Fiona Pocock Principal of Bosworth College


Fiona Pocock MA PGCE


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Four 2017 CIFE awards for Bosworth students

We’re pleased to announce that Bosworth students received four 2017 CIFE awards. Only the very best students receive CIFE awards, so we’re delighted to see Bosworth students’ quality recognised this way. The four received their awards from CIFE President Lord Lexden at a ceremony held in the House of Lords this April.

Ho Sze Nip (Joy) receives a CIFE award for SciencesHo Sze Nip (Joy) received a CIFE award for Sciences. With her 4 A-level A* grades (Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics) plus a B grade in Chinese,  it is little wonder that Joy, from Hong Kong,  attained her goal to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.

She has a Gold Award from the Physics Olympiad 2016, a Silver from the Chemistry Olympiad 2016 and a Copper Award from the C3L6 2015. When Joy was in Hong Kong she was in the Air Cadets and later undertook a Kayaking Leadership Programme where in her position as navigator she found herself making decisions about sea conditions for the team.

More recently, Joy did a 4-week FutureLearn course at the University of Reading and whilst at Bosworth could be relied upon to be involved in fund-raising activities for local charities and to be omnipresent in the Study Hall, even during holidays.

Trung Kien Nguyen won an Andrew Osmond Maths awardTrung Kien Nguyen won an Andrew Osmond Maths award. Having completed his High School in Vietnam, Kien came to Bosworth and attained A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry A-levels alongside a grade B in Physics, earning himself a place to study Engineering (Chemical) at UCL.

In the Maths Challenge in 2015 he was awarded Gold, and completed the Maths Kangaroo. In the Chemistry Olympiad 2016 he was also awarded Gold and in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge gained Silver.

Kien has interesting stories about his time in the Leadership at Sea scheme, working with people with physical and mental disabilities. He was always a very reliable Student Ambassador when at college, meeting and greeting new students during induction and parents for Open Evenings, with an air of confidence and a broad smile.

CIFE award for Social Sciences was won by Bosworth's Nicole GrayThe CIFE award for Social Sciences was won by Bosworth’s Nicole Gray. Nicole joined Bosworth to complete her GCSEs and chose to stay for A-levels in Geography (A*), Psychology (A*), Biology (A*) and Maths AS (A). Clearly a good “all-rounder”, Nicole found the perfect undergraduate course to meet her broad interests – Human Sciences, which she is studying at the University of Oxford at St John’s College.

Nicole has a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, was Commended in the British Biology Olympiad and managed alongside studies to work part-time not only on tea duty at college but also either as a general assistant at a Hair & Beauty salon, as a Sales Assistant in Next and as a Sales Assistant at Morrisons (not all at the same time!) Her passion, however, is for dance. In the British Theatre Dance Association awards she has attained Distinctions in Modern Jazz, Ballet and a Merit in Tap.

Olivia Powell receives a CIFE College AwardAnd finally, Olivia Powell received a CIFE College Award for her outstanding contribution to Bosworth life. Olivia’s strong work ethic and academic focus were obvious when she first visited Bosworth Independent College but above all we were struck by her lively personality. Olivia has been at the very heart of the college since joining us for her A-level study. She achieved A grades in Geography and Spanish with a B in Economics alongside an AS in Government & Politics at grade C, earning her a very well-deserved place at the University of Exeter to study Modern Languages.

Olivia was heavily involved in the Student Council during both A-level years, leading as Chairman in her second year. She was instrumental in securing a Christmas party for students more in keeping with their true wishes than the celebration the college had hitherto provided. Respected by her peers and admired by staff, she was the unanimous choice for the College Award.

Bosworth wins award for its excellent service

The SME Northamptonshire Business Awards 2016 took place in October. The awards are in recognition of all the small to medium enterprises in the County and the hard work, drive and excellent service that the best of its local businesses provide.

57 companies were shortlisted as finalists for 17 separate awards ranging from Business of the Year to Young Business Person of the Year. In our category for Service Excellence there were 8 companies as category finalists. In each category there was a runner up and a winner, obviously we were surprised and delighted when Bosworth’s name was called as the winner!

Our host Vick Hope, a Cambridge Graduate and presenter on 4Music and ITV2, went onto say, “Bosworth were head and shoulders above their competitors in this category.” An extremely flattering statement, considering the successful businesses we were up against and one of which we are immensely proud.


Whilst we normally celebrate our successes via student results and university destinations / competitive degree courses it was refreshing to also recognise we are a business that takes very seriously the customer service angle of what we do.

