Meet the Head Girl
Ruhi Vaitha, Head Girl 2017-18, talks about her experience at Leicester High, and her plans for the future.....
What makes the LHS Sixth Form special?
The Sixth Form at Leicester High is very unique. The supportive atmosphere means that we feel confident whilst being stretched to extend our capabilities. The teachers are helpful and willing, taking the time to provide guidance and answer our queries whenever we need. Our form tutors are experienced in university applications and provide constant support throughout the process. The main difference from the lower school is the number of opportunities we have, which not only enhance our university applications, but involve us in the school community. A few examples include: organising a charity ball, coaching the younger years in sports clubs and lessons, volunteering in the Junior Department and tutoring younger students that need extra help. The facilities that are available, including the Sixth Form Common Room, allow us to have our personal space to bond with our peers. Having appliances for cooking gives us independence, and the ability to create tasty lunches. The organisation in the Sixth Form means that there are Y12 and Y13 pupils in the same form. This creates a close-knit environment where both year groups advise one another and we can lift each other up to reach our full potential. Leicester High provides excellent pastoral care along with academic success, ensuring that we make memories that will never be forgotten.
What advice would you give to a new girl joining Leicester High?
My advice would be to be confident and to smile! I would encourage participation and being vocal in lessons as well as taking full advantage of all the extra-curricular clubs available, perhaps discovering a new passion as there a large variety to choose from. A few include: speech and drama, instrument lessons, netball training and yoga. Attending the various subject ‘aids’ enable you to do extension activities and provide personal support. I can ensure that all the teachers are willing to help so don’t be afraid to ask for support. However, the most valuable advice I can give is to make the most of your time at school. Approaching the end of the journey, I can say that it has flown by, so fill each day with hard work and make memories that you can keep forever.
What do you think makes Leicester High School different?
One of the main differences of Leicester High School is the size. Being a small school allows a more personal feel to our lessons and means that we receive one-to-one support. The teachers understand us all and are pleased to catch up in the corridor. Furthermore, having a small school community means that every face is familiar: we are a family.
Being a girls' school, I feel that Leicester High has a responsibility to bring up strong independent women. Our school celebrates women, organising many events where inspirational women are brought in to speak to the girls and various career events are held to motivate us.
What have been your Leicester High happiest moments so far?
In my many years at Leicester High, my highlight would be last year’s Prize Giving Ceremony. Being awarded my GCSE’s after completing numerous past papers and attending various revision sessions proved that hard work does pay off. Surrounded by my fellow peers with their personal achievements and our proud teachers, I felt overwhelmed. Furthermore, after listening to our inspirational guest speaker, Stephanie Seabrook, I realised how crucial our school experiences are and that perseverance and resilience are vital to succeed.