Josef Amin (from Graffham) is celebrating gaining 11A*s at GCSE. Joe is also celebrating completing his Silver DofE today. Joe said: ”It’s been quite a day”. He has celebrated with a fish and chip supper tonight with the Seaford students on the DofE trip. He is looking forward to celebrating with his parents tomorrow and has asked his mum to make him sausage pasta to celebrate because he has been walking for 3 days!
We caught up with Joe and his mum about his fantastic results and life at Seaford:
Joe: “I’m in complete shock, I thought I’d done well but not this well. Seaford really helped me succeed by helping me manage and structure my time which meant I started my revision months before the exams. I was shown how to devise a revision timetable that included having breaks which I really needed to help me focus. The teachers were great and were very thorough. We practised past papers and they really helped me with exam technique and timings. I learnt how to efficiently use my time in exams.”
Mrs Amin said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. It’s all very overwhelming. Joe worked so hard and his results have completely blown us away. He has taken it upon himself to work hard, we are very proud of what he has achieved. My husband and I are looking forward to celebrating with Joe when he gets back tomorrow.
“At Seaford he has thrived with the extra-curricular activities and it has been good to see him have a balanced life where he can pursue his passions for the environment and his creative side in DT. There is such a lot of pressure these day from society to get good results and I’m pleased Joe was able to manage his time and find a balance in life.
“He is a star! Joe has thrived on the diversity of what Seaford has to offer in terms of the sport and the other extra-curricular opportunities the school provides.“
Joe: “I play in the 1st XV and I like the competitive side of rugby, I enjoy the physicality of it. You really bond with your team mates and I like rugby because it is challenging and requires skill. I looked forward to my rugby sessions, it provided a break from studying.
“I have played tennis at Seaford on a Saturday and I also played a lot of tennis over the summer both at Graffham Tennis Club and at Seaford. I played when I was revising to give me a break.
“I also enjoyed CCF at Seaford because it was physical and challenging and this led to do my DofE. I want to do my Gold award next. I have been volunteering at Botany Bay at Seaford for my DofE. I have enjoyed it because I like the environment. I also love fishing at Botany Bay and I have taken two training courses which means I can monitor the water quality and the invertebrates. If there is a problem or signs of pollution I have the responsibility to let the Environment Agency know.
“I love angling and I’m on the talent pathway with the Angling Trust. I’m really design orientated and I designed a stylish wading and landing net for my DT GCSE. I loved designing it.
“In the sixth form at Seaford I’m going to study Physics, Maths, Biology and DT and I’d like to go on to do Maths and Science at University. I’d like to go into science research, design, architecture and engineering”.