We can count among our former students the first female Dean in Church of England history, the British High Commissioner to the Seychelles, the Chief Executive of a FTSE 250 company, a prize-winning artist, award-winning photographer, Olympic medallist, celebrity agent, naval commander, doctors, lawyers, architects, civil servants, TV presenter, researchers, engineers, authors and academics... in fact pretty much everything.
The point is that here at Queen's, we help girls to become leaders; and we do this by nurturing and empowering girls to get to the top.
Every week at least one of our former pupils lets us know of something fantastic she is doing with her leadership skills – whether that is campaigning for improved disabled access in her college, setting up a charity in Africa or managing large projects at work. Leading people is an enormously beneficial opportunity to have at school and our girls are thankful for the many opportunities given to them.
As soon as pupils arrive in Year 7 there are opportunities for them to take a lead role in sports teams, drama groups, bands, ensembles, performances, quiz teams, fundraising groups, House activities, committees and eventually on the Head Girl’s Team. As a small school, most girls will have several opportunities to lead throughout their life with us and learn what works, what they do well, where they can improve and their own individual leadership style.
Teenagers are not adults and we do not pretend to be the ‘real world’. We aim to prepare our students for the real world by giving them space away from societal pressures and expectations. This allows them time to find out who they really are.