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Our political challenger

7 June 2021

Maariya plans to read politics and international relations at SOAS. She joined our Sixth Form from South Chingford Foundation School and is completing A Levels in Politics, Psychology and Religious Studies. Maariya lives in Waltham Forest.

“I found settling into Westminster City School’s Sixth Form very easy! Staff helped our transition from secondary school by carrying out taster sessions and 'get to know each other' days prior to our admission in September. Also, as our Sixth Form is a bit smaller than many colleges, we were all able to form close friendship bonds across the year group. 

“When I first started my A Levels, the thought of choosing a degree in less than two years was overwhelming. However, I found our Sixth Form’s extra-curricular programmes (partaking in Model UN, running a mock election, and joining a prestigious Question Time event at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and more) allowed me to explore my subjects at a higher level and, since I have aspirations for a political career, decide what I want to pursue in the future. I also undertook our Sixth Form’s Pathway to Policing and Criminology with the University of East London, which led to me create presentations, engage in lectures, and work alongside undergraduates. This aided my academic studies and further developed skills that I will need at university. 

“I’m planning to read politics and international relations at university and I applied to SOAS because it is a renowned institution for studying the politics of specialist regions and the challenges of the twenty-first century posed by economic and political risks. This specialised study appealed to me as many of the modules I'm interested in are with professors whose work has influenced modern political theory. This will allow me to further explore my interest in the post-colonial climate of South Asia.

“Over the past two years, especially with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, our Sixth Form has been very proactive in supporting students, whether it be with their work or their welfare. For anyone thinking of joining Westminster City School’s Sixth Form, I would say it is a great place for those looking to challenge themselves and embark on a new chapter of their studies.”

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) is located in the Bloomsbury area of central London and one of the world's leading institutions for the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Notable alumni include several heads of states, government ministers like David Lammy and Tim Yeo, diplomats, central bankers, Supreme Court judges, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and other leaders around the world. This includes Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, the former President of Ghana John Atta Mills and Bisher Al-Khasawneh, the PM of Jordan.

The majority of our Year 13 have applied to start university in autumn 2021, receiving offers across a range of courses and institutions, both in and out of London. We have been so inspired by the hard work of our sixth formers during this unprecedented time in modern history and, over the coming weeks, will feature many of them talking about their exciting journey towards university.

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