Silvia Joinson

(née Smither)


Nothing much to report but I thought the following might be apt for this year.


Having lived in Abingdon for nearly 60 years I know it quite well but in January 1952 it was unkown territory. I was told to report to Miss Bowen's home, "Chesterton" on the Faringdon road for the final Be Prepared test for my Queen's Guide Award. The first task I was given was to go into the centre and buy provisions to cook lunch for six people. I'm not sure what route I took but I remember being anxious about finding my way back. Amongst other things I had to do was go into the garden, light a fire and boil a billy (made earlier) of water. Fortunately it was a dry day. A few weeks later there was a change of reign so my certificate is signed Elizabeth R.

1956 (class of 1957)

Anne Elizabeth Mills

(née Gray)


On our 60th Wedding Anniversary last September, we had a wonderful family gathering, and, unbeknown to ourselves, our eldest daughter arranged for us to visit All Saint's Church, Highfield, Headington, where we were married!! What memories flooded back!! We visited Beech Road where I lived with my parents and also Wycliffe Hall where Geoffrey trained for ordination. After a week of excitement we returned to our home in Rotherham where we are involved in the life of Rotherham Minster!! My good wishes to any who might remember me.

Anne Mills, her husband and their friends at their 60th wedding anniversary


Kathleen P. Eacott

(née Bowles)


As you can imagine after the last two years of lockdowns we have been able to do very little. As we live in the country we were cut off from the greater City of Melbourne for months on end. So far all of us have escaped catching the virus. Our daughters and their husbands have worked from home full-time until this week where they are now doing three days in the office and two from home. Unfortunately I had a fall in November last year and cracked a few ribs and a vertebrae. I am now finally turning the corner after getting the pain under control. The family are all well and our grandsons are growing too fast; at 15 one is over 180cms. We have decided we will not be travelling back to the UK again, my age has caught up with me finally!! We are always open to visitors.


Virginia Redston


Some three years ago, aged 71, I retired from the classroom at Oxford High School. I continue to do some work from home as an A level English examiner for Cambridge International and as a private tutor via Zoom, but am relishing the time I now have to devote to my love of acoustic folk/blues music. For some years I've run 'Finstock Unplugged' (a.k.a. 'Finfolk'), a singaround session which meets on the final Monday of the month and which attracts some very able singer-songwriters and musicians. I also hold socially distanced micro-gigs for established local musicians at Wilcote Art Studios. Recently I was co-opted as a volunteer committee member for FWO (Folk Weekend Oxford), an immersive folk-dance weekend which is to take place on 22nd-24th April, the first 'live' FWO for 2 years. I've met so many interesting and generous people through this long delayed reconnection to the music I've loved since I was a teenager, that I feel enormously lucky. I have a presence on social media and can be found there if anyone is interested.

My three daughters are all independent women who lead busy lives. My eldest, Vickie, lives in the States with her partner and grown up sons C-Jay and Kephren. My two younger daughters, Viola and Verity, are based in the UK and after establishing their careers have increased the family; Voila has Cai, aged 4 1/2 and Verity has twin boys, Dougie and Eddie, who will be 4 in April '22. All 3 boys are very lively and fun. I am an immensely proud granny, willing to do granny-duty whenever asked!


Ambereene Hitchcox

(née Hussain)


After a three year gap in work, by choice to see how the corporate early pension funds last out, and to prepare to move to a new area, I have been working for the Powys Association for Voluntary Organisations as a Community Connector. The role puts individuals and local organisations in touch with each other and with other local service suppliers/information, to facilitate them all finding solutions to their own needs. Empowering people is at the heart of it, and it has been a particularly key role in giving support to people isolated by lockdown, especially in very rural locations. The commitment and real care for others demonstrated by my colleagues has been impressive.

In August 2020, between English and Welsh Covid lockdowns and taking advantage of permission to move to an already empty house, we upped sticks and moved to a Georgian house in the hills of North Powys. Having been originally a farmhouse, been used as a Greek Orthodox monastery for 35 years or so, then been under renovation and not much occupied across 15 years, the house has an interesting history which we are slowly uncovering. Mid-Wales is beautiful, fresh and gloriously quiet and a blessed escape from the once-more increasingly fume-filled air of the Thames Valley. Alongside busy times on several charity Boards, I am looking forward to finally getting some time to draw, write and daydream again. Our daughter somehow completed the third year of her BioMedical Science degree from our place as all lectures and lab sessions at Uni were cancelled and online learning and exams were the only hugely unsatisfying contact with anyone academic. A 2:1 under her belt nonetheless, she is now in the middle of a very hands-on two-year Master's in Chiropractic, in Bournemouth.


