Student Perspective

Oscar - Year 9

Oscar

My experiences and opportunities at Kings Langley School have made me a part of a new community and given me a sense of belonging and importance. I always remember my first day when I had my uniform which was too big! I knew I would be facing lots of challenges and that I might find things hard at first. However, I knew as soon as I started the school I could unlock my true potential, if I tried my best, worked with the brilliant teachers and support staff, and developed my inner character.

There are lots of opportunities at Kings Langley School if you wish to push yourself out of your comfort zone. I was always interested in dancing when I was young, and I decided to partake in a dance club after school in the drama room. During this time, we focused on different techniques in a fun and energetic way. I also tried the drama club, with Mr Flowers, a drama teacher, who is a little dramatic but a truly inspiring teacher! I was able to be involved in a number of after school performances and events. If you are musical, well you are in for a treat because in the music department you can practise using instruments like a piano, different types of guitars and loads more. This can be for anyone, no matter what level you are; I'm learning to play an electric guitar. I have not been a part of the other clubs but there are many, many more such as: football, netball and rugby you could do as well, just to name a few.

When you are a part of our school community you will have to develop a routine so that you can get your homework done whilst allowing time to yourself. At the start I found this hard as I was not used to being so independent. Although this is very different to primary school, you will get used to it with support from your form tutor, they will help you to take these little steps and in 21 days you will be brilliant and an expert! The expert teachers, and new friends, will help you to be school ready. I would advise you to sort out everything at night before you go to bed, so you do not need to stress and pull your hair in the morning, which could make you late or forget something. This is very important, if you get in this routine it will help.

There will be subjects that you like more than others however you still must listen and learn. We are lucky to have different specialist teachers teaching us throughout the day. They make our learning enjoyable and memorable. At lunchtime there are different sections of the canteen area: hot, cold and snack hut. I can honestly say that our food is delicious. I often visit for my breakfast too, especially on a cold day for a hot chocolate!

Sereena – Year 10

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I remember in the Summer of Year 6 how undoubtedly anxious I was to begin the new chapter that would shape my life. I have been a student at Kings Langley School for almost 4 years and now that I look back, I realise how unnecessary all that worry was.

We were welcomed into the school and presented with new opportunities across the spectrum: from the arts, to music, drama, and sports. Kings Langley School helped me find my passion for sports like rugby, which I explored further outside of school, as well as netball. Moreover, I have recently had the opportunity to compete in the Rotary Young Chef Competition, which was definitely an experience I won’t forget! The amount of extra-curricular or the extended day clubs, to me, seems unsurpassable as there is undeniably something for everyone!

Undisputedly, all of the teachers are supportive and kind. As much as they want us to learn and do well, our wellbeing and mental status is also important to them: throughout the Coronavirus lockdowns form tutors were giving us check-ups, live lessons, mental health days, sports day online and these helped me get through the isolations and what felt like hours of online learning. I always reflect on this time if I ever have a day where I feel ill or tired and it makes me realise how lucky I am to go to a school that makes me feel like a part of a community. If struggling in a lesson, the teachers will generally make time or devote their lunch times and breaks to help us catch up or aid us on gaps if we have missed out. Furthermore, lessons are made to be interactive and as engaging as possible so knowledge and facts are easily retained, preventing anybody from switching off.

I am one hundred percent sure that Kings Langley will ‘Unlock My Potential,’ and help me reach my goals of gaining the grades required to study at a top university, so I can fulfil my life’s ambition of becoming a neurosurgeon and studying medicine.

Jamie  - Year 10

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I have been at Kings Langley School now for 4 years and it has been a challenging yet rewarding experience due to the pandemic. From the induction day and open evening, where I had an opportunity to get a feel for the school, I knew I would enjoy my time here. Whilst secondary school at first may feel quite intimidating and imposing, once you get settled you’ll feel like you have been there for your whole school life. 

There are a huge array of activities and opportunities on offer at school, whether you’re a person who is sporty, dance-orientated, musical, academic or just enjoys being with others, I can guarantee there is something fit for you at Kings Langley School. Personally, I have enjoyed the sporting side of these activities, and have represented the school numerous times at both tennis and table tennis, where I have travelled to various schools and competed in challenging competitions, all being equally enjoyable, no matter the result. The PE Department offer a host of extra-curricular activities, football, rugby, basketball, hockey and netball to name a few. The state-of-the-art facilities at the school are fit to accommodate a variety of sports, both inside and outdoors. 

