Head Girl's Welcome
There are many words to describe SGGS; driven, caring, supportive and fun to name but a few. One of the primary benefits of attending SGGS for me has been the comprehensive network of support that has taught me to be my own person. The lack of gender bias allows the girls here to grow without any expectations to be a certain type of person, giving me the confidence to put my head above the parapet and apply for the position of Head Girl. As a school we support many different girls with many different aspirations and help along the way to make those dreams a reality (e.g. by providing opportunities through many different clubs and trips that we offer). We are encouraged to be independent from the start at SGGS. This manifests itself through having independent study tasks as homework as well as some open ended homework tasks that allow us to put our own spin on their work and gives us more control of our lives whilst giving us the responsibility to complete tasks on time (as we will do in the working world).
Our school has a strong community feel about it, and through the vertical tutoring system we have been encouraged to make friends in different years. This has meant that some of the older girls can act as mentors to the younger ones when they’re feeling down or going through a tough time. There are a lot of inter-house competitions within the school from Sports Day to our House Festivals held throughout the year. This encourages more of a fun attitude towards school and helps to further our school traditions. The community approach carries on even as we leave school, with alumnae events regularly held allowing girls to maintain their close bonds with friends they made at school.
Being a grammar school, we really benefit from being surrounded by girls of similar academic abilities. As a group, we push each other to stretch ourselves both academically but also in other areas of school such as leadership; sport and drama. The lessons are therefore pitched at a level suitable for all the girls and means that no one is bored; teachers go above and beyond to provide not only stretching lessons but also fabulous extracurricular opportunities such as trips to universities and different competitions both academic and within sport. During my time at SGGS I have been to Warwick University and sat in on Chemistry lectures as well as doing the Chemistry Olympiad and Maths Challenge. I also did DofE with the school and went on trips to Rome and even New York. These all gave me great experience with the wider world and helped give me a good grounding for further life.
I have no hesitation when I say that I am proud to be Head Girl of Stratford Girls Grammar School. It is a pleasure seeing all the students becoming well-rounded and experienced individuals and a treat to see the new ones join us, knowing that they too will grow to be incredible women.
Bella Earle - Head Girl