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.