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OUR ALUMNI FAMILY AND FRIENDS

You’ll always be a part of Richmond School & Sixth Form College and Richmond School & Sixth Form College will always be a part of you! Diverse, dynamic, impressive and inspiring, we are fortunate to have a rich and hugely-supportive Alumni and Friends who are very much part of our family. Their legacy stays with us (students have included a Prime Minister and a well-loved children’s author) and we are immensely proud of the strong links we have with our former students and friends, and we really value their support.

REGISTER TO BE PART OF OUR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS COMMUNITY

Please register HERE and we will be delighted to keep you informed with our latest news. Our Alumni and Friends make a significant contribution to the life of the school and college in so many ways, including: giving inspirational talks, conducting mock interviews, offering work experience and informal guidance to students and generally continuing to be an intrinsic part of the wider life of the school community. So much so, that 31 of our ex-students are very involved with the school and college. They contribute each day as members of staff. That really says it all. If you would like to offer support of any kind in this capacity, please contact sixthformadmin@richmondschool.net

NAOMI ROBERTSON

Following her A-levels in Design Technology, Dance and Classics, Naomi attended the University of Northumbria, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in Fashion Design specialising in Textiles and specifically knitwear.  She is enjoying a successful career as Womenswear Knitwear Designer with River Island. You can find out more HERE.

DAN BOWIE

After graduating with a first-class honours degree in Civil Engineering, Dan works for Taylor Woodrow and is currently working on HS2. For students who are interested in a career in Civil engineering, Dan offers a wealth of information and advice on scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities,  careers and getting into the industry. Click HERE for more information.

EMILY TREWEEK

Emily left Richmond Sixth Form College knowing that she wanted to work in education. With a keen interest in sport, she is working as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, specialising in PE and Forest School. Find out more about Emily’s role HERE.

ANDIE JONES

Andie is embarking on a career in the Military Police after completing her basic training.  Her ambition is to become an RAF dog handler. Find out more about Andie’s work HERE.

 

JO FOSTER

Jo is the founder of Kiss the Moon a multi-award-winning company founded in 2014 selling aromatherapy, night-time skincare, bath and body products and home fragrance. Jo is also the founder of Boom Innovation, a leading marketing agency.

 

 

THOMAS BARNINGHAM

Thomas’ career in Earth Science has taken him from Swaledale to Antarctica, where he currently is a project manager for the British Antarctic Survey and leads the Halley Automation Project which enables continuous monitoring of the ozone hole over Antarctica. Find out more about Thomas’ fascinating work HERE.

SAM DEVLIN

After completing a BSC in Human Biology and a Masters in Biomedical Research, Sam joined the Royal Air Force in September 2020. Following his officer training, Sam is currently undergoing specialist training to become a Weapons Systems Officer.  There is some fabulous advice for students who are considering a career in the RAF in his Q and A.

ANNEKA HULME

Anneka has blended her experience and passion for food technology and business to create her own business, Tiffin Annies. Before setting up her company, worked for Young’s Seafood and Froneri, where she gained huge experience and knowledge about the food industry which offers a wide range of career opportunities. Click HERE to find out more about Anneka’s career path.

 

 

ELLIE BRAITHWAITE

After graduating from Oxford with a BA in Psychology and Linguistics, Ellie completed an MSc in Educational Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London.  Ellie is still at Birkbeck where she is studying for her PhD, working on understanding how toddlers’ brains develop. Click HERE to read Ellie’s fascinating Q and A.

MATTY SHORT

Matty has been passionate about sport since being given his football shirt for his 5th birthday.  It’s not only his hobby but he is also planning a sport-related career. Matty attends Sheffield Hallam University where he studies Sport and Exercise Science and he plans to move onto Northumbria University to study Sports Business Management as a postgraduate degree. Enjoy our Q&A with Matty HERE

MARK WOOLLEY

A world-famous hairstylist, Mark is Founder and International Director of leading British hair brand Electric, encompassing award-winning salons, an ethical product line, global education and a photographic and film studio. Mark was the host of our 2021 Presentation Evening. Find out more about Mark HERE.

EVIE WRIGHT

Evie is a talented singer-songwriter who regularly features on BBC Introducing and will be headlining at Liverpool’s world-famous Jacaranda Club. Find out more about Evie’s fantastic music HERE and follow her on INSTAGRAM

PETER DONNELLY

With a successful career in finance and business, Peter has worked in a number of finance roles and has lived and worked in America for over 30 years. His Q and A is a fascinating read for any students who are interested in this field of work.

MICHAEL BLACKBURN

As well as being a published poet, Michael has been a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University, worked as an editor on Stand magazine, set up two publishing concerns of his own, directed various festivals and has been a reader for London-based literary agents. Click HERE to find out more about his work.

 

GRAEME NEWTON

Following sixth form, Graeme joined Randall Orchard as a Junior Manager and qualified as a Chartered Builder in 1996, after seven years of studying. In 2004 he bought the company, becoming Managing Director.  A third of the company’s staff are alumni of Richmond School. Find out how Graeme supports our students with apprenticeships HERE

JASON BURT

Jason always wanted to be a journalist. He really wanted to be a footballer but he wasn’t good enough. Becoming the Executive Editor of The Independent, when he was just 30 years old, Jason is the Chief Football Correspondent for the Telegraph.  We were delighted to catch up with Jason to find out how he was inspired and encouraged by his teachers at Richmond Sixth Form College, his time at Cambridge University, his early years at the Liverpool Echo and his career at the Independent and now at The Telegraph. Find out more HERE

DR ELLIE JAMESON

Ellie, of the University of Warwick’s School of Life Sciences, is an inspiring microbiologist. She has an amazing background in research which has taken her to some fabulous places and enabled her to work with some great scientists from around the world. Find out more about Ellie’s fascinating work HERE

RICHARD SARGENT

Richard’s work as a video journalist has taken him to some amazing countries to cover some incredible stories. He is hanging up his camera to make career change and become a French teacher.  Click here HERE to find out more about Richard’s fabulous career so far, and what has inspired him to go into teaching.

