Latest 6th Form News
Road to Success: Amaka
Consistently top of the class, Amaka quickly settled in snce joining STAC 6th Form in September 2017. She embarked on A Levels in Psychology, Mathematics and Economics. Her work ethic and proactive seeking of advice developed her ability to think critically: for any given idea, she absorbs any critique given by the course content and, using these and her wider knowledge, became adept at creating a unique evaluative point. Amaka thoughtfully questions what she learns and, in doing so, deepens her own knowledge; she has explored the concepts of normality and abnormality and is able to fluently express the challenges in this area which fascinates her so. Her choice to assist at a rehabilitation centre in Year 12 with those suffering with addiction exemplifies her interest in atypical development. Amaka has mastered the writing style required for psychology already yet still keenly requests and listens to feedback on how to ensure maximum marks and progress to the top of those higher bands. Given her thirst for the subject content and her ability to question what she reads, it is no wonder why Amaka achieved A*A*A in her A Levels and was accepted into Cambridge University to study Psychological and Behavioral Sciences; she will be a real asset to them and everyone at STAC is proud of her achievements to date and wish her the best of luck for the challenges ahead. We look forward to seeing you at the alumni event in December along with our other leavers from the past now studying far and wide around the country.
We are really proud and happy to announce the exceptional results of our 2019 A Level cohort. The results are testament to hard work and close collaboration between staff, students and parents alike and see our students heading off to prestigious universities. Our ALPS score of a 2 places us in the top 10% of Sixth Forms nationally.
Particular highlights include:
52% of all students achieved at least one A Level Grade A*-A
88% of all A Level Grade A*-B
23% of students achieved grades
Average grade achieved by A-Level student is a B
Oxbridge and Medicine Success
We are delighted to share the success of our Year 13 students who have set new STAC records for excellence. For the first time in our school’s history, we have seven students who secured interviews for University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.
|Kun Fang||University of Cambridge Maths|
|Seyi Matthew||University of Cambridge HSPS|
|Renee Ansah||University of Cambridge Land Economy|
|Emmanuel Lawal||University of Oxford Economics and Management|
|Daniel Lam||University of Cambirdge Engenieering|
|Joshua Aboiye||University of Oxoford Chemistry|
|David Ayeni||University of Cambridge Land Economy|
We have also had great success for our budding medics and dentists with three students securing interviews in these competitive fields:
It is worth noting that these are the most competitive courses and institutions, not only nationally but internationally. These students have done exceptionally well and we are already proud of their achievements in already highly selective fields. These students are the product of the combination of excellent teaching and hard work and sky high aspirations.
We wish them luck as they progress to the interview stage!
Head of Sixth Form
Our First Medic!
We are delighted to announce that Kevwe (class of 2019) has secured a place to study Medicine at University. This is a hugely impressive achievement given how incredibly competitive it is to win a place at medical school. We wish Kevwe all the success in the world and know she will made an incredible doctor in the future.
Bank of England Scholarship Success
Ken (Hamzat) Isah, class of 2018, has been awarded with a highly prestigious scholarship with the Bank of England. Through their African-Caribbean Scholarship programme he will receive £30,000 over the course of his upcoming degree, a paid internship, as well as mentoring support from the bank.
He was delighted to get in touch to share the news, thanking all his teachers – especially Mr Todd, Mr Ba and Mr O'Brien – for their support and advice. Ken described the moment as a high point in his life, and we are pleased that he is well on his way to a successful career.
UBS Assessment Centre – Year 12
5th April, 2019
For our PSHCE day, Year 12 Economics students were given the opportunity to visit the UBS Mock Assessment Centre in Liverpool Street.
Our visit was spilt into 3 parts; the first part included taking part is psychometric tests, interview and employability skills. By doing these tasks we were able to understand how big firms are able to narrow down their candidate lists by using such tests.
For the second part of our visit, we were given a case study which outlined the conflicting decisions of a father and daughter within a fashion business. Our task was to find the best solution to satisfy all parties involved and pitch a presentation to the group and the UBS staff. This helped us to develop our public speaking skills as well as time keeping as we only had 10 minute to prepare a detail presentation outlining our option and the reasons why.
For the final part of the day, the UBS volunteers kindly dedicated their time to help us with interview preparation. With the volunteers rotating in a carousel motion, we were able gather a wide range gather a wide scope of advice from the staff who work in various departments. As a cohort, we were very grateful for the chance to gain first-hand experience in the financial sector and gain valuable knowledge of the selection process.
Hannah Opeodu, Year 12 student
Yr12 Visit to Imperial College London
5th April, 2019
The visit to Imperial College London on Thursday 4th April gave 31 Year 12 students interested in STEM degree courses a look around one of the most competitive universities in the country. The day started with a talk from one of Imperial’s admissions tutors, Dr Holloway about university selection and the UCAS application process.
With a small introduction about Imperial and UCAS, we were taken on a campus tour by two current undergraduates. It was great to see the working environment there, from laboratories to lecture theatre, wind tunnels and the impressively vast materials testing workshop in the Civil Engineering department. After we had a break for lunch two amazing PhD students introduced their work. A young lady spoke about her research into how fake news is being spread in our globalised world and the part artificial intelligence and takes in solving it. Following student questionnaires, another PhD student, that works in collaboration both with Imperial and UCL on small particles called “Nanoparticles”, briefly explained the particles role in detecting explosives and biological weapons.
