Tom Stockwell (Gibbs' 2006-2008)

Director of Music at an independent school
Tom Stockwell

Which A Levels did you study?

I studied Music, English, Religious Studies and History at A Level.

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 took a gap year after completing my A Levels singing at Truro Cathedral and then took on similar positions in Oxford and Blackburn before moving to Lincoln to join the Cathedral Choir. It was in Lincoln that I did a degree in Music and Education.

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

I’m currently Director of Music at Sunningdale School in Berkshire and Director of Music for a local parish church and I also have a busy freelance career as a performer.

What influence has Lancing College had on your life?

My time at Lancing was pivotal to what I am doing now. The standard of teaching and pastoral care I received was absolutely incredible and has set me up for a varied and demanding professional career in music performance and education. I was extremely fortunate to have attended the College and I can attribute my success and my own teaching and pastoral styles to that which I experienced while at Lancing. 

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

I was mad about cricket, hockey and football and played all three as often as possible. Of course I particularly enjoyed music, but I also enjoyed being a member of the CCF. Sudoku club was always a highlight!

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

Very much so! I had a really tight-knit circle of friends and we do our best to keep in regular contact and see each other around our busy lives.

Which OL activities have you taken part in since you left?

I like to attend the drinks and dinners when I am able to. I was particularly proud to be able to attend Neil Cox’s last carol service at the College and to see many former and current masters, friends and parents. I enjoyed singing at the OL carol service this past Christmas and the reception afterwards was great fun!

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

Seize every opportunity! Lancing offers you so much and gives you so many opportunities that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. Cherish your time and learn all you can. Be proud of all you achieve and what the College achieves as a whole. Everybody is there to help you, so never be afraid to ask for help. Most importantly, enjoy yourself!