Paige Taylor, Handford 2015 – 2017


Paige came to Lancing for the Sixth Form from a low-income, single-parent family and she was at a state school (which was in special measures) where she was not allowed to study all academic GCSEs. Since the age of 12 she had been a young carer for her mother, who had a host of health conditions, and they lived on benefits. Paige approached the College independently and so began her incredible journey.

She left Lancing in 2017 with three A levels in English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Politics to read Law at Leeds. Paige is currently a Middle Temple Major Scholar and Student at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and has just been chosen by Bridging the Bar and The Bar Council as one of the top ten Future Barristers in England and Wales.

Whilst at Leeds University she founded the Law Society’s first ever podcast channel Law Soc’s Legal Loop which discussed a plethora of topical legal and social issues. She worked for one year as a Legal Aid Paralegal based in Housing, dealing with illegal eviction, disrepair, homelessness, and ASB injunction/committal proceedings. Alongside her studies, Paige is a current spokesperson for the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Group, and has founded an initiative to support young carers in their personal circumstances and future career development.

Paige was our first Foundationer and from the beginning has been a huge supporter of the campaign, she talks passionately about her own experience to donors and discusses openly what an education at Lancing has done for her own ambitions and aspirations.