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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    Do you mind giving an example of what you and your friends do? Also, are the students able to like have a bit of banter while working? (Like do they take it seriously but not too seriously....) Many thanks in advance!
    well you can walk to picadilly / leicester square where there are loads of places to eat, there's also a pretty cool arcade i went to once in leicester square. national gallery is down that way too, and also the museums in south kensington are a tube ride away. st james' park is nice to chill in when it's warm

    there are a few really serious students but most people can have a bit of banter, it's not full of kids who think about work 24/7 lol. even in class you can have a good laugh with the teacher (most of them at least) as long as you do get the work done
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    What is the SSA?
    SSA is just one of the holding rooms but its on the top floor.
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    How were your interviews? I remember after they kept the maths and science people in the hall at 2pm I was literally the first person they called out. I was so surprised lol. I think it went better than I thought it would though
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    for the people that aren’t afraid to share, could you explain how the whole day went? i have my interview on sat at 10 in philosophy :/ not stressing at all but still feel like i’m going in blindly a bit
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    (Original post by ebada hassan)
    i have my interview for biology on saturday , how did it go for those who have done it?
    I was sooo nervous. The questions were alright though. One of the questions is like KS3 science.
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    What do you enjoy about Biology? What’s your favourite topic in lessons? Don’t worry - I’m also terrible at keeping eye contact, but I just force myself to stare into someone’s eyes and act like it’s not a problem! So I’m sure you can too...
    FFFFUUUU... I hardly even looked the guy in the face.
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    (Original post by Ihatelife2)
    FFFFUUUU... I hardly even looked the guy in the face.
    Was he that intimidating?
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    (Original post by Xephyrr_)
    for the people that aren’t afraid to share, could you explain how the whole day went? i have my interview on sat at 10 in philosophy :/ not stressing at all but still feel like i’m going in blindly a bit
    So everyone comes into the building in a queue and then everyone's id is checked and ticked off of the register and then told where their waiting location is. Everyone then just sits down in the hall and just starts talking(unless you were like me and dying on the inside). Sixth formers just go around the hall talking to everyone, giving advice, answering questions etc... Then you listen to the principal's speech which isn't that long.Then some people are whisked away to the SSA by some sixth formers and the rest stay in the hall. Sixth formers will call out the names, whilst having the name on a whiteboard, of the people who have their interviews. During the waiting period you just sit and talk with other interviewees, actual students at the sixth form or read or whatever you want really. When your name is called, a sixth former will escort you to the room which your interview is in. After your interview you are free to leave. At least that was how the process was for me. If there are any things I have missed out please do correct me.
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    Was he that intimidating?
    Nah, he was really nice. I was just unbelievably nervous.
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    (Original post by Ihatelife2)
    So everyone comes into the building in a queue and then everyone's id is checked and ticked off of the register and then told where their waiting location is. Everyone then just sits down in the hall and just starts talking(unless you were like me and dying on the inside). Sixth formers just go around the hall talking to everyone, giving advice, answering questions etc... Then you listen to the principal's speech which isn't that long.Then some people are whisked away to the SSA by some sixth formers and the rest stay in the hall. Sixth formers will call out the names, whilst having the name on a whiteboard, of the people who have their interviews. During the waiting period you just sit and talk with other interviewees, actual students at the sixth form or read or whatever you want really. When your name is called, a sixth former will escort you to the room which your interview is in. After your interview you are free to leave. At least that was how the process was for me. If there are any things I have missed out please do correct me.
    cheers
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    (Original post by Xephyrr_)
    cheers
    No problem. Good luck.
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    (Original post by Ihatelife2)
    Nah, he was really nice. I was just unbelievably nervous.
    Oh, right. Well, I pray you did well enough to get in and I hope I see you as a classmate if I do equally as well as you
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    I am in year 12 at harris westminster and can say I wish I had gone to another sixth form. the quality of teaching is quite good but not amazing (depends on the teacher, like everywhere I guess) and if you're a person who is easily overwhelmed by (unnecessary) pressure to do well and a huge workload, it is not the school for you. my whole further maths class is constantly making comments about wanting to drop out and a lot of people i know share these views. However there are upsides to it ie great selection of books in the library, lab talks - though most aren't interesting, teachers who are passionate about their subjects, lots of societies and clubs which my secondary school had none of, and i'd assume there is lots of support for getting into good unis but I can't speak from experience. I feel like I expected a lot more freedom but am basically still in secondary school whereas I have friends who have much more free time which I envy a lot aha (if you're someone who is planning to work during sixth form its virtually impossible to find the time), that only cares about getting good grades from its students. The workload is huge and we have been given questions on our assessments which teachers have admitted they didn't expect any of us to be able to answer (ie in further maths and maths) which i think is a ridiculous way to test students. Though there is support available if you seek it out. Plus we have assessments every half term (my last assessment week was 2 weeks after we got back from the christmas holiday, which may be an upside to some people?). If youre good at handling stress and time management then you'll probably do well. I know I complained a lot but I've just come to realise there is truth to not every student being right for a school. Oh and everyone at the school holds themselves in way too high esteem, it gets a bit irritating sometimes.
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    (Original post by medsel)
    I am in year 12 at harris westminster and can say I wish I had gone to another sixth form. the quality of teaching is quite good but not amazing (depends on the teacher, like everywhere I guess) and if you're a person who is easily overwhelmed by (unnecessary) pressure to do well and a huge workload, it is not the school for you. my whole further maths class is constantly making comments about wanting to drop out and a lot of people i know share these views. However there are upsides to it ie great selection of books in the library, lab talks - though most aren't interesting, teachers who are passionate about their subjects, lots of societies and clubs which my secondary school had none of, and i'd assume there is lots of support for getting into good unis but I can't speak from experience. I feel like I expected a lot more freedom but am basically still in secondary school whereas I have friends who have much more free time which I envy a lot aha (if you're someone who is planning to work during sixth form its virtually impossible to find the time), that only cares about getting good grades from its students. The workload is huge and we have been given questions on our assessments which teachers have admitted they didn't expect any of us to be able to answer (ie in further maths and maths) which i think is a ridiculous way to test students. Though there is support available if you seek it out. Plus we have assessments every half term (my last assessment week was 2 weeks after we got back from the christmas holiday, which may be an upside to some people?). If youre good at handling stress and time management then you'll probably do well. I know I complained a lot but I've just come to realise there is truth to not every student being right for a school. Oh and everyone at the school holds themselves in way too high esteem, it gets a bit irritating sometimes.
    Thank you for this info!

