Alderley Edge School for Girls has recently welcomed the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman CMG OBE, as part of the School's 21st birthday celebrations.
The 'Out of this World' event saw almost 500 students from 21 state and independent schools from across the region attending. The School hosted the event in their large entertaining space, where the visiting students and staff had the opportunity to listen to Helen Sharman's story, ask questions and also have a specialist green screen photograph with Helen Sharman.
The School also hosted an internal event bespoke to Alderley Edge School for Girls pupils, parents and staff. Helen Sharman inspired the students with her stories of space, talking about everything from the intense training, how it felt to travel in space and the pathway which led her to become the first British astronaut. Helen Sharman also visited the younger pupils in the School, as well as Senior Science lessons and officially opened the School's brand-new Early Years facilities at their Launch Party.
Helen Jeys, Headmistress at Alderley Edge School for Girls said how significant these events are for the School and how important it is to provide opportunities for local schools: "It is so important for all pupils to hear from inspiring people and to know that, just as Helen Sharman indicated in her talk, anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I am delighted that we were able to share this opportunity with hundreds of local children who, I am sure, will have learned so much – not only about space travel – but also about those personal qualities that can enable you to achieve your dreams."
Alderley Edge School for Girls has recently won the ISA Award for Partnerships 2019, which reflects the School's passion for supporting local schools, sharing facilities and providing outstanding opportunities for their own girls and pupils across the region.