Institute of Physics Awards Dinner

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Kingsbury High School’s Sixth Form student, Jade Constantinou, was selected to co-host at the Institute of Physics (IOP) annual awards dinner which took place on Wednesday 15th October 2014.  Jade spent her summer volunteering at, and signing up to, various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) organisations including the Science & Technology Faculties Council; spending a day at the University College London’s Observatory with Teaching Fellow in Astronomy, Dr Steve Fossey; a two week internship at Laing O’Rourke; and applying to the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme, where she was introduced to the possibility of becoming an orator for the IOP’s prestigious awards ceremony.

The selection process involved an interview where Jade was up against students from various colleges. Jade was successful and was selected alongside, A Level Physics student, Renato from Woodhouse College in Finchley.

Jade said “I received an email informing me that I had been chosen to be one of the orators for the event. The institute had never used students to present the awards before, so we had a lot of preparation in rehearsals. We wrote our own introductions and we had to know how to say all of the technical terms and names of the award winners correctly. It would have been quite embarrassing if we had mispronounced any names in front of all these great physicists and scientists.

“It’s been an amazing experience. Most people wouldn’t get the opportunity that I had and I’m really, really grateful that I got it. It’s been a really good insight into making connections; working; building up my skills; and knowing how the real world works. In the future I definitely want to pursue something in the Physics sector. It has really inspired me to represent Physics more and to represent women going in to Physics.”

Dr Frances Saunders, President of the Institute of Physics, said “We were delighted to have Jade and Renato join us for the dinner.  It was wonderful to have two such enthusiastic physics students with us for the evening.  They did an incredible job and we’re very grateful.  Kingsbury should be proud to have such a confident ambassador. I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.”

Photography: The Institute of Physics. View more here.

A Level Results Day

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Kingsbury High School celebrates excellent A level results

Kingsbury High School is this week celebrating an excellent set of A level results.
78% of entries gained A*-C grades and 98% of entries gained passes. 55% of entries gained A*, A or B grades.

The following individual performances, with accompanying pictures are worthy of mention:

Picture 005- Pritum Hirani, one of the school’s Deputy Head Boys, pictured with teachers David Cumbers and Dan Danaher, achieved AAB and will attend UCL to study Physics with Medical Physics.

Picture 008 – Twins Pooja (right) and Priya Khatri (left) achieved A* AAA and A*AAB and are going to the Universities of Bath and Nottingham respectively.

Picture 010 – Ranveer Bahra achieved A* BB and will pursue his ambition of becoming an airline pilot in the RAF by taking a place at Buckinghamshire to study Airline and Airport management and continuing his flying training with the RAF cadets.

Picture 011 – Basir Kunduzi, pictured with teacher Andrew Mitchell, achieved BBB and will attend Kings College to study Medicine. Basir, from Afghanistan, only joined the school two years ago and was a Deputy Head Boy at the school.

Picture 012 – Three outstanding female physicists: Vanisha Hirani (left) with A*AA will study Maths & Physics at UCL, Catrina Nisbett (centre) will take her A*AB to Kings College to study Maths & Physics and Mausmi Juthani (right) with A*AAA will go to Warwick to study Physics.

Although not pictured, Head Girl Ferogh Ishan is off to Imperial College to read Chemistry having achieved five full A levels: A*A*AAA.

Headteacher Jeremy Waxman was thrilled with his students’ results. He said: “Our students have worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserve their successes. And with a sixth form already rated outstanding by Ofsted, these results show that teachers at Kingsbury High are continuing to prepare our students to obtain high quality higher education places in an increasingly competitive environment.”