Next Stop: Your Future!

On Friday, representatives from Staffordshire University visited Cadbury College to showcase what they can offer to A-Level students.  A super fancy, branded double decker bus with an on-board cinema, bedroom and lounge with hot drinks, give-aways and a competition. Watching a short HE movie with popcorn, delving into a virtual reality experience with an oculus and seeing just where they could be living if they chose Staffordshire University next year, the students had a fabulous time!  

The idea of the double decker bus came in response to many of the difficulities students have attending Open Days.  The experience gives students an interactive opportunity to discover more about University life before embarking on that adventure, even if they are unable to travel to the scheduled Open Events.

Performing Arts students reunite!

Thursday June 16th 2016 saw some of our former Drama & Theatre Studies and Performing Arts students return to Cadbury College for a catch up! Students have been studying Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts here at Cadbury since we opened over 30 years ago, and today we welcome some of our previous students back to the drama studios.The students caught up with one another and shared their exciting experiences since leaving Cadbury.  They reminisced about some of the fantastic shows that have been produced and performed at Cadbury College over the years.  Let's take a look at some of the highlights - click through the slideshow below:

Our students really have put on some cracking shows, and the level of talent over the years has been truly exceptional.

Well done to all involved!

Godspell: all-singing, all-dancing!

May saw our Performing Arts and Drama & Theatre Studies students come together for their end-of-year production of Godspell - the all-singing all-dancing theatrical musical.  Our students got the chance to not only showcase their acting abilities, but also their skills in singing and dancing.
Using the whole of the stage area and a wealth of exciting props and techniques, the two groups collaborated extremely well and the show was a huge success.

Former student pursuing her dream career!

Meg O'Donnell joined Cadbury College in 2009 from St Peter's Roman Catholic School.  She chose to study English Literature & Language, Media Studies, Photography and Theatre Studies in her first year here, before dropping Theatre  Studies in her second.  She achieved fantastic results in her A-Level subjects, and went off to study a degree in BA (Hons) Photography at Plymouth University.  Here, she talks about her experiences in landing her dream job since graduation and what it took to get where she is today:

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

Students gain valuable insight into "Interview Success"

On Tuesday April 19th 2016, Cadbury College welcomed three representatives from Barclays Life Skills, who were prepared to conduct an interactive workshop with our second year students to provide them with useful insight to succeed at university and employment interviews.

Our students, who take part in the WorKing Knowledge enrichment programme at Cadbury Sixth Form College, have had a variety of different experiences when it comes to interviews.  One of the main aims of the workshop was to share these experiences with one another and develop a stronger understanding of how to perform well at an interview, in a bid to improve employability prospects for our students.  Students learned about various interview techniques and what they could expect during a variety of interview processes and how best to prepare for these.  

Design your own future | Be Inspired.

Hufsah Mir joined Cadbury Sixth Form College in 2012 after achieving a strong set of GCSE qualifications at Edgbaston High School for Girls.  In 2014, Hufsah successfully completed her A-Level studies, gaining ABC grades in Graphics, Photography and Textiles respectively.  Currently in her second year of Graphic Design study at the University of Derby, part of Hufsah's course involves establishing links with fellow designers and employers to gain an understanding of what life in the design sector is like after university and where the course can take her.  She spent some time with Birmingham-based design company, "An Endless Supply", where she learnt new techniques and all about life working in the design industry.  She has since populated her personal blog describing the experience.

Former student exhibits worldwide!

Grace Ndiritu (Kenya/UK) studied A-Levels in Textiles, English Literature and Geology at Cadbury College between 1994 and 1996.  Following her studies at Cadbury, she studied Textile Art at Winchester School of Art in the UK, as well as at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, with guest tutors including Marlene Dumas, filmmaker Steve McQueen, Tacita Dean, and Stan Douglas. Since 2005, her work has featured in galleries and museums across the world, including Poland, France, Spain, Morocco and America.  Grace's writings have also appeared in a variety of magazines, books and journals.

Former Cadbury student is now a successful Optometrist!

Matt Rose joined Cadbury College in 1997 to study A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths.  Reflecting on his time spent studying at Cadbury College, Matt said, "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college, and I actually met my now-wife and Best Man there too!  I have many happy memories from my time there!  Whilst I was studying my A-Levels, Cadbury hosted a career-focussed talk discussing embarking on a career in Optometry.  It was because of this talk, complemented by teacher support and my enjoyment of the subjects, that I decided to study Optometry as a university degree."  

Matt studied a BSC (Hons) Optometry degree at the Institute of Science and Technology at the University of Manchester between 1998 and 2001, followed by the successful completion of his Professional Qualifications in 2002.

City Year visit Cadbury College

On Friday March 18th, City Year and STA Travel set up camp in Cadbury College's Hub (restaurant), advertising some amazing gap year and volunteering opportunities to students.  After students complete their advanced level studies, they can either go to university, start employment or take a year out to "change the world" before they embark on their next step.  Finding out what these organisations could offer was an eye-opening experience for students.

Ryan Hussain joined Cadbury College in 2012 from Queensbridge Visual and Performing Arts School, studying A-Levels in English Literature, Psychology and Sociology.

When he was studying his A-Levels, he wasn't 100% sure what he wanted to do when he left college, so he decided to spend 11 months volunteering for City Year.  Discussing his experiences, Ryan said: