‘We decided to book our son in for residential GCSE revision courses at RIC. His main problem was lack of confidence. His teachers at school said he was definitely bright enough to pass but it all seemed to go wrong once he was under exam conditions. The week at RIC changed everything. It was really hard work but he made massive progress. In maths the teacher quickly discovered where the problems were and worked through them on a one to one basis. George was then given lots and lots of practice. Each time his confidence grew as they went through the papers together, ensuring that each mistake was corrected and fully understood. He went from an E to a B in French (mock grade and final grade) and a D to a B in Maths. We were absolutely delighted and would recommend Easter revision courses at RIC to everyone.’
parent of easter revision student
Rochester Independent College was one of the early pioneers of intensive Easter Revsion courses, now an established feature of the educational landscape. We have been offering these short, exam focussed courses for thirty years. Then, most of the courses offered took place at independent sixth form tutorial colleges, commonly known as crammers.
RIC is now an Independent Schools Council accredited day and boarding school with 280 full time day and boarding students. We continue though to offer particular expertise in short intensive revision courses and retake programmes. Many of the local students who join us each year for Easter revision are recommended to do so by their schools.
At RIC course delivery is highly personalised and exam board specific. Students interested in intensive Easter courses are always invited in to meet their teachers before the course so that courses can be tailored to their needs carefully. Support, guidance and teaching often continues after the revision course. Students are also able to continue to attend the College after the Easter period, either for after school tuition or during any study leave they might be given.
Get On Top Form In Year 13- RIC’s A level Easter Revision- Day and Residential Courses
Attending RIC’s A2 Easter Revision courses can help maximise your potential. Getting an A rather than a B grade at A level can make the difference between winning a place at your university of choice or having to compromise in clearing. University entry remains highly competitive and the best grades at A level are your passport to the more selective and prestigious institutions.
“I felt I learnt more in a week than I had in the whole of my last year at school. I had more exam practice and constructive feedback on the Maths revision course than I’d ever had before.” 2013 easter revision student
Click here to find out more about how RIC’s A level Easter revision courses work.
Make The Grade In Year 12- RIC’s AS level Easter Revision- Day and Residential Courses
With no opportunity for January retakes in year 13 now a good performance in any AS modules taken at the end of the first year of study is now even more crucial. Good grades at AS can make or break a UCAS application and allow for a clear focus on the A2 in year 13. The transition from GCSE to AS level work is something many students find tricky and our teachers are able to help year 12 students prepare for their first post GCSE exams, building confidence and reviewing any areas of the specifications they are having difficulty with.
Intensive IGCSE and GCSE Easter Revision- Day and Residential Courses
GCSE grades matter. Getting a C rather than a D at GCSE can make the difference between a sixth form or college place and having to retake. Increasingly schools are looking for students to meet minimum GCSE grade requirements at sixth form, sometimes asking for a top grade in chosen A level options. Some universities use GCSEs to judge academic potential. Some courses such as Medicine specify the number of As and A*s applicants must offer. Maths is one of our most popular GCSE Easter courses. According to the LSE a GCSE Grade C in Maths reduces the likelihood of unemployment by 7% and increases earnings by roughly 18%. It’s also crucial for students wanting to do most courses at university!
“The College gave me a different perspective on all three of my Science GCSE subjects, and on how education can work in general! The boarding staff and teachers were all very nice, even the food was great! It was helpful to have a structured course to follow and I know I achieved a lot more than I would have done sat in my bedroom at home with all the distractions!” 2013 easter revision student
Click here to find out more about how RIC’s GCSE Easter revision courses work.
RIC’s Easter Revision Course Teaching Team
RIC is fortunate in having teachers who work also work as examiners in most subjects resulting in our students receiving the very best preparation for their GCSEs and A levels from professionals who are really in the know about what is required.
Our GCSE and A level Easter revision courses are taught by our own full time members of staff who have established track records of exam result success.
We do not use agency or supply teachers, or temporary staff contracted in from other schools for our Easter courses.
