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Hear from Our Sixth Formers

Tristan Daley, St John Evangelist Primary School, Year 13 

Currently studying Economics, English Literature and Maths at Bishop Douglass Sixth Form, Tristan has strong aspirations of entering the financial sector as an equity trader after studying at either Warwick or LSE University.  An active member of the student leadership team, Tristan is the Head of Peer Mentoring for Year 10, working and mentoring male students on any issues and helping them to overcome any challenges, and supporting the achievement of their goals. In addition, Tristan spearheaded the charity campaign which saw Bishop Douglass raise the most money in school history!

“There was no doubt in mind that Bishop Douglass Sixth Form was the right choice for me. During my time at the school, I built a strong foundation for success that I wanted to continue building upon. The teachers across the school and Sixth Form truly care about every students ambitions and development and make it their mission to know every student personally to create a personalised approach to their learning. Our teachers are dedicated and committed to supporting our journey for success, and in creating a positive and nurturing learning environment”.

Nicole Gonzalez, Our Lady of Muswell Hill Primary School, Year 13

For Nicole, the highlight of her time at Bishop Douglass and one of the persuasive factors in her decision to stay on at the Sixth Form, is belonging to a supportive community and establishing long lasting friendships. Crediting teachers for going the extra mile in supporting the development of her grasp of the English language and always inspiring her to pursue her ambitions, Nicole takes pride in establishing herself as Deputy Head Girl and witnessing the difference she can make to the school community.

With plans to read Law at Kings College University and specialise in Family Law, Nicole praises her teachers for always having students best interests – both academic and mental health – at the forefront of all that they do.

“I am so proud to be Deputy Head Girl of Bishop Douglass. Throughout my role, I have had co opportunity to develop so many new skills, including leadership, collaboration, reasoning, independent thinking, decision making and presenting – all whilst having fun such as planning prom, supporting Year 8 maths lessons and leading the lower school drama club. I knew that attending the Bishop Douglass would be the best next steps for me, as I wanted the same positive experience I had at the lower school, and the continuity of outstanding teaching, learning and support from teachers I had created strong relationships with”.

Toni Rose Gomez, St Marys Priory Primary School, Year 13

Toni Rose joined Bishop Douglass School in Year 9 and praised the school for aiding a smooth transition and integration to secondary education, which she believed contributed to her GCSE success, and supported her decision to attend the Sixth Form.

Currently studying English Literature, Theology and Economics, Toni Rose hopes to move into Intellectual Property and Public Law, after completing her Law degree at the University of Cambridge.

“I speak so highly of my experience at Bishop Douglass School and Sixth Form. As Head Girl, I have a responsibility to be a role model, nurture and mentor younger year groups, something I can do in confidence as a result of the positive experience I had with teachers doing so with me. I wanted to be Head Girl because I wanted to give back to a community that has done so much for me, and I would tell every student, both internal and external, to join the Sixth Form. Teachers are dedicated to students wellbeing and outcomes, know every students name and learning styles and tailor teaching to best meet their needs, and the only thing that makes this is better is the brilliant careers and education support, solid friendships built and broad enrichment programme”.

Daniel Sunata, St Francis de Salles Primary School and St Thomas More Secondary School, Year 13

Daniel joined Bishop Douglass Sixth Form from St Thomas More Secondary School, to study Economics, Business Studies Level 3 and IT Level 3. With ambitions to read Economics and Politics at his first-choice university Birmingham, followed by a Masters and career aspirations of becoming a politician, Daniel is well placed to do so, with Head Boy only further enhancing his already stellar applications.

“I chose to join Bishop Douglass Sixth Form as an external student because I had heard great things about the strength of the community, and the quality of teaching. For me, the decision was confirmed when I visited the Sixth Form for an open event, and I was approached and spoken to as a valued adult and experienced the warm and welcoming community.

The highlight of my Sixth Form experience so far was the Wider Horizons week, and the wealth of opportunities I have experienced: work experience, hosting open events, developing my confidence and social skills, visiting universities, gaining transferable skills and becoming Head Boy, all of which will help me in achieving a prosperous and successful future. I will really miss the Sixth Form and recommend it to absolutely everyone – the incredible teachers, opportunities, experiences and support linked to careers and UCAS are truly outstanding”.

Sixth Form Graduate

“I truly feel ready for the next stage of my life as a result of all the opportunities Bishop Douglass Sixth Form has provided. From Careers Week and taster days at universities, to student led programmes and working with guest speakers, my eyes were opened to a world of possibilities.” 

Luliana, Sixth Form Graduate 

“I wanted to be Head Girl as I really enjoy a challenge; I wanted to test my abilities, learn new skills and be pushed out of my comfort zone. Being in the role has helped me to improve my organisational skills, as I learnt how to time manage my school and role responsibilities, whilst further developing and practising my communication and leadership skills. The highlight of the whole experience was seeing my idea of a Wellbeing Room flourish into a reality. Mental health is incredibly important to me, so knowing that I have introduced a safe space into the school is definitely a great accomplishment I pride myself on”.

Anthony, Sixth Form Graduate

Anthony wanted to become Head Boy to give back to the school community and inspire other students. Citing Bishop Douglass as having created a pathway for him towards a bright future and as integral to his growth and personal development, he wanted to show others that they can achieve this too - by being a fantastic role model for younger year groups and acting as a voice for his peers, bridging the gap between students and teachers.

Being approachable, willing, a role model and sociable are all key attributes required for the role of Head Boy in Anthony’s opinion. From hosting assemblies and school tours, being courageous and rising to challenges and being able to articulate his thoughts – he firmly believes the skills he gained within the role will set him in good stead for the future.

Being Head Boy was a great honour and belonging to Bishop Douglass is something I am incredibly proud of. Our school and Sixth Form is one of a kind, everyone throughout the school respects one another, is proud of one another and strives for excellence – an embodiment of the values Bishop Douglass represents. I hope that whilst I was in the role of Head Boy, I inspired younger generations of our school to pursue their greatest aspirations, and prove to them that with perseverance, determination and hard work, anyone can achieve their dreams”.