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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential

Class of 2000 -2009

 

 Alison Morris

Year leaving Blackfen School: 2000

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: GCSE: English, Maths, Double Science, French, RE, Music and History.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: I went to Townley to complete my A levels and then went on to university to gain a BSc 2:1 (Hons) in Psychology Sociology. I then moved to Southampton to train as a nurse. I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing there, moved back and now work as a Nurse Practitioner locally.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: The teachers. You don’t appreciate at the time how much they put in to your learning and achieving. They encouraged me to move to Townley for my A Levels as at the time Blackfen didn’t offer the subjects I wanted to take. Look what I managed I achieved with their help!

 

 Kate Stephenson

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2002

Subjects I studied at Blackfen Sixth Form: NVQ in business studies.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I used my sixth form skills to work in offices in London, until I moved up to Derbyshire, in a picturesque village outside Bakewell. I currently work in a busy family run theme park.

 

 Holley Hills

Year leaving Blackfen School Sixth Form: 2004

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: GCSE: English Language & Literature, Maths, Double Science, Art & Design, Business Studies, French, IT, and RE
AS Level: English Literature, A Level: Law, History and Art & Design

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: After studying at Blackfen School for Girls for 7 years, I went to the University of Kent where I studied Politics and International relations.
After a change in career paths I worked at Northern and Shell Media for the Daily Express Newspaper where I completed an Executive PA Diploma.
I now work as a Senior Executive Assistant and Communications Manager for a leading UK specialist private equity real estate fund manager.
I am married and have 2 beautiful daughters who inspire me every day.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: I have many fond memories of my time at Blackfen, all my teachers from across the years, the buzz of the classrooms and the ample amounts of fun I had with my friends at play times.
I progressed so much at Blackfen starting as a tiny year 7 student, struggling with grades (and the only one from my Primary School) and I left a confident individual with the world at my feet and lifelong friends.

 

 Tiffany Little

Year leaving Blackfen School: 2004

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: History and Art at GCSE and then Art, English Lit and Psychology at A-level. Plus a year long Spanish course.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: Unlike a lot of my friends, I didn't head off to university after leaving school. To help at home I went to work and spent 10+ years in various sectors including the Civil Service and Tech. I did everything from data entry, event organising, project support and office management. Corporate success didn't make me happy, so I quit to make art. Graphic design, leather craft and fashion styling keep me going now.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: All the alt kids hanging out and goofing in our own 'common room' (System of a Down, Korn and Manson full volume!). Moderating the school forum and the friendships that bought. Being dragged into the talent show by my (far more talented) friend and practising everyday behind the canteen. Great teachers; Ms Ralph, Mr Watson-Davis, Ms Rawlings, Ms Lucas, Ms Edwards, Jonesy, Mr Waite... Plus friends that I still have now, from my very first day!

 

 Louise Brett (nee Lynch)

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2005

Subjects I studied at Blackfen Sixth Form: English literature, Health and Social Care, RS, Social Science Citizenship.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I studied theology at bible college in Edinburgh and I have now been working for the Trinidadian Bible society in London for 8 and a half years. I’ve been married to Daniel for 2 and half years.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Being with my friends and having birthday parties in RS! My favourite teacher was Sonya Edwards.

 

 Hayley Cross

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2005

Subjects I studied: Business studies Health and Social Care

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I am now a Security Manager in the investment banking sector.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Everything.

 

 Jonathan Lockyer

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2008

Subjects I studied: A-Level Law, Psychology, Maths, A/S Applied ICT.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: After completing a Law Degree at the University of Westminster, and the Legal Practice Course at City University, London, I now work full time as a police officer for the Metropolitan Police Service.

 

 Claudia Stachini

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2009

Subjects I studied at Blackfen Sixth Form: Law, Psychology and Graphic Art.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I went on to obtain a Law degree at Canterbury Christ Church University and then a post graduate diploma in Legal Practice. I have been working in Law for the past 5 years and am now a trainee Solicitor. I will be a fully qualified lawyer in 2020.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: The teachers - they were funny, down to earth and really engaging.

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​ Danielle Neshiri (Nee Hardie)

Year leaving Blackfen School: 2008

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: All of them at some point, having started as a year 7 and worked my way up to 6th form where I focused on English Literature AS Level and French, Biology and Psychology A Levels.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: I went on to study a degree in speech and language therapy at the University of Reading, where I achieved a first class honours degree with clinical distinction. I now work for the NHS as a stroke specialist speech and language therapist.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: The support of teaching staff: be that when celebrating success, giving extra opportunities for revision during school holidays or providing experiences that allowed us to put what we had learnt into practise in events like school concerts and French town day.