Senior Prefects – Statements
“As the Senior Prefect team, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our school. We are very excited to inform you of the new developments and changes taking place here at Handsworth Grammar School. The Sixth Form has a brand new, state of the art building built to facilitate more hard working and intelligent students like yourself. Together with your ideas and suggestions this exciting new space will provide you with the opportunity to develop yourself as well as study for those crucial exams.”
Nasim Miah – Head Boy
Having been appointed Head Boy, it is with great pleasure to be among only the second set of senior prefects to lead this school under the new name King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys.
My time at the school since year 7 has been thoroughly enjoyable with many fond and joyous memories experienced with both students and teachers. My recent successes in my GCSE exams are a reflection of not only focus and determination, but a glimpse of the quality of education provided by this amazing school. Over the years, Handsworth Grammar School has helped me become a more diligent and confident individual; not purely academically, but in social scenarios as well. Furthermore, the school has always inspired and aided me to achieve my goals and have strong ambitions.
Therefore, it is my duty, along with the rest of the prefect team to continue the school’s great reputation and to ensure that we are drawn together with the common goal of continuing to aid the school in a positive direction, and build on the school’s growing reputation in the wider community. The passion, spirit, commitment, pride and determination the prefect team possesses will combine to ensure this year is an outstanding year for the school, and will hopefully set the tone for years to come.
Most importantly, some advice from me to you, enjoy the year ahead of you. Take opportunities with both hands and give it your all in this place. Don’t be afraid to ask for help on any issues, whether it be academic or personal issues, because the teachers, other students and prefects will give you a hand.
Huda Benrekia – Head Girl
It is only with great honour and privilege that I wholly accept this prestigious role as Head Girl. I am determined to use this role to represent my school to the best of my ability and act as a positive role model to all of my fellow students.
During my short time here at King Edwards VI Handsworth Grammar School, I have discovered a unique and authentic sense of community – it is one that integrates, embraces and encourages every student regardless of their background, age or belief. The staff work tirelessly, motivating and ensuring that every student is able to meet their full academic potential. As a result, every year, students from this school are sent to Oxbridge and Russell group universities to study a range of degrees from Medicine and Dentistry to Mathematics, Law, Engineering, Philosophy and so on.
Alongside your academic success take every opportunity as it comes, from helping out on open days, to trips overseas. Use these opportunities to enhance your own transferable skills and make the most out of the incomparable Handsworth Grammar School experience.
Elias Idjer – Deputy Head Boy
Taking on the prestigious role of Deputy Head Boy will allow me to set good examples to everyone, and act as a positive role model for younger students. My experiences here have moulded me into the confident person I am today; I would therefore like to give back to the school by taking on these responsibilities.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, which has been full of jovial and cheerful memories shared with my fellow students. I have been involved in many events since year 7, such as the opening of the new 3G football pitch, open evenings, numerous competitive football matches against other schools, and the most recent event being the Handsworth Park 10K Run, in which I managed to finish in less than 46 minutes (but you didn’t hear that from me). Occasions like these have allowed me to watch the school develop, this has been an exciting experience.
Being surrounded by many high achieving, ambitious students and teachers of high calibre encourages me to have discipline, and to set a routine, which leads to academic success. King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School offers wonderful opportunities to its students, in education and in extra curricular activities, such as setting up work experience, or lunch time and after school clubs. Seizing these opportunities where possible, will allow students to develop into the person they want to become.
Olivia McKnight – Deputy Head Girl
This school’s motto is “Haec olim meminisse luvabit” which roughly translates as “One day we will look back at this and smile”. King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys has offered me many opportunities, paramount being the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl, which I am delighted to embrace. I plan to fully commit to this role and use it to improve both my own and others’ experience in these two vital years of A-levels.
The aim of HGS is to produce a well-rounded, successful person. Students are coached to achieve this through clubs, educational trips and excellent pastoral support. In my experience, sixth formers are given a plethora of opportunities to develop personally; from Debate Club, where students are given a platform to advance their confidence and ability to communicate, to organizing fundraising events which enhance leadership skills. As expected in a Grammar School, there is a large focus on academic accomplishment. The school often arranges educational trips which augment understanding of subject content but also help to pique students’ interest in the topic. The staff team are constantly pushing students to achieve their full potential. The immense pressure to do well cannot be avoided, but at this school there is a unique atmosphere of community. I have been encouraged and aided academically by both my teachers and fellow students. There is a strong belief that it is essential to work with your peers, helping each other to be the best that they can be. The support I give and receive is based on a core belief that together, we can achieve our goals.
My advice to any prospective student would be to take full advantage of the unique experiences that being a student here brings. Let them help you to grow and improve. Work hard. A-levels are renowned for being challenging, but work together. Most importantly, try to enjoy yourself; make positive memories. The final two years will be over before you know it, make it so that one day you too will look back at this, and smile.
Evin Siby – Chair of School Council
Being appointed as the Chair of School Council was an honour. I have sat on the School Council Board since Year 9, allowing me to gain an insight into the challenges and successes of pupils from all ages and backgrounds. The position I hold enables me to voice the suggestions and concerns of students to bring about beneficial changes within the school. Handsworth Grammar welcomes change with the likes of the newly implemented AstroTurf pitch on Baker St, to the new DT Block being renovated; an addition to the school’s strong traditional base. It has been exciting to develop and implement several ideas whilst seeing the school constantly grow as a community.
Sixth Form consists of stress and hard work, however I always look forward to coming to school, seeing my friends and gaining an unparalleled education. Being surrounded by highly motivated and committed people, who have high ambitions encourages me to progress educationally and motivates me to seize opportunities to develop as an individual.
My advice to any new students is to grasp opportunities, work hard but to also enjoy the Handsworth Grammar School experience; one that can’t be found anywhere else.