Students and staff at Christ the King Sixth Forms celebrated another year of examination results at all three sixth forms, with students overcoming the challenges presented by Covid19 to demonstrate grit and resilience and land top grades and university places.
Lorena Piedrahita-Lopez landed a place at her dream university, Cambridge to study Psychology and was one of only three students to be awarded a CTK Metric Capital scholarship. Lorena is one step closer to her mission to create more equal access to psychological therapies in the UK, after achieving top grades of A*AA in A Level English Literature, Psychology and Law at Christ the King Sixth Form in South London.
Lorena says; “I’d like to go into therapy with a specific aim to teach psychology therapy in Spanish. I believe that therapy in the UK should be available in other languages. I really enjoy helping others and I want to do things in other languages to support my own Latin community here in London. I believe in making small changes in our society which can have a big impact. What drives me is to make our world more inclusive, a little step at a time.”
Commenting on being awarded a CTK Metric Capital scholarship worth £15,000, Lorena adds “When I thought about going away to live and study in Cambridge, I constantly worried about money and the expense involved in moving out of my house. I’m not in a position where my parents can support me consistently while living away. When I found out I had received the Metric Capital scholarship at CTK it felt like a huge burden had lifted. It helped me make my decision to go to Cambridge. It means that I can focus on my studies and do the very best that I can”.
“Once I joined CTK, I was surprised to see how much they believed in me. My tutor saw something in me, and she suggested that I apply to Oxford or Cambridge. It had never crossed my mind to apply to Oxbridge. To know that I will be studying at Cambridge, and to already see and feel the impact I’d like to make when I graduate, is testament to the belief that CTK has instilled in me during my time as a student here. Sometimes I can really doubt myself. My tutors have encouraged me and helped me all the way.
I have always been academic, but I don’t think I would be able to get to where I am without the help and support I have received – both during lessons and with the application process and practice interviews for Cambridge. I would honestly recommend CTK so much.”
Christ the King has three sixth forms across South East London and Kent and yet again CTK students were able to achieve A Level and BTEC success and secure places at their chosen university destinations.
A number of A Level students gained three As and above in their studies. Harry Cook was delighted to secure his place to study Physics at Kings College London after achieving three A’s at A Level in Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Harry said “I would recommend anyone to come to CTK, the staff are so supportive, especially during Covid19”.
Divine Davidson also achieved three A’s at A Level, in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology and is off to study Biomedical Science at Kings College in London. Divine said “I have had great teachers at CTK and thoroughly enjoyed learning my subjects. The sixth form provided me with so many opportunities to improve and there is such a great community spirit”.
Jada Buisson got an impressive four A’s at A Level in Business, Sociology, English Language and Literature and Politics. She said “CTK is academically rigorous which helped me to achieve my full potential”.
Social science A Level students also gained success. Vincentia Donkoh was thrilled to gain a place at Nottingham University to study Social Work after achieving an A in A Level Sociology, A in Media Studies and a Distinction Star in ICT. She said “I got so much support with my university application, the teachers were so supportive and the teaching style was really good”. Joyce Kadibu got A* in Media Studies, A in Sociology and B in Psychology and is going to study Sociology at Warwick University. She said “I liked how genuinely encouraging and positive the teachers were at CTK, this really helped me to reach my full potential and achieve my goals”. Lucy Whitmarsh secured a place at University of Bristol to study Theology and Religion after achieving grades A*, A,* A in Religious Studies, Psychology and French. She said “CTK has a really warm environment, it is very academic and the teachers push you to achieve”.
BTEC students at Christ the King Sixth Forms once again excelled in their results, many achieving places at highly competitive universities. Grace Yampoue Tchine achieved the highest grades possible in her BTEC Health & Social Care of triple Distinction Star. She secured a place at St George’s, University of London to study Occupational Therapy. She said; “my most positive experiences at CTK have been the Teachers, the support they have given me has been amazing”.
Fellow BTEC Health & Social Care student Renee Barrington also achieved top grades of triple Distinction star and secured a highly competitive place on an Adult Nursing course at Canterbury University. She said; “During Covid19 the teachers were so supportive, they got us books and laptops and stationary and gave up their time by putting on extra workshops to help students”.
BTEC Business student David Melenevskyy got top grades D*D*D* and is going to University of Greenwich to study Human Resource Management. He said “I’m so proud of my results, my entire experience of CTK from the first day at enrolment to my final lesson was amazing”.
BTEC Engineering student Alice Majoroh as thrilled to get triple D* and is going to University of Kent to study Biomedical Engineering. Alice says “I chose CTK for the opportunities offered to me as a young Black female Engineer, there is a real sense of belonging and community here.
Daniel Kamara was delighted to get top grades D*D*D* in BTEC Sport & Exercise Science. He gained a
place at University of Kent to study Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. Daniel said “I chose CTK because I knew this Sixth Form would push me go achieve the best grade possible”.
Christ the King Sixth Forms Executive Principal Shireen Razey said “We are so proud of our students as they move on to their chosen next steps, they have shown resilience, courage and commitment throughout their studies. I would like to thank all staff for their tremendous support and dedication during these unprecedented times. We wish each of our students every future success in their university, apprenticeship and employment destinations and look forward to hearing of their great successes as CTK Alumni. “
You can read more results day success stories from Christ the King Sixth Forms here: https://www.ctk.ac.uk/results-day-2021/