Student Testimonials

Former Student Testimonials

Amy

Ben 

Keira 

Molly 

Joshua

“As a former student of Prior Pursglove, (doing Biology, Chemistry and Maths) I have been supported throughout my studies to achieve my final grades and explore career paths. This ultimately led to receiving a place on a degree apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence, on their highly competitive WOME (Weapons Ordnance Munitions and Explosives) engineering scheme. The interview and cv skills learned from my additional tutor sessions, prepared me for the rigours of selection from 600 people for 10 places. The quality of teaching and teachers is still paying dividends in my current studies, drawing on knowledge and learning techniques from my time at Prior. I can highly recommended the college for not just pushing university, but suggesting alternatives which are just as good if not better e.g. degree apprenticeships.”

 

Current Student Testimonials

“Lockdown was boring so I was excited to come to Prior Pursglove where I would meet new people and make new memories. I was not nervous about starting a new college as I was relieved about the end of lockdown. I am enjoying my subjects so far with Film studies being an enjoyable lesson which I would recommend to future students of Prior Pursglove.”

 

“During the first lockdown,  I didn’t feel too worried about the lockdown and my school said they were going to upload content on the google classroooms we had set up. I wasn’t disappointed that I didn’t sit my exams because I feel like I wasn’t prepared enough anyway. I was nervous to start college because everything was so new and the way college works is so different to how secondary worked. I was slightly upset at the fact that in some subjects, for example physics, i still had not learnt all of the topics yet. I was never interesting in attending prom so it did not effect me, but seeing how some of my friends said it was a shame, I’m guessing we missed out on a once in a lifetime opportunity. I feel like I have settled in well, despite not knowing where the sports hall is still, I enjoy attending Prior Pursglove, especially Film Studies because I never got the opportunity to learn things I was actually interested in during secondary however now, I feel like I’m finally learning something that will be useful to me later on in life. I do have new friends however making them has been a lot harder. I feel supported by all of my teachers and my favourite aspect is being able to converse with teachers without a wall between us, since teachers treat us like adults more.”

 

“I have always had a massive interest in film and I want to be a screenwriter when I’m older, so choosing Film Studies to study at A level was the obvious choice for me. During the first lockdown I was one of the rare few who actually found it rather enjoyable, it gave me time to prepare for the next stage in my life. By using the bridging the gap page on the Prior website I was able to study influential film movements such as The French New Wave and learn about the history of films. I also managed to go to the virtual taster sessions that college put on which really let me know that I had made the right choice in wanting to study it. It was very informative and answered all the questions I needed. When it was time to enrol I found the process extremely easy. All the teachers were very helpful and really wanted to make sure that we had got the right subjects for us. This support has continued through out my first term at Prior as all the teachers have been kind and helpful. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at Prior, I have made lots of new friends and I find my lessons interesting and enjoyable. Film Studies is an extremely unique subject with the right balance of theoretical work and practical work. You study a wide variety of films across a lot of different genres, there’s a film for everyone to enjoy. You learn about all the techniques that go into making a film and I find it all incredibly enjoyable and entertaining. I would recommend Film Studies to anyone who has an interest in film and would love to expand that interest. I have loved the subject so far and will continue to thoroughly enjoy it.”

 

“English Language is my favourite subject at Prior as it has enabled me to excel in other subjects, improving my essay writing skills in all subjects. Online learning throughout lockdown was fine as all work was easily accessible and my teacher was always online to help answer any questions or concerns I might have about the work.”

 

“During the first lockdown, I was a student at a different college, studying engineering. The first lockdown put everything into perspective, and I realised that life is a lot better when you’re doing something you love and are very much interested in. I, fortunately, have sat my GCSEs and had my prom; I got to say goodbye to everyone and wear my leaver’s hoodie for a few months, which unfortunately a lot of people in Year 12 haven’t had the chance to do.

However, luckily, we’ve all had the chance to come to Prior, doing subjects we love, being taught well, and supported by the teachers.

