Students attended an employability workshop run by top City firm EY. EY managers and employees presented career options, interview tips and managing your own brand to help students consider not only what career to choose but how to get through an interview.
Thank you to EY and to Aston University who organised the event. Only a limited number of schools got to take part and KHS Sixth Form took 25% of all the places as we have close links to Aston University and we asked for more than double the places. Those who attended all had excellent attendance to lessons and attitude to learning scores of either ‘Excellent’ or at least ‘Good’ because it is important students are on track to get the grades required to enter top careers and attendance and work ethic are key to achieving the grades.
Samra Ali, who attended the trip, summarised some key tips:
Think about your strengths. Write down 5 strengths that you can show your interviewers. They could be what you use and do often. Performance, what you do well in. Energy, what makes you feel good.
Interviewers and employers only take 20 seconds to read your application or CV, so the first impression you give to them is important.
Within 30 seconds in seeing you, interviewers can make first impressions. So: be on time, be prepared and be engaged.
Create a lasting impression: show your personality, show that you’ve done you’re research by knowing about why you want this placement, think about your body language, listen, don’t rush and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Year 12 started with an inspiring talk from a former student who now works as Head of Events for the largest event management company in Europe. His tips were: be nice and polite (employers want this); work hard at getting the grades (it will be needed to get you an interview); and learn your craft (if you have an interest or career in mind).
Then students chose their extra-curricular opportunities followed by talking with alumni about careers. Year 12 enjoyed the leadership training along with registering with Unifrog to research university courses and Pathways CTM for career opportunities and apprenticeships.
KHS Sixth Form sixth form achieved 61% A*-B in 2018 so our A level results were outstanding for the 3rd year running. Biology and Chemistry achieved over 70% A*-B which the medical students were pleased to know. Our Sixth Form is rated in the top 10% nationally: so students have joined a successful centre. We welcomed over thirty new students to the Sixth Form from other centres which has significantly increased from 2017. Over 60% of Year 11 enrolled with us and nearly all of our top students at GCSE decided to stay with us. With four students securing Oxbridge places and three off to Medical school, students were assured they can get top grades at KHS as well as experience an amazing extra-curricular package.
Year 13 received their awards for excellence in lessons and engagement in the wider life of the School. Staff, governors and parents attended the event on Monday 02 July. Many thanks to Miss Hollingworth and Mrs Cox for their work getting the evening together as well as Erik for the video highlights.
The Sixth Form’s clear focus this half-term has been on preparing students for UCAS, apprenticeships and careers beyond Kingsbury High School. We have sought to engage parents during our Higher Education Evening and offered students a week of activities and opportunities to find out more and develop their skills.
At the Higher Education Evening, parents and students received presentations on UCAS and degree apprenticeships, and received tips from last year’s Head Boy and Girl, before entering an information fair with stalls from a range of universities (e.g. Goldsmith’s, SOAS, Roehampton, City, Brunel, Leicester) and with stalls highlighting areas of support in the Sixth Form (e.g. on student finance, welfare issues, for Oxbridge applicants, for Medicine applicants, and on personal statements).
During our UCAS/Apprenticeships Week, we gave the students an opportunity to start their online UCAS application forms, took them to three universities (Queen Mary, Imperial College and Hertfordshire), set them a team challenge and had a varied and interesting Employability Day. The Employability Day gave every student the chance to test their leadership skills (provided by Montium), develop confidence for interviews, work through assessment centre activities and engage with a panel comprising of Pathways CTM (an organisation which offers insight days for a range of companies), Capgemini degree apprentices, and former students talking about banking and the construction industry. Thank you to our alumni, universities and organisations for contributing to a stimulating, enriching and hopefully inspiring set of experiences for our current Sixth Form students.
Year 13 ended their time in Sixth Form with some special ‘awards’ presented in the study room. There was much laughter and both staff and students had a wonderful time. The event was followed by a social for year 13 complete with an amazing curry, fabulous live music (including Mr Waxman singing) and a bouncy castle. Good luck with exams and see you all on 2 July for the proper Awards Evening.
A few of the Year 13 HSLA students (more commonly referred to as red shirt) thought that it would be lovely to invite some student from the Village school to Kingsbury High to participate in several sporting activities. Some of our Year 7 students wanted to join and were thrilled that they were given this opportunity. This event aims to bring both schools together through sport. One of the teachers from the Village School said “this was a fantastic opportunity for 18 students from the Village School to participate in a fully inclusive festival. It was extremely well organised and so much fun. The activities were so well planned – hope that we can repeat the experience again. – Mary Blake
We were extremely happy to hear these words as it shows that our hard work in planning the event has paid off. – Anika Patel Year 13
On Wednesday 7 February, Year 12 STEM students, along with Mr Cumbers and Mr Senior, attended an evening lecture at Imperial College, University of London. Ten PhD students at Imperial presented their cutting-edge research into Controlled Quantum Dynamics. The lecture was really helpful to expand understanding beyond the syllabus and was definitely stretching! A great experience that will prove useful for personal statements later in the year. Talks included – Quantum clocks and the race for time which outlined how the national physical laboratory is the centre for timekeeping in the UK. Quantum clocks could be highly applicable for highly accurate GPS tracking. Controlled Quantum Dynamics was also explained by exploring the role of super positioning, hidden variables, quantum cryptography, quantum tunneling, spontaneous collapse and, finally, quantum entanglement!
Students attending were: Stanislava Sebest, Ajinath Jeyachandran, Wahab Rahmani, Hamza Butt, Christian Lai and Gobindth Kaneshwaran. Our next visit will be on 20 March on gravitational waves