STUDENT LIFE AT TALLIS
Life as a Tallis student is packed with variety. It’s “a place that’s bubbly, full of laughter and vibrant colours”. No day will be the same and our students thrive on developing their creative skills whilst building their independent, critical minds through the wide range of A level subjects on offer. The Renaissance vision of creative scientists and scientific creators exemplifies what it means to be a Tallis Post 16 student. Of course this takes place in a range of different locations. “I really immersed myself in French culture on my French exchange. What a wonderful chance to speak French all day long”. Our language trips explore some of the hidden parts of France, government and politics students get to walk the corridors of power in the halls of Westminster and the Greater London Assembly and geographers get dirty in the Darent Valley.
But if Post 16 life is about variety, we also firmly believe that our students need the space to think. If you decide that your career decisions have changed, we will give you the space to plan anew and think through where your real strengths lie or how best to contribute to the wider community. We also recognise that our students find themselves as members of a band, through serving on the hyperactive Post 16 committee or through the cutting edge drama performances of which they are a part. “I can’t believe the breadth of plays we see and learn from to further our own performances”. “I even get to blow things up in chemistry, but we really must try to not set off the fire alarm again”. Providing our students with the space to do all of this makes it possible for them to excel in mathematics at Oxford, fine art in Camberwell or politics in Manchester. Through the support of a fantastic teaching body, one that cares deeply about all our students, we believe our young people make for a better world. A recent email: “Dear Ms how are you? I have finished my degree and now I have set up my own NGO Intern Aware, trying to make internships equal for all”.
At one member of our illustrious alumni commented, “The Tallis reunion only served to confirm what a wonderful time not just me, but thousands of students have had, during their journey in two of the most important years of anyone’s life”
In one day, I found myself painting a portrait of my grandad, designing a futuristic shoe, and solving quadratic equations in the afternoon.
I had a passion for Literature but I wanted to become a primary school teacher and I didn’t want to leave my photography behind. I was given such amazing advice so I could weave my passions and strengths together.