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Star Performers 2022

Philip Rai, Year 13

“The teachers at Bishop Douglass are incredibly supportive, and a strength of the Sixth Form. They are professionals, knowledgeable and inspiring, with great belief in all their students. There is a shared sense of care towards one another and the community, everyone looks out for one another, shares in each other’s successes and offers support when needed. I am planning to move to Japan after I graduate university and intend to study Japanese and Economics at SOAS”.

Pascal Chanda, Year 13

Pascal chose to attend Bishop Douglass Sixth Form, after it was recommended to him by older siblings who had previously attended. His achievements include ABC in Theology, English and History and are a testament to his hard work and determination. He looks forward to her next adventure: studying Law at City, University of London.

“The entire school community are incredibly supportive; it is truly tight-knit and the relationships between staff and students are fantastic. I believe the positive relationships I formed across the Sixth Form enabled my success, as I had a strong network of support and guidance, and incredibly thoughtful teachers who adapted teaching styles to suit how I best learnt”.

Alireza Shanivar, Year 13

“Bishop Douglass Sixth Form is an amazing place to learn. Teachers are passionate about delivering exciting and engaging lessons and are willing to go above and beyond to offer extra support at every opportunity. Without the ongoing support and guidance from my teachers with my studies, personal challenges and transition into adulthood, I wouldn’t be celebrating three Distinctions and accepting a place at my first-choice university”.

Ybette Hope Ynion, Year 13

Ybette looks forward to an incredible future, having achieved three Distinction*s in Applied Science, Business Studies and Health and Social Care and has accepted an offer from Brunel University to study Accounting and Business Management. Over the last two years, Ybette has been on a fantastic journey. She joined Bishop Douglass from a different country credits the teachers and school community for their array of support methods and guidance to help her adjust, not only academically, but personally and emotionally too.

“Studying at Bishop Douglass has been an incredible experience. Whilst here, I have been able to reach my potential and not only this, but the Sixth Form should pride itself on its offer of academic excellence, character development and its ability to provide skills that will be invaluable in the future. I am really pleased with my results. Whilst it has been hard work, especially over the last two years, I am very happy it has all paid off”.

Dave Manuel, Year 13

Not only did Dave celebrate attaining an incredible A*AA in Chemistry, Physics and Maths, but he also celebrates receiving the Certificate of Achievement in Chemistry and Physics too. Next year, he will be embarking on an Automotive Engineering Master’s degree with placement year at Loughborough University, where the placement year will provide the groundwork for his career in the automotive industry.

“The standards of teaching at Bishop Douglass Sixth Form are incredible, teachers provide endless resources through the crucial exam periods, and the friendly community environment encourages students to strive towards their definition of excellence”.

Rishabh Tiwari, Year 13

Celebrating an impressive set of results including A grades across the board in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, Rishabh looks forward to continuing on his academic journey, with plans of attending University followed by a Master’s degree.

“One of the factors at Bishop Douglass which I found to be key to my success was the learning environment. It encouraged independence, whilst nurtured us as individuals, challenged us when we needed, but still supported me at every stage of my journey. The experience was unrivalled, Bishop Douglass really is like no other”.

Monde Muchemwa, Year 13

“There is no greater support or sense of care than that offered by the teachers at Bishop Douglass. They have everyone’s best interests at heart, they have been incredibly supportive and guided me over the last two years with encouragement and pride. Not only do they care for our wellbeing, but they are subject specialists, with impressive subject knowledge which they share with students, inspiring us and making every single lesson exciting, dynamic and delivering it with passion”.

Arber Malaj, Year 13

“The greatest lesson Bishop Douglass Sixth Form has taught me is that there are no barriers when it comes to achieving your goals. During my two years at the Sixth Form, I was encouraged to work hard, be resilient and believe in myself, and as a result I am now celebrating Distinction*, A* and B grades in Health and Social Care, Sociology and History, alongside accepting my place at UCL. I plan to read Education Studies with ambitions to train as a teacher, because I have been inspired by my own and want to inspire future generations”.

