Meet the Students
Phil

Phil

I am in Year 13, and I study Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geography.

Advice for future students: 

Try to pick subjects that are suitable for the university course you want to do, but that you'll also enjoy. That makes revision a whole lot easier!

You will have much more control over your learning, so don't be tempted to play cards every free period.

Things I have learnt:

One of the main things I learnt is the best method of revision for me; creating flashcards and pages of notes is much more helpful (when revising) than re-reading the same page ~20 times in a textbook! Time management is another skill that I have definitely improved over the course of Year 12.

My plans for the future:

I hope to study geology (specialising in palaeontology) at university, and then subsequently complete a palaeoecology/palaeobiology-related PhD. In the long term, I hope to become a researcher in an academic institution, such as the British Geological Survey.


Maddie

Maddie

I am in Year 12 and I am studying Pyschology, English Language and Religious Studies.

My advice for future students would be to always keep on top of your work. To never be afraid to ask questions and get to know your subjects very well and put a lot of hard work and dedication into your subjects. To pick subjects that you are interested in and have full potential in and could see them being useful in your future career path. Never give up!

 What I have learnt: I have learnt the importance of working your hardest at all times and to love your subjects and to always be punctual.  

 My plans for the future: Hopefully to be successful and achieve good grades at the end of 6th form and to pursue my dream career.


Molly

Molly

I am in Year 12 student studying English Literature, History, Media & Photography

Advice for future students:

The best advice I could give would be to pick subjects that you enjoy doing, especially if you enjoyed them at GCSE! But also, don't be scared to try new things because it's exciting to try something new and you might discover hidden talents. Don't be scared to try new things and meet new people and push out of your comfort zone!

Things I've learnt:

How best to manage your time, I think it's really important to use your free periods effectively and stay on top of your work, I also think something really important to surround yourself with new people and socialise with others to make your free periods and study times more enjoyable.

My plans for the future:

I'd love to pursue some form of career in the media, editing or journalism or something similar, I'm just going to focus on getting the best A level results I can! 


Lindsey

Lindsey

I am in year 12 and I study English Literature, Geography, Psychology and Biology.

Advice for future students: Don’t expect it to be like school as you know it, it's a lot harder and the workload is much greater. We are treated differently and I find you feel a lot more in charge of your own learning.

Things I have learnt: I've learnt a lot academically and I've learnt how to better manage my time. I've also learnt that studying for long periods of time doesn't work well for me and I now know that I need to 'condense' my learning because there's just too much information at A level so you have to be very selective when revising so revisiting the information is easy and not too much of a mental mess.

My plans for the future: I plan to go to university, hopefully Newcastle, and maybe do Nutrition and Psychology as a course. I'm trying to keep my options, hence the wide ranging A level subjects...I would also recommend doing this if you're not sure what you'll be doing at Uni, definitely do at least one science!


Amy

Amy

I am in Year 13 and I am currently studying Biology, History and Maths.

Advice for future students: The sixth form has everything and more that you need to do well in your A levels. As long as you apply yourself and work hard, there is nothing stopping you from succeeding. It really is down to you and how much work you're willing to put in. Remember that the teachers are always there to help you so don't be afraid to go see them if you need help or are struggling!
 
Things I have learnt: Throughout my time at the sixth form I have learnt to ensure I use all my time effectively and how essential it is to be organised. You can save a lot of time by putting all your work in folders, especially when it comes to revising. I've also learnt that there is always going to be some things you don't understand and I've learnt to not be afraid to ask for help when I've needed it.
 
My plans for the future: I hope to get a degree in Biomedical Science from Durham University and then perhaps get a career in research within the medical field such a developing new medication.


Matthew

Matthew

I am in Year 13 and I study Product Design, Business and Physics.

Advice for future students: Be prepared for the massive step up from GCSE but enjoy and take all the opportunities given.

Things I have learnt: Independence - nothing is spoon fed anymore, to manage my time better and be more organised, still need time for hobbies such as football and a job as down time from A-Levels.

My plans for the future: Study Product Design at university and then use this to go on and get a job that allows me to travel.