Student Perspectives - Year 12

Eleasha Eleasha

What makes JCG unique/distinctive?

JCG has an excellent learning environment which caters for all students in order to help them thrive both academically and outside of the classroom. For me, JCG has enabled me to understand my full academic capabilities and apply myself to all kinds of situations. The house system here at JCG allows every student to fully submerge themselves in the community life and get involved with every aspect of the College. During your time at the College, both your friendships and relationships with the teaching staff are enhanced which means each student is provided with the best opportunity in achieving their own personal goals.

What did you study?

English Literature, Psychology, History (A2) and French (AS).

What advice would you give to a prospective sixth form student?

- Firstly, my main piece of advice I would give to anyone would be to keep on top of your work! Don't miss deadlines - there is nothing worse than trying to catch up on work whilst simultaneously also completing a current workload.
- Secondly, it is not always about achieving the best academic results; these are not always everything. Of course you should try your very hardest to achieve the best results for yourself, however try to balance the academics with extra-curricular activities by involving yourself as much as possible within life at the College. Personally, this has allowed me to take away the best memories I can from life at JCG which I will always remember.
- Finally, choose subjects you enjoy as well as ones in which you excel. This will make your two years studying A levels a lot easier and more enjoyable for yourself.

What are your plans for the future?

I have always wanted to pursue a career as a Primary School teacher, however I have decided to not take the off Island option of going to university and instead have chosen the on Island course which is provided. Although this will take me one extra year than it would if I were to go to the UK, it is something I am extremely passionate about and therefore it does not matter to me how long it will take. Through doing this, I will gain both practical and professional experiences from having the opportunity to experience the classroom environment which will give me a further insight into the everyday life of a teacher.

Lily

What makes JCG distinctive/unique?

For me, what distinguishes JCG from other schools is its strong sense of community. The teachers are superb and are always happy to help beyond the realms of the classroom, whether you need help with your homework or just somebody to talk to. The House system is also a special feature of JCG life and has provided me with some of the best memories of my time here. Year 7s work alongside Year 13s as they dance, act, sing or play sport in various house events. It gives students the chance to make close friends from across the whole school and is a great opportunity for them to try activities they might not usually!

What did you study?

Maths, History, Philosophy (A2) and English (AS)

What advice would you give to a prospective sixth form student?

Choose your A levels wisely. You’re going to be doing these subjects every day for two years, so make sure they are ones you enjoy. A levels require a lot of hard work so taking subjects which you are passionate about will help you to do your best. It’s also a good idea to consider which university course you might like to do, as some courses required specific A levels (I am required to take maths A level to do my course at some universities).
Get stuck in. Although it’s important to study hard for your A levels, they aren’t the only things which matter in life. At JCG there is lots of opportunity to get involved with sports clubs, music groups or charity organisations, so take advantage of what is on offer.
Enjoy yourself. The last few years of school fly by and will be over before you know it - have fun and make it count.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to have a year out and work abroad as a sailing and windsurf instructor. After this I intend to go to university to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).