RIC’s Head of English Dr Rachel Woolley is an Assistant Principal examiner for one of the boards and says: “Every year I will probably mark, monitor or review the marking of over 800 students. Marking for 10 years has dramatically enhanced my understanding of what students need to learn and helps me and my colleagues in the department enable students to hone their skills for literary study. It instils a sense of confidence that our year’s work is on course for success. Teachers who mark are in a better position to diagnose ‘problem areas’. It helps me keep in mind a maximum marks answer so that I can better help the students and keep motivating them to improve.”
Rene Cochlin, Head of Politics at RIC and an experienced textbook author and examiner adds: “The marking and consequent conversations with the Chief Examiner has proved invaluable in understanding how and why questions are likely to be set and in having some insight into the details of how answers are likely to be credited. That knowledge has continued to inform my teaching.”
Students attended Easter Revision courses last year from a range of local, UK and international schools including: Truro School, British School of the Netherlands, King’s Canterbury, King’s Rochester, Ashford School, St Edmund’s Canterbury, Kent College, Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, Dartford Grammar, Gravesend Grammar for Boys, The Judd School, Rochester Maths, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Faversham, Invicta Girl’s Grammar, Cobham Hall, Cranbrook School, Dean Close School, St Lawrence’s College, Ramsgate, Wilmington Grammar, St Olave’s, Chatham Grammar School for Boys, Gad’s Hill School, Mayfield Grammar School, Northfleet Technology College, Bournemouth Collegiate School, Kent College, Pembury.
A level and GCSE Easter Revision Courses- Subjects Offered
AS/A level: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, Graphic Design, History, History of Art, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Photography, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Science, Statistics, Theatre Studies
GCSE: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, Graphic Design, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Photography, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Science, Statistics, Theatre Studies
All subjects are subject to availability. Please be advised that RIC’s Easter Revision Courses are very popular so early application is advised.
Cecelia Johnson, like so many 16 year olds across Kent, was anxiously awaiting her GCSE grades. Uniquely however, her 2011 results were as much a landmark in the history of her school as they were important to her. While RIC students have been winning top results since 1984, they have traditionally joined for short intensive courses. Cecelia is the first pupil to take her GCSEs after joining at the age of 11 in Year 7.
Cecelia is celebrating 12 top results, including double A* success in English and English Literature which she is continuing at A level in RIC’s sixth form, alongside Fine Art, History of Art and Sociology. Cecelia is pictured, page left, in an entirely staged parody of a generic results week picture.
“We would like to say a huge thank you. Jack came to you less than a year ago from Gravesend Grammar with all C grades at AS. He now has A*AB in his A levels with a place confirmed at Warwick. We are absolutely delighted – as is he!” It is particularly special for us because we met at Warwick University – and got there with lower grades than Jack!”
dr carrie weston, august 2011
Three former King’s School, Canterbury students are celebrating second chance A level retake success and places at some of the UK’s best universities.
Even top institutions like The Royal Veterinary College still consider A level retake students, as demonstrated by the offer Amelia Liddell received. As well as retaking Chemistry and Spanish at RIC Amelia took AS Sociology from scratch in a term, achieving AAA and continued to broaden her work experience. Amelia is now able to realise her ambition to be a vet.
She says “On results day last year we had a big family discussion and we looked at the options for retaking. If you are willing to work hard then the teachers will give you all the help you need. I don’t think anyone goes on a resit course to slack though!” Writing to Head of Science Hugh Laverty after starting at the Royal Veterinary College in October 2011 Amelia says:
“I’ve just finished my first week of vet lectures and I just wanted to thank you for getting me here; I wouldn’t have had a chance without your
help. We managed more in that one term than I had done in my whole two years of chemistry and you can definitely take the credit for that.”
Jean Michel Hurst’s sixth form education at King’s was disrupted due to illness so he took an extra year to complete his A levels at RIC. With the unusually broad combination of Fine Art and Further Maths Jean Michel now has 2As, and an A* in Further Maths and a place at London’s top rated Imperial College.
The third former King’s student to improve his university prospects by spending an extra year over his A levels was Josh Ross who now has a place studying Economics at Loughborough. While studying at Rochester Independent College continued to work on his online business- a firm he started as a summer project post GCSEs as an online re-seller of high quality watches. Lower Master and Acting Head of King’s Canterbury Mark Lascelles says:
“The results are outstanding and many congratulations. I will have no hesitation in recommending RIC.”
