Year 12 Comments - Autumn 2017

 

Aditi Mudaliar

The thought of leaving my small school to come to St George’s was definitely daunting.  However, on arrival I was greeted with utmost warmth; it felt like I had been there since Year 7!  Students are friendly and supportive and teachers are there to help guide you and settle in. 

There is a clear difference between A Levels and GCSE but the flexibility and support schemes St George’s offer ease the workload significantly. Teachers are there to motivate you through these critical two years. 

One thing that really struck me once I started at St George’s was the unity and sense of pride within the House system.  There are many events that you can get involved in from House Rugby to House Chess and it is a fun way to interact and meet people within your own House.  Prior to moving to St George’s for Sixth Form, I wouldn’t have dreamt of being a part of the choir.  However, when the opportunity to join in and compete for House music was given, I leapt at the chance.  It has aided with my confidence and allowed me to meet people who share the same interests as me and have fun at the same time.

 

Harriet Bell

If you would like to attend a Sixth form where you will be supported to achieve your goals and reach your full potential, then look no further than St George’s.

After being a pupil here for 5 years, I knew already there was nowhere else I wanted to spend my next two years studying.  But, from what I had previously heard about Sixth Form, I expected that the step up from GCSE to A Level would be a considerable one, and I wasn’t wrong!  The increased work load and tougher course content was a little daunting at first.

However, the staff here at St George’s could not have made my transition smoother and I have now settled into the independent learning structure, making full use of all the resources available.  I have also discovered in Sixth Form there is a close knit community of students, surrounded by amazing teachers and wonderful support staff; if you have any problems or worries there’s always someone willing to help.

The independence gained by the move into Sixth Form gives you the opportunity to develop essential skills for life such as organisation and time management.  Pupils are treated as adults and with this greater respect comes additional privilege and freedoms, which makes your time at St George’s even more fulfilling. 

For me, the House system is key to helping everyone to feel included as part of a wider family and the inter House competitions provide exciting opportunities for all.  Whether it’s music, sport or drama that interests you, there’s always something to get involved in, leading to lasting friendships and most of all, great memories of your time at St George’s.

 

Chim Wachuku

Considering that I enrolled in St George’s as an external Year 12 student, it is easy to imagine what a daunting task it was for me to try and integrate myself into the School.  The challenge of A Levels was not the main issue for me, as I understood that with my work ethic and ability, as well as the level previously shown by St George’s to do with grades, I had nothing to worry about; the main challenge and thought was to do with adapting to the new environment, and having to once again join social circles, in addition to learning the routes to lessons in such a big school.

Luckily, most of my worries were all dispelled throughout my first and second weeks (even by the first day I found my nerves lessening) and found that the people were quite accommodating to new students, as they showed a great level of empathy.  With this fear out of the way, focusing on studies was the next key thing, and it is evident to me now that the workload for A Levels is unparalleled; it truly is a big step up.  However, the high standards and support of subject teachers is one that helps make the transition as smooth and as manageable as possible.

A Levels at St George’s truly does offer you a greater amount of freedom, and when this is mixed in with all the opportunities to involve yourself in school life, (for example all the different House events), you get a sense that the School does not just focus on the work-side of things, as they are looking to shape well rounded individuals.

Success at this School is not just based on grades, but in terms of what I would say to new people is to be organised, work hard and enjoy yourself, and the rest will fall into place.

 

Gemma Barton

Joining Sixth Form is a challenge-even if it is at the same school you have always been to-so being a new pupil is even more intimidating!  There are hundreds of names to remember, classrooms to find and a daily schedule to adapt to.  Although, really, the only name that you need to know is Janice!  (Who runs the Sixth Form Refectory and provides sustenance.)  What I can say is that the St George's environment puts you at ease from the very first day.  I have found that the teachers are very welcoming and my peers are amazingly inclusive to me and the large proportion of the year that were also external.  In the short amount of time that I have been at St George's I have really settled into the school and hugely admire its ethos and what it means to be part of it.  I would say that one of the best things I have done so far has been House Music and would strongly advise others to take part in school events/clubs, because being a Sixth Former at St George's is not all about the academics!

 

Adam Bailey

So far St George’s Sixth Form has been a great experience.  It’s definitely different to compulsory secondary school, not just with the reduced subjects, but with the free periods, greater independence and greater freedom.  Fortunately, this is a welcome change.  Being able to manage your own time and work more is a very useful and practical thing to do.

The atmosphere in St George’s Sixth Form is also very nice and welcoming.  New students to the School don’t really feel new anymore since they have integrated so well and quickly already, and I have had a great time getting to know some of the new people.

Most lessons have been interesting and engaging, and as long as you pick the subjects you enjoy the most (but make sure you are reasonably good at them) you will start to enjoy the lessons more... or maybe it’s just me.  Even so, being interested in your courses really does help for motivation to get more work done for them.

My top tip to anyone coming to St George’s Sixth Form aside from picking subjects you enjoy, is to enjoy yourself and balance breaks and work.  Your workload will slowly step up, but as long as you are mentally refreshed, then you will be able to handle this, so make sure you look after yourself and don’t get overloaded with work.   Best of luck to you all.

 

Millie Liddell

Having come from a small private girls' school, it was really exciting to experience such a different school environment.  So far it is the many differences and quirks of St George's that have really made me love it.  Whilst speaking to others about school, I realise what a unique and special school that I now attend.  The teachers and students have been very welcoming and teachers are genuinely enthusiastic about their subjects.  You never feel out of place for contributing in class or getting involved.  The School has a strong sense of history and set of values which you actually see in place during the school day.  You definitely get as much out of sixth form that you put in and the type of students who are in the sixth form know that.

 

Macy Banks

Being an existing member of St George’s School I was pleasantly surprised by the contrast in the whole approach to School life that Sixth Form has to offer.  Immediately I noticed a difference in the way that we as students are treated and the abundance of opportunities and responsibilities we are offered.  We are also provided with plenty of guidance and support, not only with our academic pursuits but also with any personal issues or anxieties.

Initially, I had a few concerns in terms of the volume of work we would be expected to do and whether I would be able to manage my time effectively and still be able to do extracurricular activities that I enjoy, however I soon learnt that many of the teachers appreciate that students only have so much time and initiate you gradually into the new learning experience, often offering you tools to help you work and time management skills.  In addition to that you are also allocated study periods which are very useful for getting work done as well as extending knowledge of each subject through additional reading and research.

 As a lacrosse player, sport is important to me and at St George’s regular training sessions are held each week which is a good way of getting to know people you may not necessarily get the opportunity to see in School.  Playing in the team gives you a sense of responsibility and pride as many people are very passionate about sport at St George’s.

 I have thoroughly enjoyed my transition into Year 12 and I am delighted that I stayed on.

 

Ben Winfield

Lower down the School, I always thought that the Sixth Form was just another part of the School with the only differences being not having to wear uniform and doing fewer subjects.  However, after a few weeks as a part of the Sixth Form, I realise that it is very different to being in Years 7-11.  Firstly, I enjoy working on only subjects which I have chosen to study and I have found focusing on only a few subjects to be better even if the work load is higher.  I enjoy the freedom of study periods, especially as I am taking four subjects, in order to give me more at home for some subjects and to be able to access of the School’s equipment for my product design projects, at School. 

In conclusion, being in Sixth Form is very different to lower down the School and, even though I am taking four A Levels, the extra time has helped me to keep on top of my work.

 

 

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