News Collyer’s International 04.03.2021

Three Collyer’s students have been awarded Commendations for outstanding work without setting foot on the campus – or in the country!

Collyer’s Ghislaine Davies-Goff, who teaches English to International students at the Ofsted Outstanding Sixth Form college, explained: “Sophie Lee, Peter Leung, Andy Yip are enrolled on the International Pre-A Level programme and should have joined their classes in January. However, due to the pandemic, they are still at home in Hong Kong.”

Despite the eight-hour time difference, they are participating in online lessons and emailing homework assignments, and have done so with such success in English that they have each been awarded a Commendation!

Ghislaine added: “Their determination to make the best of a difficult situation is inspiring. They’re disappointed that they can’t be at College, meeting their teachers and classmates and making friends, but they’re tackling the challenge of distance learning – and it really is distance learning – with huge enthusiasm.  They have completed every assignment set, met every deadline and the standard of their work has been excellent.  Their Commendations are very well-deserved and I look forward to welcoming them to in-class lessons.”

Araya Redman, the students’ pastoral tutor, added, “These International Pre-A level students have worked incredibly hard since the day they started. When I first met them via video-call, I knew they were nervous as these are very unusual circumstances to be getting to grips with.  However, they have been doing exceptionally well. They always ask questions if they need anything or are unsure, and always try their best at everything. I am glad that I have been given the opportunity to be their tutor during their first experience of Collyer’s and I hope that I will get the opportunity to meet them in person soon.”

Collyer’s Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “Andy, Peter and Sophie are a credit to the Collyer’s community. They are excellent Collyer’s students”

“Ghislaine and Araya’s professional support has been nothing short of outstanding.”

Richard Rothwell, Collyer’s Director of Admissions & Marketing, added: “We are massively proud of the progress these new Collyerians are making. We can’t wait to welcome them to our beautiful campus.”