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Manchester High School for Girls


While many A-level students at Manchester High School for Girls are celebrating their first choice university offers, 18-year-old Jennifer Escott from Stockport is making plans for a future in finance having just accepted a Trainee Tax Advisor apprenticeship at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) in Manchester.

Jennifer is currently studying A-level Mathematics, Economics and French and is on course to achieve top grades in her examinations this summer. She said: “My parents have both had successful careers without going to university; they own their company which means I have always been surrounded by the world of business and finance. There is something about accountancy that fascinates me.

“Applying for an apprenticeship made perfect sense to me. I will be able to go and work in an area which I already find appealing, and I will be trained and get paid, too. The teachers at MHSG were really supportive of my choice and helped me prepare for the application process.”

Students headed to university are likely to have to pay £9,000 per year for their fees, while Jennifer will receive an annual salary of £16,000 during her apprenticeship. At the end of the programme and once fully qualified, the savvy Stopfordian will have a guaranteed position at EY with an annual income of £36,000.

Applying for apprenticeships was challenging, as Jennifer explained: “It was quite a rigorous and time-consuming process. I decided to go for two placements; one at KPMG and one at EY, only to ensure I could thoroughly focus on them. I had to be really organised and make sure my school work didn’t suffer. I was really pleased to be successful in both my applications and it was a tough choice between the two.”

Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress of Manchester High School for Girls, commented: “This is well deserved recognition for Jennifer. She has continued to work hard throughout her Sixth Form Studies and I have no doubt that come the summer she will achieve the grades needed to progress to her apprenticeship scheme.

“At the moment our Sixth Form Centre is buzzing as so many of our students are receiving offers from their first-choice of university. We also have girls who have chosen to pursue other routes, such as paid apprenticeships at the BBC or music degrees at leading conservatoires.  At Manchester High we acknowledge there are many paths to success and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of all our Sixth Formers in the months to come.”

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