International Profiles


Read about our international pupils and what they love about Giggleswick. Simply click on the profiles below to see their comments and stories.

 

 

Alex, U6 (2017)

A Levels

Economics

Further Maths

Maths

Co-curricular

House Senior

Basketball

Violin

 

“I am pleased I had the opportunity to experience a boarding school lifestyle. You get the chance to meet people of all ages. I joined in Year 9 and met people older than me who were like my role models. When I was their age I tried to be a role model to the younger boys in my House. I liked how quiet it can be while studying and I liked all the options for sports. I have grown up a lot here!

 

Florentine, Y10 (2016)

GCSE’s
Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Maths

History

Latin

Spanish

English

Co-curricular

Golf

Cricket

Art

 

“I am so glad I was able to experience life in the UK at Giggleswick. I visited lots of schools before I came but Giggleswick appealed to me because of its size – it’s small enough to feel part of a family and yet it is still equipped with great facilities and really good teachers.

 

Coming to Giggleswick really helped me with my confidence as well as with my English.

 

Back in Germany, I played golf once a week, Giggleswick enabled me to take my development in the sport much further. I got to play four or five times a week, as opposed to once a week in Germany and made improvements every session. I also played cricket for the first time, joining a team after my Games teacher suggested it.

 

My house, Carr, is a great size for staying away from home. It is split up into little buildings and each year group has a building, it is really nice because you aren’t disrupted by the younger or older ones who have different bed times to you. I had lots of people to talk to if I had any problems. it is a very supportive place.

 

I used the gym, swimming pool and art studio a lot. You can be really creative in the studio and do a lot of art outside of academic studies. There’s never time to be bored! ”

 

Florentine returned to Germany to complete her Abitur. She hopes to study Law at university before eventually moving into International Law.

Konstantin, Y10 (2016)

GCSE’s
English

Maths

Biology

Physics

Chemistry

Spanish

Design

History

RE

Co-curricular

CCF

Model United Nations

 

“My favourite subject was Design. I had never studied it before and I really enjoyed it. I liked to go to the design centre in my free time and do the practical work. I had to do a project, designing and making a lamp for my GCSE that I really enjoyed putting it together.

 

Out of lessons I took part in Model United Nations. We debated the same things that the real United Nations debated. It is really interesting and sometimes quite funny, and it helped with my English and self-confidence too. I also learned a lot about what is going on in the world from it.

 

I had never stayed in a boarding school before so didn’t know what to expect but I really liked it. Sometimes we played games, which was really fun, and we all got together to watch films and TV.

 

I really enjoyed the weekends and the Exeats. I went on lots of trips and I got to spend lots of time with my friends in house. You don’t have to go home on Exeats and there’s plenty to get involved in.”

 

Konstantin returned to Germany to complete his Abitur. He hopes to spend a year in China volunteering and travelling before going to university in Germany or England to study psychology or architecture.

Maggie, U6 (2016)

A Levels

Chemistry

Further Mathematics

Mathematics

Co-curricular

Grade 6 Singing

Grade 10 Piano

 

“The best thing about Giggleswick is the people. They were always prepared to help me. My favourite subject was Chemistry. I enjoyed the experiments and they helped me to understand the theory. I also enjoyed my singing lessons at Giggleswick because I learnt songs from all over the world. In China I could only study Chinese songs. My teacher taught me different styles of singing, there is a big difference between Chinese and European styles. I performed at the Rock Concert and loved standing on stage with people listening to my song. It made me very excited and this will be a nice memory for me.”

 

Maggie is now studying Accounting and Finance at Essex University.

Michael, U6

 

“I like it here because I have friends from all over; from the UK, Spain and Germany. There are loads of activities and so many sports that you can’t do in Hong Kong, like rugby, hockey, and cricket. Shute House is a big family; we look after each other, play football and watch movies. My favourite lesson is Design – I really like that you can create what you want and the teachers give you lots of help. The school’s setting is totally different from Hong Kong, there’s lots of trees and fresh air, it’s a totally new experience for me.”

