Daily Telegraph columnist answers the (many) questions

More used to asking the questions, Judith Woods spent a whole day at Kilgraston answering pupils' queries about life as a journalist as part of the School's 'Women in Business' programme.

Daily Telegraph columnist Judith Woods speaking with some of Kilgraston School's Sixth Form as part of its 'Women in Business' programme
Daily Telegraph columnist Judith Woods speaking with some of Kilgraston School's Sixth Form as part of its 'Women in Business' programme

30th September 2019 — Stop the press, there’s a story happening here. Eminent national newspaper columnist Judith Woods spent a day at Kilgraston School being quizzed by Fifth and Sixth Form as part of the School’s ‘Women in Business’ programme.

More used to asking, rather than answering, the questions, the Daily Telegraph journalist gamely spent four hours with the tough young interrogators: “There was no slacking,” she said, “you have some keen news-hounds here, they really put me through my paces!”

Judith Woods is based in London having had a career that has taken her all over the globe. Born in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, Judith left home aged 18 to read German at Edinburgh University. Here she was an active member of the student theatre, appearing in numerous fringe festival comedy shows. During this time she also spent a year living in Berlin.

Judith graduated with a first class degree and joined a local, free, newspaper in Edinburgh, training on the job. She went on to work for the Edinburgh Evening News, speech radio and then The Scotsman, before receiving a call from The Daily Telegraph in London.

Commenting on her interview with Theresa May MP, Judith told the girls: “Prime ministers are tough but a lot easier than teenagers, let me tell you,” she continued: “At Kilgraston there’s no messing, they get straight to the point and don’t give up until they have the answer they want!”

Head of Kilgraston, Dorothy MacGinty, said: "We were thrilled to welcome Judith. So many fantastic stories, she was such an inspiration to all of the girls." Swimming with hammer-head sharks, travelling with Peruvian vigilantes, attending star-laced Oscar parties and interviewing teenage 'influencer' Zoella were just some of the subjects covered by the journalist. "A real eye-opener," said Mrs MacGinty, "we were very grateful to Judith for giving up a whole day of her time, it was a a fascinating journey."

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Daily Telegraph columnist Judith Woods speaking with some of Kilgraston School's Sixth Form as part of its 'Women in Business' programme

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Right from the moment that you pass under the rather grand stone archway that marks the entrance to Kilgraston, it’s clear you’ve arrived at a rather special place. Travel down the driveway, over the stream and past fields of horses until you reach our Georgian red sandstone mansion. Inside, our girls’ artwork adorns every wall, and the sounds of music rehearsals echo down each corridor. Across the front lawn – to what was once the stable building but is now our bright and cheery prep school – girls laugh, play and learn together. Only 45 minutes from Edinburgh airport yet Kilgraston is secluded and girls are free to roam around the 54 acres of pristine Scottish parkland.

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