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They liked it so much, they came back to work here…..

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What greater compliment to Long Road Sixth Form College’s friendly, supportive and motivational atmosphere could there be than the number of former students who come back to work here? Some staff members are even working alongside their old teachers!

Our two Learning Support Assistants, Katie Hodson and Lauren Taylor have this to say about their post-Long Road experiences and why they came back:


Katie took English Language, Psychology and Photography A levels at Long Road.

“After finishing my A levels in 2013, I went to the University of Lincoln to study Psychology. University allowed me to significantly broaden my horizons in understanding all different areas in Psychology, from Social Psychology to Cognitive Neuroscience. However, I still felt like I had no idea as to what I wanted to do as a career. I volunteered in a school, close to university, that specialised in autism, as well as a mainstream school in Cambridgeshire. This was where I developed my passion for working with and supporting children of all different ages and abilities. Once university came to an end, I was still unsure about what to do. I thought back to when in my life I had the most fun and best experiences: at Long Road. I saw this job advertised and spent the next few hours applying – and it was so worth it. Since returning to Long Road, I could not be happier. The friendly atmosphere paired with the lovely students and staff makes it the most enjoyable place I have ever worked in. I am now looking into applying for a PhD in Educational Psychology and hopefully can apply all the knowledge and experiences I have gained from working at Long Road to forward my career.”


Lauren took Art, Film Studies and Performance Studies A levels at Long Road

“After completing my A levels in 2012, I decided to take a gap year before University. I worked in Camp America and spent a summer in Connecticut teaching Arts and Crafts at an SJ Riding camp. I then went to Anglia Ruskin University to take a degree in Fine Art. After leaving education and entering the big wide world of work, I realised my ambition to work within education and eventually become a teacher. When a role at Long Road presented itself, I was thrilled at the thought of returning to a place where I grew as a person, developed my skills and made friends for life. Long Road has, without a doubt, such a wonderful, caring and friendly environment, and I jumped at the opportunity to become part of the family (again). The Sixth Form is dedicated to its students and their journey from teenager to young adult, and this is something even more apparent to me since working here. The staff are enthusiastic about the development of the students, as well as the evolution of Long Road itself. Not only was this an amazing and enlightening place to study as a student, but it continues to thrive and inspire me everyday as a place of work. No wonder I couldn’t stay away!”

Who’s who in the photo

Standing, from left to right:

Louise Spinale studied PE and teaches Sport and PE;

Tom Genillard, Criminology course team leader, studied English Language, Sociology, Psychology and PE, and was taught by current teachers John Wallis, Karen Legge, Philippe Harari and Chris Cope;

Sam Plant, teaches Sport and took the 180-credit Sport Level 3 Diploma;

Sam Russo, took A level Film Studies as an evening class while taking his A levels elsewhere: “I loved it – a really refreshing change of pace.” Sam is one of our Progress Coaches;

Karen Legge, Sociology course team leader, studied here while it was still the Cambridge High School for Girls, but after her first year it began to fill up with sixth-formers as it changed over to a sixth form college;

Karen Little, Art Level 3 Diploma course team leader, studied Art subjects;

Barney Oram teaches on the Level 3 Media Diploma and studied Media courses here;

Charlotte Hemmins is the college Director of Finance and took A levels in English Language, Business Studies and Maths;

Liam Healy is a Progress Coach and studied PE, Politics, Psychology and the 60-credit Sport Level 3 Diploma. Liam worked in the college Sport Centre before becoming a Progress Coach;

Chloe Beeton, Sports Activator Technician, is not only a former student, who took the Level 3 Sport Diploma, but was also photographed in the Sport Centre for our prospectus and bank of photos. Chloe’s photo is on one of the flags on the college drive;

Emma Burton, Graphic Design course team leader, studied the Art & Design Level 3 Diploma (at that time equivalent to two A levels), Art History and Photography;

Elisa Turner, who has just joined the college as a Sports Activator Technician, took the Level 3 Sport Diploma.

Front row from left:

Katie Hodson (see above):

Alex Bevan, Visual and Performing Arts Technician, studied Music, Maths and Physics;

Ashley Dyer, Progress Coach, not only studied Drama, English Language and Literature and Media here but was also a peer mentor, head of the student council and played sport, “so I’ve got plenty of good memories”;

Lauren Reynolds (see above).

Not in the photo:

Tom Woodcock, who teaches on the Level 3 Media Diploma, studied Art, Geography and Business Studies;

Elaine Shields, who works in the LRC (Learning Resource Centre), studied Music, Art and Geography.