Message from Head Girl
St James' has offered us all so much since we started in Year 7. Over the years, I have experienced a great deal of success and achievement, which is thanks to the support and encouragement of our school. I am proud to have seen our year group develop into mature, confident, dedicated students, who always achieve above expectation. It is an honour to have the opportunity to represent them all in giving something back to a school which has offered us so much.
As a Sixth Form, we are a welcoming and hardworking community, who encourage students to reach their full academic potential. We offer a wide range of academic activities, from school field trips, to nationwide subject competitions. However, beyond the classroom, we allow our students to flourish as young adults, providing them with a whole host of extracurricular activities such as University visits, volunteering to help the active retired, and mentoring programmes.
The transition from Year 11 to Year 12 is difficult, and it can be quite stressful in the first few weeks. You are posed with new challenges, an increased workload, and new course material, which can be daunting at first. However, I know that with determination and hard work, every student can achieve greatness, and the teachers are more than willing to offer help and support whenever it is needed. A-Levels require a lot of independent study, which is quite different from the style of teaching we have in the lower years. As young adults, we are tasked with finding out more about our subjects, going above and beyond the syllabus. We are well prepared as Sixth Form students, with dedicated members of staff guiding us through the two years, preparing us for the next step in our lives.
I have been a student at St James’ since year 7, and I fully understand just how influential the sixth form students are to the lower years. Every student in our school has a voice, with their opinions heard and ideas discussed. This means that as a year group, we can continue to improve everyday school life, as well as the experience our Sixth Form students receive. We all aim to be positive role models for the younger years, and hope to reach out to every year group in order to prepare them for the next stage in their education; whether that be A-Level options or moving into Year 8, we will support them.
As I embark on my final year at St James’, I feel privileged to have had so many wonderful opportunities during my time here, and to have been encouraged and supported with such enthusiasm at every step. Staying on at the Sixth Form was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I don’t think I could have gotten through such a demanding and challenging year without the help of my wonderful teachers and the Sixth Form team. Thanks to the guidance we have been given concerning our future, I have never felt more prepared to take the next step and look forward to the challenges and opportunities this year brings.
Sasha Gracias - Head Girl