Why did you choose Reigate College?

I felt I was ready to move to a more independent learning environment. Reigate College is a stepping stone between school and university and I’ve enjoyed the extra freedoms and responsibilities this brings.

How and why did you decide which subjects to study?

I chose subjects I was interested in and knew I would enjoy studying. Reading around the subjects and watching relevant documentaries and YouTube videos helped reaffirm my decisions.

How have you found the teaching and support staff (including Careers staff, Learning Support, and others if relevant)?

I’m always impressed by how organised the College is. The dedicated Aspire and Careers staff have made applying to university the most informed and least stressful process possible. My subject teachers have been equally generous with their time and support, especially my Physics teacher, who helped me prepare for my Oxbridge entrance exam and interview. The support and opportunities offered at Reigate, such as through the Careers Bulletin, Aspire Programme and Unifrog, is amazing!

Tell us about any College activities you’ve been involved in outside lessons i.e. sports teams, shows, clubs and activities, DofE etc.  What have you got out of them?

I’ve been on several College trips during my time at Reigate, including visiting the Greenwich Royal Observatory and Cambridge University. The visit I most enjoyed was to New Scientist Live, where there were talks and demonstrations about all areas of science, including one by British astronaut Tim Peake.

What are your plans for the future?

I’ve received an offer from the University of Oxford to study Physics for four years, but after that I don’t have any particular plans. Just like at College, university will offer lots of opportunities.

Ben, 2019

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