From left to right: Helen Upfield (Head of School for Sixth Form) with Suraiya Haque and teachers Kasim Agpak and Dave Salt
For A Level students, this year saw unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, at RuTC we celebrated a 99% pass rate across 16 A Level subjects, with 68% of students gaining A*-C grades.
For Suraiya Haque, the unknown on A Level results day was immense as she wasn’t sure her grades would be high enough for her first university choice. However, Suraiya’s A and B grades in Sociology and Politics A Levels and D* in Applied Business (A Level equivalent), secured her dream place at SOAS University of London, where she will study International Relations and Development Studies.
Suraiya studied A Levels at her local sixth form for one year before deciding this wasn’t the right environment for her. When she came to an Open Event at RuTC, she immediately felt like the teachers would support her in getting exactly to where she wanted to be in her life and career. Even though the thought of the commute initially made her anxious, she quickly got used to her half hour scenic train ride and knew that RuTC was the right choice for her.
After having successfully studied at RuTC for two years, Suraiya says, “The support I received at Richmond upon Thames College is unmatched, there is no word in my vocabulary to say how helpful all staff and teachers are. They check in on every student without us having to say anything. My teachers, Helen Upfield, Kasim Agpak and Dave Salt, were just a dream team.”
For her future, Suraiya has high aspirations, as she would like to work for the UN. She says, “From a young age I always asked why things are the way they are and how can we change and improve them.” Suraiya’s teachers are confident that she will have a successful career in whatever she does and everyone at RuTC wishes her all the best for her future.