Since leaving The Grange in 2005 I have completed a History degree at the University of Nottingham, followed by the Graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Law School and the LPC at BPP in Holborn. Having spent all 14 years of my school life at The Grange I have a great deal to thank the school for. Striving for excellence whilst remaining grounded was one of the most valuable lessons to be gained.
It has meant that in any job, no matter how humble, Grange pupils continue to perform at the top of their game.
After school I got my degree in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting, following which I have appeared in many professional productions, including the hit musical Billy Elliot and Funny Girl alongside Sheridan Smith in the West End.
In January 2010, I directed and choreographed my first full musical, Hairspray, and would like to now continue to use my experience to pass on my passion for musical theatre to young people, hopefully inspiring others to pursue acting careers.
The Grange is a great school, where you learn to embrace what it is that makes you unique and follow your own path; it’s a place where you will always be remembered and to which you will always feel you belong.
The Grange School’s academic record speaks for itself. However, it is through their Extra Curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Young Enterprise Scheme, which initially sparked my interests in travel and business on a global scale, that has ultimately helped me gain employment at a top international law firm.
left The Grange School to study Fine Art at St. Martins College, London and have since been commissioned to produce paintings for Oxford Circus and have worked as a visual merchandiser for a leading retail chain.
I am currently studying for my teaching qualification and hope to teach Fine Art to secondary school children. My inspiration for this was my art teacher at The Grange, who helped me identify and believe in my talent as an artist.
I remember telling my friends at uni that I was going to train as a pilot after graduation and them thinking I was mad. I thought it was perfectly normal, but then again I was an Old Roburian. At The Grange I never felt any sense of being confined to a career choice by the subjects I studied. If you knew which path you were heading down then that was fine, if you didn’t that was fine too because there was always a sense that learning and intellect were just as important for their own sake as they were as a qualification for a profession. I look back now and smile that I didn’t think it odd that future doctors were winning creative writing competitions and I was busy translating Latin.
When you leave The Grange every day will be enriched by what you’ve learnt and, most importantly of all, you travel through life off-piste, taking in what really interests you and not what you think you really ought to be interested in.
There’s no such thing as banging square pegs into round holes at this school, and for that I’m extremely grateful.
I left in 2002 and went to study British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull. Over 4 years, I spent time studying post 1979 British Politics and legislatures from around the world. In 2004/05, I was afforded the opportunity of spending a year with The Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe. I started as her Parliamentary Researcher and had a short spell as her Private Secretary.
In 2010, I took up a job as Office Manager to Fiona Bruce MP, who had been elected to represent the Congleton Constituency. In June 2013, I moved to work for the then Minister of State for Transport, The Rt. Hon. Simon Burns MP.
I shall always remain extremely grateful for the opportunities afforded to me whilst at The Grange and wish it all the very best as it continues to grow, achieve fantastic results, but most importantly enrich the lives of all those who attend