Grace Haithwaite

What is your favourite memory about Little Lever School?
Triple science with Mr Barry. Best lessons ever, with the best teacher – Mr Barry – (disclaimer: other teachers are available), with some of the best people I went to school with.

What were your notable achievements whilst at school? 
I was on the school council for four years, won numerous academic attainment awards throughout my five years at Little Lever, as well as the Jim Turner Prize for Outstanding Attainment.

What did you go on to do after leaving the school?
After leaving Little Lever, I went to Holy Cross Sixth Form College to complete my A Levels. I was originally going to university to study English Literature, however after getting involved with the college musical, I decided to withdraw from UCAS. I spent over a year working at Vue Cinemas, alongside helping out with stage management at Farnworth Little Theatre. And now, I’m in my second year of a BA(Hons) Stage Management degree at Rose Bruford, in London.

What is the best thing about your current role / profession?
The best bit about being a stage manager is being involved in the creative process from beginning to end. You get to see the production come to life, from the very first designs to seeing the finished product in venue. The teamwork is brilliant and, often, very funny. Also, I’ve learned so many new skills since starting this degree, from painting sets and propping, all the way up to using sound and lighting desks, as well as the essential stage manager piece of equipment, the prompt desk.

What advice would you give to our current students?
Don’t do anything you don’t have a passion for. Obviously, it’s a little different in high school, because you have to do your core subjects. But when it comes to your Options and going to college, do what you want to, not what other people think you should do. And you don’t have to go to university straight away, if you don’t feel you’re ready – you don’t have to go at all, if you don’t want. You know yourself best.