Describe your school experience in three words?

An absolute blast.

Who was your best friend?

I’ve got a really close group of lovely friends, but I will give a special mention to Anna O’Donnell because we have been such good friends ever since we were in Year 7.

Any mischief?

When we were in Year 9 my friends and I would order Dominos pizzas and eat them in our locker room every Tuesday lunch time (taking advantage of Dominos Two for Tuesday deal!). We find it hilarious to look back on, we acted like it was mission impossible sneaking them into the building and then we would stash the empty boxes in the spare lockers. This went on for a few months and by the time we were discovered we had roughly 30 pizza boxes to clear out!

Favourite teacher?

Mr Tippett! I’ve enjoyed working closely with him this past year on the forum executive committee, and we’ve had a lot of laughs. He was also a really good sport and took part in making a TikTok with us on our last day, despite TikTok being banned!

Let’s talk about the food…

Lunch is one of the highlights of my day, I’ve always enjoyed the school dinners and love that you can take whatever you want from the counter. Bacon and hash browns from the common room regularly set me up for the day!

Where was your favourite place at school to hang out?

I spent most of my free time in the common room because it’s such a great space to chill and all the Sixth Formers hang out there.

Sporty or outside field lingerer?

I’ve enjoyed playing netball and hockey the whole way through school, and I’ve made so many friends and memories going all over the country for different matches and competitions. I was also lucky enough to be a part of the NHSG netball team that won Trust netball for the first time in decades in 2019. The sports tour to Australia was the culmination of many happy years of sporting activities in school, and it really was the trip of a lifetime.

Other than Head Girl, did you win any prizes or awards?

I was awarded an honorary scholarship when moving into the senior school and I also achieved an academic excellence award for my GCSEs. My most recent award was the Miss Belton Drama Award which I won for my performance in the school production of Oliver! in which I played Fagin.

What advice would you offer your younger school-age self?

Take advantage of all the opportunities and don’t hesitate to get involved in things. I was hesitant to do the school musicals when I was in Years 7 and 8 because none of my close friends were doing them. They became the highlight of my year, and you make so many more friends when you do co-curricular activities.

What are your plans now school has finished?

Hopefully in September I will be going to Newcastle University to study Medicine, which I’m very excited about!

How have you and your friends have found lockdown life?

Although I’ve found lockdown a bit boring at times, I have tried to keep myself entertained by running and baking, and I have a quiz night with my friends every week on Zoom. It’s great that we can now meet some of our friends outside, and we’re enjoying going for walks and picnics while the weather is nice.

Thank you for sharing those answers, Katie, and for being a star Head Girl this year (on and off the stage)! We are disappointed we haven’t been able to say farewell in the usual way but we wish you the best of luck with your start in Medicine and we hope you can tell us all about it in the near future.

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