"An ever-growing family": Erica's story

Having come from a state Catholic Girls’ school, joining Emanuel has been an eye opener for me.

Entering the big open gates and crossing over the bridge to unchartered territory as a drama scholar, I wondered what was waiting for me. Hogwarts meets High School Musical, or something more severe maybe?

Many people say moving to a new school for sixth form can be tough; settling into an environment of teachers and students who have already spent six years together. I needn’t have worried. In a matter of days, thanks to incredibly supportive friends and teachers, I knew my way round (just about!) and had built strong friendships within a matter of weeks.

“[I feel] part of an ever-growing family with opportunities I would have only dreamed of at my old school.”

The immense amount of support, care and dedication given to students builds the foundation for a growing passion for the History, English and Drama subjects I had chosen for A level. I know, if I ever have a problem, my form tutor and my subject teachers would welcome me with open arms and willingly help.

Within months, I had settled in and felt part of an ever-growing family with opportunities I would have only dreamed of at my old school. From volunteering at a local primary school, to participating in the musical ‘Made in Dagenham’, taking part in scholar events and even running our own Year 10 play ‘Heritage’.

I feel I have already grown as a person, learning new topics and life skills that will aid me in entering the world of work as an adult.

In the future, I know I’ll look back at my time at Emanuel (sadly for only two years) with fond memories and of my best friends and teachers, and know that it was the perfect choice for me.

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