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Past students


Jessica Bestwick

Y13 in 2012
A2: DT, Maths, Physics

What is she doing now?
Jessica has been awarded one of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year prizes for her work with aero engines.




Verity Bingham

Y13 in 2010
A2: History, Psychology, English Literature

What is she doing now?
Verity is a paediatric nurse at the QMC in Nottingham. She has been awarded the Roosevelt Travelling Scolarship and is now working with NHS England to deliver conferences.




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Louise Scothern

Y13 in 2005
A2: History, French, English Literature

What is she doing now?
Louise went to Oxford University to study Modern History and French. She spent a year abroad in northern France working as a language assistant as part of her course, and after she graduated spent another year in France working as an English teacher at Bordeaux University. Louise returned to Oxford to do a one-year Masters in History and is now training to be a history teacher.




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Joe Pearson

Y13 in 2010
A2: Chemistry, Law, Biology

What is he doing now?
Joe went to the University of Lincoln to study for a BSc in Forensic Science. After completing his degree course he applied and was accepted on a masters course beginning in 2014. Whilst undertaking the MSc, he has had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala twice to assist on autopsies and mass grave exhumations, is now employed as a consultant by an international disaster management company who have been and are still heavily involved with the recent tragic spate of plane crashes, all alongside the extremely rewarding opportunity of lecturing undergraduates.





Lucy Wells

Y13 in 2013

A2: Chemistry, Psychology, Biology

What is she doing now?
I am in my third year of Paediatric Nursing at University of Leeds, and will be qualifying in late September 2016 (scary)! The course I do is run over three semesters rather than the average two, and involves 50% placement over the 3 years. This means that in order to register with the NMC I have to have completed a minimum of 1600 hours in both a clinical and community setting. I work a variety of shifts including days, nights and weekends, which is challenging to balance alongside academic work. However, it is a very rewarding to work with the children and their families, and be able to have made a difference! The academic side includes a lot of biology, pharmacology, research methods and theory based content, which are all taught with a mixture of lectures, seminars and clinical skills.






Tom Smith

Y13 in 2011
A2: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

What is he doing now?

After studying Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A level I went to the University of Nottingham (UoN) to studying Pharmacy. I later decided I no longer wanted to have a career in a clinical setting and scientific research was more for me. As a result I switch to a Pharmaceutical Sciences degree, in which I achieved a first.

I am now undertaking a PhD in the division of Drug Discovery and Tissue Engineering, within the School of Pharmacy. My work currently involves chemically modifying an anti-cancer agent for ovarian cancer to form an extended release formulation. Additionally I am developing a device for intraperitoneal delivery of the drug to the tumour resection site (the site where the tumour was before surgical removal).

In layman’s terms:

I am looking to adapting the chemical structure of an anti-ovarian cancer drug molecule to enable the drug to form dosage form (the thing that is given to the patient) which releases the drug over a period of time (extended release). The aim is to deliver the drug through the abdominal wall (intraperitoneally) to the site where the ovarian cancer tumour will have been surgically removed from (resection site). I am also developing a device to achieve this delivery method.







Ryan Lewis

Y13 in 2014
A2: Economics, Maths, Physics

What is he doing now?
I’m a second year undergraduate studying Computer Science and Maths at Loughborough University. The first year was really good both socially and academically. I took full advantage of the great sports facilities at Loughborough as well as being part of the badminton squad and taking part in inter-department sports. My course is really interesting and engaging and in the first year I was awarded the Bank of America Merill Lynch first year prize for academic performance on my course as well as a scholarship from Loughborough University for best academic performance within the school of science.

Here’s hoping for more of the same this year!