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Joel

Why did you choose Reigate College?

I felt that Reigate had the facilities and quality of teaching that would enable me to achieve the grades I needed, but also a sense of community and social environment where I could be myself.

How and why did you decide which subjects to study?

I chose my subjects based on what I found to be interesting and enjoyable. It also helped that most of my choices helped towards the kind of degrees I was interested in.

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

I’ve found the staff to be extremely accommodating. The teachers I’ve had have all pushed me to do my best and have genuinely wanted me to succeed. This created an environment that pushed me to do better but gave me the support I needed too. The Careers department were also helpful, as well as the Aspire Programme, when I was preparing my UCAS application.

What do you like most about being a student at Reigate College?

I enjoy the freedom the College grants you in how to manage your time and revision. By providing all the resources as well as support when needed, the College allows you to take control of what you do when you’re not in lessons. This has definitely made me much more independent and helped me develop essential skills such as time management and organisation.

What are your plans for the future?

I’ve got a place to study Biochemistry at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. This opportunity was made possible thanks to the help of the College, especially my teachers. After that, I haven’t quite decided yet but I am excited nonetheless!

Joel, 2020

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