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    BIOGRAPHY - JADE THIRLWALL

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JADE THIRLWALL - SCHOOLS/COLLEGE

 LAYGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL, SOUTH SHIELDS, TYNE & WEAR 

   Jade attended Laygate Primary School, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, where her mother, Norma, was a teacher. 
    (Ready To Fly. official Little Mix autobiography. Harper Collins. 2012).

 St WILFRID`S RC COLLEGE, SOUTH SHIELDS, TYNE & WEAR

   Jade went on to St Wilfrid`s RC College, a secondary school in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, where Jade enjoyed maths and English. (Ready To Fly. official Little Mix autobiography. Harper Collins. 2012). At St Wilfrid`s RC College, Jade`s teacher was Delia McNally, her drama teacher was Brother Lawrence Hughes, her music teachers were Fionnula Ratliff and Peter Barlow. (Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette. 12 Oct 2011).
   In 2004, Jade, aged 11, was involved in producing a video on children`s rights, You Have The Right, which, subsequently, was included in an activity pack sent to every primary school in South Tyneside. (Shields Gazette. 20 Oct 2011).
  
At St Wilfrid`s, Particip8 was set up to encourage young people to particpate and get involved in the shaping of services. In 2006, through Particip8, Jade, aged 13, entered a national competition by the Childrens` Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), in which entrants had to write poems and explain what childrens` rights meant to them, with prizes of a trip to London to CRAE`s Informed and Influential Conference on 26 October 2006. Jade`s entry read:
                    I have the right to look forward to a life without discrimination or prejudice.
                    Know I will be educated and have a nice place to live.
                    Go out, feel safe, and enjoy myself.
                    Be protected from harm and cruelty.
                    Be able to speak freely and people will listen.
                    Be healthy and cared for properly.
                          I have the right.
                          You have the right.
                          We have the right.
 Jade, and Summer Phillpson (also of St Wilfrid`s), were two of 20 young people from across the country who won a trip to CRAE`s Informed and Influential Conference in London on 26 October 2006. (Shields Gazette. 20 Oct 2006).
   After attending the CRAE conference, Jade said, "I made new friends and learned how to speak clearer when I`m doing things like public speeches. I also learned about childrens` rights - how they affect us and who`s responsible for keeping them that way, for example, the Government." (Shields Gazette. 7 Dec 2006).

   Jade worked hard at school, but, as a result, she was picked on - as she recalled, "I used to be the school swot and kids threw stuff at my head because I was doing better than everyone else" (Daily Mail. 13 Dec 2011).

   On Friday 20 June 2008, Christine Wright, head of St Wilfrid`s school, elected Jade as head girl. (Shields Gazette. 25 Jun 2008).

   In 2009, Jade sat her GCSEs at St Wilfrid`s, and, on 3 September 2009, it was announced that Jade had passed 13 GCSEs - with 3A*s; 3 As; 3 Bs; 4 Cs - the largest number of CGSE passes by a student at St Wilfrid`s. (Shields Gazette. 3 Sep 2009).

   Jade had considered various careers - including being a singer/performer like Diana Ross, a forsensic scientist, a lawyer, an English teacher, and an artist.
 (Ready To Fly. official Little Mix autobiography. Harper Collins. 2012).

 SOUTH TYNESIDE COLLEGE, SOUTH SHIELDS, TYNE & WEAR

    On leaving St Wilfrid`s, Jade went to South Tyneside College, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, where she studied for her A levels in Art, English Literature and Media Studies, a BTEC in pop vocals, and took an evening course in beauty. (Shields Gazette. 3 Sep 2009).

   At South Tyneside College, Jade gained 1 A and 2 Bs in her A levels, 98% in the popular music course, Grade 8 in the singing course, and was ranked #1 in the region in the advanced graded exam in music performance popular music vocals, for which Jade was awarded Trophy Of Excellence by Thames Valley University. (Shields Gazette. 25 Aug 2010).

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