A record number of students applied to become part of Oldham Sixth Form College’s prestigious Student Ambassador Scheme this year. A staggering 115 students put themselves forward to support the College’s School Partnership and Marketing Team in promoting the College and in providing help and guidance to prospective pupils. This overwhelming response is a true testament to the success of the scheme, which was established in 2008, and it confirms how students not only feel proud to be part of OSFC, but want to actively encourage others to become part of the OSFC experience.
“I applied to be a Student Ambassador as I have enjoyed my time at OSFC so far and have had a really positive experience here. Having this role and representing college allows me to share my experiences with prospective students whilst giving something back to the college,” says Amy Hibbert, a former pupil of Waterhead Academy.
Feedback shows that the Student Ambassadors have a hugely positive impact on pupils and parents, and with the biggest team of ambassadors to date (55 students in total), it is exciting to know that more pupils than ever will benefit from meeting and working with these inspirational students.
Amelia Cooper, a former pupil from Royton & Crompton School, remembers how reassured she was by Student Ambassadors when she visited the College and how this experience contributed to her own decision to become an ambassador; “When I visited the open days at OSFC it was the friendly and welcoming Student Ambassadors that really made the college standout for me. I am looking forward to being able to show other prospective students what a great place OSFC is to study.”
Taking on the role also provides the students with an opportunity to enhance their communication, interpersonal and organisational skills as well as boosting their confidence; attributes that are increasingly vital for successful university applications. Matthew Spivey, a former pupil of Crompton House School is hoping to progress to University to study English Literature and he acknowledges the importance of taking part in schemes such as this, “The scheme has really helped me to grow in confidence which will help me both at university interviews and when I actually start university. I have also been able to mention the Student Ambassador scheme in my UCAS application and job applications, boosting my employability and chances of being offered University places.”
If you would like to know more about the work of the Student Ambassadors, please contact Laura Berry at email@example.com.
Former School: Newman RC College
Subjects at College: Biology, Chemistry, History and Mathshttp://www.osfc.ac.uk/parents/term-dates/
Plans for the future: After leaving college, I hope to study Medicine at university and become a doctor.
Why OSFC?: The college has an outstanding reputation and the facilities on offer really interested me, especially the Regional Science Centre. Also, throughout my visits at open days I was met by friendly staff and students which further encouraged me to come to OSFC.
Former School: Saddleworth School
Subjects at College: English Language, Geography, Psychology and Use of Maths
Plans for the future: I would like to go on to university and study to become a Primary School Teacher.
Why OSFC?: I chose to come to OSFC because I liked the environment and thought that the courses I wanted to study looked interesting.
Former School: The Oldham Academy North
Subjects at College: Biology, Chemistry, History and Maths
Plans for the future: To study Biochemistry at university then go into research.
Why OSFC?: I chose to go to OSFC as we had lots of visits from the staff in my school and I understood that it was a very comfortable environment to study in. The buildings are very open and there are many different places to not only study but socialise with new friends. OSFC, motivates us as students to achieve our goals!
Former School: Waterhead Academy
Subjects at College: English Literature, Further Maths, History and Maths
Plans for the future: To study History at university.
Why OSFC?: I chose to study at OSFC due to its calm and welcoming atmosphere. The college really allowed me to take on more independence and responsibility whilst providing me with great opportunities such as the Student Ambassador Scheme, Oxbridge group and the Pembroke North scheme.
Former School: Royton and Crompton School
Subjects at College: Chemistry, Government and Politics, History and Maths
Plans for the future: After leaving college I plan to study Chemistry at university and later in life become an Industrial Chemist.
Why OSFC?: I chose OSFC because they had a broad range of subjects to take meaning I could study Government and Politics, something I have an avid interest in. Also, on open days all staff and students were welcoming and friendly, there was a really nice atmosphere and I could see myself studying here.
Former School: The Hathershaw College
Subjects at College: Chemistry, History, Maths and Physics
Plans for the future: I hope to go to study Mechanical Engineering and then go into the automotive industry and work with cars.
Why OSFC?: I chose OSFC because it gave me the independence to create a suitable timetable based on my interests and allowed me to manage my time wisely.
Former School: The Radclyffe School
Subjects at College: Economics, History, Maths and Further Maths
Plans for the future: I plan to study Business and Economics at the University of Manchester. I aim to grow my own small business as well as specialising in trade negotiations internationally in the future.
Why OSFC?: All of the tutors at OSFC were really approachable at open days and there was an opportunity to represent the college during my second year. Also, it was the only college locally that offered all the courses that I wanted to study.
Former School: Crompton House School
Subjects at College: English Literature, Geography, History, Maths and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
Plans for the future: To study English Literature at Cambridge or Durham University to eventually progress into a career in Political Journalism.
Why OSFC?: I chose to study at OSFC due to its comfortable atmosphere and the approachability of all of the tutors on the open day, the courses on offer are varied and interesting and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. There are multiple opportunities at the college such as the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, the Pembroke North Scheme, Student Ambassador Scheme and the Oxbridge group, all of which are very supportive and provide invaluable experiences, from which I have learnt a lot.