Article August 17, 2023
Celebrating A Level Results 2023: Faith Street
Achieving an incredible 3 A*s for her A Level results in Maths, English Language and Geography, Faith is following her passion for geology at the University of Plymouth. Read Faith's story below on how online learning helped her regain confidence in her education journey.
"I have never received as much individual feedback and engagement with my teachers at brick-and-mortar schools as I have at King’s InterHigh. I wholeheartedly believe that the relationships I gained with my teachers have allowed me to achieve the grades that I have."
University of Plymouth student
Why did you first decide to attend virtual school at King's InterHigh?
I joined King’s InterHigh at the start of Year 12 because I haven’t been able to consistently attend a mainstream, brick-and-mortar school since the diagnoses of my health issues and neurodivergence. Once I first left secondary school in Year 8, I attended two other schools at different times but neither were flexible enough to suit my needs. I have always been academic and knew I wanted to complete A Levels and go onto university, but my goals seemed unattainable until I found out about online schools like King’s InterHigh. Thankfully, I managed to secure funding through my local council to access King's InterHigh and have loved every minute of my experience in Years 12 and 13. King’s InterHigh is a flexible and student-focused school, which really puts capacity to succeed as a high priority. My journey at King's InterHigh has allowed me to work on my health issues whilst I study, which has meant I have earnt the qualifications and confidence I need to go into further education.
What's something you've gained from your time with us that has supported you on a personal level?
I’d say that the attention I received from my teachers is one of the things that has really helped me personally. 1-1s with my tutor were constantly available, as well as with my explore teachers. I built great relationships with my subject teachers and they supported and nurtured both my passions and my academic ability. I have never received as much individual feedback and engagement with my teachers at brick-and-mortar schools as I have at King’s InterHigh. I wholeheartedly believe that the relationships I gained with my teachers have allowed me to achieve the grades that I have.
Are there any key takeaways from your time studying with King's InterHigh?
One thing I have learnt from King’s InterHigh is that there is an option for everyone. The mainstream education has its flaws like any system, but I felt trapped in it, like there was no way that I could achieve my goals because I didn’t fit in the system. Now I know that there are different options out there, such as online school, which means that you get a quality education despite not attending in-person. My advice to anyone in a similar situation is to keep searching because there will be something that fits your needs - you don’t have to fit theirs!
What are your dreams for the future?
I am hoping to do an integrated master's degree in Geology at my local university now that I have finished school. When I first joined King’s InterHigh, I had no idea what I wanted to do but with a flexible timetable, I had time to research my options and discover my passions, which happen to be rocks, plate tectonics and deep geological time. After university, I hope to become a geoscientist, preferably in research, but we’ll see what happens!