Three years ago, when I made the decision to come to Queen Margaret’s, the prospect of an all-girls school far away from my home in Scotland seemed both daunting and totally unfamiliar. I was almost certain that joining in Year IV would mean more difficulties in settling into the year group than if I had joined lower down the School, especially with regards to developing strong and healthy relationships with peers, academic and house staff alike. It didn’t take long for me to realise that this preconception couldn’t have been any further from the truth. Due to the extremely welcoming, accepting and affectionate nature of the girls at QM, the sense of individuality is nurtured and clearly abundant. Every girl is encouraged to pursue their interests, no matter how extraordinary, and the support from the staff is truly outstanding.
For me personally, academia has always been a priority and a passion. The balance between independence and assistance which I have experienced during my time here has helped to give me the skills and drive necessary to achieve and even surpass my personal expectations. But crucially, QM also gives an education stretching far beyond books or classrooms, and it is this wide reaching enhancement of individual character and outlook that makes Queen Margaret’s so special.
It is a real honour to have been made Head Girl for this coming year, and I can only hope to do justice to this incredible School and all those who make QM what it is.