School Officer Appointments

The new school officers at Ripon Grammar School (back row L-R) Will Stobbs, Katie Veitch, Finn Morgan; (front row L-R) Sophie Ryan, head boy Roscoe Savage, head girl Emily Evans, Zoe Langham

ACTIVE and hard-working students have been appointed to official positions at their school, combining their leadership roles with volunteering, career planning and adventure.

The new head boy and head girl and their deputies at Ripon Grammar School have completed their AS levels and have now thrown themselves into their responsibilities alongside a host of other activities.

New head girl Emily Evans, 17, wants to use her history, economics, maths and chemistry A levels to become a lawyer and, alongside completing her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, is spending her summer holidays in Malaysia and Borneo on a World Challenge expedition.

"We'll be doing a month-long trek and project work, building a new block at a school for under-privileged children," said Emily, of Bishop Monkton.

"We've already been hosting open days and speaking in assembly as the new school officers. When I wrote my application for the role, I started thinking about how much the school has done for us. It's played such a huge role in who we all are and it's really nice to be able to give something back," she added.

Head boy Roscoe Savage, 17, of Galphay, who is doing A levels in maths, economics, history and RE, said: "I think the role is about reaching out to all members of the school. It's a collective effort among the group of officers and we all have a role to play."

Emily's three deputies are Katie Veitch and Sophie Ryan, both 17 of Ripon, and Zoe Langham, 17, of Thornborough, whose sister Lauren is a former head girl.

Zoe, who wants to follow Lauren into medicine, is a Rank Scholar, attracting a prestigious £13,500 award that involves work placements and leadership development for the handful of students nationally who are selected.

Sophie is studying chemistry, English literature, history and RE, and is lined up to spend part of her summer shadowing Leeds MP Nigel Adams.

A runner, Katie wants to study theology at university and become a journalist.

Farmer's son Will Stobbs, 17, of Bishop Thornton, is studying maths, further maths, chemistry and geography, and is also aiming for a gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

His fellow deputy head boy Finn Morgan, 17, of Northallerton, who joined Ripon Grammar School for sixth form in September, is studying history, English, economics and classics and is a volunteer at Mount Grace Priory.