Blog 4

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the Student Central Blog, brought to you all by your very own student leadership team!

We genuinely hope you have been enjoying the past few editions of the blog, please do contact us with your opinions. We would all love to read what you think, as well as what you would like to see in the upcoming editions.

In this edition, we will focus on our very own sixth form students and some of their experiences/ views from secondary school and sixth form.


What does success mean to you?

Nikki: Success to me is being in a stable job and making my parents proud.

Tahira: To make an impact on my community as well as making good money.

Haleema Masood: Success for me is overcoming my obstacles in life.

Anonymous sociology student: Success for me is being happy in the state you are and yet strive for the best.


What is your proudest moment?

Nikki: I was a part of the RSC and had the opportunity to meet Prince Charles.

Tahira: When I opened my GCSE results and I was ecstatic I smashed my exams!

Haleema Masood: Reflecting on how far I have come in education.

Anonymous sociology student: The proudest moment I had was when the Principal of my old high school said to my parents “you should be happy and proud to have a daughter like her”, while talking about my GCSE grades.


What motivates you?

Nikki: The fact that I can have the longest summer after my exams.

Tahira: My parents motivate me.

Haleema Masood: My older sister.

Anonymous sociology student: My future motivates me as I know that if I don’t work hard enough now, I am not going to reach the goals I have set for myself.


Describe your journey from year 7 to now in one word?

Nikki: Long

Tahira: Smooth

Haleema Masood: Eye opening

Anonymous sociology student: Messy


Who in history would you want have dinner with and why?

Nikki and Tahira: Rosa Parks, she inspired us to stand up for what is right.

Anonymous sociology student: Princess Diana because I believe that she was trying her best to help humanity and I believe that is one of the main purposes of our life. I would love to be surrounded by positive people like her.


What Would You Say To Your Younger Self?

Nikki: Live your best life.

Tahira: Read more books and stop being so lazy.

Haleema Masood: Patience is what will get you through it all.

Anonymous sociology student: Don’t change yourself to fit in. It is okay if some people don’t like you because what matters is self-love. Start loving yourself and being grateful because you’re the only person that’s going to be there when you need it the most.

Blog 3

Hello, and welcome to the third edition of the Student Central Blog for Ark St. Alban’s Academy, brought to you all by your very own student leadership team!

We genuinely hope you have been enjoying the past few editions of the blog, please do contact us with your opinions. We would all love to read what you think, as well as what you would like to see in the next edition.

In this edition, we will focus on one thing we all hate: exam prep.

Dread it. Run from it. Exam season arrives all the same. And now, IT’s nearly here.

Yes, the dreaded exam season is creeping on us, whether it be your mocks, GCSEs or perhaps your A Level exams, we are here to help! Here are some top tips to help you get started as well as minimise stress and maximise success!


  1. Create a revision timetable – cut down on distractions and make your work manageable by creating a revision timetable and decide well in advance what and when you will be studying.  By creating a routine for you to revise at specific times, it becomes natural and easier to retain, getting it done systematically. You have to think logically by planning out what you want to do, you get it done faster.


  1. Past papers - during exam season, past papers should be your best friend, not only do they give you an insight as to how it may be, but also indicates what may or may not come up. Past papers are perfect in recreating exam conditions, helping you increase your confidence when it comes to the real thing. Remember- PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!


  1. Have a dedicated study area and fix your environment - you must dedicate an area to studying to help you get in the right frame of mind and cut down on procrastinating. Whether it be an actual room, a desk or perhaps even your kitchen table, it must be a designated space where you can work without distractions. Also, unplug your earphones and turn off your phones/electronics, to help shut out any distractions.


  1. Take care of your health – by eating healthy and exercising, you will have more energy, allowing you to focus more easily (also drink plenty of water to keep well-hydrated to stop your concentration from wavering).


  1. SLEEP well - a good night’s rest can make you more productive since it assists with improving your concentration, memory, and solving complex problems.


  1. Get writing - don’t just rely on reading – writing or typing out the information you need to remember can work wonders for recall (active revision through use of flashcards, making posters, writing Cornell notes etc).


Don’t Forget...

START EARLY - ease yourself in and you’ll have more time to find the perfect methods of revision and routine that work for you.

LEARN FROM FRIENDS - talk about revision techniques with your friends (you might just stumble across a system that’s perfect for you and share revision material and plans).


And BREATHE, it’s okay, you got this :)

If you have any issues regarding work related stress or anxiety, feel free to talk to a teacher, LSC or even perhaps one of us! You are not alone in your struggles.


Blog 2

Hello, and welcome to the long awaited second edition of the Student Central Blog for Ark St. Alban’s Academy, presented to you by your very own student leadership team. Throughout our blogs we will not only discuss the varying experiences many students face throughout their academic years, but we will also be discussing topical matters pervading our everyday lives. This edition is focused on the common issue of homelessness in Birmingham and what we can do as a community to combat the problem and help improve the lives of many unfortunate people.

