STORIES OF PRIDE
MEET JAMIE, AN AVID HISTORIAN AND ASPIRING TEACHER. HE TELLS US ABOUT HIS HOPES FOR THE FUTURE, THE BEST THING ABOUT CRAYFORD SIXTH FORM AND HIS ADVICE FOR ANYONE JOINING.
Which subjects are you studying for A-level?
I’m studying History, Sociology and Music. For me, History is by far the most interesting and fascinating subject. It doesn’t feel like work because you are learning all these new things. When you read a book, you want to learn more – History is like that, it’s like a story. It’s the story of life.
What are your plans for next year?
University has always been my aim. We have all been climbing the steps – primary school, secondary school, sixth form, and university at the top. I have applied to study History at five universities in London but now my grades have improved I want to go to Kings College London. The independence of university is very appealing. History at degree level is mainly coursework so you get to choose the area you want to study and find your own sources and readings. To me that sounds amazing!
Ultimately, I want to become a History teacher. It seems like a very rewarding job. My teachers have really inspired me and I have been helping other students in my year with their work in music and history. People come to me and ask for advice with their coursework. I try to mark the work like a real teacher.
How is Sixth Form different to secondary school?
Sixth form is a whole other level. They are preparing you for university so there is much greater independence, more coursework and a ‘do it yourself’ attitude. Content wise, it has been challenging but more rewarding. There is greater focus on what you want to do. I think you have to find your passion and single out the subject that you enjoy the most.
What makes you most proud of Crayford Sixth Form?
There is a place for everyone here. For someone who wants to take a leadership role, there is the senior prefect sixth form leadership team that you can join. If you want to be part of a group or team, there are charity events and house competitions. If you just want to chill by yourself and silent study there is the library or the lecture theatre. It really accommodates every type! I’m very proud of this.
Do you have any advice for someone joining Crayford Sixth Form?
What I would say, is consider where you want to be in 10 years from now before making any decisions. If you have a particular passion or interest about a certain area in life, then make sure that your choices reflect that ambition and work hard to achieve that goal. Other than that, don’t stress!