Helen Batchelor


A small group of Headingtonians from 1978 met up in London in October for a wonderful afternoon and evening which included revisiting our Upper Third craze of French Elastic! We swapped the Turkey Oaks for Regent’s Park and had to be reminded of the routine by a passer-by of a similar age who said we’d made her day! It was fantastic to meet up again after 40+ years and reminisce about our time at Headington as well as catch up on all that’s happened in our lives since leaving School. We are planning to do it again soon, so other 1978 leavers – please do join us next time – the more the merrier. And very much looking forward to celebrating our 45 years since leaving Headington at Headingtonians’ Day in 2023.

Image: From left to right: (class of 1978) Penelope Cherry (née Lawrence), Jennie Stevens (née Read), Catherine Tebb (née Llewellyn), Sarah Miles-Griffiths (Smiley), Helen Batchelor (née Miles)


Kathy Blazewicz

(née Maggs)


Becky Blazewicz


In 2021, Becky and I were significantly involved in helping her siblings, my two other children, reconvene their weddings after several cancellations due to Covid. We were allowed 12 guests only to our house in Boars Hill. We are seriously considering trying to reopen our riding School which was a feature on the Hill for fifty years. With increased leisure time, the benefits of outdoor activities have been reiterated by the Government time after time. Interestingly, I met a former pupil of the School who attended the riding School and shared our enthusiasm when I attended the opening of The Hive at Headington School.

Image: Becky Blazewicz and her sisters at sister Hannah's wedding


Jane Brown

(née Norman)


We have recently opened a pop up farm shop once a month and have converted three cottages to Airbnbs which are run by Charlotte but it keeps me busy too! Emma, Katie and Charlotte all live close to us which has been a bonus during the past two years. Emma's daughter Grace was born just before Covid, and she had Rosie last October - perhaps they will be 4th generation Headington girls! Grace is already quite a farm girl and loves to help collect and box the eggs we sell at the farm gate.


Catherine Davies

(née Russian)


I am still living on the tiny island of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides with my husband, Bob. We live in a little cottage next to the sea and are now quite used to the challenges of island life. I took early retirement from my post as Headteacher of the island’s primary school in April 2020. Since then I have started a small art business called Camelart, designing and selling cards, mugs, tea towels and colouring books. We are also enjoying many outdoor pursuits including hiking, camping and skiing and have taken up kayaking and rock climbing. I remember writing a composition in the Lower Fourth entitled ‘My Ambition’. I wrote about how I would like to live on a Scottish island! My ambition is fulfilled and I am loving it.


Robin Hart


2022 is proving to be a big year. It's 40 years since leaving Headington - how did that happen?! It's also the year I've finished a 35-year career in the civil service, the last 26 years of which has been working for Wilton Park (part of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) based in West Sussex. As I finished this part of my career it was a huge honour to be awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours (Diplomatic List).

Working for Wilton Park has been an amazing experience and a huge privilege, convening and chairing dialogues to respond to many of the world’s challenges. I’ve met and worked with thousands of extraordinary people from around the world, and hosted many meetings abroad as well as at home. I’ve spent the past two years predominantly focusing on climate change as the UK prepared to host COP26. It was fascinating chairing and hosting many virtual sessions with experts and others to raise awareness, and build consensus and coalitions around climate actions. Being at part of COP26 itself and hosting some side sessions was the culmination of a busy year.

I’m now moving back to South Oxfordshire, and home to my roots, literally, to take on the reins of managing our family farm. Lots to learn, and a big change for me, at a time of great change in agriculture – balancing food production with stewarding our natural environment. I plan to be at the June Headingtonian gathering and do hope to see many of our cohort there.


Kate Cook

(née Montague)


After more than 15 years volunteering and working at my local Citizens Advice Bureau, I left to join Shelter in March 2021 as a Specialist Debt Adviser in their consultancy team. It was quite a wrench to leave CAB after so many years, but I am relishing the new challenge. We support debt advisers across England and Wales, and no two queries are the same! Over the course of 2021, together with a few other 1983 Headingtonians, I walked 874 miles on a virtual walking challenge from Land's End to John O'Groats, raising some money for Shelter along the way.


