Spotlight on achievement


As 2019 comes to a close we start to reflect back on our pupils achievements. This year we have seen great success from all our students and we can’t wait for them to come back to school with the same attitude they have had throughout this year.

At the end of this term we focus on a couple of students that have had great academic achievements and who have been noticed as ‘high achievers’ by Dr Caroline Neuberg our head of science & assistant principal. The two students who have Dr Neuberg has recognised are Harvey Kernohan & Polina Kornilova. We asked both students to answer three questions:

  • What are the things that drives you when you wake up in the morning and that you look forward to in school?
  • What are the habits that you use to maximise your time and energy when it comes to learning?
  • Which opportunity have you completed as extra to push yourself out of your comfort zone, academically?

We first asked Harvey these questions. Harvey participated in a Small Piece Trust Nuclear Engineering course this summer.

What are the things that drives you when you wake up in the morning and that you look forward to in school?

Something that drives me to come to school is the importance of doing the most in each lesson to get the best grades I can. This especially applies for my science subjects and my GCSE choice subjects, as I want to take these subjects further in the future potentially past my A levels.

What are the habits that you use to maximise your time and energy when it comes to learning?

have created revision timetables for each subject and topic to allow set times where I will focus on one specific subject and topic. I also use some time to reflect on lesson topics if I am struggling to help me get a better understanding.

Which opportunity have you completed as extra to push yourself out of your comfort zone, academically?

My most recent one was a four day course at Lancaster University during the summer based on nuclear engineering run by the same company Smallpeice Trust. This course involved many lectures from professors specified on this field and people who work at the Sellafield plant. Most of the course was how to make the most of the energy and the health and safety aspects of the job. One of the main parts of the course was an effective way to dispose of nuclear waste. 

We asked Polina the same questions. Polina’s work experience as St James University Hospital is the reason she was nominated as a high achiever. During her work experience she shadowed a PhD student who is interested in identifying a new gene mutation responsible for genetic teeth condition.

What are the things that drives you when you wake up in the morning and that you look forward to in school?

When I wake up, I think about the new day as a new opportunity to learn and further develop my skills in order to be the best version of myself. I am grateful to be at Fulneck and make the most of opportunities here. In class, I always look forward to ask questions and follow-up discussions with my classmates and teachers.

What are the habits that you use to maximise your time and energy when it comes to learning?

I am honest with myself about my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to subject content and learning, so I prioritize my areas of work accordingly. The night before, I would make a list of 3 things I want to accomplish the next day.  It is also important for me to switch off and do something different to academic work to keep my motivation up. During the week, I practice meditation, enjoy performing with the choir and reading scientific or non-fiction literature.

Which opportunity have you completed as extra to push yourself out of your comfort zone, academically?

I want to become a scientific researcher as I am fascinated by the field of my molecular  biology and genetics. My passion has lead me to complete summer internship in a research insitute (CRG) in Barcelona  where I did my own experimental project. I also have done online courses on Coursera in Genomics and I frequently read reviews of scientific papers online. Currently, I am doing work experience at St James University Hospital in Leeds twice a week during school time. There I shadow a PhD student who is interested in identifying new gene mutations responsible for genetic teeth condition. I am incredibly grateful that school has allowed me to arrange this work experience and stretch myself further academically.

At Fulneck School our aim is to nurture talent and motivate all students to do their very best in everything. Our ethos is simple ‘work hard, be kind’ and that is all we ask.

We can’t wait for next term where we will be welcoming new students and staff to the school.


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