Bramdean school circa 1920
Bramdean has had a long and distinguished history and many of our pupils have gone on to enjoy bright, successful careers.
The Headmistress is always delighted to welcome back old boys and girls and to discover where life took them after their school days at Bramdean.
If you would like more information on Bramdean Alumni or would like to be featured below on our "where are they now" section, please contact the school secretary on 01392 273387 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE ARE THEY NOW
I joined Bramdean School when I was 4 years old and stayed through to 16 at which point I finished my GCSEs to pursue photography at Exeter College. Bramdean gave me many different opportunities to express myself. The teaching at the school gave me the ability to achieve respectable GCSE results, especially as I have dyslexia. Overall being at Bramdean has been some of the best years of my life and has really made me the person I am today. I would like to thank Mr Connett and Miss Stoneman for all of their support they gave me during my time at Bramdean.
I have some very fond memories of my time at Bramdean watching the older boys (by brother being one) winning at cricket and rugby matches, excelling at Ten Tors Expeditions and Mr Connett generously buying my first willow bat after my century against Kelly College. Bramdean helped me develop my competitive spirit and desire to succeed. Mr Connett’s wise words, a 50p and shaking of hands would always diffuse disagreements.
I became creative with time management, changing Mrs Albertyn’s class clock every week to finish maths 10 minutes early, allowing a swift change for PE. This often resulted in extra prep but also an A in GCSE Maths!
As a senior sports teacher now, my start at Bramdean has been informative, I am mindful how the attitude and enthusiasm of a teacher can shape a young person and will always be remembered.
Selected for England U16 Rugby Squad - 2008. Played rugby for Bath in the Premiership Seven tournament 2011. Selected for England’s Students Rugby Squad 2014/15 and 2015/16, studied for PGCE at Exeter University, won BUCS Rugby tournament with Exeter University. Currently playing semi-professional rugby for Old Elthamians in the National League 2.
I joined Bramdean School in Year 9 and stayed until the end of sixth form, when I left to join the Royal Marine Band as a solo French Horn player. I am currently based at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth and then I will be placed in one of the five bands around the country. After my first year in the Royal Marines, I was asked to apply for promotion which I did and I am now a Section Commander, What I noticed most about the rest of my troop is that they had mostly been to military boarding schools or come from military families. I was neither, but Bramdean School provided me with all the life skills required to gain entry into the Royal Marine Band and to survive and excel in it (especially basic training). The teachers were extremely supportive and Mrs Taylor came to my Passing Out after basic training at Lympstone. I look back on my years at Bramdean School as very happy times and I strongly believe I would not be where I am today without the school`s support. I always pop in and see Miss Stoneman and all the other teachers when I am home on leave. My little brother Peter is still at the school and will maybe follow in my footsteps one day.
I attended Bramdean for my entire schooling, joining in the kindergarten and staying right through to the sixth form; I enjoyed my time there immensely. Looking back now, I realise how lucky I was to have attended Bramdean. The learning environment was exceptional. In addition to academic achievements, the School allowed me to develop other, less tangible attributes that have proven invaluable. I left in 2008 with A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, an AS in Maths, a place at my chosen University and many fond memories.
I moved to the University of Southampton to study Biology. Four years flew by and I graduated with a First Class honours degree in Biological Sciences. It was during my undergraduate studies that I developed a keen interest in applying science to solve contemporary problems. Following my degree, I decided to remain in academia and completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology with the University of Southampton and Rothamsted Research (a world-renowned scientific research centre where I now currently work). My research focusses on understanding how the zinc content of wheat is regulated, in order to increase the amount of zinc people obtain from their diets and reduce global micronutrient malnutrition. I have made significant discoveries in this field and my findings will be used in biotechnological interventions to combat this problem which currently affects 30% of the world’s population.
I did always enjoy doing experiments at school so perhaps it’s unsurprising I now spend so much time in a lab coat.
I joined Bramdean School in 1988 and stayed for five years, completing my GCSEs and A- levels. Never a natural academic, I was able to benefit hugely from the small tutorial sized classes and excellent teaching during the Sixth Form which allowed me to achieve the grades necessary to read History and Archaeology at Exeter University. Graduating with a 2.1 (Hons) degree I was accepted on the PGCE Secondary History course at St. Luke’s College and qualified as a teacher in July 1998. I was very fortunate to be given my first teaching role by Mr Connett and Miss Stoneman and happily returned to Bramdean to teach history, games and look after the weekly boarders. I then spent a short time as Head of History at Brighton College Prep School before returning again to Bramdean where, in addition to teaching, I helped with aspects of the day to day running of the school. This invaluable opportunity given to me by Mr Connett and Miss Stoneman allowed me to take up a Deputy Headship in Sri Lanka at the British School in Colombo where, after two years, I was made Headmaster. Six years later, with my wife Alexandra and son Edward, we returned to the UK to take up the headship at Edge Grove School; a day and boarding prep school in Hertfordshire for 450 pupils aged 3 to 13 years. Bramdean School continues to play an important part in my life. The high standard of education I received has allowed me to pursue a career I love, and the values I was taught very much influence the way I run my school today.
I was educated at Bramdean from the age of five until completion of my A-Levels. I completed a BEng degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield, where I discovered my passion for aero- space. Having thoroughly enjoyed exploring and tackling some of the challenges that aviation presents, I continued with an MSc at Cranfield University in Aerospace Vehicle Design, where I was fortunate to be sponsored by Airbus Group (for- merly EADS). Following that, I spent two years researching new and novel technologies for the next generation of greener aircraft at Airbus Group Innovations, the R&D arm of Airbus Group. It has been a great experience and offered good insight into the latest developments in the aerospace indus- try!
To further expand my knowledge and experience (both professional and personal), I'm currently undertaking a PhD at Tohoku University under sponsorship by the Japanese Government, where I plan to combine my knowledge of aircraft design with machine learning (A form of artificial intelligence) and computational optimisation. I hope that this research will contribute to future improvements in aircraft design.
Currently in 4th year of a MEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, and have been awarded a Boeing Masters Scholarship.
Completed two summer internships during my degree, based upon additive layer manufacturing (or “3D printing”) of metallic parts at Airbus Group Ltd. and The Mercury Centre, University of Sheffield.
Future: PhD at the University of Oxford in materials for fusion energy • Having studied at Bramdean for many years, I am fond of the school and my old teachers – I always felt part of a community. Being in a stimulating environment and learning in a small class was very beneficial to me. I particularly enjoyed being able to play sports, learn music and do art whilst being at school, as it complemented the learning process well and it was a lot of fun.
As a former pupil I was very saddened to hear of Mr Connett’s passing as he, as well as Miss Stoneman, were very understanding of my football commitments. When I was 14 years old Mr Martin organised a school football trip to Manchester and Liverpool and during this trip I was selected by Liverpool for a trial. For me to go I would have to miss a week of school and of course Miss Stoneman and Mr Connett backed me fully and allowed me to go. I now look back at my time at Bramdean and some of the best days of my life where I met good friends and also formed great relationships with all teachers whom I still speak to till this day.
My job now is a dream I've always chased and a dream most young boys chase is being a professional footballer. My role as a goalkeeper is ultimately to stop the opposition from scoring and also to keep my team organised and playing to the plan we have chosen all week.
I loved every minute at Bramdean and wish everyone there success in the future!