Sandra Griesbach (nee Anderson)

When Sandra attended FGS in the 1950's, the options were to choose either academic or secretarial studies and she chose the latter, being taught shorthand and typing by Mr Hyde.

FGS gave Sandra an appetite for learning, which she satisfied throughout her 40-year secretarial and admin career by undertaking a number of training courses in management, computer courses and health and social care. She has also been very active in the voluntary sector, working with the NHS and Trafford Hospitals, sitting on the board of Healthwatch Trafford and on the PRG for the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Sandra remembers FGS as being modern, exciting and educational and is still in touch with many of her old school friends from her happy years at the school.

"There are so many wonderful options for girls nowadays," says Sandra. "I would advise current pupils to remain flexible, keep an open mind and try new things. I am still learning, having become a foster carer at the age of 60 and making and selling jewellery and cards for fundraising. I also think a valuable lesson taught at FGS is to always be respectful of others and to be responsible."