What Our Girls Say

Kinza

Year 11, Assistant Head Girl

My name is Kinza and I’m an Assistant Head Girl here at Ricards, this is a role I feel honoured to have as it allows me to feel more engaged with how the school is run and to become a role model to the younger students.

Ricards Lodge has really helped develop my independence since I joined in Year 7. This was achieved through the wide variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from archaeology to street dance, that I was encouraged to attend.

Through the guidance of my teachers, I was able to develop my skills and represent the school at various dance performances which led to me joining the Step into Dance Street Company 2018-19 outside of school.

This was something that really challenged me and allowed me to gain an insight into how a professional company operates helping me with my dance GCSE. Without Ricards I perhaps would have not have had the confidence and ambition to audition for the company.

Additionally, Ricards Lodge is home to a diverse student body with pupils from different backgrounds, religions and sexual orientations and has done an outstanding job in welcoming every student through organisations such as our Social Moral and Cultural working group, School Council and LGBTQ+ club. 

At Ricards every voice is heard and every pupil has a safe space. This is something I was able to see at the start of my Ricards journey when I was a school council member in Year 7, the overwhelming sense of equality and unity at our school is something we all take pride in.

Overall I am proud to be a Ricards girl and I know without the school I wouldn’t be the confident and ambitious person I am today.