Retaker Asha Chohan has demonstrated that it sometimes pays to rethink and resit A levels. Asha says: “Last year I didn’t get the grades I had hoped for so I knew I needed to retake my A levels.” Asha is now celebrating grades of A*AA and a place to study Optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, the UK’s highest ranked programme in the subject. Asha moved to RIC from a state school in Nottingham.
Will Mounty from Gravesend Grammar followed in his brother’s footsteps and came to Rochester Independent College from to retake his A levels. His grades rocketed from BCD to AAA in one year, including taking English Literature in a year from scratch. Despite being a retake student he got offers from all the universities he applied to and is taking up a place at his first choice Lancaster to study Geography in September. His brother Tom is at Royal Holloway studying History.
At this time of year when attention is generally monopolised by headline grabbing high achievers RIC is particularly proud of A level student Omar Iqbal. Omar joined RIC from Temple School in Strood with no GCSE passes. After a one year GCSE retake course and two years of sixth form he now has three A level passes and has secured a place at Canterbury Christchurch University.
Many local selective schools will only allow students to start A levels with As or Bs at GCSE. The success of students like Omar demonstrates that one bad year doesn’t have to mean the end to higher education dreams.
accelerated academics- one year a level
Studying alongside Omar was the top A level performer in Kent, Nontawit Cheewaruangroj. He scored an impressive four A* grades- all achieved in a year from scratch-including full marks in Maths and Further Maths. He is on one of three RIC students making their way to Cambridge University this year.
Another fast track success story is Alex Wellbelove who left the Judd School after year 9 when he was home educated until returning to full time education for accelerated one year courses at RIC. Alex leaves the college with AAA for his first choice course, Psychology at the University of Sussex. Alex’s one year A level subjects were English Literature, Maths and Physics.
Joing Alex at The University of Sussex for a Film degree is former Dartford Grammar student Rebecca Lunato-Doyen. Rebecca had previously gone down a BTEC route but found this was not the best qualification for entry to competitive courses. Rebecca switched to RIC and took three A level courses from scratch in a year. Her grades were Sociology A*, English Literature A and Film Studies A.
The Cambridge Pre U has been adopted by some schools as an alternative to A levels but it was a disappointing P1 in her Literature paper at Epsom College that cost Vicky Piper her university place last summer. Determined to still aim high, Vicky took two one year A levels at RIC and gained matching A* grades in English Literature and Sociology. Vicky now has a place reading Philosophy at Nottingham University. Students also enrol at RIC for one year A level courses after disappointing results on the IB Diploma programme.
year 13 transfers triumph
Students who moved to RIC after disappointing year 12 and bad AS results are also celebrating.
Tom Parker from Derbyshire bounced back from AS disappointment after a year boarding in our halls of residence. Last year at the end of year 12 his grades were CCE. After a year at RIC he is celebrating grades of A*A*AB in four A levels- English Literature, Sociology, History and History of Art. He leaves RIC for a BA Honours course in Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Tom says: ” Before I came to Rochester I struggled with my grades and my prospects for university were much akin to Ikea tables. I couldn’t stand them. I enjoyed myself, learned a lot about myself and my subjects of choice and came out all the better for it.”
Alex Alford who left Bennett Memorial School, disappointed with his AS results of BDD in year 12. He transferred to Rochester Independent College for year 13 and at RIC he achieved AAB and secured his first choice at the University of Bath to read Chemical Engineering.
“Environment change has been the key. At RIC I am here to work hard and get the grades I need for Engineering. There is a real enjoyment of learning, the teachers are passionate about their subjects and we don’t just work from text books. It is great having the college minibus service from Sevenoaks.”
