We are delighted to announce the Head student roles for September 2021 - July 2022 have been awarded to Jagtara and Oliver. Please read their testimonials below.
I am honoured to have been selected for the role of Head Student at Knole Academy. I am currently studying Applied Law, Biology, Business and Finance with the intention of applying to study law at the University of Cambridge, LSE, UCL and Kings College London.
Throughout my time here, I have utilised the many extra-curricular activities and societies the Academy has to offer - which have become highlights to my experience. I have taken full advantage of the opportunities to advocate for the school through internal events such as open evenings and induction days, in addition to being selected to represent the school at external events.
I have become particularly involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award having completed the Bronze and Silver Award, whilst currently completing the Gold Award. The Academy truly does have extra-curricular activities to suit everyone’s interests, and I have enjoyed being able to participate in these alongside my studies.
Recently, I have become involved in a social initiative called Simple + Fresh; in which, my peers and I have been fundraising in order to prepare meal kits to be distributed to the local community. I am grateful for the support we have received, and appreciate the Academy’s values of helping the community.
It is the Academy’s commitment to ensuring us students are challenged both in and out of the classroom which has been beneficial to my progression. I worked hard to achieve 11 GCSE’s of grade 7-9, and I am grateful to be able to continue benefiting from the great teaching and facilities at Knole Academy following my decision to stay on at Sixth Form.
I am looking forward to this academic year as Head Student to leave an impression on the school. I intend on engaging with students in all year groups and listening to changes the student body feel can make the school the best it can be.
My name is Oliver, and I am thrilled and honoured to have been appointed as Head Student of Knole Academy. I am currently studying Geography, History, Psychology and Biology at International Baccalaureate level and am thoroughly enjoying my chosen subjects. After sixth form, I hope to continue my studies at university, taking a degree in History and/or Archaeology.
During my time at Knole Academy, I have had many fantastic opportunities to build upon my academic studies and to develop my wider skills. As I wanted to give something back to the school, I was delighted to have been a member of the School Council for several years, which gave me the chance to represent my fellow students and to help the senior leadership team in making important decisions in the best interests of the student body. Now, as Head Student, I will be able to continue to work with the staff and the student leadership team to help improve this system and to make it even more efficient and successful.
In addition to supporting my studies, I am grateful to Knole Academy for helping me to build my confidence. Shortly after joining the school, I was proud to have been asked to give a speech at an Open Evening for parents considering Knole Academy as the next step in their children’s education, which gave me invaluable experience of public speaking. In addition, I had the chance to take part in the National Citizen Service Week, which helped me to improve my social skills and learn new life lessons.
Knole Academy encouraged me to stand for election to the Kent Youth County Council (KYCC) and I was fortunate to be chosen by students from local schools to serve as a representative of Sevenoaks District on the Council. I enjoyed my two-year stint with the KYCC, attending regular Council meetings in Maidstone, and working to help make Kent a better place for young individuals. The school also encouraged me to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and I am currently working towards my Bronze Award. I really enjoyed the expedition, in particular, which helped me to develop my teamworking skills. I have no doubt that I will be able to draw upon the many fantastic opportunities I have had during my time at the school in the role of Head Student. I will be working towards making life at Knole Academy the best it can be for every student.
We are fortunate that Knole Academy can offer so many first-class facilities, as well as a variety of school trips that are both educational and exciting. One of my fondest memories was the Battlefields trip to Belgium, during which we visited trenches from the First World War and learnt about the weaponry used and the appalling conditions for the soldiers. It was a fascinating experience that I will always cherish, and it helped fuel my love of History.
I look forward with excitement to the coming year and I intend to use my time as Head Student to do all I can to help the school and to encourage younger students to take full advantage of everything Knole Academy has to offer, so that their time here can be a rewarding as mine has been.