A Welcome from LILY, OUR Head Girl

 

Welcome to Woldingham. Whether you’re joining in Year 7, Year 9, or starting Sixth Form, you’re going to have the most fabulous time. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, multicultural and kind community. I have had an amazing and empowering experience during my six years here. The most special thing has been watching my friends grow into incredible young women. Woldingham has provided each of us with a fantastic platform for personal growth and academic success. The teachers support and encourage you to reach your potential and help you develop resilience when approaching new challenges.

I joined Woldingham in Year 7, and my time in Marden helped me approach the demands of secondary school with enthusiasm and imagination. The tutor system and mentoring helps everyone settle in and makes sure there is always a friendly face to support you – not that those are in short supply at Woldingham! When you move to Main House in Year 9, you are given the space to mature and grow as an individual, which helped me approach my GCSE examinations with confidence, while still maintaining an interest in extra-curricular activities. Finally, the Sixth Form has helped me prepare for the change from school to university.

I have benefitted from both being both a day girl and a weekly boarder. As a day girl, commuting each day from London by train helped me gain confidence and independence. Transitioning to being a weekly boarder in the Sixth Form has helped me to prepare for moving away from home. Woldingham has a flexible approach to boarding, meaning each girl can find what suits her.

A key part of Woldingham life is the abundance and variety of clubs, such as horse riding, orchestra, debating, to name just a few. Clubs and societies are an amazing way to meet people with similar passions, and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Woldingham has instilled in me the importance of trying new things and developing vibrant interests.  There is also a variety of school trips, ranging from academic field trips, to team challenge events and overseas adventures. My personal favourite has been the ski trip.

I mustn’t forget to mention the school’s Houses – Duchesne, Barat, Digby and Stuart – to which we all belong and in which girls from all years compete, celebrate and have lots of fun together.

I have had a wonderful time at Woldingham over the past few years and I’m sure you will too.