    It seems that there is a similar theme going around from all the past students... that the workload is massive. But I guess if I do go, I will most definitely seek support.

    Do you know anything about the mental health support that is offered in the school (e.g school psychologists, support sessions for mental health etc.?)
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    Oh, right. Well, I pray you did well enough to get in and I hope I see you as a classmate if I do equally as well as you
    Thank you sooo much. I hope that we're classmates too, you seem like such a nice person. Make sure you don't repeat my mistake though. Whatever you do, DON'T GET NERVOUS.
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    (Original post by Ihatelife2)
    Thank you sooo much. I hope that we're classmates too, you seem like such a nice person. Make sure you don't repeat my mistake though. Whatever you do, DON'T GET NERVOUS.
    Thanks for the advice; I most definitely won't. What other sixth forms are you looking to apply to in the meantime?
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    Thank you for this info!

    It seems that there is a similar theme going around from all the past students... that the workload is massive. But I guess if I do go, I will most definitely seek support.

    Do you know anything about the mental health support that is offered in the school (e.g school psychologists, support sessions for mental health etc.?)
    I actually asked some year 12s and all of them did say that a lot of people just cannot handle 4 A-levels and they all said something along those lines. When I asked about people having mental breakdowns in school to one of the sixth formers she said that she had never seen or heard anything like that and the confused look on her face made me think that she was in fact telling the truth. She didn't even pause or hesitate as if she was lying. I genuinely think that it may just be the fact that some people cannot 4 A-levels or that some of these people are like me(don't even try till the last minute) and that it doesn't work in A-level.
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    Anytime!As far as I am aware there aren't any professionals at school that work with mental health issues and I don't feel like there is much support? I got unlucky in the sense that my form tutor doesnt really like us and is not someone I can see myself going to with any issues even though she's supposed to be. But I haven't tried reaching out for any. We did have a group come and do a workshop on handling stress and one of the vice principals brings her dog in sometimes (referred to as the therapy dog) and students can have sessions taking care of her / taking her for walks etc (if you're a dog person that is)
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    (Original post by medsel)
    I am in year 12 at harris westminster and can say I wish I had gone to another sixth form. the quality of teaching is quite good but not amazing (depends on the teacher, like everywhere I guess) and if you're a person who is easily overwhelmed by (unnecessary) pressure to do well and a huge workload, it is not the school for you. my whole further maths class is constantly making comments about wanting to drop out and a lot of people i know share these views. However there are upsides to it ie great selection of books in the library, lab talks - though most aren't interesting, teachers who are passionate about their subjects, lots of societies and clubs which my secondary school had none of, and i'd assume there is lots of support for getting into good unis but I can't speak from experience. I feel like I expected a lot more freedom but am basically still in secondary school whereas I have friends who have much more free time which I envy a lot aha (if you're someone who is planning to work during sixth form its virtually impossible to find the time), that only cares about getting good grades from its students. The workload is huge and we have been given questions on our assessments which teachers have admitted they didn't expect any of us to be able to answer (ie in further maths and maths) which i think is a ridiculous way to test students. Though there is support available if you seek it out. Plus we have assessments every half term (my last assessment week was 2 weeks after we got back from the christmas holiday, which may be an upside to some people?). If youre good at handling stress and time management then you'll probably do well. I know I complained a lot but I've just come to realise there is truth to not every student being right for a school. Oh and everyone at the school holds themselves in way too high esteem, it gets a bit irritating sometimes.
    This is genuinely the first comment by an actual HWSF student that is really balanced. The other things I have seen are all overly negative(most of the time) or overly positive. I think your review of the school is the most honest review I have seen. Thanks.
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    (Original post by medsel)
    Anytime!As far as I am aware there aren't any professionals at school that work with mental health issues and I don't feel like there is much support? I got unlucky in the sense that my form tutor doesnt really like us and is not someone I can see myself going to with any issues even though she's supposed to be. But I haven't tried reaching out for any. We did have a group come and do a workshop on handling stress and one of the vice principals brings her dog in sometimes (referred to as the therapy dog) and students can have sessions taking care of her / taking her for walks etc (if you're a dog person that is)
    If I see a dog running towards me I will probably be more stressed. Unless its like a puppy or something.
 
 
 

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