Sixth Form

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.”

Jasbinderbir Singh – Head Boy

It is with great humility and gratitude that I accept the opportunity of serving the school as part of the Senior Prefect Team, through the role of Head Boy. Having the position of regularly interacting with the student and teacher bodies, I am determined to improve the quality of school-life of all through my tenure.

I have had the great privilege of being part of the continual development at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys for 6 years now, which has truly transformed it into a centre of educational excellence, as well as a place that nurtures a skillset enabling social and academic success. It continues to guide many like myself through the process of individual refinement catalysed by enriching facilities like the quad, table tennis area, AstroTurf, our new state of the art Sixth Form centre equipped with its own computer suite, common room and canteen, and much more. These, in complement with an extensive subject teaching and enrichment regime, facilitate the journey of every student in achieving his/her absolute potential.

What I find most exclusive about KEVI Handsworth Grammar School is the communal ethos resulting from the diverse backgrounds, religions and cultures that amalgamate here. The ease with which students form long-lasting ties with each other really stands out to me. With a large number of students achieving the top grades each year, the school takes pride in the determination of its students and the tireless drive of its teachers. As a result, students go on to secure places on prestigious apprenticeships and degree courses at the most competitive universities each year.

Looking into the year ahead, my advice to every student at HGS is to thoroughly enjoy your time here by grasping every opportunity made available to you. Whatever you do at school will have a direct characterising impact on your identity, and thereby your future. Make friends and find moments of laughter, which will create invaluable memories that you will cherish for years to come. Don’t allow anything to upset your mental state and well-being, instead protect it with the self-confidence that you will develop here. Your experience should be one of incremental development that is centred around becoming a good human being.

Grace Roberts – Head Girl

Taking on the role of Head Girl at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys has been a true privilege, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to represent such a strong community of people.

In such a small amount of time, this school has offered so much, and hence I have obtained experience and developed key skills that I will carry with me throughout my life journey. An example of this is in the musical community, which I am delighted to be a part of. Being able to participate in the school’s orchestras and various bands, I have found that this has increased my confidence and communications skills, as I am able to engage with students of all year groups. Through the range of extra-curricular activities that the school provides, HGS is a place where you can not only thrive as a student, but can also engage within a positive community and mature as an individual as you approach your next steps into adulthood.

The academic achievements that this school holds are a testimony to the quality of teaching and exceptional educational facilities that this school has to offer. Having the regular support from staff, students find themselves in a comfortable position to freely ask questions and approach their teachers if they have any enquiries, a vital necessity when partaking in a learning environment. Through the experienced teachers and mentors of the school, pupils are put in the best possible environment to challenge themselves and mature in their academic studies, equipping them for the future careers that they aspire to go down.

My advice for anyone wishing to come to this school would be, do not be afraid to face new challenges, rather embrace them! Especially as a female student, but to all students included, entering a new environment can be extremely daunting and needless to say nerve-racking, but it can also be an opportunity to learn, grow, and partake in a new and positive experience. This is a place where you can thrive as an individual both academically and personally. To those joining us, I encourage you to work hard and achieve the best you can, but most importantly, enjoy the time you spend here and make the most of all the things that you will learn on this new journey.

Ronan Jakhu – Deputy Head Boy

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”- John Quincy Adams

Being appointed Deputy Head boy of Handsworth Grammar school for boys was initially a shock to me. It was only a year ago where I first stepped through the doors of the sixth form centre and became a part of a long prestigious history of academic success and brilliance. It never occurred to me that a year later I would be a part of the senior leadership team and helping to uphold the school’s ethos and values.

It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to not only serve and represent this school as it’s Deputy Head Boy but to be a part of students’ lives and inspire them to be the best version of themselves. I aim to do everything within my power to make sure both staff and students are safe, healthy and most importantly happy during their time at Handsworth Grammar School.

As an external student what stood out to me about Handsworth Grammar School in comparison to state schools was the diverse amount of amazing academic and non-academic opportunities that were presented here that students could take part in along side their A Level studies to become responsible, independent and confident young adults.

The main piece of advice I would give to every student is to always try something new. Throughout life you will always learn more and more about yourself and others and if you can reflect and improve upon every single experience in life you will become a much better individual than you would have been otherwise.

Kirandeep Kaur – Deputy Head Girl

It’s a privilege to be appointed as the Deputy Head Girl and it’s an opportunity that I’m grateful for, as for this year, I am able to be an ambassador for the whole school. This position allows me to be a positive influence on my peers and the school as a whole, and I will try to do my best to fulfil the roles of Deputy Head Girl and represent my school to the best of my abilities.

Coming to a new school at the end of year 11, can be intimidating especially with majority of the students being male, but it’s precisely for that reason, that I chose to come to HGS. Along with all the other girls, I have become more confident and learnt to express myself in mixed company, which is a skill we will all need when we begin to start working in our chosen professions. The education at this school is amazing as despite all the difficulties presented by Covid-19 and lockdown, the 2020 cohort received outstanding result. After coming from a comprehensive school, the step up in expectations and the workload is quite difficult to adjust initially, but when you do, it is certainly worthwhile.

Alongside our studies, this school has a commendable enrichment programme that allows all students to learn invaluable skills. I chose to be part of the “Legacy” group as one of my enrichment options, and despite not being able to complete the whole programme, due to lockdown, the fact that we were able to raise £600 in one day, is something of which, I am extremely proud.

My advice to those who are considering applying to King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys, is to seize this opportunity, as the school will do all it can, to help you to get to where you need to go.

Talbir Singh – Chair of School Council

Ever since Induction day, when we were told about all the incredible roles we could aspire to, I’ve striven to become the chair of school council, hence, when I was appointed the role in Year 12, it was with great honour that I accepted the position. The most rewarding aspect of the role has been the ability to enhance my fellow students experience in the school, with every student suggestion being a realisable improvement that could be implemented by the school council. The school has been exponentially enhanced since the school council was formed, and will continue to thrive, in no small part, because of the constant communication, and support from the senior leadership team.

The improvements implemented via the school council have enhanced the student body’s lives through various means: for those proficient in sports, the school council helped get an astro-turf built on the school grounds, and at our playing fields off-site. For those who are more academically inclined, we have state of the art facilities, to help enhance their areas of expertise. That said, Handsworth Grammar aims to be accommodating for all students, no matter their preferences or background, and will provide all the support necessary for bright young individuals to thrive.

For all those considering joining King Edwards VI Handsworth Grammar School, I can wholeheartedly say that it will provide you with an incredible setting for learning, making friends, and an abundance of opportunities. But, gaining an insightful education won’t come without its hurdles, the most prevalent being the academic rigor that you will be presented with. However, I would advise you to take this on as a challenge, one that if you beat, will present you with a plethora of ways to approach your adult life. Your experience at Handsworth Grammar will not only advance your academic progress, but perhaps more importantly, mould you into well-rounded young person, ready to take on adulthood by storm.