This week the DfE league tables have been released and we are delighted that our Sixth Form results place us in the top three schools in Essex which includes grammar schools and independent schools (96 schools in total). Well done everyone!
A Level Results Summer 2018
There was much to celebrate this year as Greensward Sixth Form students collected their A level and BTEC results.
For most, the countless hours of revision and exam preparation paid off as they gained a set of grades which, in many cases, exceeded those needed to progress onto the next stage of their career, be that at university or in the work place. With almost a quarter of grades being awarded at A* an A and just short of half at A*-B it was another excellent set of results for the sixth form at Greensward which, last year, was ranked as the best in Essex by Government league tables.
Individual successes were numerous, but special congratulations to Oliver Cotgrove (A*, A* A) who now goes to Nottingham to study Psychology, Sian McLintock (A*, A*, A) who takes up her place at Medical School in Manchester and Jodie Weston (A*, A*, A) who will be studying Pharmacy at Keele.
Other students of note include our Head Boy and Head Girl, Harvie Chaperlin and Kate Pilbro who each achieved A* A A and will move on to study Economics at Loughborough and Essex respectively.
It was also a good year for those students who sat AS levels earlier in the summer, with seven students gaining a clean sweep of A grades and the perfect start to their Year 13!
Well done to each and everyone of our students who, regardless of the outcomes of today, we are confident will leave Greensward well equipped to face whatever challenge comes their way.
Greensward's Cambridge and Medicine applicants were given the chance to refine their interview skills this week when they attended a mock interview day at Dulwich College. The sixth form students had the opportunity to sit down for a one on one conversation with an expert in their field and so replicate the actual process they will face over the next few weeks as they work to secure their places at one of the best universities in the world. With all 8 students who applied having successfully gained an interview on their prospective courses, they have already done exceptionally well and we would like to now wish them the very best of luck for this final phase.
Update ... three of these students have now received offers from Cambridge University to study Astrophysics, Genetics and Maths. The pressure is on now to achieve the required results of A*, A* and A at their summer examinations.
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 15 November 2018, 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.