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Top Sixth Form in the County Hosts Talks with Influential Figures

Beaconsfield High School, which topped the Buckinghamshire state school league tables with its A-Level results last summer, is to host inspiring and engaging talks with two well-known figures, as part of its enriching Lecture Series.

Masterchef winner, doctor and alumna of Beaconsfield High School Saliha Mahmood visited the school on the afternoon of Monday 12th March to meet with Sixth Formers and talk about her career to date. Saliha revealed candid memories of her time at the leading girls’ school – including using her influence as Head Girl to replace the catering company with the team that still runs the canteen to this day – her progression to university, becoming a doctor and her eventual participation in the BBC One entertainment show Masterchef, where she took the winner’s title in 2017.

In April, the school welcomes another notable figure, London Assembly Member Fiona Twycross. Fiona will visit the school on Friday 20th April to speak to the Sixth Form Politics students and those with an interest in the subject. Fiona will shed more light on the London Assembly and its role in ensuring the Mayor’s policies, actions and strategies are in the public’s interest, as well as talking more about women in politics and her career history.

The Beaconsfield High School A-Level programme blends academia with leadership, creativity, teamwork, activity, participation and independent thinking. Students have access to a range of enriching activities in and out of the classroom, with the lecture series just one aspect of this. The Sixth Form management team and A-Level teachers work to host a number of informative talks throughout the year, with a view to welcoming guest speakers from a range of industries and backgrounds to provide a rounded, holistic experience for the students.

Rachel Smith, Headteacher comments: “It is so important to our students’ futures that we deliver a broad programme of experiences at this stage. We have students who go on to have successful careers in very varied and unusual fields – from medicine and engineering, to the British Army and petroleum industry – and the opportunity to enrich their perspective at this stage develops in them the characteristics and capabilities required not only in the highly competitive world of university, but also in their working lives.

“The lecture series fits alongside other activities on our A-Level programme, including enrichment volunteering, personal development seminars and, of course, a truly remarkable teaching and learning experience delivered by our subject specialist teachers. We’ve found that it is this complete package that gives students a strong, comprehensive grounding to open doors.”