Independent Schools: Hutchesons’ Grammar School

Hutchesons’ Grammar School – educating the businesswomen of tomorrow

At the School’s recent Prize Giving ceremony former pupil Baroness Meta Ramsay spoke eloquently about just how much her Hutchie education had shaped her career.

Baroness Ramsay – a real-life “M” – who rose through the ranks of the Diplomatic Service when it was “very much a man’s world” told pupils: “Our teachers were a marvellous generation of women who dedicated their lives to educating us in the fullest sense of that word – teaching us to believe there was nothing a Hutchie girl could not do and nowhere she could not go.”

Current pupils Katie Zhang S5 and Olivia McCann S6 attended the ceremony and were inspired by Baroness Ramsay’s speech. Katie is planning a career in engineering and hopes to study at Cambridge University while Olivia wants to attend the same university to study Classics and then pursue a career in journalism research.

Katie, 16, of Glasgow, is already a high achiever having won a coveted Arkwright Scholarship is S4 and a Silver Award in the national Physics Olympiad competition 2016. She is determined to succeed in a profession which is still very much a man’s world and as a Hutchie girl she knows there is no barrier to success.

She said: “I want to go into electrical engineering. It is very much a male-dominated industry but I hope to go to Cambridge University and my ultimate goal is to design and engineer a renewable energy product that will benefit the environment.”

It was her design and quality build of a mini wind turbine that impressed the Arkwright judges and helped her secure the scholarship. She also had to sit an exam and attend an interview. The Arkwright Scholarships Trust aims to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering through a rigorous selection process. She will also be mentored an industry expert.

She said: “I did find the exam quite tough because it was not one I could really study for. I have been given a mentor at Cundall which is an international multi-disciplinary consultancy which provides engineering, design and sustainable solutions for the built environment. I also get to do a work placement there.”

Meanwhile Olivia, 17, of East Kilbride, is also very driven to succeed and it is a quality that was quickly recognised by teaching staff. Last year, then Rector Dr Greig nominated Olivia for a Rank Foundation Leadership Award – a highly competitive scholarship given to 25-30 pupils annually across the UK who demonstrate high leadership potential.

Award holders are required to complete Community Action Placements working with UK charities whilst holding the award. In July, she completed one of her work placements with Brook Merseyside Liverpool, a young people’s health & wellbeing charity.

Olivia said: “I found my time with Brook enlightening and rewarding and my work with Rank has boosted my confidence in my own leadership skills.”

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