Head Boy / Head Girl
HEAD BOY - Callum
My name is Callum and I consider it a privilege to be elected Head Boy at Knole Academy. I am currently studying A' Levels in Business, Geography and Marketing. I have enjoyed six years at Knole, but am now very excited and looking forward to the next step – university! I am in the process of applying to study Marketing and Business Management at Nottingham Trent University, University of Birmingham or University of Exeter. I have recently received an unconditional offer from Nottingham Trent University which I am incredibly pleased about.
At Knole I have always been encouraged to fully explore my passions in the classroom as an academic, and as an athlete representing the school through multiple sporting teams. I have achieved this with the help of incredible teachers who have supported me since I first started in Year 7. I have been involved with speeches on many different occasions including; talks relating to the Grammar Stream to perspective students and their parents, Head Teachers of Primary Schools, Open Evenings, Christmas Concerts and Sixth Form Open Evenings. I take great pride in being chosen to represent this school and have enjoyed my experiences of speaking in front of large audiences which has enriched my skills, confidence and employability.
There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities you can participate in from many sporting clubs to art, dance, music and drama clubs where you can become involved in various production performances. Knole also offers students fantastic opportunities by offering schemes in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) and the National Citizens Service (NCS). I participated in the DofE scheme and achieved all three awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold. I also attended the NCS scheme after my GCSE examinations. Both award schemes have enabled me to gain vast and valuable life experiences which I feel can set you aside from your peers for University applications and future employers.
I believe that if you are willing to work hard and give everything 100% then you can achieve great things. Knole staff will do their very best to help you acquire the skills necessary to make your journey as smooth and worthwhile as possible.
HEAD GIRL - Amy
My name is Amy and I am delighted to have been chosen as Head Girl of Knole Academy. At present I am studying Sociology, Criminology and Film Studies and am currently investigating universities to study either forensics or criminology. I am considering taking a gap year to undertake voluntary work in a developing country, as I hope that this would help me gain an insight into life in a different culture and the struggles some people face on a daily basis.
I began my secondary education journey at Knole Academy in Year 7 and it has proved to be a wonderful decision. Initially, I was a little apprehensive about starting a new school; I was worried about meeting new people and the school seemed vast compared to my primary school. However, as soon as I started I became involved with various clubs and this helped me to make new friends quickly. I haven't looked back since. Within days I felt completely at home.
I progressed through the key stages and attained good GCSE results, which gave me the opportunity to progress into the sixth form. I have found that the best decisions are informed ones so I did look around at other post 16 providers. I went to some open evenings and taster days, but those experiences only cemented in my mind that Knole was where I wanted to be. The support and facilities we have here are second to none. I have really enjoyed my A' Level subjects and have become a more independent learner. We are treated like adults and have assumed greater ownership of our futures. The work is undoubtedly difficult, but the teachers are supportive and help us to reach our target grades; Mr Turner and his team of tutors look closely at our progress data and intervene, where appropriate. My teachers are honestly only an email away.
The first stage of the process to becoming Head Girl was being nominated by the teachers and leadership team at Knole. Three boys and three girls were short-listed for head student. The second stage was to undertake an interview with the Principal and Mr Turner, discussing what we would want to achieve as head students. Later on that same day, we were asked to make a formal three minute presentation on a topic of our choice. I decided on the title of "What's the importance of interests?" - this encompassed how the extra-curricular activities I had participated in over the my time at Knole had helped me develop different skills. I was selected as Head Girl; my friends and family were extremely proud.
Knole has been a huge part of my development as an individual, always pushing me to work hard and be the best that I can be, both as a person and as an academic. The extra-curricular opportunities that we have cannot be understimated in this process. I have loved being part of the dance, music and drama productions. These clubs have enabled me to develop a wide range of friendship groups and transferrable skills. The opportunity to take part in clubs and travel in and around Europe on various subject trips are available to everyone. I strongly advise that you make full use of this.
I cannot thank Knole Academy enough for everything the school has done for me and I'm sure if you decide to join the team, like me, you will have an amazing learning experience.