Why I chose BeauSandVer
Beaumont actively encourages inter-year group collaboration. The peer mentoring programmes we have seem particularly important at the moment, as we continue to navigate the effects of this pandemic on school life. I have been a mentor for lower school pupils in the past, providing support from a student perspective.
Student Leadership is a key part of Beaumont life. We are given responsibilities in a range of areas: from running charity events to attending senior leadership meetings where we can present our ideas and concerns.
I joined Sandringham from another school in Year 12 and I have really enjoyed student life here. I study Politics, English Literature, and Psychology as the subjects regularly challenge me to see things from different perspectives. I have also had the opportunity to take part in many enrichment activities such as Young Enterprise, the Equality and Diversity Team, the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, Show Choir and the World Class Schools Association. At the end of Year 12, I was elected as Head Girl and I am currently working with the senior team to enhance student leadership within the school.
The best aspect of consorting is the ability to study all the subjects that I want. I also gain access to a wide range of support and connections that have been useful throughout my time at sixth form.
Having applied to Oxbridge, I have greatly appreciated the extensive resources provided to me by Beaumont to boost my application and I have been supported at every stage from personal statement to interview.
I take economics, geography and philosophy and ethics. I take philosophy and ethics at a consortium school and this arrangement ensured that I was able to take the exact combination of subjects that I wanted to.
I enjoy going to another school for one subject, the transport is easy and there has been no problem at all fitting into the class there. It has enabled me the opportunity to experience two different schools and to take the subjects that I enjoy the most.
Verulam School has supported me grow and develop since joining in Year 7. Since Year 7, I have jumped at any opportunity to represent the school. Being elected as School Captain was the icing on the cake. I captained the Verulam football team from Year 7 through to Year 11.
Outside of school, I captained the St Albans Academy under 18s football team and represented the County at football. I am now playing for the St Albans City first team – I love football so choosing PE as an A Level subject was a natural choice.
I’m really glad I have the opportunity to take a wider breadth of subjects due to the consortium. The minibuses work well as a quick and easy way to get in between schools, once you get used to them.
Choosing to consort and study one of my A Level subjects at Verulam; Law was a great way to broaden the range of people I met throughout Sixth Form. I was able to socialise with other new students and teachers too. We were also provided minibuses which allowed us to get from one Sixth Form to the other according to our timetables. As well as both schools working closely together to ensure we were getting the support we needed.
Being part of a Consortium enables a broader selection of subject options. I take law at Verulam has allowed me to engage in a subject not offered by my home school allowing me to further my interest in the area. I also have found it helpful to meet lots of new like-minded people and double the number of students I get to meet and engage with.
When i joined Verulam, I immediately felt a sense of belonging and that I had made the right decision to leave a school where I was happy and join a new Sixth Form. I really enjoy the atmosphere and lessons and I am excited about the subjects I have chosen. The staff are so accommodating, and the teachers are very supportive. I am very happy in the school’s environment.