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Natalie becomes Alternative Prime Minister

A huge congratulations to Natalie Balmain (AOS 1997-2002) who it was a pleasure to see competing in and winning Channel 4's 'Make Me Prime Minister'.

The six-part series aimed to lift the lid on being Prime Minister by taking part in political tasks. Natalie was one of 12 contestants competing and she made an early head start and positive impression by taking on the leading role in episode one, coming up with a policy to reform Primary Education. The tasks over the following weeks included focussing on Health, Energy and Crime amongst others. The final saw Natalie taking part in a model election campaign and debate against the other two finalists. They were interviewed by Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Natalie secured an impressive win with 52% of the audience choosing her as their alternative Prime Minister.

On her time at School, Natalie tells us, "My time at The Alice Ottley School is full of all of the warm memories and strong emotions that you would expect from those treasured teenage years; joy, laughter, tears, lifelong friendships formed and of course a huge amount of learning - not just academic learning, but real personal growth. 

I'm so grateful for my time at The Alice Ottley School, because even the moments I found most challenging at the time have come to be the moments I have grown most fond of as time passes - like Mrs Osbourne waiting at the end of the lunch queue for me on a daily basis to remove the 'improper jewelry' I wore, then giving it back to me at the end of the day only for me to wear it again the next day (and so on)! 

My warmest wishes to all who are part of the AO/RGS story past, present and future.. I'm delighted to be the first Prime Minister produced by the school! "  

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