Elvin pupils plan for their futures

This term has seen years 9, 11, and 13 working hard to prepare for their next steps as we enter the second half of the academic year.

Year 13

It’s been very exciting to see university offers flying in thick and fast for our year 13s, which are rewards for many years of effort in their learning. We are on track for 100% of pupils receiving offers, and here are just a few highlights:

  • Rashmi, our Head Girl, has received all five offers to study Psychology including the University of Birmingham, Surrey University, Aston University, Southampton University, and Hertfordshire University.
  • Ayman received all five offers from his universities to study Law, with his firm choice as Liverpool University which is part of the famous Russell Group top universities in the UK.
  • Jerome received all five offers to study Economics and has chosen East Anglia University as his top choice.
  • Saynab received an unconditional offer from Roehampton university to study History and English Literature based on her outstanding application.
  • Jeneil received an unconditional offer from Portsmouth university to study Sport and Exercise Science based on her Sports qualifications and contributions.
  • Mohamed has received offers to study Physics at prestigious universities including the University of Birmingham, Warwick University, UCL, and Kings College London.

It is particularly impressive to have pupils receive offers from all their choices, or to receive unconditional offers which mean that the university is so impressed by their application that they have agreed to take them whatever final results they achieve in their A levels. This application process has been supported by a weekly enrichment session, bringing in interesting and inspiring speakers from the worlds of work and universities, and by regular trips to universities and employers to help sixth formers make the right choices – such as the trip to PA consulting in central London on 29th January, pictured above.

Year 11

Meanwhile, our year 11 pupils have also impressed as they step up their efforts in the final few months leading to their final GCSE exams. 2015 started with two weeks of mock exams, which year 11 approached with exemplary focus and determination – an excellent preparation for their exams this summer, and an opportunity for pupils and teachers to work together to understand what topics they need to improve on in the final straight. Year 11 

teachers also been working hard, increasing lesson times for GCSE pupils and offering after school sessions which have been very well attended by pupils keen to do everything they can to secure the grades that they deserve and that will open up future opportunities. Teachers will even be working in school with targeted year 11 pupils throughout the half term holiday, and on selected Saturdays next half term.

Year 11 have also been looking beyond their GCSEs and making decisions about their options next year. These decisions have been supported by daily assemblies – thank you to Ms Bayes for putting together this excellent programme of assemblies – which have given year 11 lots of information and guidance. We are delighted that many of our pupils will be choosing to stay at Ark Elvin Academy for sixth form, and there was a strong turnout at our information evening where they heard more about our sixth form next year. This included hearing about the wide range of subjects we will be able to offer by joining forces with Ark Academy in Wembley Park, and also the generous bursaries available through Ark to financially support our pupils through university. 

Year 9

Last but by no means least, year 9 pupils have been taking the first important step on this journey by starting the process of deciding their GCSE subjects. The process started with sixteen assemblies this half term, each exploring the benefits of a different subject. Parents joined at an information evening at the end of January and will each join their child for an interview with a senior teacher to make final choices. For the first time at the school, pupils will choose their options with very few timetable restrictions, and once these decisions have been made the timetable will be built to ensure that as many pupils as possible can study the subjects of their choice. It has been inspiring to hear the incredible aspirations our year 9 pupils have, which truly embody magna aude, and we are putting every effort into supporting them with their decisions so they can take the right steps to fulfilling these goals.