This year we had a record number of Long Road Scholar Award applications and our Principal had such a difficult time selecting the final scholarship winners out of all the wonderful applicants – well done to everyone who made an entry, we wish you could all be award winners.
We would like to say a massive congratulations to our Long Road Scholars 2020/2021; Clara, Daisy, Findlay, Grace, Gui, Isabella, Jess, Lauren, Lexi, Lily, Maia, Mila, Millie, Nathy, Oliver, Olivia, Paloma, Phoebe, Poppy, Tess & Yve. Further congratulations to our returning Year 2 Scholars; Abbie, Amalie, Joely, Owen, Robyn and Vicky.
We can’t wait to work with you all over the next year!
Secondary School: Bottisham Village College
Studies: Biology A Level, Criminology Level 3 Extended Certificate, Maths A Level
Career Goals: Working in the police force either as a police officer or a detective.
I chose Long Road because they offered Criminology as a subject whereas other schools don’t. On the Open Evening, I found it to be a very warm and inviting environment to be in and I found that the teachers and staff would be very supportive of me throughout my time here.
I applied for the Scholars’ Award because I felt that this would be a great chance for me to share my views and opinions with people who want to hear them. I’m planning on using the money to buy any additional textbooks or learning resources I need and then I’ll save the rest for any future school trips I might go on.
I would say to all the year 11’s that Long Road is a very welcoming college with teachers that do the absolute most to help you in your subjects. There is always a place to go to for support and lessons are also very fun here. For me, I feel relaxed when going into college because I know that this is a safe environment for everyone. The year 11’s should apply for the Scholars’ Award because they have the opportunity to partake in making a good change in the college. If you want to be apart of a team and work together then it’s a great idea to apply.
My favourite thing about Long Road so far has to be how the students are treated like adults. You’re on a first-name basis with all the teachers and for me, that feels more grown-up than calling them ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’. Each of my teachers has a really big passion for their subject which then makes learning it a lot of fun. The teachers are so supportive and understanding to everyone and even when we’re doing online school every week, the lessons are still very good and interesting.
I chose to study at Long Road because it felt right for me. It has a relaxed and friendly approach to learning, as much as to their students. They also help with you becoming independent but it has equally as much support if you would like, from lesson work to guidance on future ambitions. My favourite thing about Long Road is that I am doing subjects which I find incredibly interesting, as well as being given so many opportunities to participate in at the college.
I applied for the Scholars Award because it gave me a goal to focus on during year 11, and although I wasn’t expecting to get it, it gave me a huge sense of achievement when I did. I also applied for the award because of its uniqueness, it has helped my CV stand out. In year 10, I was lucky enough to have my Work Experience at an Air Ambulance Charity. So after seeing the effort they go to for saving lives, I want to do a charity skydive to take me out of my comfort zone and so that I can donate the Award money to that Air Ambulance Charity (although I am hoping that they won’t need to use that money to save me after the skydive!).
My advice is to choose the Sixth Form that’d best suit you. Long Road has got my pick as best Sixth Form but that’s because I love the positive, relaxed, and supportive atmosphere Long Road has to offer. If you are considering Long Road as your Sixth Form, I would highly recommend going for the Scholars Award as it gives you so many benefits!
After careful research and consideration of how important it is for me to be seen as a whole individual, I concluded that Long Road is the perfect place where I can develop to my full potential. Long Road Sixth Form provides a fun learning environment with welcoming and encouraging teachers and staff.
I applied for the Scholars Award as it allows me to participate in super-curricular activities and other opportunities where I can contribute to the school and enhance my experience in the college. I plan on utilising my scholarship money for research materials, and education-related fees (such as university misc. charges, lab usage fees, seminars, etc.) If you are an ambitious student and likes to take your achievements to the next level, the Scholars Award can be a great opportunity to mutually benefit you and the college.
Long Road is a place where you will be treated as a young individual and not just another student, where you have the opportunity to explore your subjects, sports and other extracurricular options and share your opinions openly and at the same time being guided by great and expert team leaders (teachers). I am always looking forward to all of my classes. Teachers make sure that all the lessons are engaging and the content is up-to-date. Long Road is a jovial, responsible, and sensible environment making it the perfect place for me to learn.
