Nyah came to Esher from The Holy Cross School to study Drama, English Literature and Geography A Levels.

She says, “My old school was quite small and I only knew four other people coming to Esher. But I knew I wanted something different for my A Levels, plus I preferred the courses here. So I put myself out there and I’m so glad I made the jump.”

Now in her second year, Nyah is hoping to study something that fuses her love of theatre and literature with Geography.

Extension Studies: College Production (6.1)

Nyah Before College Using The Computers In The Cafe

Nyah comes from Morden and gets the 163 bus to Raynes Park,
and then a train to Thames Ditton, which is a two-minute walk from the College.

An example day in Nyah's timetable

Nyah Before College Using The Computers In The Cafe


Travel to College

It takes me about an hour to get to College. I’m usually on the 7:55am train from Raynes Park, which gets me into Thames Ditton about 8:15am. I like getting to College early, when it’s nice and quiet to get a coffee and catch up on some work in the cafe.

Nyah English Books


Period 1 - English

I have double English first thing. Everyone told me English is hard, but I am enjoying it. It’s not all 19th Century Literature. We are studying modern day poetry at the moment – my favourite poem is called Please Hold, by Ciaran O’Driscoll. It’s about a man having an irritating conversation with a robotic answering machine and reminds me of my grandfather! My teacher Nat encourages a lot of discussion in class which I enjoy.

Nyah A T Lunch In Cafe 2



We have a 20-minute break to catch up with friends and get a drink in the café.

Nyah Case Study 3


Period 2 - English

The first two periods are always a double, so you can really cover a lot of ground in class. For our second English lesson we go into the computer room to do practice questions or a worksheet on the poem we are working on.

Nyah In Her Geography Lesson


Period 3 - Geography

The Geography department is all the way up three flights of stairs – so it keeps you fit!  We are learning about Globalisation, which is one of the topics I didn’t do at GCSE. It’s about how we are all connected as a society and the pros and cons of that. It is very relevant to modern day issues.

There is also a field trip soon to the Thames Barrier to learn about flood defences.

Winter Fair Open Mic


Period 4 - Lunch

Today the Student Union is holding an Open Mic session with some live music. It really creates a nice atmosphere in the cafe.

There is always a salad bar and hot food options in the café and always some chocolate available!  Normally I eat in the café but you can walk out to the Co-op or Thames Ditton high street is about 10 minutes away.

Lrc Learners


Period 5 - Private Study

When I have a private study period, I will go to the Learning Resource Centre, or LRC, to study.

It’s a really great place to get on with work. I use the e-subscriptions a lot including Drama Online, which I used to watch the play I’m  critiquing for my Drama A Level,  and the Royal Geographical Society channel to watch a lecture. It all counts as wider reading towards your subjects.

Break Time At 2.55pm Cafe Selection Of Cakes



A 15-minute break to grab a drink or snack.

Period 6 Nyah In Drama Lesson


Period 6 - Drama

My Drama teacher,  Jayne, is also my tutor- so she is my first point of contact for everything.  In my first term, I auditioned for the College Production as my complementary study option, which Jayne also ran. Together with 23 other first years, we put on a play at Christmas called The 39 Steps. It was a great way to get to know new people, I enjoyed it so much I want to be part of the production team next year.

In my Drama A Level class we are working on our theatre reviews. I was surprised how essay-based the course was, but Jayne has taught us how to approach essays and using time management to plan has really helped. The play I am reviewing is called Small Island, about the Windrush generation in London. It was on at the National Theatre, but I can watch it over and over again on the Drama Online resources in LRC to help me plan my review.

New Thames Ditton Train Station Sign


Home Time

If it’s raining I stay in the café until my train is due, as it’s only a quick walk back to Thames Ditton station.

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