Focus on Past Pupils

 

KATHERINE BENTZ (2001)

I started at The Royal in 2001 and left after completing my A Levels in 2008. I enjoyed my time immensely at The Royal and many of the values that I gained there I still live by today. After leaving The Royal I went to Royal Holloway University of London where I studied Geology and gained an MSci, while studying I travelled and worked in many places from the beaches of Spain to the bush camps of Zambia. After completing my studies I started work at SLR Consulting where I am a Geoscientist working in the oil and gas division.

 

 

EMMA GOBLE (2006)

After a Gap Year in Mexico teaching in a primary school, Emma went on to study Spanish at Cardiff University. Having spent time volunteering in a local school whilst at university, Emma decided to follow a career in teaching and completed a PGCE in primary teaching with a specialism in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Chichester. Emma started her teaching career at Edgeborough in Farnham, where she still works. A Year 2 class teacher, Emma is also Head of Curriculum Development in the Pre Prep, Reading Leader and Head of PSHE for the school. Emma spends her spare time practising dance moves for the school nativity, making fancy dress costumes and finding glitter from the day’s art and craft in her shoes!

 


 

MORGAN FINLAYSON (2009)

I left The Royal School in 2009 and graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 with a degree in English Literature; since then, I’ve ticked off my “five different careers” that a person can supposedly manage throughout their whole working life. I started working at 16 in retail (at Between the Lines in Haslemere), and I have also: worked as an English teacher in mainland China; advised local councils on sustainable transport solutions as a private consultant, and; run day-to-day operations as a projects manager at a sustainability and environmental education charity. I then moved to London and joined the Civil Service in 2014; over the past five years I’ve worked in seven different departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Serious Fraud Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (which then became Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), the Home Office, and the Department for International Trade. I am now at HM Revenue and Customs, working for the EU Transition Unit where I look after all policy and project delivery covering law enforcement, information sharing and debt management, to prepare for Day One of the UK leaving the EU.

 


 

SOPHIE MAGER (2010)

I left The Royal in 2010 and I went straight to the University of Northampton where I studied Criminology. I focused my degree on the history of crime, crime within society, criminal law and criminal psychology. When I left the University of Northampton with a degree in 2013 I started working as a communications operator for Thames Valley Police. In 2015 I joined Northamptonshire Police as a Police Constable. After 2 years on response I joined the force investigation team where I work now. I am looking at progressing my career into intelligence and counter terrorism. Whilst at University I volunteered with Girl Guiding, something I still do today, I worked a summer with Camp America and worked in primary schools with underprivileged children. I also volunteered with Northamptonshire Police within their public order (riot training) and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) training units. I also was lucky enough to do work experience in the Metropolitan Police’s homicide and serious crime department in London. 

 


 

REBECCA SLATER (2011)

Rebecca is a trainee solicitor at Bird & Bird LLP, an international law firm headquartered in London. Rebecca attended The Royal School from Prep 6 through to Sixth Form before going on to study Biomedical Science at the University of Birmingham. After graduating from university in 2014, Rebecca worked as a research assistant in a pharmaceutical research laboratory before deciding to pursue a career in law. Having completed vacation schemes at Bird & Bird and another international law firm in London, Rebecca was offered a training contract and she then spent two years studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Rebecca started her training contract in September 2018 and has spent the last six months in the firm's Dispute Resolution department, working on a broad range of contentious commercial matters.

 


 

ELEANOR LAWRENCE (2014)

I left The Royal School in 2014, after which I then began the 3 year Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship in September 2014 where I began working Signalling Engineering. The first 9 months were residential spent living and working at HMS Sultan and HMS Collingwood and doing various BTECs. I then moved to a faulting and maintenance depot in Basingstoke where I completed the last 2 years of my apprenticeship whilst working trackside in a team and having reports to do alongside it, which was also an opportunity to gain hands on experience of the job and put the skills I was learning into practice.  I then got a signalling operatives job working permanent night shifts for 6 months. After that I then progressed on to a job as a signalling technician at Basingstoke where I work following a shift pattern of day and night shifts. This year I applied for and gained a place to study for a Higher National Certificate in Railway Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, which I am completing alongside work and is funded for by Network Rail.

 


 

LUCY POLLOCK (2015)

Lucy left The Royal in 2015 after completing A Levels in English, Drama and Maths. She intended to pursue acting and earned a place on LAMDA’s Foundation course. After LAMDA she worked as a theatre practitioner performing in 'Theatre In Education' Shows, taught drama classes at a youth theatre in Croatia and took an original comedy show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She then got a taste for the TV production industry after doing some work experience as a Junior Researcher at Primal Media. This in turn led to a month long trip to South Africa to work on a Sky One show. A few productions later and she now works at Nickelodeon in Camden as a Production Assistant, working on promo shoots and live events.