Fiona Pocock Principal of Bosworth College

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Fiona Pocock MA PGCE

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Nazareth House
Barrack Road
Northampton
NN2 6AF

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(01604) 235090

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CIFE Awards at the House of Lords

Four former Bosworth College Students were recognised for Academic Excellence at this year’s CIFE Awards, hosted by the Lord Lexden at the House of Lords.
Bosworth Independent College’s Award went to LIU Chang (Chloe) who was thrilled to attend the ceremony with her mother.

Chloe, from China, excelled academically at Bosworth but was most especially-valued for her exceptional community spirit and warm smile.

Now studying Law at the University of Cambridge, Chloe attained A-level grades A* in Mathematics, A in Politics, A in Chemistry, A in Chinese and A grades for Advanced Subsidiary in both Sociology and English Literature. In 2017, she was awarded first prize in the ISA 6th Form Essay Competition in the Arts & Humanities category and was the Judge’s choice for the overall best 6th form essay! That a non-native speaker of English should be so acclaimed is quite astounding. The ISA Essay Prize almost overshadows Chloe’s other achievements; UKMT Senior Maths Challenge Gold, Cambridge Lower Sixth Chemistry Challenge Copper and RSC Chemistry Olympiad Bronze.

We shall never forget Chloe’s beaming face and humility on discovering she had been awarded a full Jardine Scholarship Award for the duration of her undergraduate course. We could not imagine a more deserving recipient and the whole Bosworth community shared the thrill of her excitement.

Whilst at Bosworth, alongside her studies and frequent time spent in supporting and encouraging others, Chloe found time to be a regular volunteer (Gallery Enabler) at the local museum, explaining the relevance of exhibits to visitors. She took responsibility for the handicrafts area (the busiest) at a local “Mad Hatter” children’s event and even found time to help set up an exhibition at Chichele Garden Fair where she then spent the afternoon handing out leaflets.

Chloe jumped at the chance to offer her input as a native speaker of Chinese when a local company promoting ethical farming was making a film for remoter regions of China. She never fails to grasp every opportunity to add value and share good things.

Although an outstanding student and a great personality too, Chloe let us down at the House of Lords by failing to eat her share of the afternoon tea. Her mother bravely tried a scone with jam but could not be persuaded to try the clotted cream.

PHAN Thi Ngoc Thu (Chloe), was awarded one of four Andrew Osmond Maths Prizes. Mrs Brenda Renouf, Course Director for Year 12 and Head of Maths, was one of Chloe’s teachers, and proud to be Chloe’s guest at the House of Lords.

Chloe, from Vietnam, is currently studying Actuarial Science at the LSE.

Chloe excelled in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, scoring 100% in 7 of the 12 A-level units. She attained 591/600 in Maths and 593/600 in Further Maths, securing an A* grade in each. In her first year at Bosworth, simply for fun and to stretch herself, Chloe took the opportunity to study Statistics to Advanced Subsidiary level. She was awarded a grade A. Her other A-levels were in Chemistry where she gained an A* and Economics where she was awarded grade A.

In the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge in 2017, Chloe achieved a gold award. In the UKMT FMSP Regional Senior Maths Team Challenge in 2016, Chloe represented Bosworth and gained 2nd place. In the Cambridge Chemistry C3L6 Challenge 2017 Chloe was awarded a silver medal and in the RSC Chemistry Olympiad in January 2018 she also gained silver.

Whilst at Bosworth, Chloe was always stacking up her merit forms for excellent work, helpfulness and all-round achievement. During her final year with us she attained a gold certificate, having gained the highest number of merit awards in her group that year.

Chloe is a very enthusiastic musician. She plays guitar, piano and ukelele.

Chloe is always clear-sighted and her tidy-mindedness extends into practicalities too. The boarding team at Bosworth could not fail but commend her on reliably having a very tidy room throughout her time with us.

CHEN Fanfei (Chris) was awarded another of the Andrew Osmond Maths Prizes. That two of the four went to Bosworth students is a source of great pride and congratulations are due to our excellent Maths team!

Chris, from China, is studying Mathematics at University College, London. He clearly loves Maths!

In A-level Maths and Further Maths, he achieved 100% in 7 of the 12 units. In Maths, he scored 596/600 and in Further Maths 570/600, giving him two A* grades. In Physics, he was just 2 marks shy of another A*. Chris studied A-level Chinese and gained an A grade alongside Advanced Subsidiary in Computer Science where he was awarded grade B.

