What do our Students think?
I chose a challenging combination of subjects to study at A-level with confidence, knowing that the supportive and enthusiastic community here at Hagley would help me achieve my ambitions. My teachers are clearly committed to helping me succeed and there is always support available. I am hoping to study medicine at Oxford or Cambridge, and have taken advantage of the many opportunities on offer here, including workshops, study days, a residential course, practice interviews and work experience. To gain balance in my week, I enjoy taking part in the many and varied enrichment opportunities; this provides a cathartic release and helps me to manage stress more effectively.
I have loved every minute of my time at Hagley. The expertise, energy and support of the staff, combined with high expectations and levels of challenge for students meant that to continue my studies here was the obvious choice. I have benefitted enormously from the enrichment opportunities available here, and have had great success in debating competitions this year. The kindness of staff and their open door policies means that there is always someone there to help. Given the pressures of A-level study this is very important, and part of what makes the Sixth Form at Hagley so unique.
The support you get from your teachers is what really sets Hagley apart from the rest. I’m studying Chemistry, Biology and Maths at A-level with the view to becoming a vet. My teachers have not only supported me with these courses, but helped me to get work experience placements which have been invaluable to me. There are always resources and people to help you get what you need out of your Sixth Form experience, and because of this it feels very personal and it’s nice to know you aren’t just a number.
I joined Hagley in year 12 and I can honestly say that it was one the best decisions I made. All of the people here have been so welcoming from the very start, which really helped me to make my transition into the sixth form. I have made some really good friends who I know I will keep in touch with after sixth form life. The A levels I have chosen are English Literature, Psychology and French. The teachers are so supportive and are always there for extra help and guidance if I am struggling with a particular aspect of the subject. I can honestly say I love studying at Hagley.
I have been a student at Hagley for 6 years now. I chose Geography, Biology and PE to study at A-Level. A-Levels are a very stressful time in which you need a great deal of support, no matter how intelligent you are. One of the things that separates Hagley from other Sixth Forms is the fantastic support you get from teachers resulting in a flourishing relationship. Teachers come to know each student individually and develop a real bond which borders upon friendship. You don’t have to have been at Hagley for a long time for the teachers to have good personal relationships, as the tight knit community feel that this school has will automatically let that happen. Enrichment is by far my favourite part of the week; it gives you something to look forward to midweek. I do games during this time which provides a good stress relief. If sport isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of other things you can do.
It made sense for me to stay on at Hagley for Sixth Form. It has a great reputation, it is the place where I achieved excellent GCSE results, and where I had got to know the teachers. Hagley has enabled me to balance my studies with my chosen sport. I am an elite competitive cyclist and train six days a week, as well as competing throughout the year. Studying at Hagley has enabled me to balance my strenuous training regime whilst also staying on top of my studies. Hagley has been appreciative of the demands of my sport, and has allowed me the time and space to pursue it to the fullest; in turn I ensure I never fall behind, and have successfully managed this for several years. My goal is to study Sport Science at university, so I chose to study PE, Biology and Geography at A-level- so far so good!
I joined Hagley as an external pupil in September 2017, and have never looked back since. The tight knit community feeling here is what led me to join in the first place and has meant that I have been glad to come to school and enjoy the company of other welcoming students and teachers. I chose to study History, Psychology and German. The support I have received have been of an unexpectedly high standard even from the other schools in the ContinU Trust. I am grateful that I chose to come to this school and I'm certain I will have fond memories when I leave.