Lara, achieved a clean sweep of A*s in Biology, Chemistry and English Literature and an A* in her EPQ about Down’s Syndrome and genetic screening. A bursary scholarship student, awarded a place at MSJ in Sixth Form, Lara proved herself academically and is an exceptionally talented chorister. Lara achieved a Distinction in the prestigious Music Diploma, the next step up from Music Grade 8 and is head chorister at the Worcester Cathedral choir, having sung with them for the past six years. She started her Medicine degree at Cardiff University in September 2019. Lara received the The Founders’ Awards scholarship which recognises girls with exceptional academic, extra-curricular and leadership skills.
Lara joined MSJ for Sixth Form from Gloucester High School for Girls, a maintained-sector school. She feels that already she is reaping the rewards of an independent education:
“Because of my ambition to be a doctor, I wanted good support and opportunities to give myself the best possible chance. There are so many more enrichment activities here. I am a founder of FemSoc (The Feminist Society), and a member of the Medical Society, Debating and MUN.”
“Before, the cut-off for the school day was 3.30pm, and being here and being able to stay later has really helped. I can access the Library and teachers when I need to. There are more leadership roles here and as a keen singer, I’ve enjoyed the many opportunities for public performance, such as Evensong at Tewkesbury Abbey.”
“MSJ is like a smaller version of university. You are given independence to work to your own schedule and on your own initiative, but all the while knowing that the support network of teachers and House staff is there for you. I feel that I am benefiting from more personal attention and this different approach to higher learning.”