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I will always look back fondly on my time at Hull Collegiate School. It was where I formed firm friendships and took away more than just exam results: a confidence to try anything and follow my dreams. My English teachers encouraged my love for writing from the start, and this became the foundation for my fascination in the media and publishing: a world in which storytelling reigns.
Hull Collegiate didn’t just motivate you to succeed but stretched you beyond your comfort zone. Teachers went above and beyond the call of duty in the form of extra tuition at break times so that nothing became unattainable.
Meanwhile, the extra-curricular aspect of the school allowed me to explore my creative side, with orchestra rehearsals and concerts being a fun accompaniment to my clarinet lessons and the open-door policy of the art room made for a beautiful and calm space to escape to. Being a member of the backstage crew at drama productions also gave a wonderful sense of achievement, without having to tread the boards! The Saturday sports matches were an ideal time to get to know each other outside of the classroom as we dragged the coach of netball, rounders or hockey teams, of varying ages, all around the surrounding area.
But the characteristic I remember most about the school was not tangible; it was a warm feeling, a sense of belonging.
Natalie Milner left Hull Collegiate School in 2008 gaining 3 As at A level in English, History and Art, including 100% in Art A level. Natalie’s English Literature A* grade at GCSE was in the top 5% of the UK. She recently graduated with a First Class BA Honours degree in English from the University of York (2008-11) and now an Editorial and Publishing Assistant with The Chelsea Magazine Company, London.