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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon
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Head Girl's Welcome

Here at SGGS, through nurturing and forward-thinking ethos, we are taught not just to learn, but to be learners; to be creative, innovative and independent; skills not just for life in the classroom, but for life beyond. We are given the opportunity to perform at the best of our academic ability and to push ourselves. As a nervous Year 7, I would not have believed that I would one day become Head Girl. It really is down to the teachers and comprehensive network of support that allows us to grow in confidence and to do things we wouldn’t believe possible.

So what does being a part of SGGS mean to me?  Firstly, it means a friendly and close-knit community where students can feel happy and safe. When I joined in Year 7, the school was much smaller, both in terms of pupils and facilities. The school has expanded and now has better facilities, but the close-knit atmosphere has remained the same.  The friendly and welcoming environment has really given us the opportunity to explore our potential as independent young women. This is strengthened by our vertical tutoring system which means Year 7s can mix with students in every year group up to Year 13 during tutorial time.

Secondly, being a part of SGGS means the ability to reach our full potential - academically, socially and emotionally - through the continued help and support from the staff, and through the opportunities here that go far and beyond the classroom. We have an extensive extracurricular timetable, with so many activities to get involved with; there’s something for everyone, but also the support to try something new. Throughout my time here, I’ve been involved in a wide range of activities; from drama productions and public speaking competitions, to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Young Enterprise. The opportunities are so extensive and the staff are fantastic at facilitating this.

The school is recognised for its outstanding results and high standard of teaching, but it’s more than just that. It’s about the opportunities and experiences that we are encouraged to take part in and enjoy, which means we not only have an amazing time here, but each of us leave the school as well-rounded and experienced individuals.

Most importantly, I believe being part of SGGS means the ability to be yourself.  Despite being a small school, there is every type of person here, and you will always be accepted for who you are. It’s not considered weird to be excited about your education, to be who you want to be, and I love how this school encourages us to find ourselves, who we are, and what we love.

Without any hesitation, I can say that Stratford Girls’ Grammar School is a great place to be. I am extremely proud to be the Head Girl at such an incredible school and I am delighted to welcome each and every one of you.

Amynta Arshad

Head Girl