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Budding actress returns to Harrogate school to inspire next generation

A budding actress is set to return to her former school to inspire the next generation of pupils to take to the stage.

Former head girl Amelia Braithwaite, from Harrogate, is studying at the world famous London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

She will return to her alma mater at Harrogate Ladies’ College to enact scenes from Macbeth for English pupils in a special drama workshop.

Amelia left the school last year but is keen to share her love of English and drama inspired in her by her teachers.

Head of English Mrs Teresa Long said Amelia was an exceptional student who jumped at the chance to come back to the school:

"I have been teaching Amelia since Year 7 and she definitely struggled because of her dyslexia.

"But she went on to achieve GCSE grade 8 in both English Language and English Literature.

"This was down to her sheer hard work and determination. She went on to achieve an A at A level and she has been on a remarkable journey through the school."

The Year 11 pupils are currently studying Macbeth as part of their curriculum.

Amelia, who also writes rap and poetry, said she was thrilled to be asked back to school.

She said:

"I’m loving my acting course, it’s very hard work but I wanted to tell people how great it is to study the arts."

Principal Mrs Sylvia Brett said Amelia’s promise and ambition had been apparent from a young age.

She said:

"The whole school is looking forward to seeing Amelia and I am sure she will inspire younger pupils to follow in her remarkable footsteps."

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