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Hey everyone, I thought I'd make this thread seeing as most people have got their letters back by now.

It'd be great to get to know people beforehand as we're coming from so many different schools and areas! Also these were taken from a thread made last year, so thanks for whoever made that.

If you'd like to these in it'd be cool, cheers.

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Other places applied to:
Any societies/clubs you're considering joining:

Looking forward to hopefully seeing you all next year!
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Name: Erin
Location: Hounslow, West London
Subjects studying: English Literature, Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, History, and Politics
Test + interview score: 567 (448+119)
Age/birthday: 16, 11.03.2003
Interests: Current affairs, Oscar Wilde, The smiths, debating, religion
Other places applied to: Tiffin Boys sixth form, Heathlands school, reach academy.
Any societies/clubs you're considering joining: Debate society (of course haha), latin for beginners, the rose possibly
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Happy birthday
(Original post by ribbby)
Name: Erin
Location: Hounslow, West London
Subjects studying: English Literature, Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, History, and Politics
Test + interview score: 567 (448+119)
Age/birthday: 16, 11.03.2003
Interests: Current affairs, Oscar Wilde, The smiths, debating, religion
Other places applied to: Tiffin Boys sixth form, Heathlands school, reach academy.
Any societies/clubs you're considering joining: Debate society (of course haha), latin for beginners, the rose possibly
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Name: Athena/A...
Location: West London
Subjects studying: Biology, Chemistry, English Lit... Core maths? They changed me from drama/history to core maths cos im doing 2 sciences...but no way am I going to do btec maths... so hopefully I can change that...
Test + interview score: 542
Age/birthday: 16 (virgo)
Interests: Poetry, Music (Jazz), Pole dancing/Stripping/Burlesque, Modelling, Fashion, Hair and beauty, reading, ACTING (I love the spotlight).
Other places applied to: Twyford Chruch of England.
Any societies/clubs you're considering joining: Any drama or music clubs, or something regarding science?
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(Original post by Athenaxx)
Name: Athena/A...
Location: West London
Subjects studying: Biology, Chemistry, English Lit... Core maths? They changed me from drama/history to core maths cos im doing 2 sciences...but no way am I going to do btec maths... so hopefully I can change that...
Test + interview score: 542
Age/birthday: 16 (virgo)
Interests: Poetry, Music (Jazz), Pole dancing/Stripping/Burlesque, Modelling, Fashion, Hair and beauty, reading, ACTING (I love the spotlight).
Other places applied to: Twyford Chruch of England.
Any societies/clubs you're considering joining: Any drama or music clubs, or something regarding science?
Don't come to Harris. You'll realise why if you do end up coming here. Go to Twyford instead, you'll thank me later
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Don't come to Harris. You'll realise why if you do end up coming here. Go to Twyford instead, you'll thank me later
why whats wrong with harris
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I go to Harris rn AMA if you’re having doubts or just interested
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why do so many pupils who go there dislike it so much?
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I go to Harris rn AMA if you’re having doubts or just interested
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why do so many pupils who go there dislike it so much?
Because it’s not your typical sixth form experience; it’s designed to be as intensive as possible as everyone does 4 a levels so days are quite long compared to other sixth forms. It’s really crucial that you pick subjects u enjoy otherwise you will find Harris hell on earth- I do humanities so I can only speak from experience for that but the workload isn’t as giant as people say it is- I’ll get lots of work, but it’s rarely ever time consuming or essays- just small bits mostly.
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would you say they work they give you is helpful ?
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Because it’s not your typical sixth form experience; it’s designed to be as intensive as possible as everyone does 4 a levels so days are quite long compared to other sixth forms. It’s really crucial that you pick subjects u enjoy otherwise you will find Harris hell on earth- I do humanities so I can only speak from experience for that but the workload isn’t as giant as people say it is- I’ll get lots of work, but it’s rarely ever time consuming or essays- just small bits mostly.
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would you say they work they give you is helpful ?
yeah it pretty much is- much better than having to sit down and write essays all the time
but it’s not like you don’t get essays to do but at most I personally get 1/2 a term in total
for 4 subjects that’s pretty decent
the term homework is light but there’s lot of it
Half term homework is heavy but there’s less of it
so like in half term I have anywhere from 3-4 essays for that week/2 weeks
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Because it’s not your typical sixth form experience; it’s designed to be as intensive as possible as everyone does 4 a levels so days are quite long compared to other sixth forms. It’s really crucial that you pick subjects u enjoy otherwise you will find Harris hell on earth- I do humanities so I can only speak from experience for that but the workload isn’t as giant as people say it is- I’ll get lots of work, but it’s rarely ever time consuming or essays- just small bits mostly.
i have chosen bio, chem, physics and maths which is obviously a tough combo but i’m hesitant to go there as there is such a divided opinion, apparently they do the hardest exam boards and the teachers aren’t helpful. however, some people say they love it and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Due to the fact there are schools like lae and brampton that seem to perform better in their results and have a bit more of a positive environment but idk if this is true.
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Name: Erin
Location: Hounslow, West London
Subjects studying: English Literature, Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, History, and Politics
Test + interview score: 567 (448+119)
Age/birthday: 16, 11.03.2003
Interests: Current affairs, Oscar Wilde, The smiths, debating, religion
Other places applied to: Tiffin Boys sixth form, Heathlands school, reach academy.
Any societies/clubs you're considering joining: Debate society (of course haha), latin for beginners, the rose possibly
what’s your conditional offer based on?
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i have chosen bio, chem, physics and maths which is obviously a tough combo but i’m hesitant to go there as there is such a divided opinion, apparently they do the hardest exam boards and the teachers aren’t helpful. however, some people say they love it and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Due to the fact there are schools like lae and brampton that seem to perform better in their results and have a bit more of a positive environment but idk if this is true.
The school works for a certain kind of a person. A hardworking dedicated student who is willing to read lots will benefit the most from this school, and they do an excellent job of funnelling you into oxbridge. I really don’t know anything about those subjects other than there are some really great teachers and some worse ones; I guess luck of the draw
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are the classes set depending on gcse results or is it mixed ability seeing as the level to get in is so high
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The school works for a certain kind of a person. A hardworking dedicated student who is willing to read lots will benefit the most from this school, and they do an excellent job of funnelling you into oxbridge. I really don’t know anything about those subjects other than there are some really great teachers and some worse ones; I guess luck of the draw
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are the classes set depending on gcse results or is it mixed ability seeing as the level to get in is so high
Class ability is varied; but since everyone is already smart it’s generally the same standard across all classes
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Do you think it is worth traveling over an hour to get there ? I got an offer but I live quite far
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Do you think it is worth traveling over an hour to get there ? I got an offer but I live quite far
if you’re taking an hour really don’t bother. School doesn’t finish early most days so you’d probably be home 5:30/6ish if you rushed home every day. People in my school who do that honestly look so tired with everything so deffo think about whether u wanna put yourself through that. If u find a faster way I recommend considering it strongly.
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Hi everyone, I am part of the Student Senate and would like to clarify a few things about the school.