Prior is very welcoming to new students. My Fine Art class and Film Studies class are so welcoming, both the teachers and the students, and even transferring late in Design, I still made friends and had the support I needed to catch up!

I am so so glad that I decided to come to Prior. Doing 3 A-levels around subjects I love WHILST being supported by the teachers is amazing and is great for everyone, whether you feel you need support or not.

Fine Art and Design is great as I want to be a tattoo artist preferably, but since being in Film Studies and realising how much Art and Film go hand in hand, I am taking Animation in University, which I am being fully prepared for in Film Studies. Honestly, all of college life at Prior is great: the social life, the subjects and the teachers.”

 

“I have always found the ancient classical Civilisations to be by far the most fascinating point of human history. So studying classics was an obvious choice for me at A level. During the first lockdown I was one of the rare few who actually found it rather enjoyable, it gave me time to prepare for the next stage in my life. By using the bridging the gap page on the Prior website I was able to find out all about the Ancient Greeks and Romans which was extremely useful for my lessons. I also managed to go to the virtual taster sessions that college put on which really let me know that I had made the right choice in wanting to study it. It was very informative and answered all the questions I needed. When it was time to enrol I found the process extremely easy. All the teachers were very helpful and really wanted to make sure that we had got the right subjects for us. This support has continued through out my first term at Prior as all the teachers have been kind and helpful. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at Prior, I have made lots of new friends and I find my lessons interesting and enjoyable. The subject is absolutely fascinating. You read the Ancient Greek epic The Odyssey which provides an insight into Greek Society and what really defines a hero. You will then delve into the realms of Ancient Rome and the fascinating way Augustus, one of the first rulers of Rome, used statues and other forms of media available at the time to convey himself as a worhty successor to Caesar. After this you will also study the Roman Epic the Aeneid and study the different view points the Ancient Greeks and Romans had towards love, sex and relationships. I have found the subject to be absolutely brilliant so far with tons of interesting information, yet to fully appreciate and enjoy the subject you do need to put in a lot of work and be prepared for a nice lot of reading. I would recommend it to anyone who loves ancient history and English literature.”

 

“In Lockdown I was bored and didn’t have a good time. I was nervous about coming to college. Drama allows me to get up and use my energy, it’s always fun and everyone is supportive.”

 

“Lockdown was very unpleasant and the build up to college was unnerving but starting college helped me to get back into a comfortable routine and gave me a sense of security. College helps you to remember what day it is and gives you structure rather than all the days just blurring together.”

 

“I have always had an interest in asking questions and philosophy is the perfect subject for asking questions. During the first lockdown I was one of the rare few who actually found it rather enjoyable, it gave me time to prepare for the next stage in my life. By using the bridging the gap page on the Prior website I was recommended to buy two books about philosophy; the fascinating novel Sophie’s World, which served as almost a beginners guide to all the intriguing philosophers that we study. The second book was a delightful collection of thought experiments and I took great pleasure in annoying my parents with several thought experiments during Lockdown. I also managed to go to the virtual taster sessions that college put on which really let me know that I had made the right choice in wanting to study it. It was very informative and answered all the questions I needed. When it was time to enrol I found the process extremely easy. All the teachers were very helpful and really wanted to make sure that we had got the right subjects for us. This support has continued through out my first term at Prior as all the teachers have been kind and helpful. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at Prior, I have made lots of new friends and I find my lessons interesting and enjoyable. Philosophy is one of the most fascinating subjects you can choose. It covers a vast amount of historical time periods, you learn about the Ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristolte; you learn about religious figures such as Thomas Aquinas who combined philosophy and Christianity and you go right up to present day philosophers such as Richard Dawkins. I wouldn’t recommend this subject to people who want to know the answers to everything, this is a thought provoking subject that will make you question everything you know or that you think you know and will let you come up with your own answers in the end. In class we have a lot of debates and discussions that really allow for you to see all sides of the argument. I have found the subject incredibly interesting so far and will continue to find it provocative and insightful.”