Creative future ahead for Leeds Sixth Form student

Beth Whiteley studied at Leeds Sixth Form because she had the flexibility of studying creative subjects alongside maths. On results day, she was ecstatic to achieve B, A and A* grades for maths, textiles and photography, respectively. We caught up with her to find out more.

How was your time at Leeds Sixth Form?

I had a great time at Leeds Sixth Form. It allowed me to pursue my favourite subjects in a welcoming atmosphere. Other schools mainly focus on grades, whereas here, the tutors have a genuine passion for their subjects and ensure you develop vital skills that are needed for the industry.

It’s a very versatile place where I had the opportunity to meet people with a variety of different backgrounds. Throughout my time here, I felt comfortable, at home and safe.

What made you choose the subjects you studied?

I have always enjoyed making things, coming up with ideas and bringing them to life, it gives me so much freedom and creativity. Some of my projects have included photographing mouldy fruit and vegetables and creating hand embroidered flowers.

I spent a lot of time with my grandparent who showed me how to make things. I also enjoyed textiles at high school, so I decided to study it further.

As for maths, it’s something I am good at and it’s refreshing to study an objective discipline in between being creative.

Did you get involved in any extracurricular activities?

I took part in a sign language club which I found interesting and allows me to communicate with more people, which I think is important.

What’s next for you?

I’ll be studying a foundation diploma in art and design at Leeds Arts University. My aim is to build up a portfolio, go on to a full degree and possibly pursue a career in costume design.