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Head Boy : Lorcan

Six years ago, I left my primary school, St Bernadette’s, to continue the next stage of my academic development at St Gregory’s. Initially I was nervous, but soon came to realise that my new school was much less intimidating than I had previously feared. The teachers were welcoming and encouraging and the older students were friendly and kind. However, it was not just the teachers and students who gave a warm welcome to the new year 7’s, but everyone involved in the school community, from the Chaplin to the Caretaker. A community as close knit and inclusive as this greatly helped in the transition from jumpers to blazers.

St Gregory’s provides a supportive environment for its students to grow and develop their full potential. Students have access to a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs, both during and after school. For four years, I took part in the Debate-mate Public Speaking Programme, which encourages confidence and critical thinking, useful attributes which I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Having such a wide range of activities readily available, is not only enjoyable for the students but, allows them to grow academically, musically and religiously, while having fun and making new friends.

It was due to a combination of hard work and dedication from the teaching staff, who regularly went above and beyond the call of duty in giving up their free time to help and assist us, that my cohort and I successfully completely our GCSE’s with outstanding results. We can now look towards the future with confidence and positivity and the skills and character traits we developed at St Gregory’s will prove invaluable to us throughout our lives.

I am deeply indebted to St Gregory’s, where I have grown from a child to a young adult, and feel privileged to be in a position to give back to the school in some small way, by serving as Head Boy.