Tim Turvey– who lives on the same Sevenoaks street as Alex-transferred to RIC from Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar, disappointed with his AS grades of CDD. Tim benefited from the college’s expertise in Maths and Science, finally achieving AAB, securing his place at Nottingham to read Mechanical Engineering. His brother, Rob Turvey joined RIC’s Middle School in year 10 and takes his GCSEs next year. Seb Lundberg joined RIC after his year 12 at Colfe’s and went on to gain AAA in History, Politics and English Literature. Seb is also set for Nottingham and a Theology degree where he is joined by Sophie Dunk, resident RIC lab rat and formerly of Gravesend Grammar School for Girls who will be reading Zoology there.
RIC’s international students are also celebrating GCSE success, including those on 1 year courses. Vicky Zhang came to Medway last year from China without speaking much English at all. She now has a stunning 9 GCSE grades A-C, all achieved at the same time as learning the language. Vicky’s GCSE choices even include English Literature and Film Studies, both subjects that require a great deal of writing! Other successful one year GCSE course students include Josh Giles from The Hundred of Hoo School, Josh Devlin from Rochester Maths School, Zofia Brown from Bishop Challoner, Bromley and Max Anstruther from Frensham Heights, Hampshire.
tom parsons, class of 2011: “Thank you so much for all you’ve done for Tom, giving him the opportunity to realise his potential. He is now looking forward to studying for an MEng in Computer Science at Imperial College- two years ago I’d never have thought this was possible. The ethos at RIC was ideal for Tom and allowed him to be himself- he has so grown in confidence it’s a joy to see. All the teachers have been brilliant, and the students have been fantastic too. His personal tutor, Todd, pitched it absolutely right so he settled in well. He also gave me lots of support! Thank you to all at RIC for a school that doesn’t conform to the traditional structure but embraces young people whoever they are and makes them feel happier in themselves.” petra parsons
“Just a short note to the staff who helped Ciaran have such a successful year at RIC. Ciaran is delighted he got the grades he needed and got is first choice University place. I know he worked hard during the year and he enjoyed his time at Rochester. His success is in no small part down to the teaching and support you were able to provide. Many thanks – and good luck!”
niall and andrea hickey
“Just a little note of thanks! We are very grateful to the support given by yourself and your staff in ensuring that Seb achieved three A grades this summer and gained a place to study theology at the University of Nottingham. After being unable to carry on at school into his A2 year through illness, Rochester provided the perfect environment for Seb to carry on with his studies and realise his goal to gain a place at a top university. Thank you for the help and guidance given during the UCAS application process, to Jim Mumford in sorting out all the issues concerning examination boards and to all the tutors that taught Seb in History, English Literature and Politics. Everyone was very approachable, professional and helpful to Seb at all times. Seb is very much looking forward to going up to Nottingham this weekend and starting his course.” kind regards. dominic and helen lundberg
RIC is one of the region’s economic success stories, listed in the KM’s Megagrowth rankings of the 50 fastest growing businesses in Kent two years’ running.
The College has had a campus makeover and the finishing touches put to a £2million redevelopment. The historically distinctive site with listed buildings linked by award winning wildlife gardens creates a unique sense of place to explore and in which to study and work.
At the heart of a designated conservation area, RIC is housed in restored buildings enhanced by modern design features. New for 2012 is Underhill Hall, a home for RIC Drama with seating for 100 people. The copper canopied roof transforms into an open-air auditorium with productions from visiting theatre companies and students. Low voltage electrical installation and modern construction techniques combine to give the underground building a minimal carbon footprint.
The recently acquired New Court at the top of Star Hill has been colonised as a base for GCSE students and the whole site is now connected with all circulation through the gardens. Over 200 sash windows on the Georgian terrace have been rebuilt and our student residences now offer en suite facilities.
RIC students appreciate their relationship with their environment and a calm and respectful atmosphere pervades. The grounds and garden, partly developed by the students, provide a valuable resource. The mood is relaxed and inclusive, enabling all to feel secure, develop their personalities and appreciate their role within the community. Students feel that there is little bullying or unkindness and attribute the happy atmosphere to the fact that ‘everyone knows everyone.’
The 2012 expansion is supported by Swedish bank, Handelsbanken. It has always been the College’s policy to invest profits back into the business and we will continue to develop the campus to improve facilities for students.
