Student Testimonials

Charlie Mallaband - 2020 Head Girl

"After being at the school since I started in Year 7 staying at the Sixth Form was the right choice for me. The community feel of the Sixth Form means that you are more than just a name on a register, everyone knows everyone – teachers and students included. When I started in Year 12 I was surprised at how the two years interacted together, the Year 13 were so supportive and were there to lend a hand or just for a chat and a cup of tea! Additionally, the small supportive lesson style means that you are an individual in the classroom, the facilities are brilliant too! The private study periods allow independent study, in preparation for university and the rooms available mean there is a quiet study room to get work done, an ICT room with numerous computers and work rooms with laptops available where group work can be done. The Sixth Form Leadership Team (SLT) is also a fundamental part of Sixth Form where myself as Head Girl can work with the team organise events and better the Sixth Form assisting Mrs French, Mr Ayre and Mrs Gilbey. As well as study there are also many other aspects to Sixth Form life including charity fundraisers, quizzes, pumpkin carving, suit up and sports matches to get involved in! For me, it’s a no brainer, Sixth Form is the place to go!"

Luke Mahony - 2020 Head Boy

"The Sixth Form offers a range of support for all of my BTEC courses as well as so much advice for my personal statement. Also, this there is also a great sense of independence with private study and with such a great community and opportunities available such as being a part of the Student Leadership Team which gives students the opportunity to organise charitable events to raise money whilst having fun."

"The community feel of the Sixth Form means that you are more than just a name on a register, everyone knows everyone – teachers and students included."

"The Sixth Form offers a range of support for all of my BTEC courses as well as so much advice for my personal statement."

Fleur Langenegger - 2020 Deputy Head Girl

"I chose to come to Bideford College Sixth Form because of the smaller class sizes compared to other institutions, which really intrigued me. After coming to an open day and speaking with students and teachers I found that the small population of the Sixth Form has created a real community feel here; everyone knows each other and is willing to help each other. The student kitchen is also a huge plus; we can make as many coffees and pot noodles as we want! I also find that there is plenty of opportunities to take advantage of, for example, I am a member of the Student Leadership Team, I am Deputy Head Girl of Bideford College and I am also a student governor; there are also so many charity events that the Student Leadership Team organise and a bunch of other events too! I have really enjoyed my life here at Sixth Form! Everyone is so friendly and, since I came from Park Community School, I was welcomed with open arms with many friendly faces when I first joined."

Beth Evans - Class of 2020

"I love the Sixth Form. It’s a small communal, friendly environment and it is incredibly welcoming. As a student coming from another school at first I was a little apprehensive, but alongside the lovely environment and the small class sizes I was convinced. The Sixth Form is an amazing and positive environment to be in, everyone knows everyone and you aren’t just a student you’re a part of the community. They have given me so many opportunities that are unique to them, the communication between staff and students is excellent and the support is always there if you need it for any reason. I love it, with our shared spaces such as the kitchen and the common room it’s really homely. I really do adore the Sixth Form and I have never thought twice about going there compared to anywhere else. It’s the best!"

"Everyone is so friendly and, since I came from Park Community School, I was welcomed with open arms by many friendly faces when I first joined."

"The Sixth Form is an amazing and positive environment to be in. Everyone knows everyone and you aren’t just a student, you’re a part of the community."

Megan Evans - Class of 2020

"Being at Sixth Form is being in a close and supportive community, where everyone gets on and makes you feel welcome. I chose Bideford College because they offer one of my subjects, Textiles which nowhere else did, and we also do BTEC Business Studies rather than A Level which suits me better because of the course work element is something I prefer. I liked the atmosphere so much better than everywhere else and how small it is. Everyone is incredibly friendly and despite being an external student from Great Torrington School, I’ve always felt welcome and a part of the Sixth Form community. I enjoy my subjects and my lessons; which are made interesting by my teachers, I also love all the other things we do from Suit Up Sixth Form to our Christmas celebrations. There are always things to be involved with from the SLT to all the things we do for charity. A Levels are considerably harder than GCSEs; however, having a supportive environment like that at Bideford College makes it a lot easier."

Sam Hinson - Class of 2020

"Being in Sixth Form feels like a community, it feels like a place where I can explore and be confident to make mistakes and improve from them. I chose to come here for many reasons, the fact I knew I would feel much more comfortable going through the stressful time of A Levels with teachers I knew and trusted, the amazing and modern facilities and the great extracurricular activities, such as the annual school productions, the school choirs, and many different house and Sixth Form competitions. The Sixth Form community is really helped by all of the events we have such as weekly quizzes, bake sales to raise money for charity and much more. I enjoy the feeling of safety and comfort I get at Bideford College; all the teachers and tutors are always so helpful and ready to listen, and I feel like I am treated much more as an individual here. Sixth Form is very different to being in Year 11, you have to be much more self-led and independent as well as there being a lot more discussion in classes. Although it came as quite a shock, I thoroughly enjoyed the independence given to me in Sixth Form as it allowed me to challenge myself and push myself to achieve the best that I can."

"I chose Bideford College because they offer one of my subjects, Textiles, which nowhere else did. They also do BTEC Business Studies rather than A Level which suits me better I prefer the coursework element."

"I enjoy the feeling of safety and comfort I get at Bideford College; all the teachers and tutors are always so helpful and ready to listen, and I feel like I am treated much more as an individual here."