Lessons are well structured and organised, with a 5 minute Quick Start at the beginning of every class to ensure we have retained and recalled important knowledge from previous learning. Timings are well planned, with six 50 minute lessons throughout the day, a break between lesson two and three and lunch between lesson four and five. These shortened lessons are more beneficial to learning, as concentrating for long periods of time can sometimes mean it’s easier to forget things or fail to take in crucial information which can make all the difference once it gets to exams. The transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 is a smooth one, and offers students an element of choice as to which lessons they wish to pursue. I have found Graphics to be one of my favorite GCSE options, because I enjoy the practical element of it, and I hope to utilise these educational resources to work towards becoming an architect. 

My experience at this school will be one I will never forget, and I hope to apply the skills I have learnt at the school to achieve my goals later on in life.

Kalilah Year 11

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Since year 7, Kings Langley School has not only provided me with an amazing education, but some of my best memories.

When joining in year 7, I was nervous about fitting in and adjusting to secondary school, since I was the only person from my primary to come to Kings. However, I quickly learned I would love it here. The team building day was one of my favourite year 7 experiences, not only did I bond with my classmates, but I got to know my teachers. It was a lot of fun to have a day off timetable and do fun activities with new friends.

Throughout my time at school, I have received great pastoral support, especially in year 7. If I ever felt nervous or anxious about something I could go to any member of staff and receive help. Assembly offers guidance and information on a range of topics. I think our school really uses assembly time well. I’ve learnt so much through assembly that I wouldn’t have learnt in class. My favourite type of assembly is when we have guest speakers in to talk with us, because we get to hear about subjects and topics from people who are passionate about their work or area of expertise. Additionally, I enjoy form time because we do activities such as reading, weekly quizzes and picture news. I think these form activities are a great way to start the day and I get to talk to my friends about what’s going on in the world.

Since year 7, I have taken part in many school trips and extra-curricular activities. I was lucky enough to go on a great theatre experience that our school offers. It also creates lasting memories that stick with you throughout your education. Recently, I went on a trip to Downing College in Cambridge which was a real eye-opening trip and helped me think about my post 18 education.

Our school also takes part in the Duke of Edinburgh and honestly this was one of the highlights of my year. I got to spend time with my friends doing something challenging as we returned to school after the lockdowns. Trust me, it was very challenging but a great experience! I also enjoyed spending time with some of my favourite teachers outside of school and getting to know them better.

Most importantly Kings Langley has helped me flourish academically. I have always been pushed to do my best by my amazing form tutors and subject teachers. I found that over the years the teachers and students develop a strong bond, which is necessary to get the most out of your education. If a student needs extra help, Mrs Afilaka and the Pastoral team are right there to do whatever they can to help students. My form tutors, Mrs Butt and Miss Donovan, are really invested in helping everyone in my form get their best grades which I really appreciate. Especially in GCSE years Mrs Afilaka and the year group teachers have been so helpful, offering a range of revision help and materials.   

All these experiences have made my time at Kings Langley one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I’m just sad it ended so quickly! Thanks to the school and the amazing teachers I feel well prepared for the next chapter of my life and am hopeful to see how things work out!

Ariana Year 11

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I feel privileged to be a student at Kings Langley Secondary School. The school is renowned for encouraging students to work hard, discover their potential and to thrive in various different areas of their passion and interest. This coincides with the school’s ethos of self-regulation, stickability and empathy which provides a harmonious school community and helps students be the best person they can be by gaining confidence and self-belief as they transition from student to adult life.

The teachers here are simply brilliant! Every lesson is engaging and thoroughly planned to ensure that students receive the best knowledge which helps them to remain focused and motivated throughout. Furthermore, they are very approachable, especially when it comes to a topic students find tricky. Teachers always take time out of their day and are extremely willing to go the extra mile to assist you or to talk to you about work you may find difficult and to ensure that you understand and strengthen your knowledge.

The school offers a plethora of extra-curricular activities from jewellery making club to debating society. Everyone is guaranteed to find something to interest them and are eager to participate in. The school also, regularly circulates a ‘Student Opportunities’ newsletter, which contains information about apprenticeship programmes and workshops in different fields of careers. I recently enrolled in a workshop which I found to be extremely informative and beneficial. This opportunity has given me a detailed insight about my career choice which I am passionate about.

I am currently in Year 11 and intend to stay at Kings Langley to study A-Levels at Sixth Form. I feel immensely supported by the school for giving me the confidence to study the subjects I am passionate about. With this support, I know I will be encouraged to be resilient, and I am determined to achieve the top grades for my A-Levels.