Next year will see a dedicated arts and crafts centre established and a landmark pair of steel sculptural musical gates designed by Faversham based sound sculptor and musician Henry Dagg constructed. Dagg was nominated for a Kent Public Art Award for transforming his garden fence into a glockenspiel, has toured with Bjork and performed for Prince Charles. Rochester’s newest piece of public art is set to attract national interest when completed.
I am sending you this mail on behalf of my daughter, Barbara Akpata and the whole family, to express our delight at her recently released A level results which were excellent. As you may recall, she resumed at your school half-way into the first term last year, and she had to have extra lessons, particularly in economics, a subject she had no previous tuition in. When you consider that she was enrolled for the one year programme, her ABB grades in English, Economics and Sociology are all the more remarkable. This success is undoubtedly largely attributable to the diligence and professionalism of her teachers. I congratulate you for this feat, and ask that you keep the flag flying. Be rest assured that your institution shall continue to receive the highest recommendations from me, as you labour to develop young minds. Osifo Segun Akpata
cambridge olympians and A* star hill success
Rochester Independent College students are celebrating places at their first choice universities and, for some, finally achieving their dreams of higher education after disappointments last year. Remarkably this second chance success includes places studying Medicine and Dentistry and at universities such as Durham, Bristol, Exeter, King’s College London and UCL. Five RIC students have won places at Cambridge University.
Sisters Carla and Anna Lee from Stockton have won matching 2012 places at Sheffield University, Carla to study Law, Anna Dentistry. Both left the North East to board at RIC from Yarm School. Carla says:
“The variety of my A level subject choices of Government & Politics, English Literature, Chemistry and Textiles has given me a wider perspective on my life, as well as my studies. My life-changing volunteer trip to Ghana last summer focused my future on international human rights.”
Anna’s place at Dental School is particularly impressive as she joined us to retake her A levels.
Heading to Leeds University this year is Harry Neilson who after a two year A level course at RIC will be reading Philosophy. Harry says:
“My GCSE grades from Maidstone Grammar last year were not quite as good as I was expecting, I just didn’t try hard. I could have stayed at school but came to RIC for sixth form to study A levels in Politics, Philosophy, History and Sociology. This school has invigorated me! The teachers enjoy teaching which has made me become much more of an active participant in lessons. I’ve been helped by the small classes; the teachers are passionate about their subjects and really know their stuff. The most exciting experiences of the year so far have been the trips but specifically the History trip to the Marxist Library in London. It’s the first time I’ve been and it was amazing.”
team ric a level resit 2012 success
Aman Chana from Townley Grammar in Orpington says:
“A level results day last year was horrible. I had an offer from St George’s for Medicine and was two grades off. Instead of just doing A level retakes I opted to change direction and do one year courses in Economics and Further Maths. I considered going back to school but wanted to study somewhere fresh to resit my A levels that would boost my chances.”
Aman’s classmate Rosie Geradine came to RIC to retake her A levels with grades ACD in her A levels from Tonbridge Grammar. She says:
“Smaller classes mean more one to one help on things you specifically need rather than a group problem. The teaching is more friendly and less formal. I’m more comfortable in class and more able to ask questions. Before when I went to talk to a teacher about a problem I felt I was doing something wrong.”
Rosie won her place at Durham University to study Psychology and Aman was similarly successful in meeting her UCL offer for Economics.
In 2012 Will Selmon from Harrow School added AS World Development to his January A level retakes of Chemistry and Biology and won a place at Newcastle University to study Geography. Simon Melizan from The Forest School, Berkshire boarded at RIC for a term and took a combination of fresh AS subjects including Film Studies and History of Art and A level January retakes to rack up the UCAS points needed for his Nottingham Trent Interior Architecture course. Another boarder, Kristina Gadsby from Highgate’s Channing School retook Biology and Geography, won two Grade As and secured a place to read Biology at Birmingham.
freddie wows the arts scene
Freddie Topps is celebrating a dramatic turn around in academic fortunes and a place at one of the country’s most competitive universities. Two years ago Freddie, formerly of Mid Kent College and Meopham School came to us without any GCSE passes. After two years he now has his missing GCSEs in English and Maths, four top grades at A level including an A* in Fine Art and a place at Edinburgh University.
