During the last year of my senior school, my Mum started to research 6th Forms that could be a good fit for me and Carew Academy made the shortlist. My Mum went along to an Open Morning and was impressed by what she saw, so we went to the next one together.
I instantly fell in love with Carew. The people were so nice, the whole atmosphere was lovely and it felt familiar and comfortable, so for me it was an easy decision.
When I joined the Carew 6th Form I found it easy to make friends, the classes are small and I think that provided a good environment to get to know new people. I also liked the mix of boys and girls, the atmosphere was lighter than in my previous all-girls school which could be cliquey and intense. It also helped to be with other young people facing, and dealing with challenges.
I feel really supported here, the staff are on the side of the students and take time to understand how they are feeling. They recognise what triggers certain types of behaviour and help prevent it, or know how to deal with it when it happens. They know when someone needs some space, a chat, or to kick a ball and let of some steam or release their emotions.
There are lots of support groups for students where staff are there to help, listen, reassure and boost you.
I am in my second year and I feel happy that I made the right decision to come here. The learning is strong and the courses are right for me. I have achieved so much; I’ve made some great friends that I will keep in touch with beyond Carew. I have been really inspired by my teachers, two of them feature in my art A level art portrait work as real life superheroes, they are such important people to me, encouraging me to be positive and self-confident – they want me to be the best version of myself and that’s why they are my heroes.
By Katrina Green