During my time at Crompton House sixth form I was thoroughly supported in my ambition to study mathematics at a prestigious university. At the beginning of year twelve I was placed in the maths form group, which meant I was more easily alerted to opportunities to attend maths extra-curricular activities, as well as having a maths teacher as my form tutor. This was beneficial because I was with a subject specialist whose guidance significantly improved my personal statement and ensured it was perfectly related to my degree course. My tutor and I also discuss my progress in my A-Level subjects, as well as how I am coping with the work load from my studies.
Through school I also attended a STEP day, and a problem solving day at Manchester University, which aided my ability to approach unfamiliar mathematical problems, and helped prepare me for the admissions tests prestigious universities set. I was also lucky enough to receive a place on a 3 day problem solving course at Oxford University that I heard about through Crompton House, which was specifically tailored to improve my performance on the MAT (Oxford’s admissions test). Deputy Head of Sixth Form is also beginning lunch time sessions for maths, engineering and physics applicants who will have an academic interview at any of the universities they have applied for. I hope this will strengthen my performance in an interview, and develop my mind so it is capable of tackling more abstract thinking which the A-Level syllabus doesn’t require.
The Sixth Form Staff also guided me through my university application, by providing several talks regarding personal statements, student loans and UCAS deadlines at the end of year twelve. This was extremely useful since I could start drafting my personal statement over summer, which gave me plenty of time to improve it. I received lots of help from the Sixth Form staff to refine my statement and I am confident that my UCAS application is at the highest possible standard.
I feel I have been encouraged and supported during my time at Crompton House by the ASPIRE programme to achieve my academic potential, and am hopeful that all the extra preparation I have been provided with will stand me in good stead for my upcoming university applications.