Lucy Cook – Year 13


I chose to study  Sociology, Psychology and Health and Social care at sixth form. They are really interesting subjects but all 3 contain a lot of work and definitely require a lot of dedication – and you have to be prepared to put the work in, but they are definitely worth it in the end. Some people go to sixth form and are able to pick things up easily, however this wasn’t the case for me. I found A levels really hard from the start and the jump from GCSE is huge, but I was lucky with our sixth form because I was surrounded by a network of supportive staff. They helped me to find strategies that worked for me, built my confidence and mainly I knew I could go to them for anything. Throughout my time I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do when I left but I didn’t think that Uni was something that I wanted and so in September, I am going to be starting a Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship at a feeder school. This is something I am looking forward to as a starting step to lead me to becoming a primary school teacher and is a really great opportunity for me . The following year I hope to start a part time degree in Early Childhood development and learning which will allow me to work in a school at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at sixth form through all the rough patches, it really helped shape me and I was gutted when the time got cut short. 

One piece of advice I would give is always use your frees, they are really valuable and I wish I had made better use of them in year 12.