George - Year 12

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For just over 5 years I have been a student at Kings Langley School and I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of it! The schools emphasis on stickability, resilience and compassion shines through in every aspect of school life, whether it be the teachers, the lessons or the additional opportunities on offer. The teachers are attentive, kind, and create an enjoyable yet focused academic atmosphere within lessons, which can often be energising and revitalising when studying a tough topic. As students we are encouraged to participate in lessons, and teachers evidently go out of their way to help where you need it, which I feel is widely appreciated by the student body. The lessons are organised, well planned and highly informative ensuring that students get the very best out of every lesson. Each lesson is designed to minimise ‘time wasting’, and to fully engage the whole student, and with productive initiatives like ‘quick-starts’ or shortened lesson times, it helps keeps students stimulated and motivated from start to finish.

When it comes to additional opportunities activities or clubs, I believe that Kings Langley is simply unparalleled compared to other local schools, from boxing to jewellery making clubs, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. One of the clubs that I have personally thrived in is the debating society, for almost 3 years I have been able to get my voice heard, drastically develop my confidence in public speaking, and use complex language to write powerful speeches, due to this I have been able to represent the school at some of the most esteemed places in the UK, the likes of Cambridge University, the Houses of Parliament & Stowe House. Not only has the society given me the chance to compete in highly regarded competitions but it has also helped me build important relations with various teachers, this in turn has led to the school taking several environmentally friendly measures, one of which has included participating in a tree planting ceremony with our local MP, to raise awareness of plastic pollution within local communities. I wish to pursue a career in politics and I feel that the skills and abilities I have acquired at Kings Langley, both inside the curriculum and most vitally the outside activities will have massive part to play in me achieving that goal.

Carl - Year 13

Carl

I have been at Kings Langley for over six years, and I’m now in my final year of sixth form, and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment. In key stage three, my teachers created engaging, informative and entertaining lessons, often using unique and original methods to ensure that we memorised the content whilst having great fun. Much of what I learned still stays with me, I took great joy in learning it, and much of it has come in use in many different areas of life and education since. In GCSE the lessons remained entertaining, despite the large amount of content, and I always looked forward to school, especially when I had English, RE, or History, which I am now studying for my A levels. In years ten and eleven, the staff took an impressively active role in our wellbeing, offering any help we needed with personal or home issues, and an outstanding amount of support with any academic assistance we need. I’m incredibly glad I chose to continue at Kings Langley for my post-sixteen education, as the pastoral support is even more encouraging in the sixth form, which I am enjoying more than any other chapter of my education. I am confident that I will be able to reach my target grades with the support of such wonderful staff (lesson teachers, and the sixth form team).

The school is also a first-rate place to embrace any hobbies or interests, as many voluntary clubs and extra-curricular activities are run in every area of student life, from sports teams to art competitions. However, one can embrace their interests within the curriculum as well, all students, no matter where their prowess lies, are able to embrace their talents and interests at Kings Langley. The departments are well funded with exemplary staff and the students are encouraged to follow the path they are best suited to. As well as giving us a well-rounded, entertaining, and memorable education, Kings Langley prides itself on its focus on its character traits, specifically: stickability, empathy, and self-regulation, and emphasising these through our time at school has helped to change us into well-rounded individuals, prepared for further education and the adult world.

Bailey - Year 13

Bailey

I have been a pupil at Kings Langley School since Year 7 and I am happy to say I have enjoyed every moment of my time here, so much so that I decided to stay an extra 2 years for Sixth Form! The array of opportunities that Kings Langley has to offer has enabled me to educate myself not only academically but outside of the classroom too. A few examples include me being lucky enough to travel across Europe on music tours to perform in cities like Barcelona and Salzburg, to represent KLS in competitive sports across the country and even visit Parliament and compete in a debate competition as part of the KLS debating society. The extra-curricular clubs have something for everyone. Each year at Kings Langley has brought new opportunities and new challenges that has enabled me gain the confidence to try new things, before last year I could barely stand in front of a crowd let alone say anything but thanks to the Music Department, I was given the opportunity to perform in the end of year concerts in front of a hall of people which is something I thought I would never be able to do. Without all these opportunities I definitely would not be the same person I am now. I am also lucky enough to have had amazing subject and form teachers who, whether I enjoyed the subject or not, always pushed me to do my best and who believed in me. Without their support I would have never discovered my love for history (which I then took for both GCSE and A Level), my enjoyment of class discussions and debates, my ambition to achieve my goals both in school and outside of it too and most of all believe in myself to achieve what I want out of life. The support the school has given both pastorally and academically has always been above and beyond. Throughout my time at Kings Langley, the school's core values of self-regulation, empathy and perseverance have definitely come in handy and this has prepared me to be ready for the adult world.