 

Sophie, Y10 (2016)

"You’re never alone in my house Style. It feels nice, you have really close bonds with each other and get to know each other really well. The girls are from Year 9 to Upper Sixth so it is a good mix of ages but everyone tries to involve you in what they are doing. I made friends with a girl in Lower Sixth by playing tennis with her. We do baking, play board games, and when the weather is good we go outside and play rounders and football."

Osmond, U6

“I think the Design Department at Giggleswick is excellent. I made a human size costume for an anime convention based on a character from Pacific Rim, the movie. It’s 2.3m tall and 1.5m wide. I got help from classmates who knew about robotics, as well as the teachers. The teachers helped me with technical support such as structure and mechanical joints. They also helped me organise my time so I didn’t only focus on this project! The Design Department is perfect, it has great equipment and I can do everything I want to and need to!.”

 

Ane, L6

"I really enjoy my English lessons, they are really practical and we speak a lot rather than writing. The teacher is very nice and she makes it really fun. I think my English has really improved since coming here. For me, the best thing about Giggleswick is the boarding. I love my house and spending time with my friends. My house is very friendly, everyone knows everyone so there is always someone to spend time with and ask for help."

Alex, U6

A Levels

Business

Further Maths

Maths

Co-curricular

Basketball

 

 

“There have been so many opportunities to meet people from different countries, it has really helped my English. You can join so many activities; at GCSE there was the 345 club on Saturday nights where there were so many things going on and then, in sixth form, we had the Student Union which is a great place to relax. You can have a drink with friends and get to know people.

 

The teachers are kind and the environment means it is a good place to study. I have learned a lot about how to use my time efficiently and how to revise.”

 

Alison, U6 (2017)

A Levels

Business

Further Maths

Maths

Co-curricular

Praeposter

House Senior

 

 

“There is such a range of things to do at Giggleswick. There’s something for you no matter what kind of person you are – I am very musical and I got a lot of support with that. There’s also loads of new things to try, like taekwondo, you never know what you could end up getting involved with. I really enjoyed all the different lessons, there’s so many different subjects and different ways they are taught. The teachers make everything so interesting and that is really helpful. The smaller sets in sixth form mean the teaching is tailored to you.”

 

Tony, U6 (2017)

A Levels

Business

Economics

Maths

Co-curricular

House Senior

Squash

Badminton

 

“It’s more than a school here, it’s a family. The school gave me lots of opportunity to show my talents. In House people were so nice to me and I made friends really quickly. Every week my tutor, Mr Adams, asked me how I was getting on and encouraged me to get involved in things. I mainly played squash and badminton outside of lessons and in lessons, I liked that my subjects – Business, Maths and Economics, are all related. The most important things I learnt at Giggleswick are how to treat people and to always put 100% effort into everything I am trying to achieve."

 

Kenny, U6 (2016)

A Levels

Art

Design

Economics

Mathematics

Co-curricular

Praepostor

Head of CCF

House Senior

International Student Council

1st Team Basketball

1st Team Hockey

1st Team Football

 

“I loved my time in the UK. Apart from making great friends and great memories I also had some fantastic opportunities through school. I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award training, I was Head of Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and I had the privilege of playing first team hockey and football as well as representing the school in athletics and climbing at a high level – I didn’t even know I was sporty before coming here!

 

After my GCSE’s, the school offered me an Art and Design award and scholarship for the Sixth Form, and I went on to study Art, Design and Mathematics at A Level. I know that I have been very lucky to spend five fantastic years at Giggleswick. I have so many friends for life and I have also stayed in touch with many members of staff who have helped me and got to know me during my time there. I have learnt a huge amount, obviously academically but also about myself and the person I want to be. I have come out a far more confident, well rounded young man and I can thoroughly recommend the experience.”

 

Kenny is currently studying Architecture at Newcastle University.