Alex Baines - Derby College Group

Alex Baines (18) from Alvaston is celebrating three A grades in Sociology, Psychology and Geography and has an unconditional offer to study Human Geography and Sociology at Keele University with his sights set on being a teacher. 

He had originally planned to stay on at sixth form at Noel Baker but enrolled at Derby College when the decision was made not to offer A levels at the school. 

“I am so glad that this happened as the Joseph Wright Centre has prepared me for university much better so that it won’t be so much of a culture shock. 

“I was disappointed not to sit my A levels but I was confident that my work ethic during the two years would hold me in good stead. 

“I am now ready to move onto the next stage in my life and to going to university which I hope will not be impacted too much by the ongoing pandemic.” 

Alex has volunteered at Noel Baker School one day a week – teaching geography and is also a Beaver Scout leader.