MEET GRACE FROM NOTTINGHAM GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL
Youth politics, selling earrings and finding maths therapeutic – Grace tells us about her experience of Sixth Form life.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I love the piano and have done all the grades, but the great thing about school has been going beyond my musical side and finding other interests. I’ve recently joined the Youth Council, which has been awesome. I’ve always thought that young people are hugely underrepresented in politics so it’s great to actually do something about that and make a difference. With the help of my teachers, I collected the youth ballot (over 600 of them!), which contributes to Nottingham’s vote and decides what gets discussed next year at UK Youth Parliament. I’m also a member of Young Enterprise.
Talk to us about your work with Young Enterprise.
Even though I’ve got my creative side, with my music and fashion, I really like the idea of business too – bringing a product from conception, to reality, to market. Young Enterprise lets me explore both these sides. Our big idea is selling these really cool earrings, so my responsibilities have been everything from researching the metal, canvassing opinions to ordering the components.
POLITICS IS DEFINITELY MY FAVOURITE LESSON BECAUSE OUR TEACHER MAKES IT SO ENGAGING.
So which subject do you like best?
I do quite like the idea of becoming an entrepreneur, but I know I want to study PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at university so I’m taking Politics. It’s definitely my favourite lesson because our teacher makes it so engaging. We get to bring up what’s going on in the world right now and discuss it. I also really enjoy maths because it’s so therapeutic. You don’t have to worry about how to revise it. You just do the maths!
What is the pastoral care like at school?
Our teachers are genuinely great with that. So, when I was getting stressed during GCSEs, I emailed teachers for help and they were amazing. The Head of Sixth Form organises meetings with girls every week. I remember her saying once that she’d come in even if she wasn’t paid, because she loves her job. It’s like a family here.
Who do you hang out with at school?
I’m really good friends with Rocky and Rosie. Rocky’s one of the hardest-working people I know, so when we opened our exam results, I was so proud of her. It was such a great moment!