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Blackfen School for Girls

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Alumni

Did you attend or work at Blackfen as we would really like to hear from you?

We are always fascinated to hear what former students and teachers of Blackfen have gone on to do after leaving.

Please complete the online form here and we will add you to our alumni page and include your last school photo!

Please don’t forget to tell your Blackfen classmates, colleagues and friends

Any changes or if you want to opt out please notify the school.

 

 

 

Nancy Scanlon

 

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2012

Subjects I studied: A Level: English, Psychology, Business Studies and EPQ.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form:I attended University, studying Business and achieved a First Class degree. I wanted to begin my teacher training and I worked here at Blackfen within the Sixth Form Study Centre for a year. I then completed my PGCE at UCL Institute of Education and is now a full time Business teacher at Blackfen.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: How much of a close family it felt like. Especially in terms of all the support with uni, jobs and leaving sixth form. The trips were obviously a highlight too!”

 

 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:? Security manager investment banking

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: everything

 

Rebecca Castle

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2016

Subjects I studied: Media Ict Law History French Art Maths English Science

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form? I have completed a business administration apprenticeship with ITV.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form? Completing my sixth form classes; media, ict and law and getting distinction stars in all.

 

 Rebekka Powell

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2014

Subjects I studied: Media Studies Government and Politics Sociology

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: After attending Blackfen School Sixth form for 1 year I decided to not continue to complete my A2 exams. I applied for a apprenticeship in Digital Marketing and completed 16 months at an Events Management company.. 3 years on I am now working as a Marketing Executive at NET-A-PORTER one of the world's biggest fashion retailers.         

 

 Amy Fuller

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2013

Subjects I studied: I studied Business, Law and Psychology at Blackfen sixth form

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: Since leaving sixth form I went on to study business management where I achieved a first class degree with honours. I have also achieved a distinction diploma in professional experience by working for Enterprise rent-a-car and have now moved on to full time banking role with Santander.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: My fondest memories at the sixth form was making life time friends and enjoying the two years I spent there in a friendly and fun environment.

 

 Roy Watson-Davis   STAFF

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2010

Subjects I taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: Taught History for 18 years, plus when a newbie I was lumbered/blessed with teaching Geography, English and Drama in my first couple of years too!

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: Finally escaped to the country! Also while at Blackfen wrote some books for teachers and wrote a column for the TES. Since leaving have written second editions of two of the books and one has been published in Indonesian! Now teaching in Suffolk and occasionally having freelance articles in various educational publications. Left State education in 2016 and now work at the Royal Hospital School as Head of History and Politics.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: The buzz of the 1992-8 era when the school started improving results and changed its attitude to the pupils-believing they should and could achieve. And the bunch of characters I had in any of my forms as form tutor, and especially my first form there 1992-96. The comedy double act with Dr V in the staff panto. A seagull 'decorating' Mr Scambler at the top of Rochester castle on a Y7 trip. And the kindness of colleagues.

 

 Molly Lowther

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2015

Subjects I studied: Law, Business studies and ICT

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I now work in a law firm in London as a PA and training to be a legal secretary.

 

 Vicki Hamilton (nee Barton)

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 1982

Subjects I studied: A level History, English Literature, language

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: HNC business studies. Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (Graduate) Head of Procurement, Head of Contracts & Performance NHS. Mother!

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Times in the common room    Speech day Being Head Girl

 

 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.

 

 Rosie Richardson

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2013

Subjects I studied: AS level Religious Studies A level Law, Sociology and Media

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I have qualified as a nursery nurse and have been doing the job for 4 years now. I also spent a summer working in Greece.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Spending lunchtimes with a big group of friends at a friend’s house across the road and the way the teachers were able to have a laugh and not stay serious all the time, especially Miss Smith!

 

 Josie Haggar

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2010

Subjects I studied: AS English literature A level Psychology A Level ICT A Level French Extended Project

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: Since leaving Sixth form I have gone on to graduate with a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology, as well as completing a Level 3 in childcare and my Level 1 British sign language. After my degree I worked in a baby nursery and I am now working in a local primary school as a speech and language therapy assistant, supporting children with speech and language needs. I am currently in the process of applying to go back to uni to do my masters in Speech & Language Therapy!

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: All of it! - Being on the leadership team. - The teachers. - The last day, and watching the teachers perform their goodbye rap! I miss it so much!

 

 Jade Hickling

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2010

Subjects I studied: BTEC Childcare learning and development level 2

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I went on to work at several shops learning new skills not been near a nursery since

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Making new friends and having a laugh

 

 Kia Ashenden

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2016

Subjects I studied: Sixth form subjects Btec childcare Btec ICT Btec business

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I am doing a apprenticeship at the moment as a dental hygienist.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Creating brilliant friendships.

 

 

 Lauren Calvert

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2016

Subjects I studied: Sixth form subjects A-level health and social care Btec media Btec science

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I am currently a student paramedic at Canterbury Christchurch University. I'm on placement at the moment on the ambulances in the south east of Kent area.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Leaving with the grades I achieved.

 

 Maisie Mellish

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2016

Subjects I studied: Sixth form subjects: Btec business Btec PE Btec ICT

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: Working in a primary school as a PE teacher.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Achieving my grades I did at sixth form.