Sally Harriet Milton


Having taught Maths in UK Prep Schools for 25 years, I’ve now had a very interesting year working at Harrow International in Haikou, China. It’s been a huge learning curve to teach students with very low levels of English, but I am lucky to be working with a fabulous bilingual teaching assistant in most of my classes. The school is only in its second year of operation, so is expanding and changing daily. It certainly keeps you on your toes! As well as upholding the Harrow values and traditions, there is a strong emphasis on Chinese culture and language, and the combination is fascinating.

I have just accepted a new job for August in Guangzhou, at a very well respected American International School. It seems to be a stimulating and academic environment with very bright and curious students and many different maths options and streams. I am looking forward to the intellectual challenge and also living in a large, buzzy city!


Sarah Phillips

(née Talbot Rice)


I continue to teach two days a week at KCS Wimbledon, job sharing a class of Year 4 boys. I have wonderful colleagues who have helped make teaching a little easier despite all the online work and uncertainty over the last 18 months. On other days, I enjoy being at home, gardening, making marmalade, visiting elderly ladies from my church group, and seeing family. Daniel and I love cycling and to help us adjust to hitting 50, we cycled the Hebridean Way (Vatersay to Butt of Lewis) in July 2019. In July 2021 we cycled the Caledonian Way (from Inverness to Campbeltown) and this summer we will go from Glasgow to Inverness which takes us through the Trossachs. We love the beauty and remoteness of Scotland!

Image: Sarah Phillips and her husband Daniel


Ruth Dawber


I continue with New Zealand Department of Corrections as a Probation Officer with my current focus being integration and reintegration of high needs and high risk persons into the community: a combined approach of manaaki and whanau engagement being key to defined and proven success.

My involvement with horses continues and music is always present. I miss my family, as do many of us separated during this last two years, however, I am sure we have all grown far more accustomed to connecting through the capability of video calling. My sons are nearing 30 and 28 with no slowing down of the inspiration they are to me.


Kate Hutchings


Tokyo 2020 was a sporting highlight for many of us after a very difficult year with the pandemic. I had the privilege of working as a medical consultant for Team GB during the Olympic games and experiencing a fantastic, unique team environment with many outstanding athletic performances.

An Olympic Game for any athlete comes with high pressure and challenges and our teams performed exceptionally during strict Covid precautions.

My role was to work as part of the British Olympic medical team in delivering acute care to our athletes - both at sporting venues and within our GB Performance Centre. This type of role can bring long hours and some difficult decision making, but it also gives a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience sporting history. I was fortunate enough to watch many of our athletes achieve their Olympic dreams and I have many memorable highlights from the Games. For me, two performances that stand out were our Triathlon and Women’s Hockey teams. I can still vividly remember standing looking out from our consulting room over the bay watching our triathlon relay team win gold and come back into the Performance Centre with their medals. There was not a dry eye in the Centre amongst staff or athletes! And secondly, having worked with our Hockey teams at Bisham Abbey for many years, to watch their elation at winning bronze was just incredible.

To be able to work and be part of such an inspirational team is something I will always feel very proud of and even though my two young daughters found it hard with ‘mummy’ being away, I hope that they will also be able to achieve everything they wish to do.

For any aspiring medics at Headington; keep going, it is a career that can open so many doors and opportunities in years to come and the rewards are incredible.


Delilah Jeary

(née Seale)


A small Latimer House (early 1990s) reunion was held in London when Sarah Ballard, Bronwen Ballard, Kate Kolaczinski (née Graham), Sarah Moore and Delilah Jeary (née Seale) met up on a windy South Bank in February. Sadly Covid and Storm Eunice kept Marianne Wade and Sally Hall (née Priest) away on the day, and Kate Ribiero dos Santos (née Collins) and Ruth Lewis (née Phillips) sent their apologies, but much fun was had and more meet ups are planned.

Image: Delilah Jeary with Sarah Ballard, Bronwen Ballard, Kate Kolaczinski (née Graham) and Sarah Moore


Clare Campbell

(née Deighton)


I live in South East London with my husband and two children, Lily, 8 and Alfie, 5. I got married in 2012. I am a qualified primary school teacher and enjoyed teaching in KS1 for 15 years after graduating from The College of St Mark and St John, in Plymouth. I was deputy head for almost four years. Since having the children I now enjoy doing private tutoring.


Sarah Jordan


I run Y.O.U underwear, an Oxford-based sustainable fashion brand that I founded in 2017. During a trip to Uganda in 2016, I became aware of the many problems faced by women and girls who don’t have access to underwear, including missing up to 25% of their education each year. We take underwear for granted - it's literally the first thing you put on in the morning - but not having it can have a huge impact, particularly on girls' education.

