Saffron's Story

MEET SAFFRON FROM SYDENHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Sixth Former Saffron tells us about DJ-ing, setting up school clubs and the art of listening to others.

What’s unique about your school?

We’ve got a real sense of community. All my teachers know me as an individual. If you’re struggling, you definitely feel like you can approach them. But at the same time, they give you much more freedom now. That means independent working but also encouraging you to explore the things that interest you.

What are your interests?

I’m really passionate about social issues, especially feminism and racial injustice. Last year, I even based my drama performance on Black Lives Matter! It’s important to me to help people, which is why I’m hoping to study criminology or sociology at university.

DJ-ING IS A BIG PART OF MY LIFE. I DON'T THINK THERE ARE ANY OTHER DJS AT SCHOOL.

How’s Sixth Form helped you with that?

School’s definitely given me the confidence and opportunity to explore those ideas. I run the African Caribbean Society and the sociology club with my friend Sophia. Sociology’s great because everyone’s really, really passionate. We’ve all got our opinions. We definitely don’t always agree, but we always listen. That’s partly why I’m taking Religious Studies for A-level. Even though I’m an atheist, you get to look at the philosophical and ethical sides of religion. Hearing another person’s outlook and properly thinking about it is so important.

What do you enjoy doing outside of school?

DJ-ing is a big part of my life. I don’t think there are any other DJs at school! My dad’s always been into music, so it was a huge presence in my home growing up. I started DJ-ing lessons at 14. At first, I was into old-school R&B but that’s kind of evolved into jungle and drum and bass. At the moment, it’s just me DJ-ing in my bedroom but when I turn 18, I’d love to go out and do it properly!

Who do you spend most of your time with?

It’s really important for me to spend time with friends and family. My mum’s really into art and history, so we often go to exhibitions together. And I’ve actually just found out that my friends Sophia and Georgia have been accepted to Warwick University with me, which is great news. I met them at school and we’re really close. I feel like I can talk to them about so many different things and they’ll listen. We’re good at recognising each other’s strengths and supporting each other.

“All my teachers know me as an individual.”

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