In my opinion, I had a great day which really enlightened me to the opportunities available in the future and the options I have over the next 18months.
Kidus Tesera, Year 12 student
SLAMbassadors for STAC
13th February, 2019
Precious Olisaokafor and Joshua Eyakware are helping to develop the future of UK spoken word poetry, as winners of the SLAMbassadors National Youth Slam for 13-18 year olds.
They were hand-picked for the SLAMbassadors Showcase 2018 – a masterclass and talent showcase – based on their passionate performances and great potential, where they got to perform their own original work. They will continue to work alongside some of the biggest names in spoken word today, as their win in the contest opens up the world of performance and publishing through The Poetry Society mentoring program.
When given the opportunity to take their talents to the stage in front of the whole school, they ignited the assembly hall, inspiring other students with their impassioned words, entertaining with their clever word play.
We are delighted by their success, and hope that they will continue to write and perform as they hone their skills alongside other young poets, rappers and MCs.
Librarian & Sixth Form Study Supervisor
University of Cambridge success
29th January, 2019
We are delighted to announce that Amaka has been awarded a place at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences. It is a fantastic achievement especially in the context that last year alone there were nearly 18,000 applications to the University of Cambridge. It is remarkable that Amaka has gained a place at a university that has consistently remained in the top three globally, alongside the University of Oxford and Harvard University respectively.
As you will be aware, much has been made in the press of the inequality in admissions at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, so I hope that we can all come together as a school to celebrate and be inspired by Amaka bucking this trend.
As a sixth form, we have now begun to create our own trends and traditions. Congratulations to Amaka for starting this one.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form
21st January, 2019
On Monday 21st of January, Dr Ejiofor, a graduate from Imperial College, came in to talk to year 12 students about mental health. She discussed the detrimental effects in which poor mental health can have on an individual’s quality of life and the importance of being in control of our feelings and emotions. A statistic that left me in shock was that suicide is the biggest killer of people aged under 35. This is due to many factors such as a lack of self-esteem and confidence; linking the strong influence of social media. This in hindsight highlighted the importance of taking a break from the virtual world and the impact it can have on one’s self perception. Dr Ejiofor presented us with several ways that we can maintain mental health such as talking to others, exercising and meditating. This was a very informative talk which reinforced the importance of good mental health and added credibility to the reasons for why we don’t have the distractions of smart phones in class!
Year 12 student
Year 12 Goldsmiths Progression Scheme
8th January, 2019
Year 12 have more success to celebrate as the following students have all gained places on the prestigious Goldsmiths Progression Scheme: David Ayeni, Kadie Koroma, Samira Begum, Erick Fabrizzio Mendizabal Villarroel, Renée Bennett, Victory Etafo, Samuel Olajugba and Kidus Tesera.
It is an excellent scheme that will prepare these pupils for higher education and on successful completion will mean they are eligible for lower entry requirements if they apply to Goldsmiths. They will enhance their critical thinking skills, increase their subject knowledge and go on various cultural visits and summer schools.
We know that they will make the most of this wonderful opportunity and look forward to hearing about their progress.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form
University of Cambridge shadowing team success
7th January, 2019
The sixth form team are delighted to congratulate:
Joshua Aboiye, Kun Fang, Natalie Bonsu, David Ayeni and Kyeva Graham for successful applications to the 2019 Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) Shadowing Scheme. Over 3000 students from across the United Kingdom applied for 300 places which is a tremendous achievement.
During the Shadowing Scheme, they will stay in one of the Colleges (halls of residence), and go to lectures, classes and social activities all alongside current Cambridge undergraduates.
We know that they will seize this unique opportunity with both hands and we look forward to hearing about their experiences.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form
20th December, 2018
A number of our past Year 13 students and older boys network had the opportunity to catch up at this informal event at the end of term. We were delighted to welcome them back to share their university and employment experiences so far. It was wonderful for the teachers to see how well their past students are doing!
It is down to the success of our past 6th form students that the 6th form numbers have risen rapidly, and places are in high demand. The alumni enjoyed having a reunion with their old classmates, where they shared fond memories, got in touch with old friends, and built valuable connections for their careers ahead.
We hope that you all stay in touch, and that we can invite you back again to share your advice and guidance on university and employment for our current students.
Head of Sixth Form
Sixth Form mentoring, talks and opportunities.
1st October, 2018
On Friday 28th September we were very fortunate to have a series of talks and visits for our sixth form.
The day began with a breakfast meeting led by Ed Peacock of Credit Suisse who met with our Year 13 budding engineers to discuss career prospects and the importance of high aspirations. They were able to ask him questions about his time at Cambridge and his work as an analyst. It was a great chance for them to network.
This was followed by a talk for our biologists and chemists from Kings’ College’s Dental Society where students gained insight into the world of medicine and dentistry. Students were privy to valuable information about the UKCAT, the interview process and were able to have an informal Q and A with current students about life on an intensively academic course at a top university.
The day culminated with a talk from Goldsmiths College about the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Progression Scheme which is run in partnership with Realising Opportunities which allows successful attendees to be eligible for a significantly lower offer for a prestigious university.
It has been an exciting and aspirational start to the term which we intend to continue.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form
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