Ark St Alban’s Academy Sixth Form offers a wide variety of enrichment activities that not only enhance academic learning but widen horizons, providing new experiences and opportunities and increasing aspirations.
These experiences help students to perform better in interviews and demonstrate a more rounded character that helps when applying for university or jobs. Students have been involved in setting up a debating society, mentoring younger students in English and maths and other leadership opportunities.
Recently our students have:
- Worked with BMW to develop a viable solution to implement induction chargers in the UK road network for electric vehicles
- Worked with Severn Trent Water on a project to change the behaviour of their fellow students around water use, water efficiency and sewer misuse
- Undertaken work experience in a variety of settings including the Bar Council, the Hippodrome, BMW, Carillion Construction and many more
- Been involved in a variety of mentoring programmes with Teach First, Aston University, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the NHS
- Worked with academy staff on campus visits and residentials - including a week at Oxford University
- Enjoyed bespoke careers provision and guidance from a qualified careers advisor
Chantelle shows off her talent at the Holocaust Memorial Service
On Sunday 24th January, sixth form student Chantelle exhibited her AS coursework as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations event at Birmingham’s Council House. You can read more here.
The Aimhigher partnership in Birmingham coordinates an annual programme of university summer schools called UniFest, to give young people from the city the opportunity to fully experience the world of Higher Education by living and working on a university campus for 4 days.
St Alban’s sends more students than any other school in Birmingham - 24 Year 10 students took part in the programme in 2015
A student evaluation carried out by Aim Higher at the event revealed that:
- 98% felt it improved future aspirations
- 97% had more knowledge about Higher Education
- 94% thought social skills improved
- 89% said it improved study skills
Fundraising sixth formers to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital
In October 2015, 20 sixth formers attended an event at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to see for themselves the great work carried out in this marvellous hospital which first opened in 1862.
Aspire at BCH have partnered with our Ark St Alban's to help students who are considering a career in health care and our sixth formers are keen to fundraise for this worthy local hospital.
Our two Head Scholars, Haleema Weir and Shukri Hussein are taking the lead for the fundraising group and will be working with sixth formers and younger students to help raise much needed funds for the many projects at BCH.
Watch this space for news of their progress.
Masuma Ali gradutes from the University of Birmingham's Routes into Medicine Programme
We are very proud of year 13 student Masuma Ali who was accepted onto the highly competitive University of Birmingham Routes into Medicine Programme last year.
She worked very hard on the programme alongside her studies and other extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, pursuing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and doing lots to help the school community.
Masuma, who is second from the right in the photograph, was presented with her certificate by the Head of the Medical School who praised students for their tenacity and reliability – two great qualities for any career in medicine.
Masuma will be applying to the university to study bio-medical science after which she hopes to fast track onto a medicine degree.
More award winners for Ark St Alban’s
Hundreds of students across the city took part in the undergraduate mentoring scheme organised by the Aimhigher Programme last year and awards were up for grabs.
Once again our students were successful, Dontay Smith being awarded overall Key Stage 3 mentee of the year and Entesar Salah runner up. There were also awards for sixth formers Mariam Adil who was nominated for mentee of the year and Samira Ali who was runner up.