I chose to study at Long Road because I felt like I could become more independent and comfortable with expressing myself whilst receiving support and respect in doing so. One of my favourite things about Long Road is how flexible my timetable is. With the town centre being close there are more ways to spend time which is always a plus.
I applied for the Scholar’s Award to prove to myself that I could do it just for the sake of it honestly. It was a bit of a surprise to have received the award and I’m grateful for being chosen, but also for finally being able to recognise I’m capable of doing a lot and you can choose to limit yourself or continue to challenge yourself. My teachers have helped me to do that and always supply us with resources to enrichen our knowledge of the subject outside the curriculum.
Considering the circumstances we are under, the money I received is in my savings for the time being, because I planned on spending it for a trip to see the Northern Lights in Iceland and all things geography related. Maybe sometime in the future that could still happen outside a covid world.
Secondary School: King James Academy Royston
Studying: Maths A Level, Further Maths A Level, Psychology A Level, PE A Level
Career Goals: Work in the Police Force or the Criminal Justice System.
My instinct was that Long Road was the right place for me. It provides a supportive environment essential for me to feel comfortable and happy when I am studying. I knew straight away at the opening evening that I wanted to come and study at Long Road. For A-Levels you need the right balance of support, encouragement and direction, and Long Road will certainly give you this. I love my subjects and being part of a vibrant, accepting and happy community. I am so glad I chose Long Road.
I applied for the Scholars Award after receiving an email from the college. It’s such a great opportunity and I was delighted to be awarded the scholarship. It felt really rewarding to showcase my achievements. I have put part of my money towards an Apple Watch. I am doing Netball as my chosen sport and the watch gives me relevant workouts specific to the different skills needed for Netball. It also motivates me to achieve my exercise goals outside of PE. I plan to save the rest of it for resources to aid me in my studies at university.
How would I encourage Year 11’s to apply for the Scholars Award? I would say just go for it! I didn’t know when I applied if I would receive the award but the process of thinking about my goals for the future and achievements so far was a really positive experience.
I chose to study at Long Road because the facilities looked amazing and being a science student, this was a huge benefit for me. There was also a great sense of community and the students and teachers all seemed very welcoming.
I chose to apply for the Long Road Scholars award as it is a great opportunity to give back to the college and a good achievement to add to my personal statement. I am currently saving my scholarship money but will likely spend it on any revision tools that I think would be useful or that teachers recommend. I would encourage year 11’s to apply for the Scholars Award by suggesting that it will give them a great incentive to work hard and prepare well for their GCSE’s and will also be a great addition to personal statements for future employment.
I would encourage year 11’s to apply to Long Road since the teaching quality is very high, and the teachers will always help you if you ever need it. The students are also very friendly and you won’t struggle to get to know new people. My favourite thing about being a Long Road student so far is being able to go into Cambridge during breaks between lessons. The college isn’t too far from the leisure so it is nice to walk down there with friends in break periods if you have no work to complete.
I chose to study at Long Road because I liked Long Road’s supportive environment and the approachable teachers. On the open days, I met some of the teachers who encouraged me to follow my interests, and I felt that Long Road would help me to gain new skills and try new things. The student-teacher relationship is different here because the teachers trust you more, and you have control of your own learning, but there is also support if you need more guidance. They are accommodating to different people’s needs and you just have to ask for help. I have met some really nice people here even though I only knew a couple of people at the beginning of the term. I also really like only taking three subjects because I can focus more on each one and I feel less pressured than at GCSE.
I chose to apply for the Scholars Award because it is a great opportunity to give feedback and discuss my experience at Long Road. I also thought that being accepted would be an achievement that I could be proud of. I am going to spend my money on a more powerful laptop as this will allow me to run Photoshop and InDesign and I can do more productive work from home.
I chose to study at Long Road because I really enjoyed the Art department when I visited and liked the independent forms of learning that were available. It also seemed warm and not at all intimidating; the Advice and Guidance Meetings were very welcoming.
The Scholars Award is such a great opportunity if you have any hobbies or ambitions that require a little bit of financial assistance. I chose to apply for the Scholars Award because I saw it as an incredibly helpful facility – I make a lot of period costume in my free time and that requires a hefty amount of fabric (i mostly stick to the least tacky curtains I can find in charity shops!)
