Meet Julia (Willow, Year 13)
Tell us a bit about your experience of Ashford School until now?
I first joined Ashford School in Bridge Nursery up until year 6 and re-joined the school in year 12 where I study Biology, Maths and Chemistry. It is great to be back as the teachers are supportive and encouraging as well as having access to the amazing opportunities the School has to offer. I am thankful that I can take part in interesting co-curricular activities and be part of the School’s Hockey First Team.
Tell us about your favourite memory at Ashford School to date?
I have so many fond memories of Ashford School so it’s hard to pick just one. However, if I had to pick it would be being chosen as Head Girl at the Prep School and now being picked for School Captain at the Senior School. I feel grateful that the teachers believe in me and have trusted me with this role.
Is there a particular teacher who has inspired you and helped you to reach where you are today? Who and how?
I am extremely grateful to all of my teachers who have helped shape me as a person from a young age, but now that I’m in Sixth Form Mrs Miller has been extremely encouraging and always wants the best out of every student. She is incredibly supportive and inspires you to aim high and do your best. I would also like to mention Mr Kendall, my Form Tutor, who puts a smile on my face every morning and is always willing to go above and beyond for every student. Whether it is answering a question or letting us borrow his office for interviews, he always tries to make form interesting and wants the best for all of us.
What clubs do you take part in, and what do you enjoy about them most?
I take part in Maths Academy and the International Club. In Maths Academy we plan fun maths sessions for primary school students which has really helped my communication skills and confidence, it is extremely rewarding when I see all of the Prep School students enjoying themselves during a session. International Club is interesting as it is important to keep up to date with everything that is going on with the world and learning about others, it is also interesting to bring up topics for discussion and hear everyone’s take on it.
What has been your most rewarding moment at Ashford School?
As a new student joining in Year 12, it can be hard to find your place. I’m really appreciative that I had so many opportunities to get involved in School life and such amazing friends to support me. Receiving my letter for Head Girl gave me a sense of pride and made me feel like I was really part of the School.
As School Captain, what does it mean to you to be a leader at School? What do you hope to achieve in your year in post?
I have been trusted with the role of School Captain alongside Will and the rest of the Senior Prefect Team. I hope to be someone that students can come to for help and teachers can rely on and show to students that anything is possible if you set your heart to it and that Ashford school will support those dreams. We want to unite the School and make everyone feel welcome. Additionally, we want to reach out to the wider community and expand our Academy programmes into other subject so there is something for everyone.
What opportunities does Ashford School offer that you feel are extending your skills and helping you prepare for life after School?
Ashford School has something for everyone which helps you discover who you are as a person. The teachers are always encouraging and inspire you to find your passion and always do your best. I believe that the extensive co-curricular programme and the choice to start your own club really help students discover what they enjoy so students are prepared for future life.
What are your ambitions for when you leave Ashford School?
My ultimate goal is to become a doctor and work in healthcare to care for others and help them in any way possible. I am really grateful to Dr Dickers who helps us with our university applications and with her guidance and support it feels a lot less scary as we are on our way to the next chapter of our lives.
In three words, how would you describe your time at Ashford School?
Optimistic, Meaningful and Gratifying.