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Enfield High Achievers’ Evening 2018

Lea Valley Academy was honoured to host the Enfield High Achievers’ Evening on Thursday November 8th, in conjunction with Enfield School Standards and Support Service and sponsored by Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and Routes into Languages (an initiative promoting the take-up of languages).

Our Principal, Umbar Sharif opened the evening with a warm welcome to all, including the 80+ participants from Aylward Academy, Chace Community School, Edmonton County School, Enfield County School, Enfield Grammar School, Heron Hall Academy, Highlands School, Kingsmead School, Lea Valley Academy, Nightingale Academy, Oasis Academy Enfield, Oasis Academy Hadley, Southgate School, St Anne’s Catholic High School, St. Ignatius College, The Latymer School and Winchmore School.  Comperes for the evening were LVA Student Presidents Grace O. Jenny M and Gerald F.

High Achiever and Language Certificate were then presented by Kate Anolue, The Deputy Mayor of Enfield. The young people selected received the highest GCSE exam results who are currently in the school six form. There is also a language award which is awarded to high attaining linguists. Each school is asked to nominate 7 students including 2 linguists.

LVA High Achievers are Matilda V. Lucy M. Klea R. Jefferson MK, Nimi N.
Then, workshops run by student ambassadors from Oxford and Cambridge Universities covering what to consider when choosing a course including which university, the UCAS process, Personal Statement writing, and what can be done to support university applications.

Whilst these workshops were running, parents attended a session chaired by Umbar Sharif, on higher education with representatives from Oxford, Cambridge, University of London, Imperial College and Routes into Languages. Questions included : How much do students need for living expenses and accommodation per term? What is your view of students taking a gap year?

The evening culminated with a Careers and Progression Market Place for young people, parents and carers to investigate careers and courses in Medicine, Science, Law, Veterinary Medicine, apprenticeships, construction, finance and Modern Foreign Languages.

Feedback from all of those involved was that it was invaluable evening to help Enfield High Achievers understand their options and future direction.