The beginning of this academic year marks the 20th anniversary of girls officially joining the King’s School. We are celebrating 20 Years of Girls at King’s with a series of articles, profiles and speakers, culminating in a special event held at the school in Summer 2019.
Female students first joined King’s in the Sixth Form in 1998, and quickly became a vital part of life at the school. By 2003 King’s had become fully co-ed, welcoming girls from 7 to 18 years of age. Then in 2015, our infants school, Willow Lodge, opened its doors.
To celebrate this milestone, and inspire our current pupils, we want to hear the stories of our past female pupils. Our students gain a great deal from hearing about the personal and professional experiences of recent alumni and in this special year of celebrations, we want to highlight the achievements of the hundreds of girls who have now attended King’s.
We know they now enjoy great success in a huge range of careers and fields of study, and we want to hear all about it!
If you are one of the hundreds of female students to have attended King’s over the past 20 years, please take a minute to fill out this quick questionnaire by clicking this link and email a recent photograph of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us celebrate 20 Years of Girls at King’s!
To kick-start the celebrations, we catch up with Holly Anne Frances Marriott (nee Miles) who joined King’s Sixth Form in 1998, making her one of the first girls to have joined the school.
Whilst Holly was at King’s, she studied English, History and Geography for A Level, which included many trips, contributing to some of Holly’s most fond memories from King’s.
Holly, an Early Years Leader and Reception Teacher, said, “I think 20 Years of Girl’s at King’s is such a lovely idea – slightly scary that it was 20 years ago though! We did really have a wonderful time in those two years when we were in the Sixth Form form and made life long memories.”
What is your favourite memory from your time at King’s?
Wonderful English lessons taught by some really inspiring teachers and a brilliant Geography field trip to Chamonix!
Did you have a favourite teacher? If so, who?
Mr Hargreaves. He was very inspirational and took us on some fab trips to Stratford to watch Shakespeare. Mr Priory was a great form tutor. All of the teachers were great.
How did it feel to be one of the first girls at King’s?
Having come from an all girls school it was quite a shock! It was a very fun and eventful two years though.
What do you consider as the biggest challenge facing woman in the workplace and have you had to overcome any obstacles based on your gender within your career?
Working in primary education, I have to say that gender obstacles have not been an issue for me as it is quite a female dominated field.
What would be the best piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Enjoy the present and do not be so keen to go on to the next thing. Do not be fooled by appearances. Life is about your choices so much more than your ability!