When subsequently looking into how to provide and manufacture underwear, I discovered that conventional cotton is the world's most polluting crop and that the fashion industry more broadly is incredibly harmful, particularly for the mostly female workforce. We therefore pledged to only use Fairtrade and GOTS certified organic cotton, to manufacture ethically and to donate two pairs of underwear to people who don't have it for every pair we sell.

I’m really excited to announce that Y.O.U Underwear has just become a B Corp. We’re now the Top Scoring B Corp in the UK AND the Top Scoring Fashion Brand in the World! Becoming a B Corp is a huge milestone for us and really helps strengthen our mission to show that business – and fashion – can be a force for good. I hope that having a fashion business as the highest scoring B Corp in the UK will demonstrate what can be achieved and hopefully encourage some of the fast fashion brands to focus a bit more on sustainability too. Since starting the business in 2017, we’ve donated over 18,000 pairs of underwear to vulnerable women and girls across Africa and the UK and I'm proud that we've been able to make such a difference to other people.

We've also just opened a shop in Oxford's famous Covered Market, so it's great to be able to meet customers and tell our story in person.

Image: Sarah Jordan outside her pop up shop in the Covered Market in Oxford


Libby Leadbeater

(née Anelay)


I have recently been selected for the England Over 45s Hockey team, to play in the Home Nations tournament in June, and the World Cup in South Africa in October. Thank you to Mrs Ryder, Mrs Israel and Mrs Buswell for inspiring my love of hockey right back when I was 11!


Becca Pelly-Fry


I became a freelance curator and cultural consultant in late 2019, and am now preparing for several exhibitions in the coming months. Over the past two years I have collaborated with King & McGaw printmakers to create a collection of limited edition artworks with eleven contemporary artists, which we are launching in April. I am also currently working with Watts Gallery in Surrey, developing a contemporary art programme in response to the historic context of the estate and its collection.


Ka Lun Karen Chan


TEDxTinHauWomen talk in Hong Kong about "Neon Art Holds Hong Kong's Tradition and Lights Our Future" - What do you know about Hong Kong's neon lights? Karen Chan (aka Chankalun) apprenticed with a 70-year-old local neon master in Hong Kong, and is Hong Kong’s only active female neon practitioner in a male-dominant industry.

She is adamant about giving a new lease of life to this dying art form, which was once a strong part of Hong Kong’s culture and was immortalised in many movies like Blade Runner. Chankalun wants to find ways to preserve this visual language and be the bridge that connects this traditional craft with the new generation of artists.

Image: Karen Chan presenting her TedxTalk Video: Karen's TEDxTinHauWomen talk


Naomi Entwistle

(née Howard)


Last year I sat my last ever set of exams (hopefully!) to gain full membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I continue to combine my NHS work with a voluntary church leadership role, as well as with family life.


Georgina Hood


I’m passionate about helping more women reach leadership positions, so I absolutely loved getting involved with Headington Connect, which gave me the opportunity to share career advice with the girls at Headington. First up was the Headington Futures interview with Abigail O'Toole, where I talked about my career in advertising to date, why I chose to study PPE at Oxford, and discussed the barriers that women can face in the workplace. I was then invited to come into Headington to give a talk to Sixth Form, where I spoke on the topic of “10 honest career lessons”. This candid session aimed to empower the girls via a set of guiding principles to boost their potential in whatever they find themselves doing, and feel confident and happy about their futures. The talk included a series of exercises to go along with each “lesson”, where the girls wrote 10 pieces of advice to their future self, creating a postcard to be opened by them in one year's time. It was a pleasure to visit Headington and hear the ambitions of the Sixth Form and where they hope life will take them.


Helen McGloin

(née Lake)


In September 2021 I started a PhD in Robotics and Autonomous Systems with the University of Bristol and the University of West England. The PhD is known as the FARSCOPE programme and has the format of a taught first year and dissertation, followed by three years of independent studies. It's great to be back in a university setting, and I hope to report back once I’ve completed my dissertation and selected my PhD topic.


Libby Horsley


I am now the Assistant Private Secretary to TRHs Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, working within the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace. Alongside the “day job”, I’ve also joined the army reserves and training at the HAC. I’m a fitness instructor and teach at a couple of London studios and also chef for yoga retreats both in the UK and across the globe!

2012 (class of 2014)

Olivia Batchelor


The great thing about living in London is that so many school friends live here too! We love meeting up for a wholesome activity or two - most recently rock climbing and going for Thai food.

