“I was supported phenomenally through every path I took”

Ethan Young, Digital Media Analyst

Ethan Young, Digital Media Analyst

Former Smith’s Wood Sports College student pursues media career

Written by Ethan Young

“At Smith’s Wood Sports College I studied A level Media Studies, Level 3 Diploma in Public Services and double I.C.T.

While studying these courses I was exceeding my expected progress level in all subjects. I initially chose Public Services as I wanted to join the Army, however, A level Media Studies really sparked my interest and became my most important subject although this did not knock my progress in any other subjects. I completed Public Services early with an extremely satisfied teacher! While completing my Media Studies, I came across many different challenges and hurdles to and met them with resilience and the determination to succeed. While studying at Smith’s Wood Sports College I was supported phenomenally through every path I took and every challenge I faced.

“The team were brilliant”

The team at Smith’s Wood were brilliant at resolving any problems and allowing me to really succeed through my chosen courses. They pushed me to do my best and due to this I have not only shown the many people around me what I can do, but I have also shown myself what I can achieve and this has really opened my eyes as to what I can now go for in life after Sixth Form. I now work as an apprentice for a K2 Business and CTC Kingshurst Academy. At these two companies I work closely with the Directors being in charge of Social Media and have overall responsibility for Web Development and Design. Also, with K2 Business I am in charge of the marketing side of the company. This includes me adding new courses that the company offer on to the website and social media and I also advertise these and therefore sell the courses for the company.

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Read if you dare…

If you think there is nothing better than reading a thrilling story, one that grips you so tightly and puts your senses on alert simply through the power of words, you are wrong…

Writing a story that includes unbearable tension, immense suspense and spooky atmosphere can be as exciting and rewarding!

The English department had cast spells on SWSC pupils, which made them say and write hair-rising, bewitched and electrifying mini-sagas. Pupils from KS3 and KS4 created their own original mini-sagas and submitted them for the National Young Writers Competition. Funny and creepy, scary and odd, the pupils’ work has been ignited by their imagination and with a little bit of extra work outside their usual lessons (!) they achieved truly inspiring and petrifying results.

Take a look below at some of our favourite so far.

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World of Work Day

On Tuesday 12th July  Year 8 students had the chance to talk to a number of employers about the jobs they do. Attendees included: Solihull SOLO, WM Housing Group, Solihull College, Ex Students Alex Drinkwater who is a Chef & RAF Officer Jodi, Solihull Community Housing and the Police. Students had a great day.

One student from Bay house stated ‘I would like the chance to do volunteering work in the future, it seems like a really worthwhile opportunity’

World of work day