I am studying Maths, Chemistry and Biology at A Level and hoping to get a place to study Medicine at university next year. I have been in the Gosforth school system since Reception and at Gosforth Academy since Year 9. I have enjoyed my time at the Academy and I have felt well supported to achieve my academic goals.
Akseli, the Head Boy, and I lead the Student Union team of seven. There are weekly student union meetings open to everyone, not just the committee. This term the student union is organising several events, including a charity netball match to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a toiletry collection for charity, a food bank collection and a Movember event. We hope to organise more events after Christmas, such as a Sixth Form football tournament. We are currently considering ways to support students’ mental health and hope to launch regular mental health and wellbeing tips on social media through a “Mental Health Mondays” project soon. Students can get involved in the Student Union by coming to meetings, getting involved in our events or by applying to be on the committee, at the end of Year 12.
At Gosforth Academy, there’s lots of support when you’re considering what to do after Sixth Form. Each student has a personal tutor and a learning manager to give advice and help with university applications and other options. When you have free periods in Sixth Form, there is a good choice of places to go, from the quiet space of the library to the sociable common room, as well as other break out spaces. In the Sixth Form we are expected to do more independent learning than before; however most subjects have intervention sessions to help you if you want extra support or are struggling with a particular topic.
I love the number of clubs on offer at Gosforth Academy. There is something for everyone. Some clubs are just for Sixth Form and others are open to other year groups as well. Clubs on offer include a range of sports clubs, yoga, knitting club, Sixth Form gym and feminist society. All clubs are open to beginners so you can try something new. Many students enjoy supporting the sports teams and there is a real sense of community at these events.
At Gosforth Sixth Form, there is a huge number of students all with different backgrounds and personalities and I feel this makes for a diverse and inclusive community that I am glad to be part of.