My favourite thing about studying at Long Road is the relaxed environment and facilities available, such as the study rooms. It’s also a brilliant place to find people who have the same interests as you”
I chose to study at Long Road because from the open evenings, interviews and speaking with previous students at the college, it was apparent that it was a friendly and supportive environment where I could achieve my best possible grades.
I decided to apply for the Scholar’s Award as it’s a great addition to your personal statement when applying to university and is a great motivation to achieve your desired GCSE results. I am planning on using some of my scholarship money on revision guides and other learning resources, whilst saving the rest for university.
I would encourage Year 11s to apply to Long Road as it is such a supportive community where your teachers will do everything possible to ensure you achieve your best and reach your full potential. So far, my favourite thing about being a Long Road student has been joining the Med Squad, where we work on developing our application to Med School and are told about interesting lectures and work experience opportunities.
I chose to study at Long Road after hearing many recommendations. I chose to apply for a scholars award as I thought it was an opportunity I shouldn’t miss and an asset to my future education. I haven’t spent any of the money yet, but plan to save it for the future to help me with my chosen courses and university.
I think Long Road is a good school to apply to as it offers great opportunities being in the centre of Cambridge. The scholars’ award is definitely worth applying for as it is a great asset to take with you into further education/careers. My favourite thing about being a Long Road student is the independence, it is very different from secondary school in the sense that you are treated as an equal.
I chose to study at Long Road because I thought that it would be the best place for me to continue my education. I knew that the way the lessons were taught and the overall atmosphere of Long Road was going to be the best fit for me, with further maths being taught with the same number of lessons as all other A-level courses the way I wanted.
I applied for the Long Road Scholar Award because I thought that it would be a valuable way to demonstrate my achievements so far and useful when applying for a university place or job. I intend to spend some of the money on resources to help my learning and revision process, for example, revision cards and textbooks. I’m also planning to save some for interesting events related to my courses that may arise or for further education once I leave Long Road in a few years.
I would encourage Year 11’s to apply to Long Road and for the Scholars Award because the college provides all the support, encouragement and help needed for all courses. The Scholars Award is an excellent way to show your achievements.
I think that my favourite thing about being a Long Road Student so far has been the friendly, welcoming atmosphere and how kind everyone is. All of my teachers are really good and I have made some amazing friends, both in and out of my classes.
I chose to study at Long Road because of the wide range of courses and opportunities available, especially on the Graphic Design course, which isn’t available at most other colleges. When I came to the open event, it felt like a friendly and welcoming environment.
I applied for the Scholars Award because I felt that it would be a great opportunity to be involved in the college. I plan on using my scholarship money to buy equipment and materials to help me with my Graphic Design course. I would encourage Year 11s to apply for the Scholars Award because it’s an opportunity to be involved at Long Road and it is a great addition to your CV.
I would encourage Year 11s to apply to Long Road because of the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. As someone who isn’t sure exactly which route I want to take after college, I think it’s really helpful to be able to discuss future options with my progress coach so easily. I have really enjoyed how quickly I have felt comfortable and welcomed. So far, my favourite thing has been the freedom and independence I have experienced at Long Road.
I chose to apply for the scholar’s award as it can help with applications for universities and work. I will spend the money on an adequate computer for college work. It will also help me to obtain art supplies. The Scholar’s award has allowed me to improve my applications as well as allowing me to buy supplies that can aid my learning.
I chose to study at Long Road due to the unique, creative courses that are offered as well as the welcoming atmosphere of the college. The college is very welcoming and lots of support is offered to the students. I absolutely love the courses; the work is exciting, and the teachers are all very supportive and understanding.
I chose to study at Long Road because liked the courses offered at the college, particularly the A Level Biology course. I felt that Long Road had a welcoming environment where I could flourish.
I chose to apply for the Scholars Award because it is an impressive achievement and will enhance my personal statement. At the moment I am saving the scholarship money while I decide how best to spend it. If you are thinking of applying for the Scholars Award – go for it! It is a great opportunity.
