Former HOHS pupil and 2011 Head Girl Francesca Warner visited on Wednesday to give a wonderfully inspirational careers talk in assembly. Now an emergency theatre practitioner at the Norfolk & Norwich hospital, Francesca – known since school as “Froggy” – studied A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and A S Levels in Spanish and Drama and an EPQ before taking her nursing degree at City University London and the famous St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She particularly emphasised to the girls the benefits she had gained from completing all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which, she said, “really helped me kickstart my career, particularly my leadership and team work skills and keeping calm under pressure”.
Francesca worked in various London hospitals before accepting her current role back home in Norfolk, where she specialises in anaesthesia and is involved in all kinds of emergency situations, from removing an appendix (“I am surprised there are any left in Norfolk, we take so many out!”) to serious traffic accidents.
Francesca’s younger sister, Jess, was also a pupil at HOHS and is now a successful swimming teacher – she even taught Mrs Grove to swim a couple of years ago!
- We are always delighted to welcome old Hethersettonians for a look round their old school! If you are local, why not come along to our seaside-themed summer fete next Saturday, 12th May, from 11am-3pm and have an informal tour?