We knew Chris excelled in Maths when in his Year 12, he was awarded “Best in School”, higher than even the Year 13 candidates, in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, winning a gold award.

Chris struggled against the odds to achieve so well in his A-levels. He suffered frequent illness to complete his course. In addition, he encountered visa difficulties, meaning he returned late in the Spring Term of his first year, missing valuable lessons and having then to catch up missed work.

Chris enjoys playing GO where his good strategic thinking is a great asset. In addition, he is a very competitive and successful basketball player.

Mrs Brenda Renouf was pleased to accept the award from Lord Lexden on Chris’ behalf but was defeated by the challenge of eating Chris’ share of the sandwiches and cake, even though she made a valiant attempt.

Bosworth’s fourth award winner was Motunrayo Saidat Bashir (Tuns), whose achievement was recognised by the Baroness Perry Award. Lady Perry is a former President of CIFE and we were delighted that she was able to accept Lord Lexden’s invitation to present the award in person, being so astounded by Tuns’ story.

To Tuns’ great disappointment, she was unable to travel alone to the ceremony and so on her behalf Fiona Pocock, Bosworth’s Principal, accepted her award.

Tuns, from Nigeria, is currently self-studying at home as at aged just 15, no university is yet in a position to accept her as an undergraduate. Tuns completed her A-levels in June 2018, the month of her 15th birthday.

Tuns attained A grades in Mathematics and Biology, along with an A grade in Chemistry and a grade B in Physics which she had completed the previous year, when she was only just 14. In her final year at Bosworth, she also achieved Advanced Subsidiaries in Psychology at grade A and Further Maths at grade B. Tuns has an insatiable appetite for learning and it is only frustrating that she is currently denied progression until she is a little older. She is to be commended, however, on nevertheless learning new skills, including coding. Her hungry mind finds things to keep it satisfied. She has a particular interest in Greek and Egyptian mythology.

In the British Biology Olympiad 2018 Tuns was highly commended.

Tuns was the youngest A-level Maths candidate in the UK in 2018 and the BBC Radio 4 Today programme lined up an interview, but news of the death of Aretha Franklin displaced her. She bore the disappointment stoically – just as she did when each university in turn, in the UK and overseas, explained that because of her young age, they were unable to offer her entry. She remains determined and has made further applications for consideration for entry at age 16.

It has been a great joy to witness Tuns’ initial shy reserve develop into gentle, out-going confidence. She became a key figure in the Bosworth community – admired by all yet reliably modest and pleasantly polite. She had a 100% attendance and punctuality record whilst she was with us.

Broadway Leadership Award

Around 25 Bosworth students are the first to take up the challenge of earning their Broadway Leadership Award. Open to students of all ages, the award brings together achievements in College and outside. Since its launch in November, the College has felt a buzz as students have become energised to take on new challenges and volunteer for positions of responsibility. A-Level student Keith says the Award “has pushed me to commit more to society, to try new things and especially to go beyond my limits and develop as an individual.”

We think leadership is about three things;

  • Developing yourself – learning and developing new skills and challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone
  • Contributing to the community – volunteering to help others in the community, whether this is within College, in our local area or in a student’s home country
  • Working with others – learning how to communicate, motivate others, work cooperatively and successfully as part of a team

GCSE Student Ryan told us the BLA “tests my time management skills to excel in both academic and non-academic achievements and helps me develop my soft skills such as collaboration with others to further improve myself”.

To gain a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award, students must complete three Skills, Volunteering and Community elements. To develop new skills, some students are learning a musical instrument, taking coaching qualifications or trying out a new enrichment activity in College such as Model United Nations or Spanish.

At Bosworth we provide many formal opportunities for all students to develop leadership skills and personal qualities as members of our Student Council, Student Ambassador and buddy scheme. We also encourage other informal opportunities, such as organising events, and recognise achievements completed outside of College.

The Broadway Leadership Award helps our students understand that universities and employers want more than good grades. Students are encouraged to develop as a person and build the skills they need to be successful in the future. Jakub, currently studying A-Levels, says “Personally, I am doing the Broadway Leadership Award to gather experience and add variety to my resume. I also like how it motivates people to help those in need around them”. The BLA has inspired him to volunteer at a local Air Ambulance charity shop at weekends.

