Lola is studying A Levels in Sociology, Italian and Classical Civilisation at Attlee Academy in Tower Hamlets. She describes New City College as a friendly place where she met loads of nice people and made good friends.


Tell us about your education journey – what and where did you study before coming to NCC?

I studied at Anglo European School, in Ingatestone, Essex, where I did my GCSEs

Tell me something about yourself.

I love listening to music and being with my cats

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I am hoping I will have gained my degree at uni and will have a job to do with Archaeology

What’s the best thing about being a student at New City College

It’s a friendly place. I didn’t know anyone when I arrived but I met loads of nice people and made good friends

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 15-year-old self? 

To stay strong in difficult situations because things will get better

Who is your role model?

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary

What is the biggest change you wish to see in the world?

For education to be easier for people struggling with disabilities

What values are most important to you?

To believe in myself and be reliable

Who is your favourite teacher?

I liked them all but Fabrizio, my Italian teacher was very patient

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned on your course?

In the Classical Civilisation A Level, we learned about Greek mythology, such as when the god Zeus gives birth to Dionysus from his own thigh!

What would you say is making you feel positive at the moment?

I enjoy relaxing, listening to music and looking after my pet cats

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in life?

To not worry about what others are doing and just focus on me

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

1  To have a well-paid job that I enjoy

2 To be more decisive and

3 To see the Northern Lights

What is the best thing about New City College?

The college gave me resources to help with my dyslexia, for example a computer in class and exams. I also got extra time in exams which really helped me. The teachers were encouraging and helped me gain confidence in myself and my work, even though it was difficult for me

What’s the best advice you have received?

To not compete with others, but concentrate on improving my own work

What are your plans for next steps?

I am going to university to study archaeology


Good luck Lola – you have been an amazing student!