Gumley Girl Stories
It is the girls at Gumley that make us unique. Read about some of their stories below and discover more about our exceptional student experience.
AnniaFuture Doctor with a creative flair
If Annia was a book character she would be Matilda because she admires Matilda's intelligence, maturity, bravery and determination to stand up for what she believes in.
These are just some of the qualities Annia is developing through her commitment to her extra-curricular activities. As a dedicated member of the school's Chamber Choir, Gospel Club and Gumley Glee, Annia is able to pursue her creative interests in music and performance whilst at the same time developing her passion for Science and focusing her ambitions of becoming a Doctor.
VerissaTreading the boards
Verissa dreams of being a star in a hit musical on a West End stage delighting her audiences night after night.
Verissa thinks this dream will become a reality because of the support and encouragement she has received since starting Gumley. The transition programme and Year 8 buddy scheme has meant settling into secondary school has been easy, and has enabled Verissa to throw herself into all aspects of Gumley life “ from fundraising events such as organising the Christmas Bazaar and playing an active role in athletics teams, science fairs and choirs.
BervlyChanging the world with medicine
Looking up to Michelle Obama, Bervly also plans to support women and children by volunteering in parts of the world who are most in need of aid.
Bervly is an aspirational young woman who is happiest when in her lab coat or conversing in her Chinese and Spanish lessons at Gumley. Bervly will continue to expand on her linguistic skills to further her career as a Biomedical Engineer in order to advance health care treatment globally to make the world a better place.
MaiaLeaping for her dreams
With a passion for gymnastics, Maia dreams of stepping up onto the podium at worldwide competitions in the future. In the meantime, she enjoys showcasing her talent in the Gumley Gym and Dance Show and working as part of a team during sports day and excursions such as HOAC.
Through the school's transition programme, Maia settled in to life at Gumley quickly and she is looking forward to trying out new sports like trampolining and exploring new countries through the MFL Department trips. Maia is proud of her older sister Freya, for her achievements at GCSE whilst also training eight times a week; and Gumley is certain she will follow in Freya's footsteps.
LoisseLoves a challenge
Loisse aspires to create symphonies and play solos as the highest ranked musician in an orchestra; The Concertmaster.
Loisse is cultivating a real passion for study, increasing her skillsets and is inspired by the academic and creative environment in which she learns in. Since starting at Gumley, Loisse has grown in confidence and believes her teachers have encouraged her to aim high and never give up. Loisse is always looking for the next challenge and is most excited about choosing her GCSE options and showcasing her new self-taught musical talents in piano, violin, guitar and flute.
AsmitaSights on international successes
Asmita's desire is to live in the land of opportunity, Singapore and is inspired by the growing economy, job opportunities and true 21st century living.
Asmita is a self-proclaimed all-rounder who enjoys every aspect of school life at Gumley. She does however, declare a special love of Mandarin and maths. These have seen Asmita shine in many competitions, including her biggest achievement of securing third place at the prestigious HSBC British Council Speaking Competition.Setting her sights high, Asmita aspires to study Mandarin and further maths at Oxford or Cambridge University. She feels Gumley is preparing her for the future through life skills workshops, CE days and support from the careers advisor.
The aim is to build a music school to help visually impaired children discover a love of music as she has.
Lily seeks to combine her two passions, the enjoyment of playing her instruments and promoting the welfare of others.The facilities, resources and supportive community at Gumley has seen Lily progress academically, personally and socially. Despite being visually impaired, Lily has worked hard for her craft and has developed outstanding musical talents, winning a number of school and national awards, attending the Royal Academy of Music and achieving a diploma in Chamber Music.
Watch out Sir Alan Sugar, Neve is a young entrepreneur in the making.
Neve wants to change the face of the business world by setting up and running her own international charity whilst at the same time becoming a positive role model for women. The freedom that Gumley gives students to try new things and achieve both creatively and academically are just some of the strengths Neve loves about school life. She believes the school has encouraged her to discover her talents and passions in different subjects through workshops, lectures and mentoring as well as through an array of enrichment opportunities such as Duke of Edinburgh, netball, debating club and the Young Reporter Scheme.
KatieGoing for Gold
An elite sportswoman, aspiring to smash America with a notable volleyball scholarship before going for gold at the Olympics.
Discipline, an appetite for healthy competition and a professional approach to sport are qualities Katie has developed during her time participating in many of the medal winning teams she has been a part of at Gumley, which has undoubtedly boosted her passion and dedication to sport. Katie loves that there are no restrictions on the type of subjects you can study or the activities you can be involved in. She believes Gumley encourages you to discover your passions, thrive in them as well as try out new experiences.
Providing evidence-based advancements in the field of medicine.
