Hello, my name is Anna and I am NSG’s 2019 president. I am extremely excited for the year ahead and feel lucky to have been given this opportunity to make a difference in the school’s environment.
My journey started in year 7 and since then I believe I have grown and achieved new skills thanks to the supportive and encouraging atmosphere at NSG. This includes trips around the world, presentations, school musicals, events, competitions and now this role as president. The school ethos of Respect for Self, Others and Learning is important to everyone at our school as it helps to create a safe space to learn and achieve your dreams. Each individual student is encouraged to have their own voice and do the best that they can so that they leave NSG as a mature young adult fully prepared for whatever career path they wish to pursue.
The jump from year 6 to 7 was daunting and a little frightening; however my perception was immediately changed when I met my form and my tutor who remained with me throughout my NSG journey. I also had sixth form big sisters who visited every Monday to ensure we were all ok and this reassured us that we always had someone to talk to as well as our tutors and heads of year. Here at NSG, we also provide support systems throughout the school such as being mentored at regular intervals throughout the school year. The major transitions experienced between the different key stages can also be very challenging but there is always someone to turn to at NSG. An example of this is when it comes to what to do at the end of year 11; everyone is given a formal interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their choices about the next stage of their education/training and, although ultimately it is the decision of the individual it is good to know that help, support and advice are there should you need them.
In my opinion, what sets us apart from other schools within the sixth form is that we are privileged with freedom, opportunity and are treated like young adults. This has allowed me to take part in a range of extracurricular activities and have the confidence to put myself forward for challenges which pushed me outside of my comfort zone. One of my personal challenges included the transition into sixth form as I had to adjust to a new environment. However, I overcame this through my friends, teachers and the familiarity of my surroundings. I feel I can talk to anyone and due to NSG life I am privileged to have the environment that allows me to feel comfortable and allow me to focus on my studies. I am now studying English literature, History and Textiles and feel I have a good balance of subjects and I am looking forward to the future and university.
Throughout the school, apart from the taught lessons we have a wide variety of additional extra-curricular activities that we can attend, some of which are run by students, we even have a Circus Club. I have taken part in NSG’s basketball team and was involved in the young enterprise programme which built upon leadership skills and communication as I worked with a team and together we created a product which led to the quarter regional finals at Nottingham Trent university. There are also opportunities for development such as Form Captain, Sports Captain, School Council, Eco officer and Young Enterprise etc. These help students gain an insight into what they enjoy doing as well as giving them experience in key leadership roles. Being the School President has allowed me to give back and play an active role in the student voice at NSG. With my team over the next year we aim to take on issues we feel passionately about such as; mental health, charity, the environment and current issues.
Thank you NSG for the most amazing school experience and I look forward to meeting the new students who choose NSG.
NSG School President