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Smithdon High School

Alumni

Smithdon High School Alumni

Smithdon High School opened in 1954. We want to hear from former students and would love to know what you have done since leaving Smithdon High School.

We are planning to build up a webpage giving details of the achievements of our former students. Please contact us through our alumni email: alumni@smithdonhigh.org.uk.

It would be fantastic if you are also able to forward this request to other people in your family who attended Smithdon or other people who you were at school with to share their experiences.

Please send us:

  • A Picture
  • Year of leaving
  • Brief details of your memories of school
  • What jobs you have done since leaving school
  • A message for current students

We will regularly feature former students on this page: look out for your friends and family!

We look forward to hearing from you,

Mr Chapman and Ms Bazeley-Smith


Featured Student

Joshua Shuardson-Hipkin
Year of leaving:
2006

Memories of School:

My time at Smithdon High School was enjoyable, and I had a great group of friends. I am now married with two children and I still drive past the school in the morning, it brings back great memories. Since deciding to take a career in law, I realised that good academics are essential. I am therefore ever thankful to the school for pushing me in the right direction - particularly those in my Sixth Form years.

What Jobs have you done since leaving school:

When I left Smithdon High School, I took a year off to consider my options and travel. Having never liked numbers, I decided to pursue a career in law as a solicitor. This was all very much an alien world to me and I did not know many in the profession. I therefore worked extremely hard (often in the face of fierce competition) to train as a solicitor and undertake my relevant training.

Law is a bit of a long route, but worth it in the end. Once you have a profession under your belt, it is there for life!

I studied law at the University of Reading from 2008 to 2011. I then went to law school in Surrey from 2011 to 2012. After a long period of setbacks with job applications, I finally landed a training contact and qualified at a firm in the City of London. I am also qualified abroad in the British Virgin Islands.

A message for current students:

In terms of what I would say to students, my advice is to accept that there will be knock backs on the way but keep going. If you want something enough, it can be yours in the end with determination. Be proud of where you have come from and what you can offer as a person.