The first students will receive their Awards at the end of the year, but we have a growing waiting list of students who want to join the scheme. The success of the Broadway Leadership Award at Bosworth means it will be rolled out to other schools in the Broadway Education group next year.

ISA Sixth Form Essay Prize 2019

We are delighted to learn that Viet Cuong (Keith) Nguyen’s essay, “5.5 inches”, has been selected ISA Sixth Form Overall Winning Essay. The irony of writing about this on Social Media, given the essay’s theme, is not lost on us!

Here are the judge’s comments on Keith’s work:

“Our choice of overall winning essay is simply entitled 5.5 Inches. Its author, Viet Cuong (Keith) asks us to ‘Imagine how suffocating it is to live in a cramped world, where everyday life just revolves within a 5.5 inch boundary.’ This essay shines a light on the seemingly dystopian reality of a population fixated with 5.5 inch screens – a population that believes it is communicating more and more but may actually be saying less and less.

What is this doing to our relationships? ‘What’s the point of 2000 friends when we are lonely in a crowd, not being able to speak up?’

This brief but challenging reflection concludes ‘The medium of social media and the initial concept of its use is not a detrimental thing by nature, but it is the way we misuse it that accidentally gives it the key to take over our own trademark – our individuality.’

Congratulations Viet Cuong. I’m sure your school will share your success on social media… “

We are indeed very proud of Keith whose success comes hot on the heels of that of Kim Ninh, Daisy Wang and Chloe Liu whose essays also enjoyed success in recent years in the ISA Sixth Form Essay Competition.

Well done to all Bosworth students who submitted essays. Your work made interesting reading on a wide variety of topics. Knowing the high quality of the entries from Bosworth alone demonstrates to us just how terribly difficult the judge’s decisions must have been. We are delighted that the overall prize came our way and congratulate all this year’s prize winners on their well-earned success.

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Biology teaching at Bosworth CollegeIntroduction

Established in 1977 Bosworth Independent College is a small and friendly residential and day College situated in Northampton in the heart of England. Excellent academic success and care for our students has made Bosworth a leading British Independent College.

Courses

Bosworth offers a wide range of A-Level, 3-year GCSE, from Year 9, BTEC Business and University Foundation programmes, with a very flexible choice of subject combination.

Student room Vic House Bosworth CollegeAccommodation

The College provides an excellent choice of fully-supervised residential accommodation and senior houses, ensuring comfort, safety and peace of mind. We have a full time chef and kitchen team offering a varied menu, catering for all dietary needs in the Bosworth Hall Restaurant and Bistro.

College Life

Exam practice at Bosworth CollegeStudents are taught in small classes and benefit from the close personal attention provided by a Personal Tutor support system which promotes self-confidence and develops a mature approach to study. There are daily supervised study periods and regular testing. Bosworth excels in all areas but particularly in the sciences and runs a comprehensive programme for prospective medical students. Individual support and guidance are given with university applications, helping Bosworth to send students to top British Universities, including Oxbridge. Many leading universities visit the College annually to give presentations to our students.

Students enjoy the benefits of excellent teaching facilities including over fifty classrooms, nine fully equipped science laboratories, art studio, study halls, exam room, meeting rooms and student communal areas.

Location

Northampton is an excellent choice for students, being centrally located between Oxford and Cambridge and only one hour away from London, by road or train. The town boasts many modern facilities, including excellent shopping centres, multi-screen cinemas, swimming pools, gymnasiums, international restaurants and sports and leisure facilities.

Recreation, Leisure and Entertainment

Bosworth College BistroBosworth Hall is a five minute walk away from the main teaching centre and overlooks large and beautiful parklands. Facilities include: restaurant and bistro, games rooms with table tennis, pool, television rooms with satellite T.V, music room and student coffee lounge. The College hires out a local sports centre several evenings a week for students to play sports such as Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton and Football. Each term we offer a programme of extracurricular activities and trips both locally and across the UK, activities typically include: trips to the local theatre shows, go-karting, rock climbing or days out to Cambridge, Oxford, London and during half term a trip to Disneyland Paris.

Bosworth Summer School

Bosworth has been running a successful Summer School for over 20 years. Centred on General English or Academic Programme in combination with Arts & Crafts, Tennis Coaching, Film Making or Go Karting. The courses are aimed at 10 to 17-year-olds and last from 2 to 6 weeks.