Year Group: 13

House: The Orchard

When did you join Bethany? 

I came to Bethany in September 2018 into Lower Sixth and prior to that, I was in Nigeria.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

There were more opportunities here and I decided to join the Sixth Form because I would really like to go to university in the UK. My brother also studied here a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

What A levels are you studying?

I am studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I did Photography in Year 12 but decided to drop it to focus on those three. Chemistry is my favourite as Mr Vickerman’s lessons are all so interesting and he’s so funny!

Are you involved in any sports teams or music activities outside of lessons?

Yes, I play netball and rounders. I wasn’t very sporty when I lived in Nigeria but I thought I would give them a try and I really enjoy doing them now. I also make use of our amazing sports facilities by swimming in the mornings.

What do you enjoy about boarding?

It’s really nice to meet people from all over and get to know about them and learn about their culture. Everyone becomes part of a second family which is really nice. You also get the opportunity to ask questions to the staff who live on site about a subject you’re studying.

What is your ambition after leaving Bethany?

I want to study Medicine postgraduate course but I am still unsure of what I want to do as an undergraduate. It will be something Science-related in order for me to progress to Medicine. My friend Sharon – who is also from Nigeria – wanted to do Medicine but decided to do Pharmacy first as Medicine is quite competitive. It was useful to learn from what Sharon has done as I might end up going down the same path.

What advice would you give a pupil from your country thinking of coming to Bethany?

All I can say is be yourself and don’t be afraid to meet new people, remember that there are others in the same position as you. Definitely bring lots of warm clothes! You should bring the food you enjoy back home to here like plantain chips as a snack. I remember when I got back from Christmas break, my mother had made me some delicious Nigerian food with plantain and I cooked it for everyone in the house. I said ‘you have to try this!’ and they didn’t know what is was at first but now they love it!

What do you think is the best thing about the Sixth Form at Bethany?

Classes are really enjoyable and they’re not very big in the Sixth Form so you get more individual attention from teachers. You also get massive support from your tutors and your group who are there for you for your whole Sixth Form journey.

Have any members of staff/friends been a particular influence on you?

All my friends in Orchard boarding house and Mr Davies, Mr Duff and Mrs Smart. I am so loud so I just want to thank them for putting up with me!!

Keji Segun, Year 13 overseas pupil

Keji is an absolute pleasure to teach. She is always enthusiastic, hard-working and extremely well-motivated and it’s clear that she thoroughly enjoys Chemistry and that it is a subject in which she wants to do very well indeed.

She is adept at both the theoretical and practical aspects, is always keen to learn as much as she can and, with her friendly and outgoing personality on top, she is a joy to have in the classroom!

James Vickerman, Teacher of Chemistry