NIGEL FARNDALE

Nigel Farndale was supposed to be a farmer. He is an award-winning interviewer, features writer and author.  He is the obituaries editor of The Times and won a British Press Award for his interviews.  You can discover more about Nigel’s fascinating career HERE or visit his website NIGEL FARNDALE

ALICE DAWES

Since graduating with a First in English and American Literature with Creative Writing, Alice has forged a fascinating career in publishing, working as an Editorial Assistant in the Picture Book team at Walker Books. Walker Books publish for a host of well-known authors, including Michael Morpurgo and Sophie Dahl. You can read a great Q and A with Alice HERE

AARON WATSON

From a young age, Aaron had an interest in the Armed Forces and was also inspired by many family members who served in the Navy and Army. He joined the Navy as a submariner and you can find out more about his role and advice for students who may be considering a career with the Military HERE

LAURA SMITH

Laura never gave up on her dream to become a midwife. In spite of facing a number of challenges she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery with First Class Honours and is now a midwife at Doncaster’s Women’s hospital and is loving every minute. Find out more about Laura’s journey to becoming a midwife HERE

LIAM LAVERICK

 Liam is in his final year studying BSc Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Liam will be starting his career at a small financial advisory firm in September, focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions. There are so many career opportunities in the world of Economics, Business and Finance and Liam has some great advice for students HERE

 

BEN WALKER

Ben graduated with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Science from Nottingham University.  After completing the first degree, he is taking his two-year second degree, after which he will be qualified. Each year, we have students who are very interested in pursuing careers working with animals, as vets or nurses, and Ben offers some great advice in his Q and A which you can read HERE

 

ARTHUR WHEELER

Arthur attended Richmond School in the 1960s and, following a successful career in the healthcare industry, became a crime writer. Arthur has recently published his seventh novel ‘In the dead of night’ and is already penning his eighth! Find out more about Arthur’s work HERE

LUCY MILLS

Since completing her Honours Degree in International Development, Lucy has held senior roles in the field of sport, using football to promote social development. Lucy is currently Programme Manager at FC Barcelona. Prior to this, Lucy worked on the official legacy campaign of the 2010 FIFA Men’s World Cup. Enjoy a fascinating Q and A with Lucy HERE

CHARLOTTE PORTER

Charlotte left Richmond School to pursue a career in dance. After qualifying as a dance teacher, and performing nationally and internationally, Charlotte has set up her own award-winning dance school at The Station in Richmond. Find out more about Charlotte HERE

HELEN BOWYER

Helen has worked in the food sector throughout her career, working her way up to the position of Commercial Director at Wrights Food Group, She has alongside leading names in the food industry, including M&S, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Jamie Oliver and Shell. We are delighted to share a Q and A with Helen HERE

MARK MILLMAN

Mark studied from 2005-2012 at Richmond. After qualifying as a music and maths teacher he returned as a teacher in 2015. Mark teaches both subjects and also leads the jazz band. His sister, Jill, an ex-student, is also a maths teacher at Richmond.

AARON PEPE

After his GCSEs and A-levels, Aaron studied for a NVQ in Construction whilst working as a General Labourer at Swale Scaffolding. Qualifying as a Part 1 and Part 2 level scaffolder, he progressed to Assistant Contracts Manager. Promoted to Contracts Manager in 2014, Aaron works closely with the school offering apprenticeships to our students – click HERE for further details.

JASMINE HAZELL

After her A-levels, Jasmine became the first student ever to gain a degree apprenticeship. She works for Morrisons Plc in the retail sector where she is a manager responsible for a large team of staff. The graduate scheme operates in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University.

JONATHAN WATTS

Following his A-levels (English Language, Latin and Maths), Jonathan studied a BA and MA in Classics at Newcastle University, before becoming an advertising copywriter. He has written ads for Jack White of the White Stripes and Kylie Minogue, among others! Jonathan has just published his first fantasy novel ‘Bury Me Where They Fall’. Read more about Jonathan HERE

DR ALISON MOWBRAY

Dr Alison Mowbray is an Olympic rower. A Cambridge graduate, with a PhD in Molecular Microbiology, she is also a teacher, nutritionist, inspirational speaker and leadership development consultant and coach.

CATHERINE HENDERSON

Catherine  left Richmond to pursue a military career, studying for her A-levels and degree whilst being a full-time officer at Sandhurst. At the age of 26 she became a platoon commander. After a promotion to Captain she is now at the rank of Adjutant.

MATT HOSS

Matt Hoss, studied Drama and Theatre Studies, at the University of Kent, and is a full-time, stand-up comedian. He has toured nationally and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition, the entrepreneur runs a chain of national comedy clubs. The award-winning comedian writes and performs for BBC Newcastle’s Grin Up North as well as writing for the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

MAX COATES

Semi-professional racing driver, Max Coates, is also a director of a marketing agency and holds a first-class sports marketing degree. Max recently returned to school to host the local-area sports presentation evening.

BARONESS HALE

Right Hon. The Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE attended Richmond School in the 1950s. She has had an incredible legal career and was the United Kingdom’s first female President of the Supreme Court.

LEWIS CARROLL

In 1844, Charles Dodgson, more widely known as Lewis Carroll, began his studies at Richmond School, 21 years before he penned Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

CHARLES GREY, 2ND EARL

In the 1800s, Charles Grey, 2nd Earl, was a student of Richmond School. He went on to become the Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834.

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