I would definitely encourage Year 11s to apply for Long Road because it is a brilliant place to learn more about topics that really interest you, to explore your favourite subjects in more detail and to become an independent learner. My favourite thing about Long Road so far has been being able to study independently and dictate my own work schedule more than I could at secondary school.
Secondary School: St Clements High
Studying: Media Level 3 Extended Diploma
Progression Goals: Study a Media degree at University
I decided to come to long road for a few reasons. One of them was because it had a course, I really wanted to take. But one of the other reasons was that I could branch out and do something different, I thought coming to Long Road would be something completely new and interesting which it really is.
I chose to apply for the long road scholars award because I wanted to be able to put it on my personal statement in the future to show universities that I’m capable of more and want to make a good impact on the school. I plan to spend my scholarship money on train travel as I have to travel quite far to get to school every day. I would encourage a year 11 to apply for the scholar’s award because it lets you make a more positive impact on the school. It’s also something that will really help you in the future when applying for universities on your personal statement.
My favourite thing about Long Road so far is all the new people I’ve met, friends and teachers. Meeting new people at school is so refreshing and all my teachers are experts at what they do and are very inspiring.
Secondary School: St Bede’s Inter-Church School
Studying: Sociology A Level, English Literature A level, Photography A Level
Career Goals: Sociology degree followed by a career in Journalism
I chose to study at Long Road due to its ideal location close to the city centre and transport, its welcoming atmosphere and community spirit. I would highly encourage year 11s to apply to Long Road as you get treated like an adult, which has really boosted my confidence in time management skills and independence.
I chose to apply for the Scholars Award as I knew it would motivate me to achieve the grades I knew I was capable of gaining, and it would be another great achievement within in itself when applying for universities. I put my money towards a laptop for university or a digital camera for my Photography A level.
Secondary School: Chesterton Community College
Studying: Maths A Level, Further Maths A Level, Physics A Level, Psychology A Level
Progression Goals: Astrophyiscs Degree
I chose to study at Long Road because of its environment and its course. When visiting it during Year 11, one of the main things that interested me in Long Road over the other colleges was its Physics equipment. Long Road simply seemed to me like the environment where I could learn more easily. Since joining, the teachers have all been fantastic, and I do not regret my choice in any way. My favourite thing about Long Road is the teachers being phenomenal.
Secondary School: Parkside Community College
Studying: Chemistry A Level, Biology A Level, Psychology A Level
Progression Goals: Study medicine at university
I chose to study at Long Road because I thought that it seemed like a really welcoming and friendly college, with a learning environment that suited my needs. The college also has a club you can join to help with applying for medicine at university (MedSquad), and I thought that this would be a great help for me as I want to be a doctor.
I chose to apply for the scholar’s award because although I didn’t think I’d get it, I knew that it could be a great opportunity to help out in the college, and of course that it would aid me in my university applications. My scholarship money is currently sitting in a savings account, but I’m planning on using it for maybe a new laptop, given how helpful it will be for university and my A levels.
I would encourage year 11s to apply to Long Road by saying that you won’t regret it. The college has a really friendly atmosphere and I’m so glad about my choice. I would also encourage you to apply for the scholar’s award if you can- it’s a great opportunity and would look impressive on a CV.
My favourite thing about being a Long Road student so far has been the lessons. I find them to be far more engaging than when I was in secondary school, and my teachers are terrific.
Secondary School: The Thomas Alleyne Academy
Studying: Criminology Level 3 Extended Certificate, Photography A Level, Business A Level
Progression Goals: University Study
I chose Long Road because I fell in love with the atmosphere as soon as I went for a tour, everyone seemed so friendly and I knew that it was where I wanted to continue my education. Since joining I have met some really amazing friends and have received great support from my teachers and my guidance councillor, I am very happy that I chose Long Road.
I applied for the scholar’s award because it gave me a reason to work harder for my GCSE’s and if I did get it that it would look good on my university applications. I plan to spend the money on a new lens for my camera to use in photography, I know this will help me tremendously with my work in college and enable me to build on photography as a hobby and potential career aspects. For Year 11’s considering the Scholar award, I would 100% recommend you at least try for it. It will motivate you to push yourself further for the GCSE’s which is always a positive thing to do. The benefits of achieving the award not only look amazing on your CV for job applications and universities but the additional skills are beneficial for any aspect of your future, and you get to meet some new peers and make new friends.
