Head Students' Welcome

A warm welcome to the Sixth Form

Head students 2023 24

Amelia Stonebanks and Lydia Munn


Amelia said - “Becoming Head Student, and working with a fantastic group of student leaders, allows myself and others to have a say in what goes on inside the school. It gives us a chance to work on changes people need, but also work on our own communication, organisation and professional skills. Personally as Head Student, I believe this position will help people feel comfortable voicing their concerns or voicing the pride they feel for their college!”


Amelia studies English Literature, English Language and Drama A Levels.



Lydia said - “For me, student leadership is a key part of making the school what it is - providing a link between the students and teachers, to make sure everyone feels comfortable and enjoys the school environment. Being Head Student allows me to be involved in many of the school's activities I took part in, which I now realise were made possible by not only my teachers, but the previous student leadership teams before me: I'm essentially giving back a part of what was given to me! As well as this, it's also a great opportunity to improve leadership, teamwork, and public speaking skills, which will all be vital skills to have in almost any workplace.”


Lydia studies Maths, French and Physics A Levels.


Academic study

As a year 13 student I feel that I am in a strong position to analyse the school as I have been a student here for over 6 years now. The school really provides the sense that you are part of a broader community while still maintaining an emphasis on individualism when it comes to teaching. The detailed feedback given by teachers on each specific assessment really facilitates strong academic growth, you are always aware of exactly how to improve which I feel is crucial for the overall development of each student. 

Something that sets our sixth form apart is that we have study periods which is where students will go into the Sixth Form Study Area and complete an hour of silent study in order to keep up with the workload that comes from their new courses. During my time at the sixth form , the one thing I have appreciated the most is the huge amount of support you receive from your teachers. They were able to provide me with extra resources and also have continually been kind enough to give up their own time to go through anything that I was struggling with. Class sizes are also very small meaning you are able to have a lot of focussed time with your teachers and all individual needs are met easily. 


Extra curricular activities

The college not only provides the foundations for academic excellence but also offers a broad array of engaging extracurricular activities including clubs, trips and student leadership roles for example. One club which I find particularly enjoyable is the debate club, open to years 11, 12 and 13. The club helps to build opinions surrounding contemporary issues, personally I find the club very helpful for aiding academic growth within my own subjects.


Leadership opportunities

Student leadership positions within the sixth form are great opportunities for students to develop their organisation and communication skills while participating in  various events within the school and the surrounding community. 

There is also the opportunity to get more heavily involved in the student leadership team when you enter  the sixth form.  You have the opportunity to lead a small team or even a large team , with roles in charity , environment , academic support and much more.  Being involved in the student leadership team has allowed me to become a more active member in the college community and attempt to improve the college environment for students.  This role has also given me valuable experience in leadership , organisation and public speaking - these student leadership roles are something I would strongly encourage you all to get involved in next year.


Social activities

The school hosts various fun and engaging social activities. For example there are frequent deep learning days which encourage teamwork and togetherness in order to complete tasks. Enrichment week also acts as a fantastic way to create meaningful and long-lasting friendships through the shared experiences of participating in countless school trips. 



I think the best piece of advice would be to just enjoy your time here because it will absolutely fly by. In order to do this I would suggest taking as many opportunities as you can, this will help create new friendships as well as with the development of various skills including communication, organisation and generally the ability to feel comfortable within your school environment. 

Something I would encourage all students to do is to put yourself out of your comfort zone and go for every opportunity you are given  as it allows you to discover more about yourself as a person. This will better prepare you for bigger decisions in the future such as choosing your GCSEs and eventually A-Levels as you’ve gained knowledge of what you enjoy and are passionate about.


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