Sara Harthill 2003 – 2010

Sara Hartill was a student at Wolverhampton Grammar School between 2003 and 2010.

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After leaving School, Sara went on to study Business Management and Communications at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a 2.1 BSc Hons and was awarded the prize for ‘Most Outstanding Dissertation’. Alongside her studies, she made her first move into the Media industry as a Runner for the BBC. Within six months, she had her first Presenting role on a Sky channel, interviewing Hollywood stars such as George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Katy Perry.

What influenced your parents to send you to the Grammar?  What was it like?
It was completely my decision to attend the Grammar. I loved the energy at the school on the open day when I was just eleven years old and was drawn by the emphasis on everything in addition to academia, including the music and sport facilities. I can thank the late Head of Music, Mr Proverbs for helping to form my career choice. Andy Proverbs always believed in me, making me the youngest member of Accapella when it first launched, and then the lead singer of Big Band. It was through his efforts that I realised I wanted a career in Music, Radio and Television and consequently started volunteering at local community radio station, WCR FM.

Are you still in touch with people now?
A large percentage of my current friendship group stems from my time at the Grammar. It is a place where you will make lifelong relationships. I can honestly say that my experience at the Grammar was priceless. I put a lot into the school, being involved musically and on several sports teams, as well as gaining fantastic support from teachers in every subject, allowing me to leave school with A*/A/A in my A Levels. More importantly, the Grammar will never fail to give back to its students. From school plays, vocational events, specific tutoring and abroad trips, the Grammar is a school that provides an extremely well-rounded education, focusing on each student as an individual success story and not simply as another pupil.

What have you been doing since leaving the Grammar?
At the age of seventeen years, I decided I want to pursue a career in Radio and Television, one of the most competitive industries. I never believed that by the age of 22 years, I would have interviewed Hollywood Stars on over 200 red carpets, become one of the youngest commercial female radio Presenters in the UK on UTV’s largest station, Signal 1, and have been signed to the same management company as Ellie Goudling, Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea.

What advice would you give to a parent thinking of sending their child to Wolverhampton Grammar School?
When I was a pupil at the Grammar, the Head Master was the outstanding Doctor Trafford. He lived by the philosophy of ‘the more you put into school, the more you will get out of it’. This still rings true of the Grammar. Whether your child is particularly academic, musical, creative or sporty, the Grammar will embrace their individual talents and help them to thrive and achieve their highest potential.

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