Schools

Altrincham school appoints joint Head Girls for first time in 110-year history

By David Prior at

Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham has appointed two Head Girls for the first time in its 110-year history.

Anna Seferta and Jiya Jijo will share the role after they could not be separated in a vote of their peers and staff.

To qualify the young women first had to submit a written application, choose a special project linked to Loreto’s values and explain their reasoning to the School Council, be interviewed by the Headteacher and senior staff and then stand and speak on the hustings in front of the sixth form.

Even after all that, the votes were tied, so Anna and Jiya are happy to share.

(from left) Deputies Elinam Amegadzie and Lucy Summerell with Head Girls Jiya Jijo and Anna Seferta

Anna, 17, who will champion period poverty for young women from deprived backgrounds, said: “We’ve been friends throughout school so for me I’m really happy I’ve got someone with whom I can share the workload.”

Jiya, 17, who will stand up for dementia care and how to calm anxiety in Alzheimer’s patients, said: “Our role is to enable all the girls in the school to have happy lives and being able to share our success seems the perfect way to start.”

They will have two deputies Elinam Amegadzie, 17, and Lucy Summerell, 16, who may have changed the outcome if they had voted differently, but Lucy admitted with a glint in her eye, “I’m sorry but I voted for myself.”

Headteacher Jane Beever said: “Not since the school’s foundation in 1910 has Loreto Grammar had two Head Girls, but for me it’s a win win for everyone.”