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Head Boy - Martin Johnston

I began my education in Reception Class at St. Bernadette’s Catholic School, Kenton and remember feeling nervous but excited on my first day there.  I quickly made friends and before I knew it, the time had come to leave Year 6 and move up to Secondary School.  Whilst many of my friends chose to go to other schools in the area, I was lucky enough to get a place at St. Gregory’s.  Initially, Year 7 seemed daunting because the school was so big I thought I’d never be able to find my way around it.  However, I needn’t have worried as I was given so much help and support by older students, teachers and staff that I soon settled in and got to grips with the timetable and heavy book bag. 

At St. Greg’s I enjoyed school life in Years 7 to 11, making the most of every opportunity presented to me including after school clubs and sporting events.  I was privileged to attend Eton Summer School 2015, where I was not only taken out of my comfort zone with various challenges but also granted access to their impressive private library and facilities.  These experiences broadened my general knowledge and enhanced my leadership skills, giving me confidence and a solid work ethic.  With the assistance of numerous revision classes held on Saturdays and during school holidays, I happily achieved excellent GCSE results.

Once again, the time just flew by and with Year 12 approaching, I was faced with another choice; whether to stay on at St. Gregory’s Sixth Form College or apply to study elsewhere.  This was a ‘no brainer’ for me, based on the fact that the teachers knew me and I knew them.  They knew my strengths and my weaknesses, how to encourage and motivate me, to get the best results possible.  Why would I want to go anywhere else?  Also, as a West Ham fan, knowing our 5 a side football pitch was officially opened by my hero Trevor Brooking, made my decision even easier.  Studying for A Levels is hard work, requiring dedicated commitment from students and teachers alike.  Now that I’ve completed Year 12 and experienced life in the Sixth Form, I know I made the right decision.

I intend to go on to university after my A levels and have already enjoyed organised visits to top Russell Group universities in preparation for this transition.  I am a true product of our Academy, having progressed right through the school system, which has made me the best I can be.  I am proud to be Head Boy, with a wide circle of friends across the whole school and church community.  St. Gregory’s motto “For God, the best and the greatest” is one I will always remember and take with me into my future.  I could not have wished for a better education, so “Thank you St. Gregory’s”.