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.”
Hasnain Sumar – Head Boy
It is with great honour and appreciation that I accept the chance to sit amongst this year’s Senior Prefect Team as Head Boy. My position has now given me the chance to make long-standing improvements to the quality of school-life for current and future students, which I am determined to see through till the end of our time here.
Having been a student at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys since Year 7, I have had the opportunity to watch this school develop into an educational centre of excellence, whilst also having the chance to develop my social and academic skills. From the shelter in the quad, the table tennis area, our new state of the art Sixth Form centre built with its own computer suite, common room and canteen, and many more, the facilities provided here at KEVI Handsworth Grammar School ensure that you as a student, and as an individual, strive to reach your absolute potential.
What has stood out to me as an enriching part of the Handsworth Grammar School experience is our school’s strong sense of diversity and community. Students of a variety of religions and cultures have contributed to the school, making ties with each other that will last a lifetime. The school also takes pride in our academic achievements, with large numbers of students attaining A*/A grades in their exams each year. It is a combination of both the academic determination of students and the tireless teaching that has allowed our students to leave the school after Year 13 and achieve placements in Russell Group Universities around the country to study some of the most competitive courses.
As we look on to the next academic year, my advice to all students would be to have fun. As simple as it may seem, your time in school is very short but will play a major role in determining your future. Though it is vital that you remember the importance of your education and don’t take it for granted, your school experience has to be a memory that you will cherish in your heart forever. Make friends, go on school trips and take part in open evenings, because you never know when a priceless memory is going to happen.
Deborah Sepo – Head Girl
Being offered the role of Head Girl came with great surprise and joy, but I would like to accept this opportunity with open arms. This position has made me resolute to complete that job given to me and make sure that I represent my school to the best of my ability.
Since being at King Edwards Handsworth Grammar School for Boys, I have been given many opportunities to develop academically and through extracurricular projects. Taking part in open days and afternoons, external school conferences and enrichment programmes like Legacy have allowed me to develop some vital transferable skill.
This sixth form prides itself on being able to provide a personal, professional and a progressive environment that allows for those who wish to further themselves to thrive with the advice of experienced staff. Allowing for students to reach their potential and leave the school to go into competitive university courses and apprenticeships. HGS prides itself on its long history of producing students that have been able to achieve some of the highest levels of academic excellence in their field of expertise. As new students coming in to this environment the best thing that you could do is take part! Get involved with as many things as are on offer and make the most of it.
Isaac Minto – Deputy Head Boy
It’s a privilege to have been nominated the role of Deputy Head Boy as I am now in a position where I can be a positive influence for my fellow peers and the greater school. Having been a part of King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys since Year 7, I have come to the realization that our school is a dynamic environment, since it’s constantly changing and improving to benefit its students whether that’s from an academic or social perspective.
My time here has flown by in the blink of an eye, yet it’s been simply remarkable, and I will forever cherish all the fun memories which I’ve made. By embracing the plethora of activities which the school presents, these experiences have crafted me into a well-round individual and given me skills which are highly transferable in future endeavors. Partaking in debate club boosted my communication skills whilst being a member in the Sixth Form Legacy project, reinforced my teambuilding and leadership qualities.
Here at Handsworth there is very strong work ethic which I believe is essentially the driving force for what makes our school have such strong academic success. But let’s not also forget the hard work and dedication from the teachers, who nurture their students to reach their full potential.
My advice to any student would be to seize any opportunities because each experience is a character-building moment that will not only enrich your life, but also your prospects. These next two years will be over before you know it so study hard, have fun and create memories that will last.
Reanne Chandla – Deputy Head Girl
It is with great honour that I have accepted the role of Deputy Head Girl. My experience at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys has been one that I will cherish for a very long time and I greatly enjoy the ability to give back to a school which has been able to offer me so much in such a short amount of time. Coming to this school has been a totally new experience, yet one that I would very much recommend fellow external students to take. Coming to a new school is quite daunting, yet all students are extremely welcoming and the teachers likewise, as well as being very approachable in times of need whether that be about your education or well-being.
The education at this school is second to none, the 2019 cohort attained very commendable results with 15 students having attained straight A* and A grades in their subjects and going on to study some of the most competitive courses at the best universities in the country. After coming from a comprehensive school, the step up has been one that, at times, has been stressful but also one that is very much appreciated, as I know that the teachers are working relentlessly to make sure that we achieve to the best of our ability.
In conjunction with our studies the school has enabled us to develop invaluable life skills such as perseverance, team work and leadership via the enrichment programme in sixth form. Choosing volunteering as my enrichment course helped me to improve my communication skills and confidence as it was my responsibility to look for my own placement and carry it out independently. I volunteered at a care home and this truly gave me an insight into not only working life, but allowed me to interact with my community.
To those who are considering applying to King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys, I can guarantee that you will not regret it. As well as the school being focussed on its academic excellence, it is also a place where students can thrive with like-minded people and develop a routine that they can use in everyday life to better themselves and be the best they possibly can.
Jai Patel – Chair of School Council
Having been a part of Handsworth Grammar School since year 7, I feel honoured to have been chosen as the Chair of School Council. This has been a useful role for me as I enjoy helping others and with this position, I feel like this is something I can do. Being selected for this role allows me to dive into the requests that students wish to put forward to improve the school and, perhaps, leave a legacy behind. These changes range from having new bike racks for students to having meal deals in the canteen. I look forward to the school evolving and continuing to stride forwards towards a greater school life for new students that are yet to come.
As I have been at the school for 5 years for my GCSEs, it felt natural for me to join the Sixth Form as I was familiar with the teaching style and support. Sixth form hasn’t been an easy journey, as it consists of hard work and commitment. This has been worth it though, as I have also been able to experience an excellent education, that pushes me to achieve my absolute best and make friends, from year 7 and in Sixth Form.
To anyone who is joining Handsworth Grammar School, I would advise them to work as hard as they possibly can from day one, but to also enjoy themselves as this experience doesn’t last forever.