November Excel Day

Today our students were treated a wide range of activities, trips, motivational talks, cooking workshops, guest speakers and much more. During our Excel Days we take our students off their timetable and engage them in workshops that will develop them as a whole person. This is key for every student at Kingsbury High School as those days are designed to allow them to learn about topics they wouldn’t normally be thought about in a school environment.

Our Year 7 students went to various locations in London, the Year 8s learned how to read for pleasure as well as continued to develop their First Give charity projects. Careers Day was the topic for Year 9 students, whilst the Year 10s focused on the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.

In the Upper school the Year 11s discussed mental health and met the guest speakers Maximize who talked to them about best practise for exam preparation.

Finally, our Sixth Formers enjoyed a carousel of activities, from yoga to cooking, to talks about how to best prepare for life at university, to health and wellbeing and guest speakers.

Sixth Form Debating Club

With the upcoming General Election our motion was a topical one, ‘The House would make voting compulsory’ arguing for the proposition were Nouh, Umayma and Priya – while on the opposition we had Bill, Devvan and Amal.

In lively debate the proposition argued that compulsory voting would ensure we had governments  that had a greater degree of legitimacy and a fair representation of the people stating that it has worked in Australia and other nations. Whereas the opposition refused to buckle arguing that voting was a civic right not a duty and that it would lay the foundation to give to rise an authoritarian regime. In a packed study room the motion was passed for the proposition.

New Year 12s start the Sixth Form

Almost 240 Year 12s started the sixth form on Monday 9 September. Record number of external students joined the Sixth Form this year.

Year 12 enjoyed a carousel of sessions including advice from former Head Girl, Sara Dehvari, studying History at the University of Cambridge about how to be successful in the Sixth Form, along with a team building exercise, freshers fair to sign up for opportunities and an opportunity to meet more alumni to get advice about options at university and some careers.

Year 12 also signed up for Unifrog, a website to help with university and apprenticeships options as well as Pathways CTM, a company who provide a range of opportunities to meet top companies throughout the year during which students find out about career options.

Sixth Form Team Building Day

It has been a very busy two weeks for Year 12 students, who have been participating in a number of workshop and programmes, preparing them for life after KHS.  As previously reported they took part in employability days, UCAS evening, university visits and their busy schedule ended with a very enjoyable team-building day, where students were asked to rise to the challenge of a series of physical, sporting and mental challenges, and did so with distinction.

We are already looking ahead to next year’s programme, having been inspired by the quality of the guidance and advice delivered by external providers and seeking, as ever, to build upon what we are able to offer in-house for our students.

Thanks to the Sixth Form Management Team for putting the arrangements in place and the many teachers over the two weeks who gave their time to support the students in these activities.

Employability Day 2019

The Sixth Form’s clear focus this half-term has been on preparing Year 12 students for UCAS, apprenticeships and careers beyond Kingsbury High School.

One of the events was 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 and work through assessment centre activities. Former students came in to talk about gap years, clinical specialism, helping children with heart problems at the Evelina Children Hospital in London, HR and being a senior mechanical engineer at McLaren. Thank you to our alumni and organisations for contributing to a stimulating and enriching day for our current Sixth Form students.

Sixth Form Evening of Celebration

This week we welcomed back the Sixth Form students to an evening of celebration. Every year we invite the students after their exams to this special event. The evening started with some food and refreshments in K Hall where students had to opportunity to catch up with their peers. This was followed by the main presentation in K Hall. Everyone enjoyed a video showing their highlights and time at the school and Sixth Form as well as a video created by last year’s Headgirl, bringing back some great memories from the past.

To conclude the evening, staff presented 10 prestigious awards to the following students:

Shobana & Laavanya Yoganayam Prize for Outstanding Success in Chemistry went to Hassan Naima

Douglas Peacock Memorial Award for Highest Achievement in Chemistry went to Pranay Vekaria

Richard Vaizey Memorial Award for a student noted for their intellectual curiosity went to Hamza Butt

Professor John Marks Memorial Award to support deserving applicants to Oxbridge went to Wahab Rahmani

John Wyles Memorial Award for Achievement in Face of Adversity went to Pritesh Parekh

Reading List Foundation, a Scholoarship of £250 For an exceptional Year 13 student from a low income background, starting university to fund reading resources went to Sankari Thangakumaran

Elizabeth Williams Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the School went to Livya Mathialagan Pal

Roger Stone Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service to the School Community went to Abitha Naganathan

The Phillip Snell Award for the Greatest Overall Improvement went to Rachel Ayodele

Student of the Year is awarded to the student who stands out in terms of all round excellence went to Jumana Elsheikh Ali.

Well done to all of the Year 13s and good luck with your A Level results.

Sixth Form UCAS Evening

Last Thursday the KHS Sixth Form Centre organised its annual UCAS evening. Top universities such as Brunel and City came to the school for our Year 12 students to meet, discuss courses with, take course details away with them or simply ask questions about life at the various destinations.

The students, parents and carers got to sit through an informative talk by our staff and Leicester University, explaining different paths students can take and how to deal with the UCAS applications and challenging decision that our students will have to make.

This information evening is one of the many supportive events KHS organises in order to support our students make the right decisions.