As we walk through the streets of Birmingham, we are constantly reminded of how fortunate we are in comparison to the homeless. There are hundreds of people in Birmingham who aren’t as lucky as us to have a home to go to tonight, have warm clothes to wear or good food to eat. Instead, they will be lying on the cold streets, hungry. We need to change this. We need to help make a difference in their lives.

Wouldn’t you want someone to help you if you were in the position of the homeless?

Birmingham’s homeless community is the second largest in the UK, with approximately 1,152 registered cases.  These numbers and more un-registered cases highlight the necessity of charity and compassion from the general public. It is our actions that make the biggest impact through the bettering of someone’s or a family’s life. 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year in the UK. With people going hungry and food being thrown away, the solution really is simple. By coming together and donating anything we can, will have a drastic impact on the people who aren’t as fortunate as ourselves. That is why the school’s Student Leadership Team is supporting `Let's Feed Brum` which is a respected charity aiming to tackle the problem of homelessness by providing food, drink and essential supplies to those living on our streets.

Aim to make a difference in someone's life by donating any of the following….


  • Crisps
  • Chocolate 
  • Biscuits
  • Packet soup (Cup a soup/Pot Noodle type things) 
  • Water
  • Soft drinks (small, individual bottles)

And in terms of key supplies: 

  • Warm clothing ( socks, gloves & hats etc)
  • Toiletries
  • Other necessities

Members of the Student Leadership Team will be visiting form groups to further discuss information about this topic and will be answering any queries regarding this matter. Remember… every little helps.

Thank you,

The Student Leadership Team.


Blog 1


Hello, and welcome to the very first edition of the Student Central Blog for Ark St. Alban’s Academy Sixth Form, presented to you by three members of our very own student leadership team. Bi-weekly, we will discuss the different experiences students face throughout the academic year as well as discussing topical matters pervading our everyday lives.

On this week’s edition we will take time to introduce ourselves, interviewing each other as we give you an insight on life in Y13.


How long have you been part of Ark St Albans?

Waseem: I’ve been a part of the school since Year 7, I feel comfortable in my surroundings.

Ubaydah: This is my second year at Sixth Form.

Hamzah: I’ve been here since Year 7.

Ashraful: Yeah, same as Hamzah, I too have been a part of the St. Albans cohort since Year 7, the old building and all. Funnily enough I knew Hamzah for much longer, since like Year 1.

What do you study?

Waseem: I study RE, History and English.

Ubaydah: I study Economics, History and Chemistry.

Hamzah: I study History, Sociology and English.

Ashraful: Ah yes, a blog full of Historians :) I also study History along with English Lit and Art.

What is your favourite subject out of the three? And why?

Waseem: History is my favourite as I feel we can learn valuable lessons by looking at the mistakes of the past.

Ubaydah: Last year I thoroughly enjoyed history and economics due to having an exceptional teacher who inspired learning and made it fun.

Hamzah: My favourite subject is history, as I love learning about our past as a race and how it affected us, now in the present.

Ashraful: Too hard to pick, buuut if I had to it'd be history as I want to carry it into further higher education.

Views on university?

Waseem: I like the idea of specialising in a subject at university and therefore see it as necessary in my progression as a student and most importantly as a human being. However University is not the only option to leading a successful and enjoyable life.

Ubaydah: University is an option to move forward in life, I think it’s a great opportunity for people to learn more about themselves and be independent.

Hamzah: University is only one of many options leading to a successful life.

Ashraful: I meeeaaaann with today's economic landscape it's hard to get anywhere without that piece of paper that says “Degree”, so I think Uni is one of the few options I have.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Waseem: I want to be in a position of security and most importantly living a worthwhile life.

Ubaydah: I’ve never had clear aspirations in life, as long as I’m content and happy with what I’m doing.  I find that to be the most important thing I should strive for.

Hamzah: I like to live for the present and just work toward become a better happier person.  I don’t want to layout my future so early on in my life.

Ashraful: It’s very hard to think about the future so early on, but maybe teaching history at a college along with carrying on art as a hobby.

What motivates you?

Waseem: I am motivated by the desire to be the best possible version of myself and therefore I embrace my competitive spirit to ensure I’m constantly improving. 

Ubaydah: I’m motivated by time and failure, as well as being the best possible version of myself.

Hamzah: I’m motivated by the aspiration of being able to support myself and living a life that I want to live. 

Ashraful: I can be a very competitive person, sometimes seeing my peers as rivals I need to compete against (not a good idea 3/10 wouldn't recommend). Apart from that I’m motivated by the idea of failure or just lagging behind, I appreciate and love that feeling of progression.

Who influences you?

Waseem: My influences are people who enjoy longevity in their professions and able to sustain their success. Like LeBron James who a plays an active role in helping the community through his foundation as well as being on top of his game.

Ubaydah: My friends, due to the fact that I spend most of my time with them, it is only natural that they’ll be large influences for me…. Oh and my eldest brother.

Hamzah: I influence myself.

Ashraful: I find it is the underdogs and those who exceed expectations who influence me a lot, I admire their very real ambition, drive and grit - I find this to be true in many of my musical artist choices, being a supporter of 2Pac and 50 Cent.

Lookout for the next edition where we dig into topics and exclusively interview a member of staff on their university experience!