Olivia Mitchinson

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe our sixth form enriches us with opportunities and skills.”

Hello, my name is Olivia Mitchinson and I’m a student in the sixth form. I‘m currently studying A Level  Biology, Psychology and Heath & Social Care. I’m hoping to study midwifery at Northumbria University following Y13.

Here at the sixth form there are many different opportunities for students to get involved in. From sport to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and university visits to guest speaker assemblies.

My favourite guest speaker so far was from the Teenage Cancer Trust. We’re also offered two mentoring programmes: Career Ready  and  Teach First Futures. I’m involved with both and they have really helped me explore my options after sixth form.

We also have the opportunity to volunteer abroad to help people in different cultures who may not have the luxuries we are used to. This year, 23 of us are undertaking a volunteering project in Sri Lanka. I’m really looking forward to this.  We are actively fundraising for our trip and have so far raised £10,000 of the £35,000 target. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that our sixth form offers and will stay with me forever – any donations would be most welcome!

I believe our sixth form enriches us with opportunities and skills which will help us now, and in the future.

John Mullaney

 

 

 

 

 

“Pursue what you enjoy doing.”

When did you leave NCEA?

2010

What did you do next?

Chemistry MChem Honours at Newcastle University

 What are you doing now and where?

Chemistry PhD at Newcastle University, in Dr Nick Walker’s group. My research is based on microwave spectroscopy of weakly bound complexes generated by laser ablation.

Can you describe a typical day?

Being a PhD student my typical day usually involves a lot of time spent in the lab maintaining instruments or setting up experiments. Analysing measured rotational spectra, preparing manuscripts for peer reviewed scientific journals and now writing my thesis are other things that I get up to.

 What three things do you enjoy most about your chosen career or further study?

  • The freedom to perform the experiments I want to and that interest me.
  • The opportunity to travel and discuss with the wider scientific community at national and international conferences.
  • Being able to learn whenever I want and not having a strict schedule.

 Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Probably teaching chemistry to A-level students. Demonstrating in undergraduate labs highlighted to me how rewarding teaching can be.

What advice would you give to our current sixth form students?
Pursue what you enjoy doing, whatever that might be.

 

 

 

 

 

“Realise that the staff want the best for you.”

When did you leave NCEA?

I left NCEA in 2014

What did you do next?

I attended the University of Sunderland to study (BA Hons) English Education with QTS.

What are you doing now and where?

I am about to graduate the above course with a 2:1, meaning I have an undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree as well as QTS.

Can you describe a typical day?

A typical day for me was teaching English/Media Studies/Drama to KS3 to KS5 students in my placement school, which has recently ended.

What three things do you enjoy most about your chosen career or further study?

The three things I enjoyed most were: being able to develop my knowledge of my favourite subject, developing my own skills to become a better individual/teacher, and meeting people who were as interested in my chosen subject as I am.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

In five years time I’d like to be teaching English in a school which I love, possibly even with a role such as head of department.

What advice would you give to current students?

The advice I would give is to listen to the advice and support which is being given to you by staff in school, not just teachers of your subjects. Realise that the staff want the best for you. Don’t be scared; do something that will get you out of your comfort zone (like university) and if you are scared, remember everyone else in the country is in the same boat.