Image: from left to right, Olivia Batchelor, Lottie Mattocks (2012, class of 2014) and Izzy Masters (2012, class of 2014)


Vicky Huggett


After almost four years working in the Development Team I will be leaving Headington in August to start a two year post graduate degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. I will also be moving in with my partner Tom and our cat Bento! I am very excited for this next stage in my life, although going back to 'school' seems a little daunting after five years since my last essay or exam! I will miss being at Headington very much as I have made lifelong friendships here, not only as a student but during my time as a member of staff as well. Best wishes to my Headington School family. I will be sure to visit often!


Charlotte Stringer


In December 2021 I stopped working as an Audiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital and started a position as Head of Service for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire with Audiological Science Ltd. With this new role I will be setting up new clinics across both counties which is very exciting and will most likely be challenging too. Another area that was always an interest of mine was hearing therapy, which I was able to perform during my time at the JR hospital. However, recently I have completed my training to provide Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for those with Tinnitus, Misophonia and Hyperacusis, which has been extremely rewarding. In the future I hope to perform this type of hearing therapy for patients across the county as many people unfortunately suffer from these conditions with little support or knowledge about how to manage it. So this new year has a lot to offer and I can’t wait to see how it goes!


Claudia Macey-Dare


It feels insincere to write about myself whilst the war next door is ongoing, so instead I’m going to tell you a story. In July 2018 I was teaching English on the German island of Sylt when I met Stan and his cousin Maria, both ten years old. At the train station his mother made me promise to look after them. ‘Of course,’ I said. Over the weeks I discovered how similar Stan was to my own brother: the same age, the same interests (Minecraft and trains), the same taste in music. If they ever met, I’d like to think that they would be good friends. At the end of the Summer Camp, Stan gave me two Hryvnia, about 4p, and he said that I should take my family to visit his home country, Ukraine. Stanislav and Maria are 13 now, and I wonder if they are still in Kyiv. I wonder if they still practice their English like they said they would. I wonder if they still smile. I wonder if they escaped.

The past month has brought an attempted genocide to Ukraine. I urge anyone who has taken the time to read this to support your Ukrainian friends: protest, offer to house refugees, do not conflate the use of Russian with support for imperial aggression, and donate. In particular the Slovak charity, #Kto Pomôže Ukrajine (‘Who will help Ukraine’:, provides assistance to Refugees crossing the Slovak-Ukrainian border, and has directly helped people I care about very much.


Katya Davisson


The last three years have gone so quickly. It feels like only a few months ago that I left Headington, and yet I find myself thinking about plans post-Durham. That said, it has been the most fantastic three years. I was lucky enough to have found a fantastic group of friends by the time we went into lockdown so doing second year online wasn’t too painful, though I did miss in-person choir and orchestra rehearsals. Third year has really made up for this, and I am currently President of the Choral Society, the University’s foremost choir of 120 singers. We sing regularly in Durham Cathedral and have been invited to Sage Gateshead to sing in numerous concerts next year which is a fantastic opportunity for the choir.

My Music degree has also been incredibly enjoyable. I’ve chosen to focus on musical aesthetics and analysis, and my dissertation deals with issues of form and narrative in Mahler’s First Symphony. Next year, I hope to continue studying music at Yale, where I have been offered a place on a Master’s course in Music Theory. I’m hugely looking forward to what this next chapter of life might bring but, for now, I will savour my last few months up North in beautiful Durham.

Image: Katya Davisson at the Sage Concert in Jun 2021


Lucie Stephenson


Upon finishing my first year at the University of Warwick, I made the decision to change course to Liberal Arts (BA), staying at Warwick. It was a big risk but it certainly paid off as I am really enjoying my studies. In addition to this change, I am proud to say that in May this year I shall be starting a Project Management Internship at Amazon.


Teresa Macey-Dare


Beyond continuing to enjoy my Philosophy undergrad at UCL, this year I have been able to properly experience all that the university and city has to offer. Though I unfortunately broke my foot in training recently, I have had a great season as part of the women’s basketball team and re-found my love of crosscountry and athletics. It’s been so wonderful to be part of teams again - especially coming back from the isolation of COVID - and as the elected captain for both societies in the upcoming year, I’m looking forward to them being an even more integral part of my life. Performing as one of the main parts in the German society play, I have also had the joy of getting back on stage. But, of course, I haven’t been neglecting my academics. Besides my usual essays, I am working towards my first piece of published work (an extension on my Philosophy of Science summative) after recommendation by my tutor. After finishing this, I am looking forward to finally receiving my Gold DofE award at Buckingham Palace in May. So, unsurprisingly, I’m as busy as ever but definitely thriving! No doubt my sisters are too: after graduating with a BA in English Literature from Kings, Claudia has been excelling as part of the civil service where she quickly landed a job, meanwhile Anežka is balancing GB Korfball and various other sports with her Neuro-Pharmacology PhD at Oxford (intermittent from Medicine at Imperial). All in all, it’s been a pretty great year for the Macey-Dares!