 

Tracy Ann Strevens

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 1987

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: The rather quaintly named 'Junior Secretary' course!

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: As you might expect, when I left I was qualified as a clerical secretary, but have had a myriad of jobs since including Fire Fighter, Florist and Fork Lift Truck Driver! I am a writer now though, publishing historical factual books under the pen name 'Summer Strevens'. Just completed my third book focusing on 18th-century female poisoners :-)

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: None of my teachers could ever pronounce my surname correctly - when the register was called, the class room would ring to the cries of my classmates shouting the correct pronunciation! That and Mrs Cammish's determination to turn out girls who would be 'a credit to any office', and Headmistress Mrs Meagher's impeccable French Pleat hair-do!! Still convinced she could probably breathe fire...!

 

Leanne Tubbs

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 1996

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: Health and Social Care

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: Health and Social Care trainer
Deputy manager for dementia care home
Dementia support manager for Alzheimer’s Society Bexley
And Greenwich

 

Louise Brett (nee Lynch)

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2005

Subjects I studied/taught 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

 

Joanna Whelan

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 1993

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: Childcare; IDT (information, design & technology); Home economics ...is it bad I can’t remember the rest...

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I have been working in childcare for the last 24 years, I achieved my degree in management and I am a nursery manager in an independent nursery which I love!

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: I used to love science with Mr Briggs, and I remember my form tutor, Madame Stuart, telling me off one day because my bow in my hair was too big, I think one of the words she used was ‘ridiculous!’

Emily Ward

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2011

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: ICT, Business Studies, Psychology and Maths

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I went to the University of Greenwich and gained a First Class Degree in BSc(Hons) Computing. I have worked for a large Market Research company support their Internal and External IT. I am currently working at Print Management company, running their IT Helpdesk.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Fun teachers.
Exciting and Interactive lessons
The last day staff show!
Friends
How much fun and games there was in the Common Room

 

Kate Stephenson

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2002

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: It was an NVQ type business studies subject,

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.

 

Ruby Lee

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2017

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: I studied business , health and social care and history.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: Since leaving Blackfen sixth form I have started a degree in construction management and have obtained a site management role with one of the biggest developers in the UK whilst studying for my degree.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: My health and social care lessons and what a great teacher Miss Morris is.

Claudia Stachini

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2009

Subjects I studied/taught 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 so funny and down to earth, really engaging.

 

Courtney Corcoran

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2017

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: I studied Government & Politics, Sociology A-Levels and Media BTEC

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: Since leaving Blackfen I have started a level 3 business administrator civil service apprenticeship in Downing Street which has been an amazing experience.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: My fondest memories of Blackfen would be my politics lessons with Mrs Blatch as they inspired me to choose politics as a career path.

 

Alice Brooks

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2012

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: BTEC Level 2 Childcare

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I have achieved a great experience with children from all ages starting from 5 months to 5 years.
I have been at a Nursery for 6 years. I achieved a qualification in Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ Childcare.
On the 16th march 2018 I will be taking my next adventure and my dream job and I shall be working abroad.
My first season is going to be in Tenerife with the company TUI and this is where I shall be working in a nursery in Sensatori Resort.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Being with my friends.

 

 

Danni Foley

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 2015

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen Sixth Form: History, ICT & Graphic Art
(Music Technology at AS)

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: I went to study a BA (Hons) in Computer Animation Arts (skillset accredited!) at UCA, I'm currently heading towards graduating with a 1st or 2:1. I've also been an ambassador and union member for the university throughout my time there, and I'm currently hoping to make the course's selection for the New Designers business centre in July to showcase my work to industry members for future career prospects.
I'm hoping to achieve a lot more within the next year!

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Probably my time there, meeting new people during my time there, who still remain close friends. :)

 

 

Max Rendell

Year leaving Blackfen School: 2015

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: I studied maths, history and geography.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: After graduating with a first class honours degree in mathematics from the University of Portsmouth, I have just started my masters in data analytics.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: My fondest memories are being with my friends in free periods

 

Lucy Holland

Year leaving Blackfen School: 2015

Subjects I studied/taught at Blackfen School: A Level: History, Sociology, Business, EPQ.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: In June 2018 I graduated from Cambridge University following a successful time studying History alongside rowing for my College’s women’s boat and shooting archery for the university’s beginner’s team.

Having spent a short time working on a digitisation project in my College’s archives, I have now taken up a role in Cambridge University’s Admissions Office working on admissions policy and outreach. Alongside this, I am studying part-time for my second undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences.

Richard Taylor

Year leaving Blackfen School: 2010

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: Psychology (A), Law (B) and History (C).

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: In my time since leaving the Sixth Form, I have written articles for national news publishers, worked and campaigned tirelessly for mental health charities, won a Mind Media Award for a documentary I featured in, consulted for media outlets all over the world and have been back to the Sixth Form to talk to the next generation of students about their mental health. I have achieved all of these things and more without having ever attended university or attaining a degree.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: Going to the cafe on my frees for hash browns, being 'crowned' Head Boy by my peers and the staff, the friends I made, the laughs we had, Psychology lessons with Smith and Purbrick (the best teachers) and the thrill of finding a parking space in the morning, even though I lived close enough to walk (if you've got it, flaunt it)!