For any Year 11’s considering Long Road I would recommend speaking to current students like myself who will be able to tell them the fantastic opportunities, the standard of education and environment they will have by attending the college. I am not local to Cambridge and still find it easy to travel to and from college. The support throughout this pandemic has been amazing with the full online lesson as per the timetable. Communication with the teachers is always available if you do not understand anything and you still have the opportunities to interact with your peers in the online classroom facilities.
Secondary School: Soham Village College
Studying: English Language & Literature A Level, Psychology A Level, Media A Level
Career Goals: A career in publishing
I chose to apply for the Scholar’s award last minute, in the hopes that I would be able to use the award money to aid my sixth form education, as well as featuring it on my CV. I would encourage year 11s to apply for the Scholar’s award because of how enriching it can be; it reinforces the importance of contributing to the community and the college, and also the reward money can be spent on anything to help your education. I intend on putting my money towards a laptop to make studying at college easier and to store a digital version of my work so that everything can stay organised.
I chose to study at Long Road because I enjoyed the welcoming and friendly environment that I felt as soon as I started at Long Road. The teachers are all very nice and all the students are too. I’ve really enjoyed the sense of freedom that comes with being a Long Road student. I like the self-study periods in which we can lead our own study, as well as a timetable unlike any other I’ve had before- it’s nice to have a lie in sometimes. I would encourage Year 11’s to apply to Long Road because of the welcoming environment, and the wide range of courses if you are someone like me- who felt it was necessary to keep options open.
My favourite thing about Long Road is the extracurricular activities I’ve been able to do such as presenting a research poster at the Babraham Institute and doing experiments in the labs of Cambridge University. My advice to Year 1 students is to mark your own work and look at past mark schemes because that’ll give you a sense of what the examiners are looking for.
Since I want to study Medicine at University, I have completed extra research and reading outside of college, taken opportunities to do work experience, attended open days both in real life and virtually, and spoken to people in the area of work I want to go into. All of these have given me a greater insight into the course and career I am aiming towards. I have saved my scholars reward to put towards the costs of living and studying at University.
Secondary School: Comberton Village College
Studying: Chemistry A level, Maths A Level, Politics A Level
Metalsmith or Career in Gemmology or Metallurgy
My favourite thing about being at Long Road is the atmosphere at college, there are so many great people here and everyone is so kind and helpful.
I’m saving my scholarship money, as I’m not sure exactly what I want to spend it on yet.
I’m working towards my progression goals by going to online career days. Obviously, our choices are limited due to the current situation but use any opportunity you can get for experience in fields you’re interested in and you can’t go wrong.
My advice to Year 1 students is to take time to relax; your work is obviously important, but so are you and your mental health. Having some hobbies or other things you’re passionate about will keep you going through lockdown.
Secondary School: Mildenhall College Academy
Studies: Criminology, Psychology, History
Progression Goals: University to study psychology, and later specialise into neuroscience.
My advice to the Year 1 Scholars would be to organise everything, ESPECIALLY for applied courses like criminology. Basically, everything you do will be needed for exams of some kind, and being able to organise content learned into subjects and topics is fundamental to be able to access notes efficiently. I would also suggest starting revision resources now so that there is time to use them before the exams, rather than making them and not being able to use them.
What has been my favourite thing about being a Long Road student? The whole environment. The college has a very positive working environment as well as many opportunities to make new friends both in your courses and through extra-curricular activities (pre-COVID). The teachers are incredibly supportive and friendly, which makes learning more enjoyable, even from a remote perspective.
Most of my scholarship money is still in savings as I still don’t actually know how to spend it, though I did spend roughly £100 on an Apple Pencil for my iPad so that I could take handwritten notes without having to carry around a lot of paper.
I am working towards my career goals by really applying myself into my subjects. Due to COVID it is harder to focus, especially with remote learning, and it is taking more time to truly apply myself, but it will pay off if it means that I get into the university that I want to. I have also done some super-curricular reading into the field I want to form my career in, to greater form an understanding of what neuroscientists do and what’s involved on it as a career.