Year 9 transition into GCSE

Year 9 launched their transition into GCSE study with an action-packed morning. Mrs Lucas spoke to the girls about maximising the opportunities at St Helen’s to explore their interests and discover new passions.

Mrs Williams, Assistant Head – Sixth Form, then offered the girls practical guidance on forging successful pathways as they progress through the school. She was joined by Year 13 students, Alex, Uma and Anam who spoke about their own developing interests, offering important advice for students as they move into Key Stage 4.

This was followed by a stimulating talk by Dr Stephen Law, philosopher, on critical thinking. Focusing on the challenges around cognitive bias and the importance of evaluating evidence when considering the strengths of an argument, Dr Law shared a number of thought-provoking case studies for the girls to consider and grapple with. The event served as an excellent introduction to the unique independent learning courses on offer, as the girls complete their time in Key Stage 3.