Zoe Glacken was the Blue Coat School’s first Head Girl that started in Year 7 after the School became fully co-ed once again in 2002. After studying Law at York University Zoe moved to London to participate in a local government graduate programme. Now back in Liverpool, Zoe has completed her Masters Degree in Law and is currently training to become a solicitor.
What years were you at the Blue Coat School?
2002-2009. 2002 was the first year of a co-ed year 7.
How would you describe your time at the Blue Coat?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Blue Coat, it was a great environment in which to grow up. It was work hard, play hard – the importance of academic success was drilled into us but we had fun too. I was a member of the Choir and enjoyed that very much and everyone seemed to partake in a variety of activities. We were pushed extra-curricularly as well as with studying which I think is important.
I particularly enjoyed being given the opportunity to represent the School as Head Girl in my final year – with delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of the Student Body at the 2009 Prizegiving in the Anglican Cathedral remaining one of my proudest moments.
How did your experience at the Blue Coat prepare you for your career?
It’s hard to put into words how much I owe the School really. An appreciation for academic discipline was instilled in me during my time at the School and this saw me go on to study Law at university and since then take up a career in the public sector. I’m passionate and driven about a lot if things but most of all I’ve always pushed myself and it was the competitive yet supportive and encouraging way in which I was taught to learn and work at the Blue Coat that has developed that in me, and which I attribute my conscientiousness and strong work ethic to.
What has been your path since leaving the Blue Coat?
I left the School prepared for university with an impressive set of results and skills developed from my studies and extra-curricular activities. I went to York University and read Law. I then joined a public sector Graduate Training Programme in Westminster after which I moved back to Liverpool where I worked for a Housing Association. I have since decided to take my post-graduate legal exams and am now working at a city centre commercial Law Firm where I will qualify as a Solicitor.
For the last two years I have also served as a Governor at the Blue Coat School and as a Trustee and Guardian of the Blue Coat School Foundation.
Aside from work and studying I have been fortunate enough to travel in my spare time and have enjoyed trips to Australia, New Zealand, Central and North America, India and Sri Lanka as well as holidays to European cities and weekend breaks in the UK.
What do you do now?
I am currently completing my training to become a Solicitor, having finished my post-graduate legal exams and also completing a Masters Degree in Law earlier this year. I act for a number of commercial, public and third sector clients advising them on legal issues of importance to their businesses. I carry out transactions on behalf of clients, draft and amend legal documentation and support clients’ corporate activities as part of a large team of solicitors based across the North West.
I am often busy in my spare time attending meetings at Blue Coat as part of my role as a Governor and also as a Foundation Trustee but when I get chance I like to run and I also practice yoga. I enjoy catching up with old Blue Coat peers and new friends alike and find Liverpool to be a fantastic location to see live music, eat good food and watch great theatre.
What would be your advice to students at the Blue Coat today?
I’d say to keep on keeping on! I’m sure you’re all working as hard as we did but don’t forget how much it’ll be worth it – an education from the Blue Coat stands you in good stead for a prosperous career. I’d also say try to enjoy it as much as you can – the time will pass quickly. And last but by no means least… enjoy as much of the canteen toast as is sensible – that’s what I miss the most!