Abbeyfield’s Football Highlights

On Friday, the last day of term, Abbeyfield Sixth form had a football tournament.

Don’t give up

at half time.

Concentrate on winning

the second half.

– Paul Bryant

Read below for some opinions on the match!

Rhys Barnes (Head Boy): Player & Goal Keeper

What was your most memorable part of the match?

The most memorable part of the match for me was either getting kicked in the head or winning the final!

Who was the player of the tournament for you?

Player of the tournament was probably Tom Vaughan because of the amount of goals he scored!

And I would also add that Jed Richardson played really well as well as Matt Normington. 

Daisy Sexton: spectator

 My favourite part of the match was when Ope was trapped in the corner with the ball and he started shouting “let me go”. It was funny to watch and it was cool when they did good moves. I enjoyed watching it.

Andrew Groves: Player 

What was the best game of the tournament?

Probably the Davy and Cooper game, when Davy was making a substitution and Cooper scored, because it would’ve changed the whole finals!

Do you think Abbeyfield needs more sporting events?

Definitely because I think I’ve only been to around 5 events in about 6 years and I love competitions within the school. Maybe Abbeyfield needs a variety of events, because the same people always participate so it woould be better to get more people involved in something they enjoy! 

Jamie Culley (prefect): Referee

My favourite part of the match was Saleem tripping over the ball repeatedly! It would would be great to have more sporting events and increase participation, especially involving the girls. 

Matt Normington: Player

What was the most memorable part of the tournament for you?

For me, the most memorable part of the tournament had to be when I scored against Rhys Barnes. Everyone in the sixth form knows that he’s a sensational goalkeeper, so to be able to beat him was quite a good feeling, the result didn’t quite go our way but that made me happy.

Who was your man of the tournament?

I would have to say the man of the tournament was Tom Vaughan. He was everywhere. His venomous shots, passes that carved teams open and being able to track back, sit in defence and them come forward and join the attack, for me, made the difference and that stood out for me.

Was it a good match for you?

It was a good match. End to end football with good passing, many shots, good spells of possession. A great match for some real talent within the sixth form. Like I said the result didn’t go my teams way but the tenacity we showed was positive, but the other team were simply better on the day. 

Kingsley Abananne: player and goal keeper

What was your most memorable part of the match? 

The most memorable part was probably Max being hit by the ball! 

Who was your man of the match? 

Most certainly Tom, he always has a calm look on his face but, as a goal keeper, his shots pack a punch! 


Thank you and well done to all the players and participants. Especially a shout out to Tom Vaughen who was everyone’s clear man of the match! I would also like to mention Andrew Groves, who also played well and stood out to a lot of people.

Also, a big thank you to Rhys Barnes who organised and made the event possible. Finally, thank you all for your time and comments for this blog.

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Psychiatry vs Clinical Psychology: what is the difference? 

Today I wanted to clarify two different careers that work with mental illness- Psychiarists and Psychologists. They are very similar, but very different. Enjoy! 

So I attended a Medicine Calling event called “With a Spotlight on Psychiatry” at Leicester University. I will share some insights that they taught me. 

Just take moment to think about your answers to these questions… 

Are psychiarists doctors? How about clinical psychologists, are they doctors? 

Do either of these career choices need you do have a medical degree? 

What would be the best opitions at A level to secure a place on the needed courses? 

Read on to know discover the answers! 

While I have decided to take the path of Clinical Psychology, both are very rewarding ways to get to diagnose, work with and treat people with mental health disorders. Both careers are considered to be doctors but they are quite different in the education you need. 


Psychiatry

Psychiary can be defined as a medical speciality. Psychiarists tend to work with the more severe end of the spectrum of mental illness- such as chronic Schizophrenia. Psychiarists are medical doctors that can prescribe medicines, such as antidepressants, to control symptoms of mental illness.  

Psychiarty is the act of teaching people to stand on their own two feet while reclining on couches

-Sigmand Freud 

To become a psychiatrist you need a medical degree. Medicine is one of the most competitive university courses to get on, so it would be advisable to pick 2 science A levels (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and then one contrastng A level, such as English Lit, French or History. It would also be important to get some work experience through the NHS or in other care settings such as a care home.  Good places to find volunteer work: 

  1. Vinspired
  2.  Get Involved Northamptionshire
  3. Do It

Clinical Psychology  

Clinical Psychology can be described as a specialism  of psychology, thay are doctors but without a medical degree. They cannot prescribe drugs and they usually specialise in a type of treatment such as CBT. 

Man can alter his life by altering his opinon 

-William James

To become a clinical psychologist, you can take a psychology degree at university. It is advisiable to take at least one science subject AND psychology or maths. It would be important to show a passion for psychology through attending lectures, events and further reading. 

Some good places to start Psychology TED talks and Psychology Today

So whatever you decide, both careers are highly competitive but rewarding ways to work with mental illness. I will link here a post by “Learn How To Become” that allows you to explore more careers that work with mental illness if it is something you are interested in. Also, here is a insightful post by Psychology Today of interviews from people who work with mental illness.   

So, What Is Psychology? 

Psychology. So, what is it? 

Many will describe it as : The scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. 

Some are positive. 

The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.     

– Paul Valery

Some are negative. 

Idleness is the parent of psychology.     

– Friedrich Nietzsche

But ultimately, it is a personal choice. 
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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society and of people and their behaviour. Our course is split into different topics. In year 12, we study the topics, Education, Research Methods and Family and Households. In the education topic we learn about how different factors may effect ones education. For example, their gender or ethnicity. In the research methods topic, we learn about how sociologists conduct investigations for different topics, such as crime or education. In the family and households topic we learn about we learn about how families and households work and what makes a family.

An overview of Geography A-level.

The geography a-level is like the geography GCSE which hopefully (but necessary) you are doing at the moment. Only….

  • The workload increases by at least 50%.
  • You learn a whole new language.
  •  Your coursework is your own idea.
  • You have to complete 4 days of fieldwork.
  • So far we have covered hazards (including Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tropical storms and Wildfires), The carbon cycle and the water cycle from which we went on a trip to the river Chess.
  • The timings of the exams are very precise and doing 20 markers in half an hour is not a walk in a park  (more like in hell).
  • When first starting to write essays you will not succeed in fact I have only just felt secure when writing questions.
  • There is a lot of hand-outs involved in fact I needed to get a large binder after 12 weeks.

Continue reading “An overview of Geography A-level.”

Statistics Paper: Normal Distrubution

Maths currently is that interesting content wise and we are just about to finish Core 2, the last core module in the course. However; we are doing a lot of revision and past papers so I’ll go through what we need to know as a class and talk you through the content as the year goes on bit by bit.

The Paper

At the moments as a class, we have Statistics 1, one of the 3 modules we must do in year 12, as we have finished the course. In the paper, we had parts on every module in this course this included:

  • Numerical measure: Mean, Interquartile Range and Mode
  • Probability: The one I’m not that great at (I Think)
  • Binomial Distribution: Mostly probability using a cool bell curve and tree diagrams
  • Normal Distribution: Some more bell curves to talk about data
  • Confidence Intervals: Bell curves again but talking about the mean more than anything
  • Correlation and Regression: Lines of best fit and all that jazz

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My First Piece of Coursework

Hi, guys. Welcome to my first ever blog on ALL. Hope that you are all doing okay? In this first post, I will be talking about the first piece of coursework that I have done in my first year doing the BTEC IT.

The piece of coursework that I had to do was to create a PowerPoint on the features of the different types of social media and how a business uses social media to their advantage. The first thing that I did was research the different statistics of  the six different social media platforms. They were Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. Continue reading “My First Piece of Coursework”