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Hi, I’m Abel, I’m in Year 13 and am currently Head Boy at Gosforth Academy Sixth Form. I study Maths, Further Maths, History and German and I hope to go on to study at university after taking a year out. Having joined the Sixth Form in Year 12, I have really enjoyed becoming part of this community and have benefitted massively from the support of the Sixth Form team.

Post-16 progression forms a key part of the Sixth Form programme and gives students the best possible preparation for life after school. Presentations, workshops and visits are organised weekly and these have truly enriched my education. I have engaged in workshops from the Red Cross about the refugee crisis and a lecture delivered in school by a member of the Monetary Policy Committee: there really is something for everyone. As well as events organised in school, we are also kept informed about events around the city, helping us to make the most of our two years in Sixth Form.

These fantastic opportunities are backed up by the excellent tutor system, which makes sure every student receives specialised one-to-one support. Everybody is allocated a non-teaching tutor for guidance, whether that be with school work, plans after Sixth Form or simply if there is something you want to talk about. Whilst Sixth Form life can be busy and there is always lots going on, your tutor is always there for support and to help balance everything.

The social side of Sixth Form is another aspect that I have really enjoyed at Gosforth Academy. Student Union provides a link between the student body and the Sixth Form team and gives the students a voice. Through this, we, the students really feel we can make the Sixth Form our own, and build our own community. We do this with Student Union meetings every other week, where all are welcome, respected, and listened to. Students can start their own societies too and people already meet every week for Feminist Society, MedSoc, Finance Society and many others. This allows students to take ownership and control of their own development.

At Gosforth Academy, you will have the opportunity, support and guidance to pursue whatever it is that interests you, and you will really be able to make the most out of your time here.


I’m Zara Overton and I hold the position of Head Girl at Gosforth Academy. The subjects I take are History, English Literature and Textiles. Each department has provided outstanding teaching, with subject specialists willing and able to provide targeted guidance to all students. With this support, I have received five offers to pursue my goal of studying History at university.

A significant feature of Gosforth Academy is the effort put into the progression of students at the Sixth Form. No matter what path you decide to take, the non-teaching Personal Tutors and specialised Progression Manager will provide you with opportunities that assist your learning and increase your prospects. The school encourages applications to fantastic extra-curricular visits such as World Challenge, which took students to Belize last year, and the Duke of Edinburgh award, allowing you to build character outside of a leaning environment. Some of the fantastic opportunities presented to me have included seeing the Speaker of the House of Commons, and attending academic seminars which have assisted me in my university application.

Synonymous with a focus on personal academic achievement, the students at Gosforth Academy have the opportunity to develop the Sixth Form themselves, through the Student Union. My role as Head Girl allows me to take student led suggestions and work with the other members of the union to make them a reality. The achievements of the union this year have already exceeded expectation, with successful charity events raising money for breast cancer awareness and promoting donations for the Newcastle West End food bank in the weeks leading up to Christmas. As well as this, we are in the process of publishing the Sixth Form’s first ever online Magazine, and developing a Charter to assist future members of the Student Union.

The Sixth Form here provides exceptional support for students to achieve, both academically and personally. It is clear that this school values its students and I am very fortunate to have studied here. Making the right decision for your future is paramount and I hope that you choose Gosforth Academy Sixth Form.