Year 12 Induction Day

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.
Enjoy Year 12 everyone.

A Level Results 2018

2018 – OUTSTANDING A Level results again this year 61% achieving A*-B. Interviews for EXTERNAL APPLICANTS into Year 12 on WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER at 11.00AM. We are enrolling suitably qualified students into Year 12. Complete the application form featured online. Bring in your GCSE results slips. Arrive at Reception on the Princes Avenue site. We have an outstanding sixth form experience, fantastic results and excellent progression to top universities. Join us in September.

Sixth Form EPQ Presentations 2018

In April seventeen students from Years 12 and 13 successfully navigated the trials and obstacles of the academic research process by concluding their extended essays for the AQA EPQ, which is essentially a 5,000 word dissertation for A-level students. In keeping with the dissertation theme, students have to present their findings to an audience of staff and peers, which is the final assessed part of the qualification. Every year, Mr Windrich keeps a video record of the presentations to assist the examiners and these will be placed on eStream in due course.

The point of the projects is to extend learning beyond the A-level specifications and to give students the opportunity to choose their own research topics, thus playing to personal strengths and enthusiasms.

This year has been a great year for considering the wide range of passions and interests our Sixth Form students hold:
Akira Allman (Politics and Philosophy: the merits of pan-Africanism);
Haider Nazerali (the provision of education for hearing-impaired students);
Siham Sahal (clan dynamics in Somalia and the persecution of one group); Pranay Vekaria (Physics: cold fusion as a potential source of energy);
Shaneilla Lewin (why we use certain colours for wedding and funeral garments);
Abeena Devanand (the implications for society of longevity drugs)
Hamza Butt (the merits of drone technology)
Gobindth Kaneshwaran (cryptocurrencies versus fiat currencies)
Adam Badawy (Napoleon: aggressor or defender?);
Wahab Rahmani (Physics: Are we living in a simulation?)
Lemah Islam (Law: on the effectiveness of English law in relation to “honour” crimes)
Nikita Patel (Law: a “good samaritan” law for the UK?)
Don Jayasekera (Medicine: on tackling dengue fever);
Muriel Gilbertson (Law: on English law’s impact on the issue of racial equality)
Aaron Stevens (on military aviation, and the influence of the Horton 229)
Saara Ali (True crime: was the hanging of Hanratty a miscarriage of justice?);
Yasmin Warsame (on the reasons why Somalia might be regarded as a failed state).

The projects are currently being assessed and will be sent to the AQA Exam Board by 15 May. After that, on Thursday 24th May, Year 9 students will be presenting their shorter academic research projects for a related qualification, the HPQ, from 5pm in Tyler’s and Croft Hall. Please support this wonderful event if you can. For further information about this evening, please contact Ms Ruparelia.

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Capgemini Talk

Last week our A level students were invited to join Mike Proctor from Capgemini for a talk about the benefits of apprenticeships. KHS have worked closely with Capgemini for a number of years and a number of our students have secured themselves an apprenticeship place with the company. Mike said : ”It was fantastic to come to Kingsbury on Friday to talk to students about the changing perceptions of apprenticeships and what Capgemini’s degree apprenticeship could offer. It was great to interact with student’s that were so engaged and actively thinking about their future careers. Degree apprenticeships are a great alternative to university and it was interesting hearing the archaic perceptions that may dissuade students to go down this route. I really enjoyed talking students through the application process and hopefully have given them some top tips they can use when applying for jobs in the future. The Capgemini degree apprenticeship programme is open now for applications for 2018. For more information about the requirements and job roles and to apply visit our website. https://www.capgemini.com/gb-en/careers/jobs/2018-degree-apprentice-programme/

Success at Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition

Kingsbury High School debaters celebrated a double victory when two teams (four students) were chosen, after four closely contested rounds of debating, to represent the school in the national debating finals of the Cambridge Union Schools Debating competition.

The students triumphed in the regional round, held at Immanuel College, Bushey, and were successful against opposing schools including Immanuel, Merchant Taylors’, Habs Boys, QE Girls and Watford Grammar.

The finalists are, Sara Dehvari/Haider Nazerali (Head Girl/Head Boy) and Salem Ali/Akira Allman

Other students who represented the school with distinction were Nicole Khabra, Siham Sahal and Muriel Gilbertson in Year 12 and Nauman Zahid in Year 13.

Legal London

In December, A-level Law students followed what has become an annual tradition by exploring ‘Legal London’, visiting the UK’s Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, and taking a walking tour that included the Royal Courts of Justice, Chancery Lane, Ede & Ravenscroft Legal Outfitters, Wildy’s Legal Bookshop and three Inns of Court (Inner Temple, Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn), which serve as the professional associations of barristers.

At the Old Bailey, students observed proceedings from the public gallery of a murder trial involving several defendants, and the trial of a man accused of terrorism offences. They saw the interaction of trial judges with barristers and the jury, the cross-examination of witnesses and the presentation of evidence.

On the walking tour, the students considered the historical links between the legal profession and the City of London, the workings of the Inns of Court and the representation of the legal profession in literature. In the photograph the students are standing by a fountain that Dickens included in his novel ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ (1844).

Harry Potter Debating Competition

On a cold Sunday, Year 13 student and Head Boy, Haider Nazerali, hosted a suitably magical day of debating in K Hall and surrounding classrooms as a fundraising event for the educational charity, Debate Mate. The event attracted teams from far and wide, with two schools travelling from Suffolk to participate, and ran from 9.30am until 7.30pm.
Assisted by members of the Upper School Debating Society and Haider’s contacts from the English Speaking Union and Debate Mate, he organised four rounds of Harry Potter-themed debating (on aspects of the rules of quidditch, the responsibilities of wizardry, the rights of centaurs, and the powers of spells), plus a pizza dinner and an enthusiastically argued and highly entertaining final. House points were awarded (as per the Houses of Hogwarts) and certificates presented to the winning team and to the finalists. Kingsbury fielded four teams in the competition and whilst they did not reach the final, they debated with distinction and a good time was had by all. At the end of the event, Haider was able to announce that the event had succeeded in raising over £300 for Debate Mate. Full credit should go to Haider for a fantastic achievement, which he thoroughly enjoyed and which gave a very positive impression of the school to those who visited on the day.