Alumni Evening 2021

Thursday 16 September 2021

On Thursday 9th September we were fortunate enough to run our third and most successful, alumni evening. We were lucky enough to have the attendance of Gavin Phillips the UK Financial Services Regions Leader at PwC; who kicked off the evening with a motivational key note speech on how to be successful at an interview and in the world of work. His speech was well received by students and alumni alike - he was inundated with questions for the rest of the evening! We were also excited to welcome a number of our governors to the school. Our students were fascinated by learning about their career paths too and the advice they had for being successful in the world of business.

Our 137 Year 13 students, dressed to impress and prepared with thousands of questions, were then able to mingle with our cohort of 53 Ark alumni, ranging the five years since the Ark Sixth Form was opened, were in attendance to offer our current set of Year 13s some tips and life lessons. Some of our alumni are still in university, whilst others have embarked on apprenticeships with companies like Visa and one student is even starting a position with Deutsche Bank. We are also proud to have our first cohort of Ark alumni teacher trainees! All were on hand to field questions from our eager Year 13 students as well as catch up with old teachers on their progress since leaving school. It was amazing to see what successful people they have become, and their successes have clearly rubbed off on our current students. Year 13 returned on Monday morning after the event with a renewed sense of vigour, eager to work hard and succeed.

It was a lovely evening and is beautifully summed up by one of our Year 13 students Karim, who said it was ‘one of the best and most educational events. The event was useful and informative. I am proud to say that this event helped me improve on my communication skills’. Hopefully it has inspired our next cohort of alumni and we look forward to welcoming many of them back at our next Alumni evening in 2022.