Annabelle

Year 12 Senior School

From the moment I joined Sydenham High in year 8 from another school, I was welcomed into a family that I knew would push me to thrive academically, but also allow me to be a well-rounded student.

On the first day, I signed up to various clubs that I had never experienced before, such as Lindy-Hop Dancing, Rugby Club and Science Club.

On the first day, I signed up to various clubs that I had never experienced before, such as Lindy-Hop Dancing, Rugby Club and Science Club. Then, as I advanced through the school, I volunteered for many other activities that will help me achieve my aims in the future. I became Form Captain, which allowed me to improve my leadership skills and then, in years 10 and 11, I became a member of the Student Board, in which I helped organise charity and community events, for example when my form invited children from a nearby primary school to come for a day of cooking, dancing and science.

Perhaps the most important day so far for me was when I attended the school’s university evening in year 10, where the Head of Admissions at Cambridge University discussed applying to Oxbridge. This inspired me to think about applying there to take a maths degree, having received advice from both the speaker and the Head of Careers. The advice included attending their public lectures. At the start of year 11, I researched these and at Christmas I went to my first-ever lecture at Oxford University, which was on the Maths of Visual Illusions. Having found the talk completely riveting, I continued going back; I have now been to three lectures and I will continue to do so throughout the Sixth Form.

I am taking A Levels in maths, further maths, physics and Latin (consisting both of language and literature). Afterwards, I intend to go to Oxford University to take a degree and then a Masters in Maths followed by a Law Conversion in order to become a barrister in patent law. To help make this happen, I have also taken part in Robotics Club, led year 7 and 8 Science Club, completed both my Bronze and Silver Crest Awards, competed in the UK Junior and Intermediate Mathematical Challenges and been involved in many other opportunities that the school have provided.”