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Baroness Judith Jolly -'Old Girl'


I have very happy memories of my time at school. I loved music at King's, the carol services and concerts at Birmingham Town Hall and the excellent teaching of the music teacher Miss Wallace. She taught us to sight read music at King’s and so I have been able to join a choir wherever I go. 

For a girls’ school in the 1960s I was well supported applying for university to read engineering.  I was one girl in a course of 65 students when I arrived at university!

My career was completely unplanned and fascinating.  I taught maths and computing – it didn’t become IT until years later, became a GCE Chief Examiner, worked in the British Council in Muscat, was the chief of staff for an MEP, Chairman of a Primary Care Trust – the forerunner to the current clinical commissioning groups and became involved in several charities. 

I entered the House of Lords in 2011, spoke on health and then became a Junior Minister, also a Baroness in Waiting and member of the Royal Household. 

Currently I am my party’s spokesperson on Defence, also the chair of a large learning disability charity.

My advice to King's High girls is to do what you want to do; my experience has taught me that something interesting always turns up that you never expected, and sends your life in a completely new direction.