Left Wellfield: 1995
Current job role: Senior Lawyer
What was your favourite thing about school?
Friendship groups and sports teams.
What was your post-16 choice once leaving Wellfield?
A-levels at Hutton Grammar VI Form
What was the biggest transitional issue you faced when you started college/work?
The level of autonomy that we were given, even when studying for A-levels was quite a big transition and I soon had to learn to organise my time which is a skill that has taken many years, even into the early stages of my working life, to develop.
How did school prepare you for the workforce and the real world?
Looking back on my education in the 1990's I realise how fortunate I was to be able to choose to stay on and continue my studies through to being an undergraduate without the added pressure of paying tuition fees. Whilst my full-time life started several years after leaving high school, I can recall some excellent initiatives that we were able to get involved with at school, such as Young Enterprise Scheme, as well as opportunities to work with local charities that gave us an insight into 'the real world'. Furthermore, I believe that the values that school instilled in us, such as honesty, integrity and perseverance have all stayed with me throughout my education and into my working life.
What was your career pathway?
LLB (Hons) at university, with a view to joining the Police Force. I had a keen interest in Criminal Law, and progressed to MA Criminal Justice before choosing to undertake the Legal Practice Course at Chester College of Law part time whilst working full time in a Preston Law Firm. Completing training contract with Preston Law Firm in September 2005 before securing my first solicitor post with my current employer, Lancashire County Council, in October 2005.