Students and staff at South Thames College celebrated A-level success today with an impressively high pass rate of 98%. This is a significant improvement for the College – and for the students, means they’re on track to reach their goals.
The College has seen major changes at its Merton 6th Form after the appointment of new head, Vereen Ryan, who has applied a hands-on approach of monitoring and supporting students. It’s an approach that has yielded results. The 6% improvement on last year’s figures and a 100% pass rate in 16 of the 19 A2s on offer has given everyone something to smile about.
19-year-old A-level student David Campbell has had a keen interest in birds since the age of six. Now after studying A-levels at South Thames College his future is about to take flight since securing his place in the birding world as a promising expert.
David currently works part-time as rare bird news operator for website birdguides.com, and more recently landed a job with an ornithological consultant which involved him travelling to Thetford to survey stone-curlews, a rare and largely nocturnal bird of open country. In September David will be spreading his wings at the University of Sussex where he has applied to study a degree in Ecology and Conservation.
Unemployed Londoners are being helped back into work by a free creative training programme delivered by Photofusion in partnership with South Thames College.
So far over 100 adults have benefited from undertaking accredited City & Guilds photography courses at Photofusion's resource centre in Brixton. Since the two organisations teamed up 16 months ago, almost half of students have returned to work after gaining the recognised qualification, with many taking up positions directly in London's creative industries.
Recent alumni have successfully secured employment as photographers for national newspapers, website designers and company directors, and in industries including fashion, theatre and retail. Graduating students recently exhibited their work at the Photofusion gallery, the first opportunity they’ve had to share their work with friends and family since enrolling on the courses.
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