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The Basildon Academies

Kurtis

I Joined the Basildon Academies in Year 9 and that year I was given the opportunity to take part in ‘Fame’ the musical.  This was a real confidence booster as I was naturally very shy.

I was lucky enough to be given all the GCSE options I picked and helped by all my teachers to be able to understand what was required of me to pass the exams. 

Learning has never been easy for me but I have always been told that – if I can honestly say I have worked my hardest then I have done my best and no one can ask anymore of me.  This was the case with English, as I had been brought up learning two languages, suffer from dyslexic tendencies and had a short attention span due to a hearing problem I had when I was young.  Today with the help of the English department I am now doing A Level English.

My favourite subject is History and I was really pleased to be accepted to go to Poland (Auschwitz –Birkenau) as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust and have a certificate to show that I am now an ambassador (for helping to spread awareness of the Holocaust and the victim’s individual lives)

I was also a part of a group of pupils that got the chance to go onto a course to train how to be mentors, and then successfully aided in setting up our schools Information Point last year.

The Academies have also allowed me to participate in a project called Vill­iers Park, where I had the opportunity to spend a week on a residential visit to Cambridge for a subject of my choice – Hidden Histories.  This allowed me to have a taster in how a University degree in History would be taught, and what University life would be like.  I am currently involved in a project to co-write a Revision Guide for GCSE students.  This will be my way of giving something back to the Academies for all the opportunities I have received.

My hope for the future is to go to the University of Leicester to study Ancient, Medieval and Modern History. My ambition is to become a secondary school History Teacher.

Kurtis
Year 13