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"I joined HSFG in 2004 at the young age of 10 years old; having sat the 11+ a year early.  I can remember how nervous I was on my first day as I was both the youngest and shortest in the whole school! These nerves soon went when I met the rest of the new students; all swamped by their blazers.  I will always remember the Year 7 bonding trip being excellent fun but this was when I realised kayaking was definitely not for me!

Throughout the first 5 years at HSFG I was lucky enough to study a variety of subjects.  History with Mr Hathaway will always remain a favourite; having being taught by Mr Hathaway from Year 7 – Year 13 I went on to study History as part of my degree.  Lessons were always fun and enjoyable and even though I struggled with some parts of the writing elements, with the support given I was able to achieve the grade needed for University.

HSFG always felt like a family during my time there; everyone was so friendly and I would always go to school feeling safe.  I decided in Year 11 that I would like to continue to stay at HSFG for Sixth Form. I certainly enjoyed these final two years especially as we were given more independence and the help and support for us to achieve the relevant qualifications needed for our future studies. Not only this but I realised I had made friends for life at HSFG.

In Sixth Form I studied Business Studies, History, and Psychology; achieving A, B , B respectively.  These grades enabled to me to go to my first choice Reading University.  Here, I was able to achieve a 2:1 degree in History and Economics.

Sarah in 2004 in Year 7

Following University I started my Accountancy qualifications and having worked in a variety of different finance roles I came across an advert for a Finance Manager at Denmark Road High School. I took the decision to apply as I already knew what a great place the school was. I am now in my first year working here and I am thoroughly enjoying it!