Future First

Keeping in Touch: The Angmering School Former Students

The Angmering School is delighted to announce the formalisation of our alumni network in partnership with the Future First scheme.  If you were once a student at the Angmering School we want you to get in touch!

Mr Liley, Head Teacher, said:

“We are delighted to have signed up for Future First’s scheme: there is nothing more powerful than former students sharing their inspiring stories with students still at school.”

Where are they now?

Paul Hayes

Current job/course and location

I live in Norwich – perhaps rather boringly, having ended up staying in the same city where I went to university! I work as a radio producer and presenter for the BBC.

Your journey since leaving school

Immediately after finishing at Angmering in 2002 I moved to Norwich to study English Literature at the University of East Anglia. I graduated in 2005 and wasn’t at all sure what to do in life now that I had to start making it up as I went along and working out what to do for myself. For want of anything else to do I stayed in Norwich and was unemployed for a few months, then got an extremely boring temp job at the local county council. That was rather demoralising, but the following year I started doing voluntary work at the BBC here, going in one day a week to help answer phones and the like. Gradually I started picking up bits and pieces of paid work, filling in for people or doing weekend shifts. I got more and more of this, and then in the spring of 2008 they offered me a full-time role to do “for a couple of months…” I’ve been there ever since, now on staff.

A piece of advice you would give your 16-year-old self

I can’t think of anything that doesn’t sound either trite or patronising… Er… “It’s probably never as bad as you think,” something like that?

Hopes for the future

One of my particular specialities is making radio documentaries. I made a programme for a national station, BBC Radio 5 Live, earlier this year and I’d like to try and get more national radio work in the future. And I still have delusions of one day becoming a professional novelist, which was always my dream back in the Angmering days! I have managed to get one book published, but that was a non-fiction book about one of our radio shows, to raise money for Children in Need.

Natalie Graham

Current job/course and location

I am a Senior Broadcast Journalist at BBC South East, based in East Sussex. I am primarily a presenter of several regional programmes including Inside Out, Sunday Politics and South East Today. Occasionally I still report the news for South Eat Today.

Your journey since leaving school

I left the Sixth Form at Angmering in 1991 and went to Oxford University to study Philosophy and Psychology. After that I did a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Highbury College in Portsmouth and got my first job in the BBC straight afterwards. I started as a radio reporter based in Crawley and Brighton for BBC Southern Counties Radio then moved into TV, first at South Today in Southampton and then joining BBC South East when it began in 2000.

A piece of advice you would give your 16-year-old self

I would advise my 16 year old self to worry less about other people’s opinions of me!

Hopes for the future

All I want for the future is to continue to enjoy my job and be as happy as I have been so far.

Jade Bearham

Current job/course and location

I’m currently undertaking a PhD in Biochemistry at St Georges University of London working on Glucose binding protein and its potential in diagnostics.
At present I’m living in South London with my partner, but within the time course of my PhD, I will have to spend at least 3 months living in Sweden due to our collaboration with Astra Zeneca, Mölndal Sweden.

Your journey since leaving school

Straight from school, I joined the sixth form where I studied Biology, Chemistry, Maths and German (I only took German to AS level). I also had a part-time job at a local supermarket to pay for the important things in life (like driving lessons and cinema tickets).
From sixth form, I undertook a BSc in Biochemistry (with industrial placement) at the University of Sussex. Sussex wasn’t my first choice of University, but I just missed out on the grades to go to my preferred choice. I spent the next 2 years working hard, and playing hard and getting grades that I was proud of. My third year was due to be an industrial placement, so I spent most of Christmas sending out dozens of applications to many scientific research companies asking for a year’s placement, and was lucky enough to receive a placement at Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen, Denmark working on synthetic insulin for Diabetics. Of the 50 of us doing Biochemistry 3 of us managed to get a placement, and I was the only one going abroad! So, for my third year I packed my suitcases and moved to Copenhagen for the year. I took Danish classes, even though everyone their spoke perfect English, and learnt so much from my colleagues and made some fantastic friends.
For my final year I moved back to Angmering and commuted to Brighton each day. Each student had to complete a final year research project and I decided to continue work in the Diabetes field and completed a project on Insulin and Glucagon.
After 4 years of hard work, I graduated from Sussex with an Upper second class (2:1) and an offer to do a PhD at St Georges University of London.

A piece of advice you would give your 16-year-old self

The message that I would give to my 16 year old self is: Don’t worry if things don’t pan out the way you planned…things usually happen for a reason, and although it may seem like the end of the world now, it really isn’t.

Hopes for the future

In the next 4 years, I hope to present my research at international conferences. Once my 4 years at St Georges are over, I hope to do a post-doc, and then gain a job in the research sector.


How to Join the Network

You can sign up to Angmering’s Alumni scheme by visiting the Future First registration page by clicking here


Giving Something Back

We have invited former students to speak at school events from a range of sectors which we are hoping to build on through the Future First scheme. People who have visited the school recently include sportsmen and women, an award winning author, business professionals, successful entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers. They were all able to inspire our students in the knowledge that anything is possible if they are prepared to work hard and believe in themselves.


Helping Others

We are confident that there are many more former Angmering students who would be prepared to help the current members of their old school either by speaking at assemblies, meeting with students who are interested in their particular job, offering work experience, mentoring a student who needs career guidance or to support a department. You can have a dramatic impact upon how our students see the world and their place within it. We want them all to have a dream, an ambition that is tough and challenging but one that they can achieve with hard work and determination.


Sign Up to the Scheme

Remember you can sign up to the scheme by following this link