Thoughts about Hills RoadWatch
Anyone who goes or went to Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge what did you think? I need any opinions so don’t hold back
For me personally, I find it amazing and everyone is incredibly nice. I've picked bio, chem and maths.The teachers for my subjects are incredibly supportive, there are lunchtime clubs/'surgeries' for chem and bio where you can ask for any help you want, and a gap year student who is available every morning for any maths help. There are also many study places to go to around college.
I know that there is a significantly high amount of workload, but that's just A-Levels in general for ya. There will be times when it's hard, but there will be friends and teachers to support you every step of the way(as long as you ask for help, you WILL get help!). If you are worried about anything including studies, things happening at home, you can talk to your form tutor, safeguarding officers or take the college dog for a walk(his names Hugo - he's adorable!).
There are also many opportunities to wind down and blow your steam off - sports teams, societies(e.g.kpop, casino(cards, etc.), Japanese, Spanish, etc.).
For me personally, class sizes are around 20, which is nice because there are enough people to make lit gcs and not too many that a teacher doesn't have time to help you.
However, if you truly can't deal with any sort of stress in general, I'd suggest you go to Oakes(formerly known as Netherhall), where the class sizes are incredibly tiny, and it apparently has a secondary school atmosphere. If you are not willing to work hard, then do yourself a favour and don't go to Hills.
In my opinion, if you get good GCSE grades and you are willing to work hard, go for Hills. Long doesn't seem like a bad college either, however according to my Long Road friends, they don't get nearly as much homework, and they don't get pushed enough by their teachers.
Tbh, Hills Road isn't for everyone, and some highly intelligent people I know go to Long Road or Oakes just because it suits them better, NOT because they are supposedly 'not good enough' or 'dumb'.
Also, don't go to a certain college based on where your secondary school friends go or bad rumors you hear. I have a couple friends who chose not to go to Hills because of their secondary friends or they were scared of the workload/pressure and regret it immensly. It's true that there is pressure put on us students, but for me personally I put more pressure on myself than the teachers do. Also, you will get used to it.
Please be prepared to do more work outside of class, and finish off your classwork. Do your homework during your frees in the weekdays(not all of them - you still need time to relax!) and look back on previous classwork at the weekends. It's much easier in chemistry if you read ahead.
Also, don't choose subjects your paretns/carers want you to take - pick the ones you enjoy. College is so much easier when you enjoy the subjects you are doing/learning about. I have a couple friends who only took maths because their parents wanted them to do it and they are somewhat smart, but they don't feel motivated to work in class so they are strugling a lot.
Hope your GCSEs go well...best of luck!
Hi thanks for all the replies. I’ve decided to accept my offer at Hills Rd. I’m still a bit nervous as I’m not going to know anyone there however on the whole I’m feeling good about my decision. This thread has been really helpful.