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Forget A Levels - it's all about being polite says Tatler Editor Kate Reardon

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 08, 2014

Sophia Rossi, from Badminton, Daniella Israel-Bowarinwa, Westonbirt headmistress Natasha Dangerfield, Kate Reardon, Sally and Gemma Gibbs from Tetbury and Jessica Padday

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Forget about A-levels and degrees, manners maketh the career woman, says Kate Reardon, editor of Tatler magazine.

She told girls at the independent school Westonbirt in Tetbury that if they treat people with respect and dignity then they would go far.

“It doesn’t matter how many A-levels you have, what kind of a degree you have, if you have good manners people will like you. And, if they like you, they will help you,” Ms Reardon told the audience during speech day.

“I’m not talking about manners about using the right spoon for soup or eating asparagus with your left hand. I’m talking about being polite and respectful and making people you interact with feel valued.”

Ms Reardon, who went to Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Stowe School, rejected a place at university to pursue a career in journalism. Instead, at the age of 19, she went to New York to become a fashion assistant on American Vogue. At 21 she became the youngest ever fashion editor of Tatler.

She was appointed editor of Tatler – the bible of high society – in 2010.

Her other tips for the girls included being tidied and organised – “being chaotic isn’t cute” – and learning to communicate.

“You have all grown up with so many digital ways of avoiding face to face, eyeball to eyeball interaction,” she told the girls.

“Never hide behind a computer or mobile phone if you want to communicate your truth – they need know who you are and they need to understand you.”

A passionate rider, Ms Reardon, who has a cottage in Wiltshire, spends much of her free time in the Cotswolds. She rides out with Beaufort Hunt.

Westonbirt, a girls’ school in the Cotswolds, has 210 students, aged from 11 to 18. The vast majority of the girls gain places at the university of their choice, including a large proportion to the Russell Group of universities.

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  • JemmyWood  |  July 08 2014, 9:44AM

    So Kate Reardon say manners gets you everywhere..... But its OK to hunt down a defenceless animal with horses and hungry dogs and have it ripped to shreds in the name of 'sport'? Kate Reardon, the very fact that you hunt with dogs makes your opinions akin to something that I occasionally pick up on my shoe in the gutter. Very unpleasant, on a hot day, Please stay downwind from me at all times. People like this should be kept out of schools to allow students to learn, not fill their heads full of rubbish. What next? Will Westonbirt school get a has been supermodel in telling the girls that you can make a fortune in the world by your looks alone, being painfully thin and being Bulemic?

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