attained A*, A, A respectfully.

University you are currently studying: Warwick

Name of Course at University: Chemistry (MChem)

Career ambition after completion of undergraduate studies: Research or teaching, with the final goal of being a professor at a top tier university.

How did Arden prepare you for university? I had to study maths alone this year so I had to learn to set myself tasks and deadlines in order to ensure I got the best possible grade that I could get in maths. It is important to learn to be independent regarding your studies as you will be quite independent at university; for every 2 hours of contact you are expected to do roughly 8 hours of work.

The Duke of Edinburgh expeditions allowed me to hone my confidence and become stronger willed, so it is worth doing as you will need a strong will and confidence to live alone if you move away for university. I would not have been able to pursue these expeditions without the help of the school, so thank you.

The teaching provided allowed me to actualise my potential, as my teachers would often recommend working outside of the classroom using our textbooks. This may seem obvious to you but there are many different revision methods – some more effective than others, there is a BBC article on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22565912. Teachers generally recommend flash cards and studying throughout the year which is good advice.

Why would you recommend Arden to other students? Arden is a good community filled with warm, caring teachers who know more than just the scope of their courses.

3 pieces of advice you could offer to a Y12 student:

  1. Study! Study hard throughout the year instead of all at once or at the last minute. Do not just rely on your teacher, consult the textbooks multiple times throughout the year.
  2. Try to set up a group of people with whom you will study with foe the duration of your education, it is quite motivating seeing one another study. Mr Stavrou set up after school study sessions for our year which was quite helpful.
  3. Do past paper questions, and make a note of the ones you get wrong, come back to them a day or two later and reattempt them until you get it right three times in a row. This is especially useful in mathematics.