Simon Dockrell (School 2005 - 2007)

Simon Dockrell

Which A Levels did you study?

 I did A-levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and History. I also did Extension A-level Biology and an AS in Critical Thinking.

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?

St George’s Hospital Medical School in London where I studied Medicine and completed an Intercalated BSc in Anatomy.

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

I am currently a Neurosurgery Specialist Registrar in Manchester on a training programme to become a Consultant Neurosurgeon. Neurosurgeons specialise in surgery on the Brain and Spine. I have not decided my sub-specialty within Neurosurgery yet, but I am interested in Paediatrics and Neuro-oncology, which is Neurosurgery for children and brain tumours. I also have a role in Medical Education for training Neurosurgeons as Health Education England Medical Education Fellow.

What influence has Lancing College had on your life?

I joined Lancing in Sixth Form in School House from 2005-2007. I feel Lancing gave me a broad education teaching for more than simply how to pass my exams. I loved having the opportunity to board alongside my friends, socialise and play sports. It was at Lancing that I developed my interest in Biology and Medicine.

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

While I was at Lancing I played for the Football and Cricket Teams. I also participated in the Debating Society, was part of the Medical Society and attended the Scholars’ seminars. I was fortunate to attend a trip to Auschwitz and Berlin funded by the Imperial War Museum.

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

I am still close to people from my time at Lancing and I am sure some will be lifelong friends.

Which  OL activities have you taken part in since you left (i.e. OL sports events, Business Networks etc.)?

I have attended some of the Lancing Reunions and social events.

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

Studying at Lancing is a privilege. You won’t always have such beautiful surroundings and opportunities to participate in all these hobbies. Make the most of it!