Lauren is now in her final year at St Ambrose Barlow and as she looks back it is difficult for her to choose from the many highlights.

“Being selected for Deputy Head Girl was one of my most memorable and proud moments. I enjoy the responsibility that goes along with this and the fact that I can make a difference to younger pupils in the school – we get to take assemblies for them and they know who I am and that they can approach me if they need help with anything”

“I really enjoy my time here. The teachers are great and they always go out of their way to teach more than just lessons, making sure we are supported outside of school as well for example with mental health awareness and teaching us how to handle stress.”

“Ambrose has definitely developed me as a person and made me much more rounded by encouraging me to get involved in everything. The support I have been given towards my future career is unbelievable.”

It was Lauren’s involvement in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) club in Year 8 and 9 that led to her desire to go into Digital Engineering in the future and from then on she has been nurtured and supported to achieve this. “Because of STEM club I chose the DEC (Design Engineer Construct) course in Year 10 and on this I learned so many skills and how to use programmes that even some industry professionals are new to. Because we are one of only a few schools that run this course, we got to go to Glasgow to give a presentation about it to businesses and Headteachers of other schools from around the country which was brilliant.”

The school has provided me with links to industries that I never would have had otherwise, giving me opportunities and opening doors. This has led to the chance of an apprenticeship with Laing O’Rourke when I leave which would be amazing. If I don’t get that I will stay on at Ambrose Sixth Form. Either way when I leave I will be fully prepared for my next steps.

This is my Ambrose…where I am fully supported and encouraged to reach my future goals.

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