Before classes officially started, new students were given the opportunity to attend an induction day to meet tutors, get to know classmates, take a tour of the College and find out about the support and fantastic additional opportunities on offer at the Ofsted Outstanding College in Bodmin.
Principal Jon Grey was delighted to welcome students back to the College: “It has been wonderful to welcome new and returning students to the campus over the past week; to see them meeting old and new friends, starting new courses and learning new things from our outstanding lecturers on our incredible campus. We cannot wait to help our students grow and thrive, they all have such great potential and we cannot wait to help them fulfil it.”
A Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Politics student Lottie Carr, who previously attended Sir James Smith's School, is enjoying life as a college student, saying: “College is very different from school, as you are treated as an adult and have freedom to plan your own study time. The staff at Callywith are so kind, they always want to help the best they can. I’m really looking forward to the College ski trip in April and to making new friends.”
Callywith isn’t just a first choice for students in North and East Cornwall, Cai Karseras Sumi, who recently moved to Cornwall from Japan to study A Levels in Economics, Politics and Maths and Academic Academy, spoke of why he chose to make the move to the UK: “The universities in Japan don’t offer the course I wanted to do, I decided to come to Callywith and take A Level subjects because of the personal freedom compared to relative institutional conformity in public Japanese high schools generally, excellent learning environment and facilities and the support of the teachers.
“I was surprised on the options of subjects you are able to take at Callywith. The environment is more similar to a university; where you use the time when you don't have a class to study in the library or go to the gym. I am enjoying the new lifestyle of managing my day on my own. The staff at the College are very open and easy to talk to and have been so kind and helpful with the first week of college.
“I am looking forward to making new friends and to challenging myself academically and physically to the limits in the excellent environment to see how much I can improve.”
Second year Level 3 Applied Science Diploma student, Sadie Keast, spoke of how happy she is to be back at the College: “I am really enjoying my time back at college, seeing my friends always makes me smile. I was quite nervous to come back but the minute I stepped back into college, my nerves were eased.
“The support staff at the college are so amazing, if I’m having difficulties with my mental health, then I can go and visit Student Services staff including the therapy dog Macy who is always available for cuddles!
“I am looking forward to learning all the new and interesting things about my course and the skills it will teach me for my future.”
Jack Pearce, who returned for his second year of studying A Levels in Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, shared: “Being back at college has been great and a massive help for my mental health. I’ve really enjoyed being able to use the College’s brand-new gym facilities and catching up with my friends again.”
With an excellent start to the term and both new and returning students enjoying college life, Callywith College is looking forward to another outstanding year.
The College has recently launched 2022 applications and will hold its first on-site Open Event of the year on Saturday 13th November, 10am-3pm.