Joe Banfield (Head's 2011-2016)

Currently working for a charity in the field of peacebuilding
Joe Banfield OL

What A Levels did you study?

History and Modern Foreign Languages (German, French, and Dutch)

If you went to university, where did you go and what did you study? If you didn’t go to university, what did you do instead?

Durham. I studied Liberal Arts, a degree which lets you mix and match with up to four subjects across arts, humanities, and social sciences. I ended up 'majoring' in History and writing my dissertation in Theology. My surprise favourite subject was History of Art!

What are you doing now and what plans do you have for the future?

I'm working at a charity/NGO in the field of peacebuilding. We're a small organisation, so in 18 months on the job, I've straddled lots of different roles, from filmmaking and website design, to teaching and organisational strategy. My plans for the future are to live abroad for a while and study for a Masters - or even just to travel when it's possible again!

What influence has Lancing College had on your life?

Lancing is full of incredibly caring and encouraging individuals right across the school. It's such a living, present community, set in an idyllic patch of verdant hillside overlooking the sea. Lancing has encouraged me to always aim high and look for blue sky!

What hobbies or interests did you pick up during your time at Lancing?

I really got into politics while at Lancing - perhaps a bit too much! But more valuable, I think, is the complete range of hobbies I could have got into had I chosen to. Pick almost any sport, art, or practice - street dance, farming, furniture design - and the tools, staff, and facilities are on hand to help you get into it.

Are you still in touch with people you met at Lancing?

A small handful of peers from my time at Lancing (5 years ago now) are still among my very closest friends and will be for as long as I can persuade them to keep it up. I could see us having a year-wide reunion at some point, too.

What OL activities have you taken part in since you left (ie OL sports events, Business Networks etc)?

I attended the Young OLs gathering a year after I left Lancing and loved seeing familiar faces and new. Here's to more to come!

What advice would you give to a new pupil who is about to start at Lancing?

You have been given a great gift. Everything you need will be at your fingertips for the next two, three, five years. Think carefully about what you want to make of your gift, and who you wish to use it for. And above all else: remember to be kind.