Witchford Village College: The Female Lead

It’s an exciting time for Witchford Village College, as we grow our College community through our connection to The Learning Alliance.

The Learning Alliance is a purposeful family of schools, each with its own distinct identity. Each school within the Trust offers academic rigour, excellent extra-curricular opportunities and values the arts and performing arts. 

Our wide and varied extra-curricular clubs programme at Witchford Village College ensures that there is something for everyone, meaning that we are able to offer our students a fulfilling and well-rounded experience so that each student can reach their full potential.

One of our highly popular extra-curricular clubs on offer is The Female Lead. The Female Lead is an educational charity dedicated to making women’s stories more visible and offering alternative role models to those ever-present in popular culture. The project highlights the breadth of female achievement in order to offer inspiration for future generations. We started our after-school club in order to get our female students involved and engaged in the conversations surrounding these topics and to challenge traditional gender expectations and perceptions of women – a topic we are extremely passionate about. As part of the club, students and teachers recount and discuss the remarkable stories of women from all backgrounds and careers, with an aim of showing girls that anything is possible.

This club is a real asset to the College with over 30 girls attending each session and engaging in meaningful discussions, challenging apathy and discovering the interconnectivity of many aspects of life and career. Although our return to school and the ‘new norm’ has been slightly different this year, we believe that clubs such as these are a vital part of our students’ time with us and ensure that they are truly enriching their educational experiences.  

From Witchford Village College By Bessie Owen, Head of School

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