As the Autumn term swung into action, Rainhill welcomed some new faces to their highly rated Sixth Form Centre.
Applications from external schools have always been welcome at Rainhill and with impressive GCSE results and a wealth of experience, external students never fail to impress.
However, one Year 12 in particular has set the bar even higher than usual.
Lucy Stanhope, formally of Bridgewater High School, Warrington, is an elite gymnast. Already winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games as part of the Great Britain team, Lucy has a bright future ahead. Aiming to represent Great Britain at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Lucy has a tough training regime alongside being a full time student.
Being a small, personalised sixth form, Rainhill welcomes any student who has high ambitions and they understand the hard balance between study and outside commitments.
John Pout, Rainhill’s Executive Principal said “Given the years and depth of experience looking after Liverpool FC players it is no surprise that other elite athletes are looking at Rainhill Sixth Form Centre.”
We caught up with Lucy this week to see how she was settling in and ask her a little more about her achievements and ambitions:
Q.Why did you choose to study at Rainhill Sixth Form?
A. A friend of mine who I knew went to Rainhill High School and she told me about Rainhill Sixth Form. I liked the idea of class sizes being small and my friend told me it was a very friendly place to study. I was also able to study the subject combinations I wanted to do and fit these around my gymnastics training schedule.
Q. Having just started, what do you like so far about Rainhill Sixth Form?
A. I have been very welcomed by everyone (teachers, support staff and students) and I am making friends very easily and enjoying my subjects and finding it a really nice place to be.
Q. What subjects are you now studying?
A. Biology, Physics and Psychology
Q. What are your ambitions or goals?
A. From the age of 4 years old I have loved and participated in gymnastics and started training as a child competing in both the Warrington and Liverpool regions. As a successful North West region team member, I was then selected in 2013 for the Great Britain gymnastics squad competing in the bars and floor and the bolt and beam. Before taking my GCSE’s this year, I competed at the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia where overall the team won the ‘Silver’ and we were all given our own medals. I will be competing as part of the Great Britain gymnastics team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Q. After completing your studies at Rainhill Sixth Form what are your career or progression plans?
A. I have been offered gymnastic sport scholarships in America with the Universities of Iowa, Georgia and Arkansas. I am planning to visit the Universities over the next two years to help me decide where I will continue to study after my A-Levels. These exciting scholarship offers will give me the flexibility around my gymnastics training and competition, whilst I continue studying for a degree in my chosen subject which is yet to be decided upon.
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time around your gymnastic competitions and training?
A. I enjoy coaching and helping to nurture the younger gymnasts in this highly competitive but really enjoyable sport.