Hello, I am 17 years old and I come from Zeeland in The Netherlands. I came to Blundell's in the Autumn Term (September) into the L6 Year to study A Levels.

I think the school system in England is really different from how everything works in Holland. That doesn't mean it is bad - actually I really enjoy being here at Blundell's. It always takes time to adjust to new situations but I found that everyone, teachers and fellow students do their best to make you feel welcome.

For the first year I lived in a boarding house called North Close where our Houseparents were Mr and Mrs Klinkenberg and they are very nice and reasonable. You can talk to them about anything and they really do their best to make North Close feel like your home. Living without my parents has made me more independent and all the girls are supportive of each other and it is generally great fun.

My AS subjects are Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Business Studies and I enjoy them all. Personally I think my grades are quite good and I am doing well.

In the first term I played hockey, which I enjoyed and this term I am in the basketball team, which is even better. In the summer I did athletics. I am trying hard to improve my levels in sports.

In my U6 year I have now moved to the new Westlake boarding house, which has a separate side for the girls and a separate one for the boys. However, our common rooms and kitchen etc is mixed. Every student has their own room with a washbasin and internet connection. I have really got to know the whole of my year group and I have many close friends. This new boarding house allows us to concentrate on our A Levels and I am enjoying it very much. It is just right as a preparation for leaving school and going on to university.