News & Events
News & Events
Summer Term 1 News
Biology & Psychology Trip to London Zoo
On the last day of half-term, our Year 12 students were privileged to attend a day at London Zoo as part of their Psychology and Biology A-Level studies.
Left: Destiny Nicholas-Brown, Dill Shepherd, Antoi-nette Simon, Ariana Farmanfarmaian, Emnet Sisay, Nakai Campbell-Brown, Tahmida Baksh, Jasmine Meddah, Aliya Henry, Kaydena Smith
Once making our way to the zoo, students attended talks given by zoologists and those working with animals at the zoo on topics such as zoo genetics and breeding and animal learning/intelligence.
Back left to Right: Salma Awale, Rejaul Azad, Tahmida Baksh, Betelhem Bereket, Rosie Bishop, Myles Brinkley-Philip, Nakai Campbelll-Bowen, Roha Dahir, Alexander Dokic, Ariana Farmanfarmaian, Eugenie Faure, Sophia Francis, Chris Hayden, Aliya Henry, Dwight Henry, Arthur Kergall, Sufyan Khan, Jasmine & Zachariah Meddah, Kherta Mohamed, Destiny Nicholas-Brown, Margaux Robineau, Dill Shepherd, Harry Siddle, Antoinette Simon, Emnet Sisay, Betty & Kaydena Smith, Enis Uka, James & Joseph Wilson and Amira Zanabi
A small selection of our pupils were also able to be involved in a ZSL project through observing and collecting data of monkeys in their enclosure. Students also had time to explore the zoo, making observations relevant to their studies and even making time to bump in to some TV stars!
Comedian and Writer David Walliams with Antoinette Simon
Spring Term 2 News
Head Boy & Head Girl Elections
On Monday 5th February we will be holding our elections for Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. Students will need to deliver a speech to their peers and staff, explaining why they want to carry out these important roles, why they would be good at them and what they can offer. Students and staff will vote and formal announcements will made in the first whole school assembly after February half term.
Allen & Overy Skills and Assessment Day
This event took place on the 21st March. Students were stretched, challenged and up-skilled with activities to get them problem solving, analysing, evaluating and applying their knowledge. This day was the gateway for applying for a work experience place at the City law firm Allen & Overy for July 2018. Students can also apply for a £10K bursary to put towards further education. These Assessment Days are strongly recommended for those students whose parents didn’t go to university, or who are in receipt of FSM. Students can submit their application through SMHW.
L’Occitane: Discover your Potential Internship Programme
This allows Year 12s to apply for a two-week internship in the summer. It is an absolutely brilliant opportunity for students to experience life and work at one of the Sunday Times' Top 100 employers in a 'grad scheme' style. With the support of a mentor, students spend one week in one of the brand's boutiques and one week in their central London UK HQ, in a department of the student's choice. Last year's interns had opportunities to work in Marketing, PR, Finance, Operations and HR, and three were made offers of permanent employment. Application is by CV and covering letter (example on SMHW). If successful at this stage, students are invited to an assessment morning in central London.
Spring Term 1 News
To download a copy of the Spring Term 1 News please click here: Sixth Form Spring Term 1 News 2017-18
Class of 2020
We have been busy holding interviews for all applicants from the Class of 2020 as well as all of our external candidates. It has been hugely rewarding talking to the Year 11s about the pride that they have in their academy, the value they place on the quality of teaching and relationships at the academy and their enthusiasm for being part of our second Year 12 cohort. Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about their ambitions for the future and their commitment to our 6 Cs – Curiosity, Courage, Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication. Where pupils are currently not quite on track to meet the entry requirements for their chosen courses and pathways, they left their meetings with a redoubled determination to raise their grades in the third set of mocks and in their final exams to secure their place here next September. It is clear from the number and quality of external applications we are receiving and from meetings with candidates that our new Sixth Form is establishing a reputation as a centre of academic excellence with expert, rigorous and highly personalised teaching and support for all.
Our Year 12 cohort have been very busy over the last few months continuing their reading and research for their EPQ (Extended Project Qualification.) Many students are now in the midst of conducting practical research to apply to their project question after taught skills sessions on interview techniques and ethics. After half-term we will start the unit 'writing for meaning' which is focused on the importance of academic writing as students begin to write their 5,000 word thesis.
Sixth Form Physicists at Cambridge University
Jasmine Liu and Shannon Clarke (Y12) spent 3 days at Churchill College, Cambridge from the 6th to 8th Jan after winning a place on a Physics and Maths Revision Boot Camp. They visited the Cavendish Laboratory to be taught by university subject specialists and then were put to work through physics problems, asking for help when they needed to. Shannon reports that, "Some content was year 12 but we were stretched and learnt some year 13 content and even worked on derive physics equations which is beyond the A-level specification. Also, we had a lecture on Spin and Angular Momentum in the Pippard Lecture Theatre - where we participated in some practicals. Finally, we met some of the undergraduates and ate in halls. It was such a great experience!" Well done Jasmine and Shannon! A big thanks also to Ms Manisier (KS5 Physics Lead), Ms Allan (KS5 Science Lead) and Mr Iles for preparing our Physicists/Mathematicians so well that they can thrive in challenging learning environments such as this.