Peter and I just wanted to say how thrilled we are with Freddie’s results – we couldn’t have hoped for better. I think it is fair to say that Freddie didn’t have much confidence academically when he arrived. He now has this but is not over-confident if you know what I mean. katriona topps
During his time at RIC Freddie had the opportunity to work alongside visiting lecturer, the iconic Billy Childish, founder of the Stuckist movement and local artist, musician and provocateur. Other Visual Art department successes include Ginte Barzdaityte from Maidstone who has a place at Central St Martins and Friederike Ach from Germany who will study Architecture at London’s prestigious AA, the UK’s oldest school of architecture and one of the most prestigious and competitive in the world. Ginte and Friederike both have matching A* grades in English Literature, consistently one of RIC’s top performing subjects. Friederike also won Grade As in Maths and French. Also off to study Architecture is Ben Sharma who moved to RIC after Lower VI at St Olave’s Grammar in Orpington who has a place at Nottingham University.
2012 cambridge success
Five RIC students have won places at Cambridge, including three at the most prestigious of the colleges- Trinity.
Top performer is Nakarin Lohitsiri who has a record 5 A* grades, all achieved in a year from scratch. This gives Nakarin who came to Kent from Thailand a record 700 UCAS points!
The average UCAS point score of students who read Maths at Cambridge is 560 so Nakarin comfortably won his place at the historic college where Isaac Newton studied and which boasts 29 Nobel Prize winners.
“Before coming to Rochester I represented team Thailand in the 41st International Physics Olympiad in 2010, and was awarded a gold medal, competing with students from all over the world.”
As well as his A levels, Nakarin was awarded the highest grade of S (Outstanding) on STEP 2 and the most intimidatingly hard Maths paper in the country, STEP 3 which is not for the faint mathematically hearted. Achievement in the Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) normally forms part of conditional offers to read mathematics at Cambridge and Warwick. There are five grades, which are (from highest to lowest) S, 1, 2, 3, and U.
Among the many local students studying alongside a record 9 high achieving Thai scholars this year was Aaron Thurston from Borden Grammar in Sittingbourne who arrived at RIC with a grade E in A level Maths and left with a Grade A. His Physics grade shot up from a D to an A and he added a third top grade with an A in Geography from scratch. Aaron has a place on his first choice course, Mining Engineering at Camborne School of Mines, one of the world’s most famous mining schools and part of Exeter University.
astrophysics goes to the theatre
Laurence Routledge joined RIC’s sixth form from Gad’s Hill School where he was the top performing GCSE student of his year group. He is now celebrating an impressive five full A levels in perhaps the year’s most unusual range of subjects- Maths (A*), Further Maths (A), Physics (A*), Geography (A*) and Theatre Studies (B).
“I looked at a few schools before choosing RIC after Gad’s but I preferred the informal atmosphere here. I also liked the way I was free to choose whatever subjects I liked because there were no option blocks. I was able to do more A levels because the sixth form here doesn’t waste time doing subjects like General Studies or Critical Thinking- subjects the universities themselves aren’t interested in. I was really happy with the quality of teaching here. My Physics teacher went to Imperial and my Maths teachers were great- one went to Cambridge and two to Durham. It was really inspiring and one of them was always available to help.”
Laurence has won a place to study Astrophysics at the University of Sussex and, after performing Brecht at RIC, may be the only fresher on the course who can portray a noisy old lady in Szechwan with comic skill and an authentic Chinese accent!
second chance gravesend pharmacist makes the grade
Maneesh Dhillon joined RIC with Grade Es and Us in Chemistry and Biology after a disappointing Year 12 at St George’s School in Gravesend. He took the difficult decision to restart his A levels and after two years’ hard work is now celebrating ABB at A level and a place at Medway School of Pharmacy.
“Teachers give you the incentive, they help you to study effectively and use your time wisely. I think this has really prepared me for independent study at university. I was also able to build up my work experience at a local pharmacist- giving me a real insight into the profession. I still find time for Gatka, performance swordfighting – see us in Gravesend town centre on Saturdays from time to time!