Fiona Pocock, Principal at Bosworth (pictured centre above) believes,
With 33 different nationalities in our student body of which a large majority board with us, the student experience has to be at the heart of what we do, not only do we expect that students in our care achieve their very best academically but that they also develop into confident and well-rounded individuals, enriched by their time in our cultural environment. This starts from the very first phone call or email with the Admissions Team right through to the pastoral/boarding care on offer, our Personal Tutor scheme and the vast array of extracurricular activities students can join. We always aim to go above and beyond to offer a personal tailored service to each individual in our care.

Our students’ wellbeing is always first and foremost and it is extremely rewarding to receive thanks and praise from both parents and students each year as they depart to top universities with bright futures ahead, we have a great sense of pride and satisfaction in all our students’ successes, especially knowing the time, effort and dedication of our staff will make a difference on the international stage.

Great results for Bosworth in 2016

As a College that focuses on trying to ensure great results for every individual, and knowing that all our students and teachers have worked exceptionally hard in preparation for examinations. A-level Results Day is always a nervous wait. Therefore we are delighted to report this year’s results have yet again outperformed the UK national average with 71% achieving A* to B grades and 86% achieving A* to C grades.

Fiona Pocock, Principal at Bosworth believes, It is wonderfully rewarding to learn of the top grades and excellent university outcomes achieved by our students.  The national press and public bodies can react to exam results with statistics and point towards trends but for us, the results are about individuals!  We’ve worked with them usually over several years and have shared their challenges and witnessed some of the hardships they have endured so as to reach their full potential.  Our whole staff share in the success of our students and we are thrilled now to have evidence that effort and dedication pay off.

We offer huge congratulations to all of our students who can now move to the next stage of their careers, they are all success stories in our eyes, but highlighted below are some of the highest achievers – with three students gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge:

Nicole Gray (British) A*A*A*a achieved in Biology, Psychology, Geography and Maths and she has been accepted to read Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. Nicole sums up her experience, To sum up my time at Bosworth in 5 words; diverse, friendly, comfortable, focused and relaxed. The personal advice and assistance given by the teaching staff has really helped me.

Toyin Ihinmikalu (Nigerian) A*AAB achieved in Psychology, Government & Politics, Biology and English Literature and she has been accepted to read Law at Lady Margaret Hall College, University of Oxford. Toyin told us, It was interesting being taught by such amazing and experienced teachers. The smaller-than-average class sizes and the individualised interactions between teachers and students made it highly enjoyable.

Debbie Chisom Ifeobu (Nigerian) A*A*A*Ab achieved in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics and she has been accepted to read Engineering at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.

Eniola Ayodele (British) AAAb achieved in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Literature and he has been accepted to read Medicine at the University of Manchester. Eniola tells us in detail, The medical school application process can be quite convoluted and is definitely extremely competitive. Bosworth has provided me with exceptional support in this journey, from arranging talks with leading local Doctors, to multiple full mock medical (MMI) interviews. As a result, I was as best prepared for my real interviews as I could have been, which may not have been the case had I been a student elsewhere. Bosworth is the best thing that has happened to me.

Joy Ho Sze Nip (Hong Kong) A*A*A*A*A achieved in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chinese and she has been accepted to read Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. Joy explains, The teaching is flexible, for example the one-year maths course and providing extra lessons to meet the needs of each individual student.

Valerie Xing Yee Ho (Malaysian) A*AAa achieved in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics and she has been accepted to read Dentistry at Kings College London. Valerie explains, The teachers were extremely helpful and were always ready to help us whenever we needed guidance.

Trung Kien Nguyen (Vietnamese) A*A*A*B achieved in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics and he has been accepted to read Chemical Engineering at University College London.

Masem Abbas (Irish) A*A*A*A achieved in Economics, Chemistry, Maths and Physics and he has been accepted to read Engineering (Chemical) at Univers ity College London. The hard work of the teachers has helped to keep me motivated right to the end, especially the encouragement from Mrs Johnstone (Head of Chemistry) and Mr Jones (Vice Principal).

The individual care and attention each student receives at the College will continue to ensure that each individual can fulfil their academic potential and we will remain proud to follow this year’s cohort as they progress and grow in their chosen fields.

Nicole Gray and Masem Abbas are pictured below.


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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.


Bosworth offers a wide range of A level, GCSE, 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.


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 combine with Arts & Crafts, Tennis Coaching, Film Making or Go Karting, these residential courses are aimed at 12 to 17 year olds and last from 2 to 6 weeks.