Image: From left to right: Teresa Macey-Dare, Claudia Macey-Dare (2016) and Anežka Macey-Dare (2015)


Juliet Barnard


In September 2021, I started my undergraduate degree of International Business Management and Spanish at the University of Bristol. Since then, I’ve been enjoying the learning of both sides of my course, making new friends and exploring this wonderful city. Following a disrupted Sixth Form experience, in which half of my two intended years of growing independence were spent at home, navigating uni life has certainly been difficult - but also incredibly rewarding. Particularly considering my family moved to New York City this past summer, living an ocean away from parents has been a new, but overwhelmingly exciting challenge.

However, I’ve had the pleasure of having an almost fully in-person uni course this year. I’ve enjoyed witnessing Bristol being restored to its full glory and experiencing the complete uni experience that I was once nervous of missing out on. For example, I’ve recently been working towards my university dance society’s show, which will take place at the end of March this year. As an avid dancer at Headington, it’s been very important to me that, despite all of the changes I’ve experienced since graduating, I’m still able to participate in my hobbies and passions. It’s also been nice to keep up with Headington friends - many of who are also in Bristol - while meeting new people from across the country.

While I certainly don’t want to wish first year away, I’m already looking forward to beginning second year and planning my year abroad, which I hope to spend in Madrid.

Image: Juliet Barnard at her university accommodation Christmas formal


Milly Drinkwater


Hello Headington!

A general update from me is that I’m really enjoying Nottingham. I have made lots of friends and feel as though I am now settled in. It did take me a while to feel completely comfortable/content as starting uni is such a big change, but I’m relieved to say that I am now loving it! My course has been going really well; it’s thoroughly engaging and interesting, and I’m liking the increased independence. I have been quite lucky in the sense that I have had no exams, but the essays have certainly made up for it! I have tried my hardest to take any opportunity to meet new people and make friends; I even trialed the ice skating society but I soon decided that wasn’t for me! I am currently in the process of auditioning for Nottingham New Theatre, as they have many seasonable shows to be involved in, so I’m hoping to be successful! I have also joined the gym… a nerve racking experience for me, but I am pleased to say that I am slowly gaining confidence!

It’s been really fun exploring a new city with new people as there’s so much to discover! My favourite thing to do during the day is either meeting up with friends at Cartwheel Coffee (Nottingham’s best coffee shop in my opinion), or looking around Nottingham’s many charity shops. I have also been applying to different jobs as I feel that would be another great way to meet people. I have a trial shift next week at a restaurant, which I’m both nervous and excited for!

Lastly, I have really enjoyed having friends to visit me at uni. It has been so fun showing them around my new city and introducing them to my friends. Equally, I have loved going to see some of my friends at uni, and seeing what they get up to in their new cities.

I hope you’re all well and enjoying life at Headington, I know I am definitely missing it! For those of you in Upper Sixth, I am wishing you all the best with your UCAS offers, and I hope that you are looking forward to starting your next chapters after Headington!

Image: Millie Drinkwater and her niece


Ishita Plaha


The transition from school to university wasn’t as daunting as I imagined; Headington equipped me with the essential skills which helped me ease into university life. I am presently studying Management with Placement at the University of Bath. While the course is challenging with various new concepts being introduced, I am enjoying it thoroughly. The last few months have been enriching and have taught me the importance of being independent in everything I do; whether cooking my own meals or taking the initiative to research in depth about a particular topic. I have tried to make the most of the opportunities that university life has offered me whether it’s been joining fitness classes and the women in business/economics society. Initially I was quite nervous about living with students who I didn’t know from before but it hasn’t been difficult at all. Being at Headington, where the environment was very culturally diverse, I easily made friends with my flatmates, so it wasn’t any different.

I’m grateful for all the opportunities Headington gave me. I have very fond memories of my school life and I feel I have grown as a person from all the skills that I developed studying there. I am now able to put all I learnt into practise at university.