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Leeds Sixth Form College student Tehrim Rashid celebrating her A level results

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UNIVERSITY BECKONS FOR TEHRIM FOLLOWING TOUGH TWO YEARS

For Tehrim Rashid, achieving the A levels she needed to secure her university place has come as a huge relief following all the stresses of the pandemic.

Tehrim found out she had received an A for physics and maths, and a B for chemistry, when she visited Leeds Sixth Form College on A level results day.

Those results mean she can now start a degree in Physics with Medical Physics at UCL (University College London), which was her preferred higher education destination.

Support key to overcoming difficulties

She said: “It’s been two very difficult years for me and I’m so happy to have got the results I needed to get into my favourite university. I’m happy, proud of my achievements, and relieved.

“I’m going to celebrate with my family and friends. My family supported me a lot – and my teachers at Leeds Sixth Form College have been so nice and helpful.

“Lockdown has been a challenge. I was working towards my exams and kind of panicked at first when they were cancelled.

“I’ve had a great time here and now I’m looking forward to university.

“For anyone who is about to start their A levels this year, I’d say work hard and ask the teachers for help when you need it.”

She added: “After university I would love to work in hospitals – or in nanotechnology, which I’m really interested in.”

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Leeds Sixth Form College student Rahim Karim

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‘BELIEVE IN YOURSELF’ – INSPIRATIONAL STUDENT RAHIM’S A LEVELS MESSAGE

For Rahim Karim, artificial intelligence is not just a fascinating field – it is also a potentially revolutionary tool to help the deaf community.

Leeds Sixth Form College student Rahim, who is profoundly deaf, is celebrating achieving A grades in A level maths, further maths and physics.

Those grades were achieved with the assistance of his sign language partner, Fiona Hudson, who has been supporting the 22 year old throughout his education.

He is now looking forward to starting a Computer Science with AI degree at the University of Leeds. Rahim is fascinated by the possibilities that artificial intelligence could open up and wrote his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) on the subject of how AI could help people with hearing loss.

First class support

Speaking at Leeds Sixth Form College on A level results day, he credited his ‘amazing’ teachers for his success and is now looking forward to the next stage of his educational journey.

He said: “I feel good!

“Maths and further maths were very enjoyable because we had excellent teachers and I got along really well with them; that made it easy to remember what I learnt.

“I enjoyed physics too and the teacher was great, easy to get on with, had a lot of deaf awareness and was good at making everything visual.

“And the management team at the college were also really helpful and supportive.”

Overcoming barriers

As well as the extra educational challenges posed by having a hearing disability, Rahim also had to contend, like all students, with remote learning.

He said: “I was ok working at home and knew I could ask if I got stuck. It was difficult to start with but we got used to it.

“I got on with everything pretty well though there were some barriers in everyday situations – for example if I was in the library and my interpreter wasn’t with me, but I wanted to ask something.

“But we usually managed, and all the teachers had a lot of deaf awareness.”

Looking forward

He added: “I haven’t really got a celebration planned, I’ll go home to tell my family and maybe go out with my friends.

“I’m just really excited about going to university!

“For others who are about to start their A levels I’d say believe in yourself, work out what you’re capable of achieving and form strong relationships with your teachers and those you can work with to achieve your goals.”

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Covid-19 measures

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Covid-19 safety measures at Leeds Sixth Form College

As we reopen our doors for the new academic year, we’ve taken measures to make sure that Leeds Sixth Form College is as safe as possible. 

Thanks to the success of the NHS vaccine programme rollout and ongoing safety measures, students can safely return to college to begin an exciting new year of learning. You can find our latest campus rules and safety measures below.

Face coverings

Students are expected to wear face coverings in communal areas, such as the canteen, corridors, lifts and toilets but not in classroom or workshop areas (unless students or staff want to).

Other safety measures on campus

Studying in college is important for the quality of our students’ learning and wellbeing. We will continue to take safety measures seriously to keep our students and staff safe. 

This includes:

  • Ensuring good hygiene for everyone by using hand sanitiser stations.
  • Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes, such as wiping down workspaces after use.
  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19. Staff or students awaiting a PCR test should self-isolate until a negative test is confirmed.

The safety measures we’ve had in place have proved a real success at controlling the spread of Covid-19. We want to reassure you that we are teaching in a Covid-19 safe environment and we will continue to implement measures to ensure student and staff safety. 

Testing

To keep everyone even safer on campus, it is expected that all students should take and have evidence of two negative lateral flow tests during induction or soon afterwards. You can either take these tests on site or at home. You can ask for Covid-19 tests at your local pharmacy or you can order these via the Gov.uk website.

During induction, all students will be provided with testing kits and reminded how to undertake these tests. Positive lateral flow tests will be reported to Track and Trace.

For any students who are self-isolating, remote education will continue. If you are a student and have any questions, please speak with your teacher.

Bubbles and close contacts

We will no longer use bubbles to ensure students and staff who may have been in contact with an infected person isolate.

For those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive – if you are double vaccinated or under the age of 18, you do not need to isolate unless you display symptoms.

Students over the age of 18 who are unvaccinated will be notified via the NHS Track and Trace app; therefore it is essential that we continue to support the use of this while on campus.

If you are notified by Track and Trace that you are a close contact of a positive case, please access a PCR test and self-isolate until you have confirmation of a negative result.

How to take a test

Taking a test is quick and easy. Watch this video from Public Health England to see how it’s done. You can also read the guides below.

Vaccine information

If you’re offered the vaccine, please take this opportunity as it is proving effective against Covid-19. You can find more information about the vaccine here.

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