Regienne Ganalon, Year 13

When asked if she would recommend Bishop Douglass Sixth Form, Regienne praised both the teachers and standard of teaching, which pushes everyone to achieve beyond their limits and capabilities. In addition, she speaks highly of the unconditional support, in terms of both academic and wellbeing. Now studying Physics with Theoretical Physics at the University of Bath, we look forward to welcoming her back to our thriving alumni group, to share her insights on life at university with the next generation of Bishop Douglass Sixth Formers.

Derrick Chukwura, Year 13

Derrick secured an incredible B and two Distinction grades and is excited to be joining Bournemouth University to study Game Design. He describes his time at Bishop Douglass as “the best and most supportive journey possible, and so much greater than I thought secondary school and Sixth Form would have been. I have managed to achieve my dream of attending a university to study the field that I am most passionate about. The teachers have been outstanding, they do everything in their power to help you to get to where you want to be”.

Sofia D’Onghia, Year 13

“Over the last seven years at Bishop Douglass, I have been supported through many milestones – learning the English language, studying my GCSEs and celebrating my A Level results, of A*AABB in Italian, English Literature, the EPQ, History and Sociology. My career goals are to become an Archaeologist, and my fantastic results enabled me to start the process of achieving this, as I am now studying Archaeology and Ancient History at university. I am so appreciative of the school and Sixth Form, for instilling in me the mindset of a hardworking and resilient young adult, which helped me achieve the success I am celebrating!”

Kehinde Ajao, Year 13

Now reading Social Anthropology with Law at the London School of Economics, Kehinde left Bishop Douglass with an incredible set of results and leaving behind his legacy of hard work and dedication.

Having achieved A*AAAB in English Literature, Geography, Economics, RE and the EPQ, Kehinde plans to train as a solicitor, and in the future run his own firm. Crediting his teachers endless support, he commented that staff at the Sixth Form go above and beyond to help students understand course content and provide additional materials and resources to support learning at home.

“I took advantage of every opportunity offered to me – from extra interventions and exam papers to mentoring enrichment trips. I have achieved more than I ever thought possible and made memories to last a lifetime!”

Taiye Ajao, Year 13

“The ethos of the Sixth Form helped me develop as a disciplined and focused young adult, alongside so many other attributes and skills which I will carry forward when I am studying at Queen Mary’s University. I am so proud of my achievements – AAAC in History, English, Media and Business Studies. I would advise students beginning their A Level journey to work hard, focus, take on board the advice offered by teachers, and take advantage of all the opportunities!”

Riyaz Hussain, Year 13

Riyaz secured an incredible AAAB in Economics, Chemistry, Maths and the EPQ, and proudly accepted his place at the University of Birmingham. Citing teacher support and encouragement as the motivation to achieve his outstanding results, Riyaz commented: the teachers provided me with invaluable support, tailored advice and helped me to realise my full potential and provided me with so many opportunities to boost my application and help set me apart from the crowd”.

Sebastian Burrows-Davila, Year 13

Sebastian leaves Bishop Douglass with ambitious plans for the future, and an impressive portfolio of academic results to support his aspirations. Having attained 4 A* grades in History, Chemistry, Mathematics and the EPQ, he now intends to read History at Magdalene College, Cambridge University.

“I would recommend Bishop Douglass Sixth Form to those willing to work hard and dedicated to achieving their goals. The Sixth Form instils in you a strong work ethic, with teachers who care deeply about the wellbeing of students, incredible UCAS support and pastoral care, alongside access to a range of super curricular activities to develop subject knowledge and awareness of the future. I went to many Oxbridge universities and workshops, benefitted from high quality teaching and found that the challenging academic environment empowered me to always try my hardest”.

Sadaf Walizada, Year 13

Sadaf was elated to discover she had achieved three Distinction* grades in Business Science, Applied Science and Health and Social Care, and accepted a place at her first-choice university, where she will read Pharmacology.

“I have received a tremendous amount of support from my subject teachers. They have always pushed me to achieve my very best, and I am so proud that I was able to celebrate attaining that, at the end of my Sixth Form experience. I would advise students approaching their A Levels to always challenge yourself and take on board advice and take advantage of additional resources offered by your teachers – they want you to reach your potential and achieve your dreams”.