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Meghann Matthews



One of the key reasons I chose Sixth Form was the small class sizes. Being in a smaller class means that you can fully get involved in the lessons and there is more opportunity for the teacher to answer your questions and help you on a one-to-one basis if needed. Also, Rainhill High Sixth Form offered a number of different opportunities that I could get involved in. 
I have chosen to go onto University as I can further my knowledge in a subject which I am passionate about and this will give me the qualifications to have a career in an area which I will enjoy. Also, not only the academic side, but there are a range of opportunities such as travelling and studying abroad which I will be able to take part in too. 
I have chosen to study Psychology at the University of Sheffield. This is a 3 year course in which I will study different strands of human behaviour including memory, perception, childhood development, language and human social interaction. I think all Rainhill Sixth Form Students should take advantage of all the opportunities and get involved in the enrichment activities on offer and work hard…… 
I have gained something from all of my subjects, but Psychology has taught me a range of skills such as extended writing which will be very useful at University.

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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Adam Pearson



The main reasons I chose Rainhill Sixth Form Centre were the smaller class sizes and 
the fact that I knew the teachers already which I thought would make
for an easier transition to A’ levels.

 After doing Work Experience at BAE systems, I knew I wanted to do an 
apprenticeship with them. 
Maths and the Sciences were very helpful in gaining this apprenticeship, but the Higher Project was an
invaluable subject, especially when I was interviewed. I would advise Rainhill Sixth Form Students to keep as many pathways open to you as possible because this will give 
you more options later on.

 
I think the thing I have enjoyed the most during my time here is the friendly atmosphere in the Rainhill Sixth Form Centre.

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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Mathew O’Neill


I chose Rainhill Sixth Form because I enjoyed my 5 years at Rainhill High School, I liked my teachers, and the subjects that I wanted to study at A Level were all available in the Sixth Form, so I never really thought about going elsewhere. I particularly liked the fact that the classes were much smaller compared to other colleges, meaning it was easier to ask questions and get help from the teacher when necessary. Being part of the Sixth Form football team and playing matches every Wednesday afternoon was probably my favourite part of my time at Rainhill, the highlight being winning the Merseyside cup in our first year. I was also lucky to genuinely like the subjects that I studied, particularly Spanish, since learning the language was something that I wanted to do anyway so the class was more than just something that I could get a good grade in.

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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Darren Harrison


After being a pupil at the high school it felt like a comfortable fit for me to continue in the 6th Form. I had a happy experience with my friends whilst learning from great teachers, so it was a decision I have never regretted. I decided to go to university instead of an apprenticeship because I wanted to experience life at University and to study business and economics in more depth. I am so glad I did as the place, course and the University were brilliant and I met some great people who are now friends for life! If you're a current Year 11 Student looking at further education, believe me, getting good grades at A-Level takes a lot of hard work, so help yourself by applying yourself properly to your studies and keep working hard even through the difficult patches; it’s worth it in the long run. Make time to research your choices to find out what next step is really right for you, as this gives you a much better focus and goal to aim for when you may be finding studying hard going.

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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Alexandra Mather


I decided to stay at Rainhill for my post 16 education because I was already familiar with the teachers and students and wanted to stay where I knew I would enjoy my time. Rainhill also has a specialist “Science Academy” which I knew would be beneficial when I studied A-Level Physics. Getting a degree would enable me to achieve a chartered civil engineer status whereas apprenticeships cannot give me that option. I also wanted to experience typical university life! I would give current students the following advice, If you have any questions about what you learned in a particular lesson, go to see the teacher at the end of class. This way any small problems don’t develop into bigger ones and you can stay on top of your studies. Teachers have been always happy to help! The enrichment opportunities were great at Rainhill, In July 2013 I went on a month’s expedition to India and in October 2013 I also visited New York, both with the Sixth form. These trips were definitely the highlight of my time at Sixth form!

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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Emma Roscoe


I work part-time for an online fashion company whilst I complete my final year at Liverpool University. I am currently looking and applying for graduate opportunities related to my degree. Having been a pupil at Rainhill High School, I wanted to further my studies at their Sixth Form Centre primarily because I knew the staff and had good relationships with them. The staff were extremely supportive and helpful throughout my time in High School and I knew this would be the case during my time at Sixth Form too. Furthermore, Rainhill Sixth Form offered smaller class sizes in comparison to other local colleges which I found particularly appealing, as it enabled more one-to-one support and advice which would benefit my overall A-Level results. The Sixth Form offered a lot of advice in regards to progression upon completing your A-Levels. The staff were extremely helpful and provided a lot of information about apprenticeships, university courses and the world of work. As I knew I wanted to go to university, the staff were great in helping me research a suitable course, and my subject teachers provided advice on how to achieve the grades I needed to be accepted onto my chosen university course. The Sixth Form also worked alongside companies outside of the Centre that gave mock interviews and tips for those wanting to improve their employability or interview skills which is an extremely useful experience for all students attending Sixth Form. I think it's important for prospective students to think carefully about the subjects they choose to study. It is important to enjoy what you are studying but choosing subjects that you can do well in and that are related to and complement your future choices (such as university course, apprenticeship or career) is also important if you want to make the most of your time at Sixth Form.

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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Megan Attwood


After Rainhill Sixth Form Centre, I went onto study a three year Psychology degree at Liverpool John Moores University and was awarded a 1st Class Honours degree last year. I am currently working in a sales supervisory role within B&Q retail with a view to joining their national graduate management training scheme later this year and progressing to work within the Human Resource (HR) sector of the business. I chose Rainhill because I liked and knew the staff having been a pupil at the High School and thought I would benefit in 6th Form from being in the smaller class sizes at the Centre. I knew I would get personalised help and advice over the two years with access to a range of enrichment opportunities offered such as the Year 12 student conference, work experience and membership of the Arts and Science academies. All of which benefitted me in gaining and developing many transferable skills that definitely helped prepare me for University life and now the world of work. I would say to future students, choose your subjects carefully; think about what you are good at and what you enjoy. That way if you work and try hard to the best of your ability, it makes a good recipe for future success. One of my favourite quotes is “a person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new" which reminds me to push myself when things get harder and to not be afraid to try something new.

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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Kathryn Turner


After Rainhill Sixth Form Centre, I went onto complete a Business Studies degree at The University of Liverpool, gaining a 2:1 last year. I now work for Princes, a major food and drink producer and supplier, as a marketing executive. This job role required me on application to have gained at least a 2:1 degree at University and some business and industry experience. I am hoping to move onto the company graduate training scheme later this year in order to develop my skills and knowledge further. I chose Rainhill Sixth Form because I had been a pupil of the High School and gained good GCSE’s and so along with the 6th Form’s offer of extra-curricular activities, course trips and volunteering opportunities along with the excellent teaching were all an important consideration for me. I felt this would help me stand out from other candidates later on in life and would give me something unique to talk about at either University or employment interviews. I decided on pursuing an academic route rather than employment or apprenticeship after sixth form because I did well at A-Level and wanted to experience University life. I also played netball for England U17’s, U19’s and U21’s which involved a lot of dedication and commitment to both my studies and sport so time at University also allowed me to find the balance for continuing with both. I now represent Manchester Thunder in the Super League which is regularly televised on Sky so now I balance doing this with my job! I would advise future students to work hard and whilst studying try to get as much quality work experience as you can and make sure you also take part in opportunities that come your way. Be pro-active in gaining a useful placement for yourself within a career you are interested in, it definitely helped me.

Before Rainhill: Rainhill High School

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