Our former students will always be part of Hadley Learning Community. It’s great to hear their achievements since leaving us.
Success in secondary education can be judged on many levels. At HLC we strive to unlock, fulfil and maximize the potential that each and every one of our students possess. Here you will find some words from past students on their time spent with us at HLC and how this is helping them in the next stages of their lives.
After studying at HLC I went on to New College to study Performing Arts and Dance. HLC taught me ‘If you work hard you can achieve anything.’ The teachers helped me realise that life is what you make it. After a rough childhood I found it hard to communicate with others and to listen to or obey rules. HLC understood what I had been through and never judged me by the mistakes I made or the things I had experienced. Knowing that all of the students at HLC are equal and treated with the same respect allows you to trust the staff and systems and to create a friendly bond with the teachers. They adapt their teaching skills depending on what you as an individual need or understand best.
When I first went to HLC I found it hard to explain how I felt or what I was going through, but then I starting dancing and found that it was the only way I felt comfortable showing my emotions. After pursuing with dance and acting I started to take part in the school dance shows and musicals which made me realise that HLC had helped me find what I truly wanted to pursue as a career. After leaving college with Distinctions I enrolled at East London University to study Urban Dance. Looking back at my past at HLC I truly owe them everything and would like to thank them for everything they have done for me.
Currently in his second year of the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design and is intending to progress onto Derby University to study a BA Hons in Fine Art. Sean, was also the recent winner of an external project with Manchester Museum, creating art work in response to their current exhibition on Siberia. Read what he as to say about his time at TCAT. “I am currently studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fine Art at Telford College of Arts & Technology and am a former student of Hadley Learning Community. I choose to study at TCAT, because it gave me freedom to study my chosen course and the facilities here are great. Working at TCAT means I can constantly improve my art techniques and follow my aspirations for the future, which are to go to University and get my Honours and Master’s degree before I find employment in a museum and sell my art work. The thing that I enjoy most about TCAT is that the projects that we get are very engaging and they provide us with lots of different ways to work. The course has helped me to explore new techniques and to express myself in a variety of ways. If anyone is thinking of joining TCAT, I would totally recommend it, it’s an extremely friendly environment. For anyone thinking of joining the Fine Art course, it is a fantastic course that offers lots of potential to develop your skills as an artist and you can get great opportunities to work on live briefs”.
Communications Officer, Staffordshire County Football Association.
After studying at HLC I went on to complete my post sixteen education at Thomas Telford Sixth Form and have since achieved a fi rst class honours degree at Liverpool John Moores University where I studied Sports Development and PE. Gaining 13 GCSE’s at C grade and above including 1 A, 4 Bs and a Double Award in Science, HLC gave me the foundations and stepping stones that I needed to allow me to pursue my dreams and to make my chosen career a reality. The skills and education that the school provided throughout my time at HLC allowed me to go forward to gain 3 Distinctions at A Level/BTEC which then enabled me to gain a place at University and to take the next step towards reaching my career targets Throughout my time at HLC I experienced and encountered a number of personal setbacks that could and would have had a major negative affect on my academic work. It was only through the help and support that the teachers and the school gave me that I have been able to overcome these issues and be where I am today. Through HLC I have also gained a number of external contacts that have enhanced my learning and working experience. I still use these contacts to this day and have recently returned from coaching football in the USA. The PE department of HLC have always been great, they allowed me to gain these contacts and the positive impact that they have had on my life has been unforgettable. I would like to thank them for the trust they put in me and also the help and support that they provided. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Client Manager Assistant, Client Service, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking
Business and Enterprise studies was one of my favourite subjects that I did for GCSE. First of all I think it’s a very broad subject that covers a wide aspect of business area and is a great introduction to the business world and how it operates. It was at this time were I learnt about the different type of businesses and the differences between limited companies, partnerships etc. As well as a great opportunity for me to gain business skills which I never had before ,it served as a great way to enhance my presentation skills, report writing and excel work. I can definitely say that through this subject I have gained allot of confidence and enthusiasm especially having the ability to get involved with Young Enterprise and having a feel of what running a business is like and being able to apply what I was learning in lessons into real life. Now even though I envisage my future career to be in Science I understand now that you encounter business no matter what career path you choose and the sooner you are exposed to it the better.
Finally when I think of the most memorable lesson I had throughout this subject was my first ever lesson springs to mind when we were taught the golden “Business Handshake”. To this day I make my initial judgement on anyone I meet on their handshake.