Success Stories

Here is a small handful of the success our students have had, and what they had to say about their time at Raine's Sixth Form

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Gus Wallbank

Bristol University

I choose Raines Sixth Form as it was small, I knew the teachers and the area and had been settled there as I had went to the school. Raines Sixth Form really helped me focus on the work and subjects I really wanted to do and guide me through the transitional stage of being taught everything to independent study at University. One of the main reasons was because having small classes really meant I was able to get the attention and help from the teachers when I needed it, which I wouldn’t have been able to get at a large sixth form college. The high standard of teachers in the subjects I was taking also helped me get the most out of my A Levels so I was able to widen my options for university, and allowed be to secure a place at Bristol University studying Physics with Astrophysics.

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Chloe Venn

Loughborough University

Raines Foundation Sixth Form first caught my eye whilst I was at Central Foundation Girls School in yr11. I saw in in the prospectus that they offered all my courses and I felt it offered a good environment for me to meet new people and study. What first enticed me was the new layout of the sixth form itself and how it was separate from the secondary school and had its own little hub but had all the resources of a secondary school. I chose Drama, Geography, Sociology and Philosophy as my AS subjects, dropping Drama in my A2 year. The teachers at Raines are able to help you on a one to one basis which really helped me achieve the grades that I did. There are other things to offer at Raines such as The DofE Award, volunteering opportunities and being a part of many sports teams. Leaving my old school and moving to the sixth form was one of my best decisions.  I am currently at Loughborough University studying Human Geography and Sociology without the help of Raines I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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Sian Cantwell

Loughborough University

I am currently in my second year, studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University. I chose to study this subject as I enjoyed participating in PE throughout my time at both Primary and Secondary School and always had a passion for playing sport. During my time at sixth form I studied Maths, Sociology and Sport and Exercise Science, all of these subjects have helped me at University within different modules. For example, studying Maths at A-Level has helped me in my Physiology and Anatomy Module where I have to use different equations to work out factors such as cardiac output and VO2 Max; whereas studying sociology has helped me with my essay writing and evaluation skills.

Choosing to study at Raines Sixth Form was the best option for me as they offered all of the subjects which I was interested in and I already had a good relationship with my teachers who knew my ability and how to help me excel. A lot of my close peers decided to study at Raines and each one of them are now at the University of their Choice.

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Harry Morgan

University of Chichester

Raine’s is a place that I called my second home for 7 years and I say second home because home is where your family is, and Raine’s was exactly that to me.

I started Raine’s in 2009 and the first lesson I remember was a PE lesson; sitting in the lower school dining hall just wanting to go and throw a ball about.  I soon learnt that PE was more than just running around, it was about the teacher showing us the meaning of teamwork, and that we were in the year group together so needed to help each other. I was always an “up to something” child, never really naughty, more inquisitive, sometimes a bit cheeky, but Raines taught me, find what you love and love what you do!

Now I am doing a degree at The University of Chichester, studying Physical Education in Secondary Years, hoping to fulfil my dream of becoming a PE teacher. I would not be where I am today without the help of Raine’s Sixth Form, from the actual lessons taught in class, to the things I just wouldn’t have learnt anywhere else, Raines made me who I am today.

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Kiran Tuit

University of Essex

I am currently studying Sociology at the University of Essex. I chose to read this subject because I studied it at both GCSE and A-level and really enjoyed it. It was very interesting to learn about the different reasons why things in society happen or why different people had better opportunities than others did.

For my A-levels, I studied English Literature, Economics and Sociology. I chose to study at Raines because of the good results within those departments and they provided a good programme of help with university applications.  They also have a strong Sociology department with Ms Adams and Ms Chandler providing high quality teaching. I enjoyed studying at Raines because of the very warm and welcoming environment that the Sixth Form provides. This along with the number of approachable and friendly students and teachers, it very easy to fit right in and not feel like an outsider. The Sixth Form was honestly two of the best years of my life and I would definitely recommend choosing Raines sixth Form.

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Tommy Breen

Working for Unilever PLC

Hello, my name is Tommy Breen and I choose not to go to university but to work for Unilever PLC, we are an FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods business) we employee over 170,000 people, in over 100 countries. We produce such goods as Marmite, PG Tips, V05 hair products and a lot more. I felt I was ready for a company such as Unilever through the support Raines gave me, as a pupil of the Sixth Form. I have attending some life changing events which are not available to the general public and I only received this due to Raines key contacts in the world of work, these ranged from work experience places at law firms and banks , to CV workshops,  skiing trips aboard (Italy and America 3 times). I also chose Raines as the results they have received in the past years proves it is an excellent (if not outstanding) sixth form, you are treated as an adult from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, they will adapt situations to benefit you in the long run and this is because they have every pupils best interests to heart.

At my time in Raines I was nominated head boy by my following pupils and this was a chance for me to make a real change at Raines, during my year spell as head boy I really was empowered by the Senior leaders of the school and they included me on decision making for future events. Raines sixth form has prepared me for the world of work like none other and I will always be grateful for what Raines have done for me or I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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