CONGRATULATIONS TO …
... students and staff who achieved the best progress in Essex at A level according to the DfE Performance Tables which were released on 25 January.
… Sian McLintock and Joseph Rowlands in Year 13 who have gained interviews at medical school and Oxford University respectively. Joseph has been successful in gaining an interview at Oxford University to read Computer Science; he is travelling to New College on Sunday for a gruelling three day selection process. Sian has been successful in securing interviews at each of the four medical schools she applied for and has interviews for each in the New Year.
Both students travelled with Mr Benson to Dulwich College for mock interviews where they received excellent feedback on their performance as well as the overall quality of their applications. Both Sian and Joseph had to sit additional entry exams in order to get this far, gaining exceptionally high marks in each.
Regardless of the final outcome, they have done incredibly well and should be very proud of what they have achieved so far. We wish them lots of luck.
... Joseph Hart in Year 12 who travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Congratulations Joseph on a brilliant achievement!
A Student's View
The step up ...
Becoming a Sixth Form student can be a challenging and daunting prospect and to make the step up from GCSE to A level requires the right mind set. As an A level student, a consistent and sufficient level of study is pivotal to success at Greensward Academy. Nevertheless, the exceptional team of teachers will be sure to push you to ensure you acquire the grades you aspire to achieve. As said by the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Benson, "it is absolutely essential that you are on the right course and that you enjoy it." To help with this, Greensward Academy offers option talks to discuss the subjects at an Information Evening on 16 November, and during the academy day for existing Year 11 students, a fully informative prospectus (see below) and the option to change your choice of subjects until September. This is offered as the academy considers the enjoyment of your subjects is crucial to educational success.
The atmosphere ...
At Greensward Academy Sixth Form there is always a positive and friendly atmosphere. Current Sixth Form students have described it as a "good, cohesive environment". Students feel safe and maintain a friendly attitude towards others. This is encouraged in our common room which includes ambient seating to allow students a chance to socialise and take a break from the stress of Sixth Form life. Students feel that maintaining a positive atmosphere cuts out any distractions and helps them to fully focus on their subjects of choice in order to maximise their potential.
The Sixth Form Centre ...
The Sixth Form Centre is a free flowing, well situated building that creates a picturesque, ideal learning setting for all students. Facilities include a Law room with an oval-shaped working area to encourage open legal discussion and debate; a Supervised Study Room with 30 computers and tables; a common room with ambient seating and television and next to this is Cafe 6 that offers various pastries, paninis, sandwiches, salads, fruits and drinks. Behind the Sixth Form Centre is the student garden which includes a decking area with seating.