Kianna Leader
(International Women’s Week)

On Monday 7 March 2022, Year 8 were lucky enough to have a visit from an ex-student of Mount St Mary’s – Kianna Leader – to start our International Women’s Week.

Kianna spoke to Year 8 about her journey through MSM, her option choices, and how she did not let any gender stereotypes hold her back from making her decisions. She worked incredibly hard, and ended up achieving As and A*s at GCSE – really inspiring for our students about to embark on their GCSE journey.

Kianna went on to college and to study PPE at the University of Nottingham, achieving a 1st class honours degree. She told Year 8 that she got this far by saying ‘Yes’ to everything, not letting anything hold her back – and encouraged them to do the same. Just like our Year 8 vision, she ‘believed’ she could do it, saw herself ‘grow’ through her journey and ultimately ‘achieved’. We were delighted to be able to kickstart our International Women’s Week with such a relevant message from Kianna!