Introducing our new Head Boy and Girl for 2020/21

Interview by Evan JC

After an extensive interview process, we are extremely proud to introduce Montsaye Academy’s Head Boy and Girl for the 2020-2021 Academic year, Harry and Esme. We caught up with the two of them to find out more about them and their Year 12 experience, as well as their plans for this year and into the future…

What was your highlight from Year 12?

Esme: My highlight from year 12 was definitely the Barcelona trip. It was amazing to spend time in a beautiful country whilst being able to further my learning and gather information to apply to my coursework this year.

Harry: My highlight from year 12 was being able to become more independent in both school and my personal life. I had to become more responsible for my own learning, having study periods and having more independence in lessons, such as being able to decide on my research projects for science.

What are your plans for Year 13 as head boy and girl?

Esme: As Head Girl, I am very excited to play a key role in the Montsaye community, supporting students through this strange time. I am looking forward to introducing and showing the school to a new group of students moving from year six to seven in September to start their secondary school journey. I am also excited to help the year 11 students explore their options post 16 and help them find the right courses for them ready for their return in September after their exams.

Harry: As Head Boy, I would like to involve Montsaye more in charity work and extracurricular activities, to both help our local community and provide more opportunities for our students. Personally, I am looking forward to preparing myself for going to university and gaining more independence as I learn to drive and become a young adult.

Do you have any advice or tips for students starting in the sixth form next year?

Esme: I would definitely recommend revisiting notes frequently so that they are easily memorable. I would also suggest finding ways to make learning fun as everyone works better when they are enjoying themselves. Personally, I love the occasional Kahoot quiz and a colourful mind map!

Harry: One of the best tips I could give to a new sixth form student is to be as organised as possible. As you start sixth form, you will realise that you are responsible for a lot more of your school work. Being well organised can really help you both keep on top of your school work and makes it easier to revise through your notes later in year.

If you could start Sixth Form again, is there anything you would do differently?

Esme: I would communicate better with my teachers from the start. When I email them any questions and queries, they are always so helpful, even if it is the smallest of things.

Harry: Not really, but it was disappointing to have missed out on many opportunities due to the pandemic, such as University visits and ERA days. If I had known how the last year was going to turn out, I would have made the most of every opportunity, and taken every chance to create memorable moments with my friends.

What are your plans after Montsaye?

Esme: At the moment, I am looking at a degree apprenticeship so I can further my learning and gain a degree qualification whilst in a practical setting, as I learn best whilst doing physical work.

Harry: After Montsaye, I am planning to go to university to study a biochemical or medical science degree. One day I would love to have the opportunity to work in a science related job.”

Stay tuned for more updates on our student leaders as well as more updates about the tremendous work happening at Montsaye Academy!

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