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Ex Student Displays Work at Alexandra Palace

Lucy Tiley, one of our Year 13 students who completed her A-levels in the summer, has recently been exhibiting her work in Alexandra Palace. She was awarded a degree course place at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN). The RSN was founded in 1872 and has been one of the most prestigious places to study for many years. As an example of their work, in 2011, the school was responsible for appliquéing machine-made floral lace motifs onto silk net for the wedding dress of Kate Middleton, now Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Lucy took the time out of her busy day to answer some questions via email:

How would you describe the Royal School of Needlework?

It’s just amazing! It’s not your conventional uni course; it is much more studio based and it feels like a career already. The environment is very professional but also really fun and supportive! I’ve been here a month and already have learnt so much.

How did you feel when you won a place there?

It felt so surreal, in all honesty! I must admit that when I was offered the place in my interview I did tear up a bit – overwhelmed with pride, in a way. It was just amazing!

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day at the moment is 10 till 4, five days a week. There are days where we have lectures and essay work, other days are spent undertaking the practical work. At 11 O’Clock the entire school religiously breaks for morning tea, it’s fab!

What are your future ambitions?

At this point I’m only a month into the course so I have not made firm decisions yet – there are so many new things happening that I am happy to let my projects carry me to a particular specialism further down the line.

Do you have any tips for fellow students?

Be confident in yourself and don’t ever worry that you are not good enough to get onto a course! Even here there is a lot of emphasis still on teaching, and the tutors are amazingly supportive. 
We wish Lucy the best for her future career. She studied Art, Textiles and English Literature with us at Post-16, so talk to Miss Beesley, Mr Johnson or Mr Trevarthen if you would like to know more.