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Head Girl at Manchester High for the Class of 2016.
I have no idea what the future holds. What I do know is, thanks to this school, I’ll be ready to rise to any challenge with determination, resilience and total self-belief.
Writing a letter to Mrs Clarke, my Year 6 teacher at North Reddish Junior School, telling her that the 11 year old girl, who she had earmarked for great things, had just been appointed Head Girl at Manchester High is one of my proudest moments to date.
Independent education is just not something that happens in my very normal, very working class family. My parents, aunties and uncles had all gone to the local comprehensive and, until Mrs Clarke suggested Manchester High School for Girls, that was certainly where I was headed. If I had not been granted a bursary award there is no way my parents could even have considered sending me to Manchester High. It just wouldn’t have been an option.
Being voted Head Girl by my peers proves that Manchester High is the type of place where it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. Given equal opportunities, anyone can succeed.
The teachers at Manchester High are some of the most fantastic and inspirational people I have ever met. Teachers across the country just can’t be like the ones here. As well as being experts in their own subjects they are all real advocates for female empowerment. Manchester High girls know that we can do and be anything we want.
As a bursary recipient I have a heightened sense of just how fortunate I am. So many other girls would have loved the chance to attend this school and for them I am determined to seize every opportunity with both hands; be it travelling to South Africa with the netball team and immersing myself in another culture, to being brave enough to study for the International Baccalaureate, rather than A-levels, for the breadth and scope it provides.
I have no idea what the future holds. What I do know is, thanks to this school, I’ll be ready to rise to any challenge with determination, resilience and total self-belief. I won’t lie and say I’m not anxious about taking those next steps; the past seven years at Manchester High have been so much fun, I’m simply unsure that adulthood can compete!