Also, a huge congratulations to Salma Awale who has passed the entrance exam and made it to interview on the "Target Oxbridge" programme. We wish her the very best in this. Well done also to Theo Rooney and Joe Barker for taking all opportunities. They will travel to Cambridge University to partake in their Geography and Physics taster days this term.
“Brexit and Beyond” talk by Sir Ivan Rogers
The talk, held at Walworth Academy on Friday 18th January saw a number of Y12s are attending with Ms Robinson to listen to this interesting speaker. Sir Ivan Rogers studied History at Balliol College, Oxford after which he joined the Civil Service, spending much of his career at the Treasury. His Civil Service roles included acting as Principal Private Secretary (adviser and main link between the Prime Minister and the Civil Service) to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chief Adviser on Europe and Global Issues to Prime Minister David Cameron. Until his resignation in January 2017, he was the UK's Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels, which means he was the UK's main link and negotiator with the EU.
Academic Tutoring continues to thrive at Bolingbroke. Every Monday and Tuesday, students are put through their academic paces in their long-term area of interest by a subject specialist. This term’s theme is “Respect vs Tolerance’. Amongst many other topics, tutors have covered the following fabulous content:
The representation of black girls in literature
Alt-writing: how the far right is changing US publishing
Does Art and Music have a place in 21st Century education
The rise of the far right and the Islamic State…artists responses
Eugenics and extremism
Sociocultural and evolutionary explanations for religious extremism.
The place of British Royal Societies in the scientific community
Laura Wyld Visit
On Monday 29th January 2018, the Sixth Form students received a talk from Laura Wyld during their Monday morning briefing session.
Baroness Wyld, a graduate of the University of Cambridge, has risen through the political ranks from being advisor to the former Prime Minister David Cameron, to becoming the second youngest Peer in the House of Lords in June last year.
She is dedicated to changing young lives and mental health, even though she admitted that it can be challenging and scary putting forward such proposals in front of an audience of much older and experienced politicians.
After discussing her interesting journey to Westminster, Laura opened up the floor to questions from the Sixth Formers. A great many interesting and stimulating questions were asked, on hot topics such as Brexit, diversity in politics, and child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, a topic of great interest to her.
As the mother of three young children she discussed juggling jobs and kids at the same time. Overall, she was a brilliant guest to have in our school, providing students with an insightful stimulus to provoke an interest in politics.
Editorial: James Wilson (Klein12)
We have been able to offer Year 12 a number of interesting opportunities since the beginning of term. All have been advertised through Show My Homework where you can find further information about the application process.
Autumn Term News
To download a copy of the Autumn Term News please click here: Sixth Form Autumn Term News 2017-18
The first term for the new Sixth form cohort has been and exciting and informative start to the year. Below are just some of the highlights:
Trips & Visits
Oxford University Lecture (Language and Power)
King’s College London “After Hours” lecture series:
- What’s so special about special effects?
- Is Film the Best Historical Source?
- Does democracy work? Do we want it to?
- Thinking about Rubbish (Language study)
New College of the Humanities Lecture Series
- Economics: “Nudging People into Making Better Decisions”
- History: “Why did people go on the first crusade? Family, Lands and Honour.”
- Philosophy: “An Evening with AC Grayling”
- Politics: “Democracy, Referenda and Brexit”
Roehampton University Reading Retreat
Cambridge University Student Shadowing Scheme
Cambridge University Application seminar
Attendance at the Modern Muse programme at Credit Suisse – this is a programme designed to inspire and engage the next generation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Attendance at the Ark Apprenticeship fair – for students thinking about degree and higher apprenticeships a chance to meet over 100 top employers to gain an insight into how to get a place on these amazing programmes.
Visit to the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology for students interested in this career pathway and a different kind of university.
Year 12 Students completed their first major assessments in all of their subjects in December following Unit 4 of our 3-weekly curriculum structure. Their results are evidence of the immense amount of progress they have made in their first term of the Sixth Form and their predicted grades when aggregated would represent a truly outstanding set of first KS5 results.
We are all aware that there is a long way to go and a huge amount of work to be done, but there was a great deal to celebrate. Some of our top performers who achieved A* or A grades in all of their assessments included: Sophia Francis, Roha Dahir, Antoinette Simon, Eugenie Faure, Theo Rooney, Moniece Mullings, Salma Awale, Rabab Rajwani, Amira Zanabi and Ariana Farmanfarmaian
English Literature Bridging Project winners 2017
Over the summer, our first cohort of Year 12 Literature students were tasked with presenting their contextual research around Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Death of a Salesman in the most informative, creative and engaging way they could think of. They did not disappoint!
