Sixth Form News
- 24 Sep 14
Sixth Form results
Congratulations to all our students who achieved an excellent set of A- and AS-level grades this summer. Their results are proof of our students’ commitment to their studies and future, as well as the dedication and expertise of our staff. The support from families was also essential to their success.
Our A2 results were very strong with 98% of Year 13s gaining a pass at grade A-E and just under half of all our students gaining an A*-B grade - an achievement well above the national average. Extremely impressive results included Robin Watson (5x A*-A), Sian Gregory (4x A*-A), Yusuf Al-Ramah (4x A*-A), Fahd Arf (4x A*-B), Suaada Abdulaahi (4x A*-B), Daniel Brathwaite-Shirley (4x A*-B) and Ali Sheikh (4x A*-B). Destinations this year include: Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, Sussex, Warwick, Nottingham.
Our AS students also performed well and have put themselves in an excellent position for gaining outstanding results this academic year. Preparation is underway for their applications to universities, many of whom are hoping to gain places at Russell Group universities, with a number of students applying to Oxford and Cambridge.
We wish our current Sixth Form students success and hope that their hard work and determination will allow them to pursue their future aims.
Ms L Massey
Director of Sixth
- 07 May 13
Dunraven students selected for Amos Bursary
Sixth form students Troy Thomas and Rick During have been selected for the innovative Amos Bursary which supports young men of African of Caribbean origin in realising their full potential.
Their success follows that of Felix Taylor and former Head Boy Max Auer, who were previously selected for the programme.
Established in 2009, the Amos Bursary aims to provide promising students with a platform to grow academically and socially by exposing them to a range of opportunities throughout their A-level and university education.
“It takes you outside your comfort zone but positively,” reflected Ricky, after attending an Amos event held at the headquarters of international law firm Linklaters in the city. “I would never normally visit these places.”
Troy was equally enthusiastic, “It opens your eyes, especially if you’re from inner-city London, and makes you realise there is so much out there.”
As well as attending prestigious events across the capital students are given two mentors each, a professional mentor and a peer mentor. The former aims to provide the student with opportunities for personal growth while working closely with the peer mentor, who maintains regular contact offering support and guidance.
Like other traditional bursaries, Amos provides students with financial aid which comes in the form of £500 annually whilst at university. Additionally, from 2013, University College London will provide students who meet their entry criteria with £1000 per year for the duration of their undergraduate studies.
- 01 Jun 12
Year 13s say goodbye to Dunraven
Friday 25 May saw the end of an era as Year 13 students held their final assembly. With temperatures reaching 25C and school grounds basking in the sunshine, the sixth form community came together to wish farewell to Year 13, many of whom have been at Dunraven since Year 7.
It was an emotional occasion with tears and laughter as students and staff gave heartfelt speeches about their time together. There were prizes to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of some students and feel good awards for others, highlighting qualities from best smile to best hair.
The Assembly also featured an unforgettable rendition of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” performed by sixth form tutors and staff, with Mr Cuffy acting as conductor.
- 21 May 12
Stephen Hester and Chuka Umunna Visit
On Friday 11 May Dunraven was delighted to host Stephen Hester and Chuka Umunna, who both made a short speech to the sixth form and then took part in a question and answer session.
Stephen Hester is chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, most well-known for, after considerable media pressure, turning down a £973,000 bonus. Chuka Umunna is Labour MP for Streatham, and shadow business secretary, which is an important shadow cabinet role in the current turbulent economic times.
The event was organised by Speakers for Schools, which aims to provide state schools with inspirational speakers and open new perspectives. So this chance to show people an often neglected or over-generalised dimension, such as politics and banking, gave 6th formers the chance to ask some important questions.
For instance, one student asked whether Stephen Hester declined his bonus for moral reasons or due to pressure. He replied, “I am a businessman and part of that is saying that I want to be paid well. I don't think that is about morality.” This struck us as a thought-provoking answer, and with a rather different tone to the usual tabloid portrayal of bankers.
Our new Head Boy, Max O’Donnell-Savage commented: 'It was good to have the opportunity to listen to and to question both Stephen Hester and Chuka Umunna. It gave me an insight into both the "bonus culture" and politics, both of which, sadly, can often feel devoid of any connection to our own individual realities. Events like this encourage people to connect, not only with the local community, but also with the wider changes in society.'
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