Klaudia has felt empowered to explore, discover and grow during her time at Gumley, thanks to the countless opportunities, supportive teachers and enriching experiences. Science, in particular, has helped her inquisitive nature and will help in the pursuit of a career in toxicology where she hopes to develop new medicines and find cures to diseases.
FreyaMaking waves in the world of law
With sights set on a future career in law, Freya fits her GCSE studies around regular training sessions on the Thames whilst trialling to be GB's next cox.
She believes that the Gumley environment has enabled her to develop her character and personality as well as many skills, including leadership, which will be invaluable in her future. Freya is planning to use her 'Power 10' this year in order to reach the goal of studying French at Oxford University before completing a law conversion. Freya would like to follow in the footsteps of David Lloyd George and Tony Blair and become Prime Minister following a successful career in the legal sector in Paris.
AliceStriving for political change
Continuing her studies here at Gumley was the obvious option for Alice. Following impressive GCSE results, she has returned as a Gumley Scholar where she is challenging herself by undertaking the EPQ and receiving support with her application to Cambridge University. Alice loves that the scholars’ programme is not just focused on her studies; she is able to widen her interests through bespoke experiences such as live stream lectures with the London School of Economics on climate change.
Beyond her History, Politics and English A Level studies, the enrichment opportunities at The Sixth are supporting Alice with her career aspiration of becoming a political journalist. A particular highlight so far has been attending the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session to hear from world leaders on a number of political issues.
It’s not all about academic study for Alice. Through The Sixth’s service opportunities, she is keeping up her passion for drama by co-directing the Shakespeare Festival.
AngelicaSecuring success in STEM
Inspiring the next generation of female STEM leaders.
A passionate advocate of girls in STEM, Angelica sees a bright future for herself in the field of engineering. Her thirst for knowledge and career success has been supported by Gumley in preparing her for this future due to the partnership experiences she has received, including a maths masterclass at Kingston University, a Taster Day at Oxford University and a workshop at Imperial College London's aeronautical engineering department. Angelica has also benefited from work experience at GSK where she enjoyed investigating the process of developing and testing drugs.
Angelica's dream to become a role model for young women in STEM has seen her showcase many of the qualities Gumley expects from all students and due to her determination, confidence and achievement she has been a recipient of many awards including the Mary Magdalene Award for demonstrating the school's values, the Jack Petchey Award for academic progress and the Intermediate Award in music.
Chantelle is every inch a Gumley girl, with her hard-working, ambitious and compassionate attitude.
She loves to give back to her school community whilst also developing leadership skills through her learning champion role. Here, she works with younger students to support teaching and learning in both biology and English. It doesn’t stop there. Chantelle immerses herself in other activities outside the classroom too, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, drama club, playing piano as well as volunteering at an elderly home and mental health charity.
EleanorEmelia, Ruth, Malala... Eleanor
One day Eleanor will join the list of notable women who have been pivotal in advancing female equality.
A keen historian, Eleanor looks up to many of the remarkable women throughout history who have stood up for equal rights. She acknowledges Gumley for boosting her confidence, allowing her to express her opinions and instilling a passion for lifelong learning.
Eleanor hopes to use these skills as she ventures to become a public speaker, engaging audiences with her own stories of change and justice.
Future Ted Talk Fellow, Tabitha hopes to share her ideas and engage with an audience on whether Maths was invented of discovered.
Tabitha has an insatiable appetite for learning; from attending the MEP trip to China and undertaking the HSK Qualification to completing work experience at Cisco and studying maths at Eton Summer School. Tabitha demonstrates her potential to positively affect those around her throughout her mentoring roles at Sixth Form where she volunteers in the music department to share her interests and skills with younger peers, and tutors Year 11 ahead of their exams.
OliviaVeterinary on a huge scale
Since Olivia was six years old she wanted to be a vet and hopes to one day take this role further by saving the lives of animals on safari.
Always ready to embrace new challenges, Olivia attended the competitive NASA Mission Discovery Programme at King's College London, undertook the Duke of Edinburgh Award and has had a number of crucial roles in school productions and a number of sports and drama clubs.
Oliva is a wonderful advocate of the Gumley Girl way and lives the school values to the fullest. Throughout her school life, Olivia has taken on leadership responsibilities which ultimately concluded with her role as Head Girl, where she continually bought about positive change.
RachelConquering more than the world
Having embarked on the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Rachel wants to travel the world and maybe even to the moon one day!
Her love for new experiences, global exploration and diplomacy will aid her ambition to represent and protect the nations interests as an International Diplomat in the future. Rachel's time at Gumley has been filled with enriching experiences that have challenged her academically and developed her personally. From attending Eton Summer School, the Women of the World and Sir Alf Dub's Conferences and the Spanish Embassy trip to being part of the Jack Petchey Achiever's Network and Sixth Form Leadership Team, she feels Gumley has helped to strengthen her personal statement, university application and CV, ensuring she stands out.