Student Profiles


Find out from our students what it’s really like to study at CCSS.

Name: David

Age: 19

Nationality: British

Currently studying: 2 Year A Levels – Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry

“CCSS is very relaxed and informal, with everyone, including the teachers, on first name terms. There is still enough structure and focus to ensure that everyone is working towards a common goal, aided by teachers who are positive, knowledgeable and cheerful. The overall environment is cooperative; it feels like you are working with the teachers and there is plenty of support between students. Unwelcome distractions are kept to an absolute minimum. The teachers are careful to ascertain how much support and encouragement are needed, so that each student gets as much or as little attention as they require.

I intend to study an integrated Master’s degree in engineering, and have applied to Cambridge, Bath and Loughborough Universities. Beyond that I’m going to see which areas of engineering I enjoy most before making decisions on my future career.”

Patawee student profile

Name: Patawee

Age: 20

Nationality: Thai

Currently studying: 2 Year A Levels – Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics

“CCSS students benefit from small class sizes which provides great opportunities for each student to pursue what they want to know from the teacher.

The teachers can focus on each student in a small class which is effective in ensuring that everyone fully understands what they have been taught. The teachers at CCSS are very helpful. They prepare excellent teaching materials, such as work sheets and presentations, which has really helped me to understand the challenging content.

I have enjoyed studying at CCSS especially the experiments and immersive media which has helped me to visualise the content of each subject, especially science-related subjects.”

Jennifer profile

Name: Jennifer

Age: 18

Nationality: Angolan

Currently studying: 2 Year A Level – Further Maths, Maths, Chemistry and Physics

“I wanted to study A levels in the UK as it is the best way to progress to a UK university. My Dad and I decided that CCSS would be the perfect college for me to undertake my A Levels and would be a really good new experience for me, as well as achieving my goal to attend university in the UK. A Levels are offered in a lot of English speaking countries but by living and studying in the UK, and especially at CCSS, they prepare you for what is to come, it’s a step above, so that when you go to university you are prepared, comfortable and settled.

There are many positives of studying at CCSS this includes the excellent teachers and the small class sizes, there are only a few of us in class and we get a lot of attention. In my classes we are all focussed and no one is disruptive, everyone is keen to learn and we have the same goal to achieve and we help and encourage each other.”

Alex Profile

Name: Alex

Age: 17

Nationality: Korean

Currently studying: 2 Year A Level – Economics, Maths, Further Maths and Biology

“One of the reasons I chose to study at CCSS was because of the small class sizes. I like to ask lots of questions, as I find this is a really good way to learn, and it also encourages the shyer students to get involved in discussions and the small class size is perfect for this and is beneficial for everyone.

The teachers at CCSS are all wonderful, they want us to do our best, and they support and help us to reach our maximum potential. They themselves have been to good universities, and have a great deal of knowledge and the quality of teaching is excellent.

I enjoy the freedom and independence that I receive at CCSS whilst still having structure and guidance. The boarding house managers give you good advice and the boarding house is a nice environment, I particularly like the food.”

Niamh profile

Name: Niamh

Nationality: British

Age: 16

Currently studying: 2 Year A Level – History, Economics, Psychology

“I chose to study at CCSS because it offered a different sixth form experience that was not available locally. Being in the university city of Cambridge was also very attractive since it provides endless academic opportunities, such as public lectures and museums.

The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and will succeed in answering even the most obscure questions. Furthermore, the teachers still encourage an independent style of learning, which is vital preparation for university. Crucially, in the classroom, you feel that no question is a “stupid” or “irrelevant” question; this is essential in provoking debate and encouraging students to think critically and analytically.

I hope to study Social Anthropology at university and then to continue on in the realm of social research.”

Maria profile

Name: Maria

Age: 18

Nationality: Portuguese

Currently studying: 1 Year A Levels – Maths, Physics and Chemistry

“I chose CCSS because overall it seemed more relaxed and open-minded than most schools and it felt more welcoming.

I enjoy studying my courses and I have gained a lot of knowledge and feel that I have been improving, which is extremely rewarding.

My teachers always give me the help I need and I am always treated with respect also, my ambitions are taken seriously. I have applied to study at university at Glasgow, Bristol, Swansea, Sheffield and Surrey and it is my future career aspiration to become an astronaut.”