Alumni

At Wickersley we are proud of our student’s achievements; this doesn’t end when they leave us, able and qualified to play their full part in society. We as a school have high aspirations for our students and therefore have set up the Wickersley Alumni, with the aim to inspire and motivate current Wickersley students. This will involve celebrating the achievements of school leavers, sharing inspiration from their time at Wickersley and their next steps, along with some excellent guidance for students on how they can fulfil their own ambitions and goals.

We love to keep in touch with our ex-students. 

Wickersley welcomes ex-students who want to ‘keep in touch’, whether that be to hear about news and events at the school or to support our current students, by sharing your story of what you have achieved since leaving us or even coming into school and supporting activities such as lessons, assemblies, mock interviews etc.

Please email us at:

Career Pathway Booklet

Join us in helping promote your career choice by getting involved in careers aspirations posters.

Alumni Case Studies

Here at Wickersley, we love hearing about how our former students are getting on after leaving school. Here’s just a few of our recent leavers.

Exam Certificates

Information on how to obtain original and duplicate certificates from Wickersley School and Sixth Form.

Emma Sullivan

Psychology

Where are they now?

A former Wickersley student, Emma Sullivan went on to study Psychology at the University of York.

She now currently works at the University of Sheffield in the Psychology Department as a Research Assistant.

Emma assesses 4-year-olds in nursery settings using specially designed laptop games to better understand their developmental psychology.

In October, she is enrolling at the University of Oxford to study for an MSc in Psychological Research before
aiming to begin a PhD at either Sheffield or York.

Emma’s focus is the developmental psychology in children, sleep psychology and memory.

What Emma says:

My aspiration stemmed from taking A-level Psychology at Wickersley and I notice that every year the number of students studying Psychology increases as it becomes a popular subject of study and career.

 

Katie Wright

Languages

Where are they now?

Katie Wright left Wickersley in 2013 with A-Levels in French, Spanish, English Language and Psychology.

She then went on to study at The University of Manchester doing a course in BA (Hons) French and Spanish. Whilst studying at university, Katie was also able to undertake an Italian language course from beginners level.

Last year, Katie spent 15 months abroad. 12 were in Spain working as an au pair, English Teacher, translator and admin assistant. She then spent the following 3 months working in France as an interpreter/Translator.

Whilst on the placement Katie was fortunate enough to explore both public and private museums across the French  Riviera and Italy whilst also having the opportunity to help host an international colloquium in St. Petersburg.

Katie will soon be completing her course and graduating in Summer. As soon as she has finished her exams she plans to return to Murcia to work as an English Teacher, she also plans to to complete a masters degree in Editorial Translation.

Advice from Katie:

Be yourself, always! Always be honest with people about your capabilities and never accept
a job that is above them. And if you are passionate about something, show it! I got laughed
at (a lot) for being interested in languages, and I paid no interest in the comments people
made. Look where I am now 🙂

Matt Brighton

Graphics

Where are they now?

Matt Brighton, a former WSSC student, has gone on to study Graphic Design at Staffordshire University.

While at university, Matt met a local company who deliver enterprise days to schools countrywide.
Through working with them he sold his skills and they went on to be one of Matt’s biggest clients, redesigning their entire digital infrastructure and controlling their digital marketing, design and branding.

The company in its first year partnered with Lord Sugar and Matt had the opportunity to work with Theo Paphitis as part of the marketing and London collateral.

As well as having various clients and freelancing opportunities in London, Matt has become a manager
of retail business banking for Lloyds banking group and manages digital products for start-up and small businesses.

Callum Wood

Food & Hospitality

Where are they now?

Callum Wood left Wickersley in 2015 and joined the Army Foundation College in Harrogate in September.

The following February, Callum passed his Phase 1 in Army training and has since completed Phase 2.

Whilst there he has had  experience at a unit in Tidworth learning how to cater for and feed 400 army
colleagues.

Recently, he has been assigned to go to Calgary in Canada where he will prepare meals for 1500 people a day! Once he has completed this he will be going to Estonia for 6 months.

Callum loves the opportunities and independence that life in the Army provides as well as it giving him the skills to learn about nutrition and catering along the way.

Alisha Wilson

Maths

Where are they now?

I finished my A-levels and started an apprenticeship at an accounting firm, but it wasn’t really for me.

Luckily I had applied to university during my time at sixth form and had received a place at the University of Sheffield to study Maths which I had deferred so I handed in my notice and started university in September 2018. I am now going into my second year and absolutely love it. I now want to become a maths teacher when I graduate.

Advice from Alisha:

Either volunteer or find a job you can do part time. The most important life lesson I’ve learnt
so far is that sometimes your ideal job does not turn out to be what you actually want to do in the future and volunteering for example in that sector gives you an opportunity to see if you like it and also gain work experience necessary for job interviews in the future. But remember there’s nothing wrong with deciding you don’t like the role and changing your mind.

Sam Wibberley

Chemistry

Where are they now?

After leaving Wickersley in 2012 after completing A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Government & Politics Sam Wibberley has gone on to study Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University.

Chemical Engineering is used in a wide range of industries from oil and gas to food and drink. Sam has recently graduated from Cambridge with a Masters Degree and has continued to study, enrolling
in a graduate scheme at GlaxoSmithKline.

What Sam says:

Working in the pharmaceutical industry is really great – I get to use my degree and A-Levels every day and am now putting everything I’ve learnt into practise in a way that genuinely makes a difference to people’s lives.

 

Ellen Dodson

Child Development

Where are they now?

Former student Ellen Dodson left Wickersley in 2012, after leaving Wickersley she completed a placement at ‘Mommas Day Nursery’ through the Summer.

She went on to study at Sheffield Hallam University in BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies whilst continuing to work in the nursery.

After completing university, Ellen went on to study a PGCE in Early Years and Primary with QTS also at Sheffield Hallam university.

Ellen now works as a qualified teacher and has her own Year 1 class.

What Ellen says:

I recommend this route into teaching because I got a place on my PGCE and job because of all the placements and experience I had in a range of settings and Wickersley provided me with that!