I am honoured to represent Northampton School for Girls tonight as school president. I was fortunate to join Northampton School for Girls in year 7 and whilst growing up through the school I have been open to countless opportunities which have shaped me into a strong and versatile student. Although the jump from GCSEs to A-levels is a daunting transition NSG works with every student to ensure they are on the right path and will succeed. To me, this why our sixth form stands out. From the first day in September each student has a meeting to discuss their choices and ensure they are choosing subjects which they will enjoy and excel in. As the year progresses and your studies build the same level of support is still there which is crucial when balancing your subjects and preparing for mock exams. At sixth form, class sizes are smaller so the student to staff ratio enables teachers to spend more time with students and develop their learning. No one is left behind as teachers know every student’s progress and level of learning which is essential to ensure students are stretched but at the same time understanding their work.
At NSG our sixth form centre is separate from the rest of the school so our learning environments are quiet and help you to work well and concentrate. Our learning areas are well equipped, clean and monitored to promote a positive working atmosphere which is essential for effective studying. At the same time, in our break and lunch, these are used to relax and have a breather from studying and lessons. Although your studies are important it is just as important to maintain a good social life. Joining the sixth form from an external students perspective can be scary but I can assure friendships realign in the sixth form and every student finds a group of friends. There is a wider sense of community in the sixth form and everyone is respectful of each other’s working conditions. There is always a positive atmosphere in the sixth form centre and among students as we are all focused on achieving and working hard.
Since year 11 I have known I’ve wanted to study politics and since then have utilised opportunities across the school to help develop my skills. I think the availability for students to gain opportunities which further their learning is extraordinary at NSG. Within my interest of politics I have been able to undertake in work experience at 10 Downing street and my local mp’s office, been a part of debates at the county council chamber and have had talks from American politicians.
Out of curriculum, there is a wide range of options to gain skills from and find something you are passionate about. Being a part of enrichment groups such as young enterprise, big sister little sister, subject mentoring have helped to develop my confidence, organisation as well as being an active member of the school community. Towards the end of the year, 12 students can apply to be either the school president of the vice president’s team. Being school president has allowed me to give back to the school and create student lead change which is something I feel passionate about. In this role I can work across the school helping to improve learning environments and the team and myself can promote issues we feel passionately about such as; mental health, current affairs and gender equality.
As I approach the final few months of my time at NSG I feel very honoured to be a student and a representative of the school and am extremely thankful for all the opportunities I have gained.