Testimonial

One feature of attending Sancton Wood that cannot be omitted is the abundance of high quality, amusing trips and excursions. Some of my favourites included my residential Geography exploration to Iceland last year, which included a glacier hike and swimming in the geothermally-heated Blue Lagoon, my behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament, including the usually restricted Portcullis House, led by Daniel Zeichner, the MP for Cambridge, and my visit to watch macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. These educational outings really did help with learning, especially for subjects such as English literature, in which we were certain to go and watch the play or book that we were studying as a live performance in a theatre to truly bring the story to life.

I joined the Unicorns Nursery in 2005, aged just 3, and have been a member of the small and close-knit school community here for the 13 years since.
Academically, I benefitted hugely from the very small class sizes, ranging from 6 to 13 for my GCSE subjects, which enabled very high levels of teacher attention in a tutorial-style environment. This was enhanced by the fact that if i was unsure of any topic in a subject, I knew that i could always find a teacher at lunchtimes, after school, or by email any day of the week. Also, the after school revision sessions provided by our subject teachers were hugely beneficial and provided an opportunity for targeted, teacher-led, consolidation when it came to the final, GCSE years.
In addition to academic curriculum, the variety of timetabled sport – from Basketball to Handball – and the myriad of extracurricular clubs, including rowing and debating, provided a diverse educational experience, which i welcomed, especially during the GCSE course.
Due to Sancton Wood not being a huge school, there were plenty of opportunities to get involved in roles of responsibility, ensuring that every student’s voice is heard. I worked my way up from Vice and House captain in year 6, to school council representative in years 7 and 8, and finally to Head Boy in year 11. As joint head of school council, along with the head girl, I was heavily involved in a range of tasks vital to the running of the school, whether it was interviewing prospective teachers, public speaking at school church services, or welcoming visitors. I feel the opportunities to practice such skills were been incredibly useful in developing myself as a person.
One feature of attending Sancton Wood that cannot be omitted is the abundance of high quality, amusing trips and excursions. Some of my favourites included my residential Geography exploration to Iceland last year, which included a glacier hike and swimming in the geothermally-heated Blue Lagoon, my behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament, including the usually restricted Portcullis House, led by Daniel Zeichner, the MP for Cambridge, and my visit to watch macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. These educational outings really did help with learning, especially for subjects such as English literature, in which we were certain to go and watch the play or book that we were studying as a live performance in a theatre to truly bring the story to life.
In 2016, Sancton Wood split up its three branches over three separate sites, the Pre-Prep, the Prep, and the Upper, all within a few minutes walk of each other. While I was unsure of this at first, having only been at the Saint Paul’s Road site for my whole school life, I soon realised that this change was great. It allowed for specialised facilities, a mature and focussed environment, and dedicated installations, such as the three newly-refurbished laboratories at the Upper School – which are vital when it came to our GCSE science required practicals.
In Summer 2018 I succeeded in gaining level 9 scores in all my GCSE examinations – English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Spanish, Religious Studies and Fine Art. This has resulted in two sixth form offers being presented to me: one at The Stephen Perse Foundation, and another at a well-respected independent school in Berkshire.
I hope that my A-level choices of Biology, Chemistry, History and English Literature will facilitate veterinary medicine courses at top universities such as Bristol and the Royal veterinary College, and even Biological Sciences at Oxford; courses which I am very interested in and am currently exploring further.

Sebastian Carvello

‘I had the full Sancton Wood experience; starting at the age of three in nursery and going right through to completing my GCSEs in year 11, so I think it’s safe to say Sancton Wood has absolutely shaped me not only as a student but as a person.

Through my numerous years at Sancton Wood I received not only help and support but a huge amount of encouragement to pursue my academic interests further and to aim higher –  nothing highlights this more than the fact that I left Sancton Wood with 17 GCSEs! I don’t think I would have received as much support or have been facilitated so greatly to do this anywhere other than Sancton Wood.

However, I didn’t just leave Sancton Wood with exam qualifications, I left with a huge amount of confidence not only in my ability to perform in an exam hall but in myself as a person. I think it is this quality that makes Sancton Wood such a unique learning environment. Sancton Wood is a place where you are celebrated for your individuality, a place where all your quirks are appreciated and a place where your personality is supported to develop and shine.

After leaving Sancton Wood I went on to successfully complete an International Baccalaureate and am now studying Medicine at Imperial College London and absolutely loving it!’

Flossie Roberts