Connell Sixth Form Student Success Stories October 2016

“I can’t believe we’ve been here for seven weeks already, it’s flown by”

This comment, from one of the current Lower Sixth students, really made the College think. It HAS flown by. But so much has been achieved in such a short space of time. For example, Connell have welcomed their new cohort of A-level and BTEC students, completed the Connell Start period, submitted many early applications to UCAS (with students already receiving offers from universities), had lots of sporting successes, welcomed record numbers to their Open Day and experienced much, much more since September….

As we approach the half term break, Connell thought it would be great to share a few of their student success stories from this first half term. Here’s a few that they’re really proud of …

Ellie Roebuck

As well as studying a level 3 BTEC in sport, Ellie plays football for Manchester City Women’s Team. Ellie was selected to represent England at the recent under 17s women’s World Cup in Jordan. England finished second in their group and progressed through to round 2. Unfortunately England were beaten by Japan 3 – 0 in the second round.

Massive congratulations to Ellie on a magnificent achievement.


Georgia Leigh Wheeler & Sina Taavon

Georgia and Sina are both Upper Sixth BTEC Business students. They designed an app called ‘Donate iT’, an app which makes it easier to donate unwanted items to charity, and entered this into the Apps For Good Awards 2016 (sustainable communities category). Connell and Bright Futures are really pleased to announce that ‘Donate iT’ was a finalist, a great achievement given that there were 67,000 applicants in total!

Their app is now currently being developed and will be in the Google Play store from January 2017.

Well done Georgia and Sina!


Sophie Thornhill

Sophie left Connell in 2016 but we were delighted to see her perform in the Rio Paralympics in the summer. Sophie won a gold medal in the individual cycling time trial and set a new Paralympic record on the way to victory. Connell and Bright Futures couldn’t be more proud.

Well done Sophie, you’re an inspiration to lots of our students.