Hertfordshire Virtual School celebrates student successes

A former pupil of Hertfordshire County Council’s Virtual School for Supported Pupils is excelling in an investigative role with the Department of Justice.

Kimberley Jean-Baptiste, 25, from Watford, graduated with an honors degree in philosophy in 2018.

While in school, Kimberley was supported by the council’s virtual school; an online resource supporting the education of students supported in mainstream schools.

Kimberley started a degree in English Literature in 2014 but decided not to pursue the course after realizing her academic interests lay elsewhere.

Supported by the virtual school, she decided to follow a different course and started a degree in philosophy. During her time at the course, which resulted in her earning the highest grade possible, Kimberley worked closely with the Virtual School, benefiting from attending regular review meetings and to provide structure and motivation. to continue when faced with personal challenges. She particularly appreciated the constant encouragement given during her studies and the tailor-made approach adopted to support her.

After her undergraduate degree, Kimberley was accepted into a postgraduate course in political theory as well as the Civil Care Leavers internship. Eager to start her career, she started the internship and managed to be offered a permanent position by the Office of the Public Guardian.

She is now a proud public servant and looks forward to gaining more experience in the public sector.

Kimberley said: “My mentors at the virtual school provided me with vital support and guidance and their guidance and positivity motivated me to opt for a Philosophy course, which I loved. I am so grateful. for their help because it literally changed the course of my life.”

Kimberly Jean Baptiste

The council’s virtual school has continued to support pupils in Hertfordshire and this year celebrated its first successes in Oxbridge.

Bhuvanesh Ramnauth, from Letchworth Garden City, will study philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, while Stephanie Braid will go to Cambridge.

Cllr Teresa Heritage, Executive Member of Hertfordshire County Council for Children, Young People and Families, said: “We are so proud of our Virtual School in Hertfordshire who have provided the expertise, support and passion to help our young people in care.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our amazing host families whose love and guidance goes a long way in helping these young people realize their potential.”

Perry A. Thomasson