We decided to catch up with former sixth form student Laura Sheppard. Laura couldn’t praise our staff enough. This is what she said …


How did you find your experience in St Edward’s sixth form?

I really enjoyed my time at St. Edward’s school. The teachers and staff were always encouraging and supportive. It has the perfect balance; they push you to do your best but also encourage the work-life balance.


What A Levels did you do?

I did Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths


How did the teachers support you?

The teachers were always there if I needed them and they were always happy to spend some extra time going over difficult areas and questions. Sixth form can get a bit stressful, but the teachers were always willing to help and they always put things into perspective.


How different was sixth form to normal school?

Moving from normal school to sixth form was definitely a step up. You have to become more independent with your learning – something which can take a while to get used to. However, the learning is more relaxed, the smaller class size is great and it’s more focused. You get to build a better relationship with the teachers. The different learning styles helps prepare you for the future. It made my step into university much easier.


What did you go on to do after sixth form?

I am currently studying an MChem in Chemistry at the University of Bath. I spent a year on placement working in a lab at Oxford University looking into nanoparticles for cancer therapy. I am currently applying for PhD places for next year.


What words of advice would you give to those thinking about applying to St Edward’s Sixth Form?

Make sure you do the subjects that you enjoy because lots of hard work and time is going to have to be put in so it’s a lot easier if you like the subject! Also, ask for help if you are struggling, the teachers are amazing and will always help you.  And finally, enjoy it. Take time to get that work life balance – it’s important to work hard but also make the most of all the other opportunities while you are there!