Local Face: Esther Dearnley

  |  Published: Sep 30th 2012

Esther Dearnley has lived in Wendover for just over 10 years.  She is now 17 and in her last year at school. Her chosen A-level subjects are Geography, English Literature, Psychology and Business Studies.  Esther is unsure what she wants to do when she leaves, but her school obviously has complete confidence in her having named her as their Head Girl for this academic year.

Esther was born in Hook in Surrey, moving to Wendover at just 7 years old. Her mother, Ruth, is CEO of “Stop The Traffik” and her father, Mark, is the Vicar at St. Mary's, Wendover and St. Michael’s, Halton.  She has an older brother Charlie who is about to leave home to go to university to study Fine Art.

She attended Wendover C of E Junior School initially and then moved to Weston Turville C of E Combined School which she thoroughly enjoyed.  Esther’s main interest was performing, and she was always in the annual school productions singing, dancing and acting and loved being on stage! 

This passion continued when she started at the Misbourne School, in Great Missenden in Year 7.  Esther went to this school knowing nobody, yet found her feet quickly and has made many great friends over the past seven years.

She decided to stay on at the Misbourne for A Levels,  even though she was accepted into a grammar school for sixth form.  She says this was one of the best decisions she has made and knows that if she had moved schools, she certainly wouldn't have been in the school performance of  “Grease”,  playing the coveted role of “Frenchy” in that musical.  Esther says this was one of the best experiences of her school life as the cast became like family and the six months of preparation really paid off, culminating in three shows in March.  She also wouldn't have gone to Iceland on a Geography trip, which was a great adventure, experiencing a whole new country and going away with the geography class.

Finally,  Esther knows she would not have been head girl! She decided to run for head girl believing she could bring a strong student voice to the school representing it in a positive light. She is thoroughly enjoying being head girl even though there are many responsibilities that come with the role. She believes she works well with the head boy, Chris Cheeld and feels that as a team they can really make the school the best it has ever been.

Esther experienced spinal surgery this summer as she was diagnosed with scoliosis 2 years ago. The surgery corrected her 52 degree curve and she is recovering incredibly well after very successful surgery. She now has a completely straight spine due to her amazing surgeon, Mr Bowden and his wonderful team at the Nuffield hospital and is extremely thankful.

Esther enjoys working at The Flower Gallery in the village on Saturdays. Her family live next door to Sally and Paul O'Halloran who have triplets who have all just turned 10 years old, whom she has always helped to look after since they moved there. Esther says this has taught her many important  lessons and they have become her second family.

Esther is not 100% sure of what she wants to do in the future but  knows that she  would love to work with people in whatever line of work and she hopes to travel as well.

Esther Dearnley
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