Which A Levels did you study?
I studied French, Latin, History and English
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?
I studied Ancient and Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford.
What are you doing now and what plans do you have for the future?
I work as a barrister, on a wide range of cases and building experience. I hope to be able to make a positive difference to society through my skills and hard work.
What influence has Lancing College had on your life?
Lancing had an enormous influence on me! The College suited me perfectly and I had a wonderful time. Lancing allowed me to explore anything I could think of as an interest. My school work, my personal reading, all kinds of sports, singing with the choir, meeting all different kinds of minds and personalities. All of these things encouraged and inspired me. All that diverse and varied experience has given me such a pleasure and such a wonderful base for leaping off to university and my adult life.
Whenever I wanted to try something I was encouraged to have a shot; I was praised when I succeeded; I was dusted off, mentored and supported if I needed to try again. The self confidence that develops from being encouraged in that way is invaluable. That support developed, in me anyway, an attitude or approach that someone will get that university place, that scholarship, that job, why shouldn’t it be me? I am immensely grateful for that gift. Lancing gave me a happy, busy teenage life and many joyful memories.
Which hobbies or interests did you pick up during your time at Lancing?
So many! Lancing really made the most of the thrill I get from sport. I played hockey at university and learned to row (Lancing’s gift of ‘Have a go!’). I played Fives and was my university’s first women’s team captain. I still love choral singing and sing with the Bar Choral Society. Reading for pleasure is a life-long enjoyment, nurtured by Lancing and my English teachers. Public speaking and debating are now at the core of my professional life… and I mustn’t overlook the real pleasure of a good long gossip with friends!
Are you still in touch with people you met at Lancing?
Yes, quite a few. I was at university with several Lancing friends and still have occasional dinners with my old Latin set.
Which OL activities have you taken part in since you left?
I have played for the OL Fives team since I left and I have come back several times to talk to pupils about applying to university. I am part of the OL network and have spoken to several current and ex-pupils about careers. I was delighted to come back for Manor’s 40th Anniversary last year and see so many people I knew. Singing at the OL Carol Service is a real highlight of my Advent season!
What advice would you give to a new pupil who is about to start at Lancing?
Lancing will feel daunting to start with; it’s a big, beautiful, impressive place. Within a month it will start to feel much more like home. I hope that you will be comfortable and happy, and proud to be a pupil of Lancing College.