I went to St Antony’s for 5 years from Year 7 to Year 11, and left the school almost 2 years ago and certainly hope it has improved since I left. Regarding Academics, they stuck to the curriculum by the book and I left with a good set of grades, but this was mostly achieved through my own studying as the lessons were usually targeted at below-average to average achieving pupils, not giving a chance for high achievers to challenge and push themselves. Socially, the environment with the pupils was quite toxic but this can be expected with teenagers around that age. There was little done to help with bullying incidents, with minimal follow-ups and very few consequences, including just singular detentions which didn’t justify the harm caused. The management of student well-being leaves a lot to be desired, and I am certain that this is something that has not changed since I’ve left as the same person is still in charge of it. It’s concerning the lack of care for pupil mental health. Students are treated more like statistics than they are people. However, there are staff here that really do care about your future and I believe that since I have left, there have been changes in management, which may have improved the discussed issues. Extra-curricular activities are encouraged and usually to a high standard, including their cadet unit, music club and Duke of Edinburgh program. Furthermore, there are opportunities for students to develop themselves through student council and a mentorship program, as well as through the Year 11 Leadership group, lead by their Head Girl and Head Boy. Overall, academics are built for your average pupil and your social experience will depend on the people you meet but pastoral care definitely left something to be desired.
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