Other significant grade improvements in 2012 include Hannah Morley from St Lawrence’s School, Ramsgate who pushed her Music A level up from a D to a B and added Music Technology AS and Thomas Kwok from Colfe’s School who joined with DDEU at AS and left with ABC at A level. Simon Tucker from Sevenoaks took a different route to resit success. He opted to switch schools after a disappointing Year 12 at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys and decided to change direction. He took A level Geography, one of RIC’s strongest subjects, on a one year intensive course, gained a fast track Grade A and won a place to study the same subject at Reading University.
from bundle of nerves to bubbly success
Michaela Lock from Gravesend is celebrating three grade As in English, History and Media and a place at Royal Holloway, London University to study English and Creative Writing. A year ago she was struggling with education.
“I went to a local grammar school but when I reached the sixth form I did one term before starting to have anxiety attacks. It was such a pressurised environment, I always felt that I was doing things wrong. I decided to look for a school that could offer me a one year intensive A level course and a fresh start. I started at RIC in September this year and I was very, very nervous. I don’t think I concentrated properly for the first few weeks but I was much more comfortable with the very small classes. I thought that trying to do everything in one year would be really difficult but the teachers were inspiring. I loved the debates in history, I felt really involved and it really helped my confidence. My personal tutor was great but all my teachers showed an interest and checked I was OK.”
Todd Dedman, Michaela’s personal tutor at RIC said:
“I has been a privilege to watch Michaela grow from a school phobic, shy girl to a mature, confident individual. She is proof that even though the one year courses can be difficult, for conscientious and enthusiastic students these courses can often lead to grades that students had previously been told were beyond them.”
Michaela will be joined at Royal Holloway studying English by Katie Jackson, former Head Girl of Cobham Hall who took A level English in a year at RIC. Another success story is Angus Whitehorn from Wadhurst who in spite of the perceived prejudice of top universities against A level retake students has secured a place at his first choice Bristol University to study Drama after taking History of Art and Film Studies alongside retaking English Literature and Theatre Studies.
Tom Teverson never thought he would end up studying at the University of Exeter. While at RIC Tom caught the literary bug, applying to read English Literature. Tom leaves the College with A* in English Literature, A* in Sociology, an A in History of Art, a B in History and a B in Biology.
“As someone with dyslexia, studying English at a top university seemed like quite a long shot. I am delighted to be going to Exeter and couldn’t have done it without Rochester Independent College.”
Tom’s UMS score in English was a pretty dazzling 398/400. Tom lives in Keston and travelled in daily from Bromley South. He was often on site before many of the day students as alongside his studies he had a part time job serving breakfast to boarding students and staff in RIC’s Star Hill refectory.
Also celebrating A* English Literature success is boarder Hannah Baines from Essex, James Weber from Sevenoaks, Lydia Sohdi from Rochester Grammar and Alex Halpern. In his Year 11 Alex published his first novel ‘House of Wolves.’ An enthusiastic online fan comments:
“Alex has used great suspense, characters, jumps and scares in his fantastic debut novel. He creates his timing well and kept me constantly on the edge of my seat with his creativity.”
RIC Science students have won places at King’s College, London. Kishan Muthu who joined RIC from Rochester Maths has a place to read Chemistry and Wilf Elliott from The British School of the Netherlands will join his classmates on a Biomedical Sciences degree. Other Science success stories include Georgina Winney from Highsted Grammar who has a place to study Neuroscience at Bristol, Vinitha Soudararajan from Chatham Grammar who won an A* in Sociology and a place studying Medicine at UEA, Willow Hight Warburton from Harpenden who after retakes at RIC goes to Newcastle for Biological Sciences, Orarat Ginsawaeng from Thailand who has a place at UCL studying Biology and Tim Hoffmann from Germany who after ditching the IB Diploma programme for intensive one year A levels goes to Bath for Biochemistry.
We just wanted to drop a quick line now that Laura has her results. We are so pleased (and relieved) that Laura now has the opportunity to do what she wants for further study and possibly career. She was very excited but now it has sunk in she is rather nervous. Anyway, we did want to say “thank you” again to everybody for all their hard work. We are a much happier family than this time last year! Thanks again, Colin and Hilary Weightman