Ariana Farmanfarmaian - built a 3-D spiral story board mapping the plot and themes in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
Moneice Mullings - composed and performed a choral arrangement presenting Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
Dill Shepherd - created an information packed Tess mood board.
Betty Smith - created a theatre programme detailing the characters and background of Tess.
Sophia Francis - created a fabulous Death of a Salesman mood board.
Well done to these fantastic students - what a super start to the year.
Aspects of Tragedy Lecture Day
On Wednesday 29th November, our lovely Year 12 Literature students traveled to the Emanuel Center, Westminster to take part in an "Aspects of Tragedy" lecture day. It was an action packed programme, brimming with top speakers who brought our exam texts to life in an undergraduate style.
The morning began with Carol Leach - an A-level and GCSE examiner and teacher. She was Principal Examiner for AQA and OCR for 15 years and is an Ofqual specification reviewer for GCSE and A-Level English. Carol led the first 50mins on "Defining Tragedy, the Tragic Genre and Tragic Sub-genres."
We were then introduced to Dr Michael Meeuwis - Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, Romantic and Victorian poetry and nineteenth-century drama and performance studies. Dr Meeuwis gave a really thought provoking study entitled "Reworking tragedy: old forms for new contexts." He also treated us to a full Batman impression.
Our firm favourite was the "Tragedy in Shakespeare" lecture led by Nick Hutchison - an actor, director and lecturer who has directed Shakespeare’s plays across the globe. He lectures for Shakespeare’s Globe and at universities worldwide and on Jacobean Theatre for LAMDA and RADA.
Finally, giving top exam advice was Dr Pamela Bickley - an English subject expert with decades of English Literature teaching experience at A-level and undergraduate level. She is the author of a number of books on Shakespeare, early modern drama and contemporary fiction. She is a trustee of the English Association.
Everyone involved found the day invaluable for really stretching understanding and allowing us to consider lesser thought-of perspectives on Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Death of a Salesman and Othello. I look forward to taking our next cohort of Year 12s again in 2018.
Modern Foreign Languages
On 22nd November pupils attended the German Embassy-sponsored LSE German Careers Fair, the experience was very insightful: we learned about the sphere of influence German companies such as Allianz, LIDL, and the Goethe Institut have over the economy in the UK.
The Careers Fair covered thought-provoking questions, as they inclined us to discuss the pursuit of internships, work placements and exchanges in Germany.
In light of this, we collectively compared the cultural differences in the UK to Germany within the world of work. The people were welcoming and enthusiastic about sharing their experiences and impressions with us, as well as giving us advice about the value of communicating in German (or other modern foreign languages) at different levels of the work chain.
Moniece Mullings commented "As a result of my experience, I would be open to the thought of working abroad in Germany in order to enhance my German skills. Ultimately, the LSE German Careers Fair highlighted the importance of understanding a foreign language in all fields of work."
Eugenie Faure noted "I was particularly interested in the exchange program offered by UK-German Connection for next summer. I would perhaps consider getting an internship but not before my university years."
Students this half-term have been delving further in to their projects and had a chance to visit the newly developed Roehampton University campus to explore the library, find relevant resources and speak to student ambassadors about university life. In the New Year, they will also be working with postgraduate students at St. Marys University, Twickenham who will support them in the construction and production of their final project pieces.
In December, Psychology students attended a day-trip combining the Freud and Imperial War Museum which directly links to their studies this half-term. Students had a chance to immerse themselves in what it was like to be a Freudian patient, as well as get a greater understanding of the role that obedience and situational factors in Germany played in the Holocaust at the Imperial War Museum.
On 22nd November 2017, a group of 25 Year 11 and Year 12 Bolingbroke Academy pupils went to the Maths Inspirations event at the Piccadilly Theatre, hosted by 'stand up mathematician' Matt Parker.
Amongst the unusual setting (created for the musical Matilda!), there were a series of three talks delivered by professional statisticians and mathematicians all of whom talked about aspects of Maths that had captured their imaginations and steered their careers into Maths in very different directions.
The first talk was by medical statistician Jen Rogers who is based at Oxford University. Jen talked about the difference between relative risk and absolute risk. A follow up link from her talk can be found here:
Jen Rogers analyses Ryanair: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-06-29-ryanair-random-seat-allocation-not-s...
Next there was a talk from science presenter and comedian Steve Mould looking at how a string of beads can possibly fall upwards! The link is here and is worth a look:
The Mould Effect explained - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eEi7fO0_O0
Finally, mathematician and juggler Colin Wright took the stage and had the students create a juggling problem for him using network diagrams:
Colin Wright – juggling patterns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dwgusHjA0Y
The Bolingbroke students said they had really enjoyed the talks which were all so different from each other.