Category Archives: 6th Form

TeachMeet East London 2018!

Compass School, Mulberry School for Girls, St. Gabriel’s College, and Swanlea School have brought together just a few examples of some of the excellent practice that takes place every day in the classrooms in our Hub. Our aims for this evening are to both learn from the excellent practice of others and to celebrate the outstanding teaching of our partner schools in a relaxed and informal setting.

Please click here for the programme.


Swanlea Sixth Form Governors Bursary Winner Complete First Year of University!

Last year 3 year 13 students won the Swanlea Sixth Form Governors Bursary and this year, they have all completed their first year of university!

Last year’s students have benefited greatly from the bursary. Shahara Akter Hussain is now studying Dentistry at Kings College, London, Thakmin Nessa is studying Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and King’s College, London and Zakariya Abdullahi is studying Law with Economics and SOAS.

The Swanlea Sixth Form Governors Bursary was introduced in 2017 and is awarded annually to 3 successful year 13 students who are going to university, have met their target grades and have achieved 94% and over in attendance and punctuality.

The bursaries are worth £7500 for a three-year university course (£2500 per year).

At Swanlea we understand that the high cost of a university degree can be a financial burden on our students and their families and so the governors created the Swanlea Sixth Form Governors Bursary.

Applications are coming in across year 13 for this year’s Bursary. We wish all our students the best of luck when applying.


2017-18 Bursary winner with Ms Tobia, Ms Dudhia and Mr Waller

Health and Education Ministers Talk Mental Health at Swanlea

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening visited Swanlea School last week.

Swanlea was involved in the CAMHS and Schools Link Training pilot in 2015/16 which saw local models of joint working between schools and mental health services vastly improve. The pilot meant that services worked more smoothly together, and children were able to get the right help quicker through the new, trained school leads, reducing pressure on local CAMHS services and improving the mental health support of all pupils.

The Health Secretary and Education Secretary talked to our students about the services available to them and how Swanlea’s help and support has benefited them and their mental health.

We also showed the minsters the work our students have been doing to raise awareness around mental health. Students were thrilled to present the ‘I Am Me’ campaign, a video and set of images promoting awareness of the issue for young people and the community. Needless to say Education Minister, Justine Greening, was more than impressed and encouraged our students to carry on with raising awareness on such an important topic.

For more information on our mental health campaign please go to :


STARS of Year 13

Below are Swanlea Sixth Forms ‘Stars of Year 13.’ These are the students who not only did incredibly well during Year 12 but who have been actively involved within the school.


Syed Tarin Pasha 

Sociology: A, Government & Politics : A, History: A, English Literature: C

Nadia Miah

English Literature: A, Sociology: C, Religious Studies: C

Hamza Rashid

Chemistry: B, Maths: B, Physics: C, Biology: C

Fahmida Begum

English: B, Psychology: B, Economics: C

Maryam Njie

Psychology: A, History: B. Biology: C

Yasmine Boujdi

Economics: B, Psychology: B, Maths: B

Barwaqoo Jama

Psychology: A, Economics: B, Maths: B

Tharema Begum

History: A, Psychology: A, Biology: C

Fatema Begum

Sociology: A, Bengali: A, Psychology: C

Naseem Ahmed

Economics: B, ICT: B, RE: B

6th Form go to Iceland!

The A-Level Geography group left Swanlea on Friday 10th February to travel to Iceland where we investigated the tectonic processes and learnt about the history behind Iceland’s picturesque glaciers and geysers amongst other geographic sites.

On Saturday morning we took a brief tour of Reykjavik before travelling to the south of Iceland and viewing the Gullfoss waterfall, a popular site where 32 metres of water plummets into the canyon, offering scenic views of the unspoilt nature in Iceland. Shortly after, we traversed to view an array of geysers and witnessed the geyser spring, gaining momentum before ejecting bouts of huge columns of boiling water frequently in the span of a few minutes. After touring this part of Iceland we went to a café that had a viewing pen for the cows and produced ice-cream domestically.

The following day we travelled west of Skógar to the 60 metre tall waterfall Seljaladafoss. This well-known waterfall, located near the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull, provided breath-taking views. We had the opportunity to walk into a cave behind the waterfall to view it up close. Afterwards we watched a short film in Iceland about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption and its effects before visiting ponies near the eruption site. The class was able to interact with the ponies before we set off for the highlands of Iceland to view the glaciers. We hiked to a glacier that has retreated 10 to 15% in recent years due to global warming. We walked upon the ice that was covered in volcanic ash, an aftereffect of the 2010 eruption, before going to the last waterfall. Our class entered the cave that the waterfall was formed in and were able to view the waterfall within close proximity.

During our last day in Iceland we visited a ship wreck near the coast. When we reached the coast we climbed up a cliff near the coast in small groups, to minimise the risk of falling down the steep cliff. From the top we could see the rolling wave’s crash into each other and the ant-like birds sitting in the nooks of the surrounding cliffs as we stood at the edge of the precipice.

This was an amazing opportunity to not only experience a different culture, but we also learnt about tectonic plates in a way we never could have inside a classroom!

By Anika Haque – Year 13


Sixth Students become Safeguarding Ambassadors

A group of 20 students from across the sixth form have been taking part in a weekly project where they have been trained to become Safeguarding Ambassadors. The project has been delivered by the community organisation Upstanding Neighbourhoods. Students have learned about issues ranging from drugs awareness to gang culture and online safety. They are now equipped to pass on this knowledge to other young people and help to keep their school community safe!

At the end of the project the students presented what they had learned to representatives from the local council and community, and they were treated to a celebration meal and a performance from Omar, a beatbox artist.