Record numbers of students have started at One this year. For the first time in our seven year history, over 1,900 students walked through the doors at the start of term!
As part of the settling in process, a Freshers’ Fair was created. During this event, students created atmosphere by playing a mixture of musical cover songs including ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana. Fun activities included a rodeo bull.
Local businesses and charities stood side by side with internal organisations such as the chess club to offer students advice and guidance on a range of issues.
One of the companies who came along was Empire cinemas. Gary Thompson, a supervisor from this company, said, “It’s my first time here. One has brilliant facilities and there was a lot of interest.”
Natasha Brame is a community fundraiser for Suffolk at East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH). She said, "We came along to talk to students as they are our fundraisers of the future. The response has been good. It’s such a nice sixth form, I’m just sad that I didn’t get the opportunity to come here myself.”
Janet Perry is from Community Action Suffolk. She said, “I’m here to talk about volunteering and I was looking for young leaders. I always like coming to this freshers’ fair – it’s got a good vibe.”
New students who have just started included 16 year old George Kellett from Felixstowe. He said, “One offered an excellent range of subjects for what I want to do (corporate law) and the recent results (at One) made me want to come here. I’ve found it really good. The transition was really easy.” In terms of the fair, he added, “There was a really good range of stands and I’ve joined the debating society.”
16 year old Jamie Briers is from Felixstowe, He said, “I want to get into cyber security and software so I needed to study computer programming. Also, the results in all the subjects I want to study at One last year were good. That is why I came here.”
16 year old Bethany Page is also from Felixstowe. She said, “I came to One because I wanted to go to a new place and meet new people. I’ve been getting on well.”
One Admissions and Marketing Manager, Frances Vickerstaff, said, “I was a massive fan of Nirvana growing up so on a personal note, it was great to hear a cover of one of their songs. In terms of the fair overall, we would like to thank everyone, particularly NCS for all of their support and praise our students for getting involved. It was a fantastic atmosphere.”