We finish quite late because we have a few extra things we offer like societies and cultural perspective (for Year 12s) which is added to our timetable. We also have Lab every week where a speaker comes in and talks about scholarly things (we have different themes every week so something for everyone but we encourage everyone to go to broaden their horizon). I have lots of friends who live far away from school yet they get higher grades than me... Distance to school should not deter you from going to a school you want because you can really make it work if you want to.

The classes are random because everyone is as academically capable and there is no hierarchy whatsoever. We get a challenging amount of workload during holidays but we get a longer half term in October. The school does push you to work hard but the reason for that is because the school wants you to do well in your A levels and develop you as a scholar. We have a supportive wellbeing service so for example we get weekly emails about welfare outlining how to deal with stress for example. We have a school dog you can walk during lunch. We are also fortunate to have Dr Raj who comes in every week to give a talk about mental wellbeing. We also have Ms White who is an amazing lady and can help you with stressful situations and give you general advice.

I would say a lot of alumnus here talk badly about the school and this is not representative of everyone’s experiences at HWSF. Your experience at hwsf is what you make of it. If you have the ambition and drive to work hard not just to pass exams but to be a scholar, then this school is for you. If you are not stressed about A Levels then you are not being pushed hard enough by your school/teachers. Everyone gets stressed and that’s partly because you need to do well and want to do well. I can guarantee you that the stress will all be worth it when you open those results at the end of your 2 years and get your university offers!

Any questions feel free to ask
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My brother has offers from Harris Westminster, Reading School and Holland Park. A-Level choices are Bio, Chem, Maths and Eng Lit. Any advise as to which school he should accept? I heard Harris Westminster does well with Oxbridge and has some sort of collaboration with Magdalen College, Oxford. Thanks!
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