July 11th 2019. Starting in Drama Studio 1 at 6pm. Tickets available from staff: £5 whole event, £4 concert only (7:15pm start)
Thirteen Year 13 students have been studying hard in their own time alongside their other A Levels to complete a Certificate in Financial Studies course (London Institute of Banking and Finance). The course is equivalent to half an A Level and will earn them extra UCAS points. Their teacher Mrs Dougherty was delighted with all of their results as all students achieved higher than a C and half of the class were rewarded with an A or A*.
A Certificate in Financial Studies (CEFS) teaches students about financial capability, encouraging them to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers, and to appreciate the need for financial planning throughout their life.
Many of these students are hoping to go to University to continue their studies in Finance or Economics and some of the group have already secured Financial degree level apprenticeships with firms such as Price Waterhouse Cooper and Ernst & Young.
Comments from some of the students show how valuable they have found this Helsby High School enrichment opportunity.
“CEFS helps me to understand the real world of money, like mortgages, savings, investments and borrowing. It has helped me with my A Level Economics financial markets module, but is also really useful for real life!”
“Everyone should take CEFS, it helps you to manage your finances in the real world”
“ I found it really useful to talk about CEFS in my apprenticeship interview. I think it helped to set me apart from others”
Helsby Sixth Form has a new team of Head Students for the forthcoming 12 months and the five students have already begun their duties, which include representing the Sixth Form both within the school and out in the wider community.
The students (pictured left to right) are:
Isabella, who is currently studying Maths, Physics, Further Maths and Chemistry. She plans to study Maths with Physics at university. Isabella told us “I am delighted to have been given the role of Head Student and look forward to working with the rest of the leadership team. I am looking forward to being a positive influence on the school and developing my leadership skills.”
Saffron studies Psychology, Sociology and English Language. Speaking about her future plans, Saffron explained “I am keeping my options open after my A-Levels and for that reason I am currently exploring various avenues open to me.” Saffron added “I am delighted to be part of the Head Student team, which provides an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience whilst making a constructive and positive contribution to my school and the wider local community.”
Catrin is studying Drama, English Literature, History and Performing Arts. Speaking about her future, Catrin said “Drama and performance is my passion and I hope to go into this in the future. After A-Levels I hope to go to Guildford School of Acting.” On her new role, she added ”I am so excited to have been selected to be part of the Head Student team. I love to see goals being achieved, my own along with others and I feel I will be able to contribute to this in a variety of ways.”
Katie studies French, Psychology and Drama and is hoping to go on to study Psychology and go into behavioural profiling in the future. She feels that “Being appointed Head Student is an honour for me and I really hope that if any students have any questions or worries, they feel that they can come and speak to me.”
Sonny is studying Politics, History and Economics hopes to do a Degree Apprenticeship in Law or Economics. He told us “It is an honour to have been chosen as Head Student, it is something I have always wanted to be since I joined Helsby. I will embrace the many opportunities that come with this role and aim to be a great role model both within the school and out in the wider community.”
Director of Sixth Form at Helsby High, Ian Duffell added “We are all really looking forward to working with such a talented and dedicated team of Head Students, and we know that they will be outstanding group of ambassadors, both for The Sixth Form and for the wider school. They are fortunate to be leading an excellent wider leadership group of Year 12 students who are taking up roles to further develop the Sixth Form in crucial areas such as Mental Health and Charity work. We understand the importance of our students having the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as well as being to achieve outstanding academic results in Helsby Sixth Form and I know that they will be working hard to support and inspire students throughout the school and in the wider community over the coming year.”
Helsby Students Shine at GO4SET, STEM Skills Competition
Six of our Year 9 girls received the People Choice Award 2019 at the GO4SET Cheshire Hub Competition. The girls produced a fabulous project “My school is an Island”, explaining how they could make the school self – sustainable. They were delighted to narrowly beat the boys team who also presented an excellent idea. Many thanks to their teacher Mr Shipley and their mentors from Inovyn UK, Karah Mason and Dave Bennett, who have supported the groups during the 12 weeks of the project and lead them to yesterday’s success.