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We are always delighted to hear from our former students and to share their successes. If you are a former Wavell Student why not Contact us with your news. 

2022 Leavers

November 2023



2021 Leavers

November 2022

Lucy Williams

Lucy completed her Basic Training and is now doing her next phase with the Engineers. Lucy won the 'Best Endeavour' Award at her pass out parade. Well done Lucy!


2020 Leavers

 Ellie Head



2019 Leavers

September 2023

Kie Plumley



June 2023

Keane Anderson 



April 2022

Freya Weston

After studying English Lit, History and Psychology at A Level I successfully got an internship for IBM, I now work full time in london helping to redesign websites and apps to improve a UX experience for users. As part of this I have been able to travel across the UK visiting clients and even spent a week in Spain carrying out a client workshop. This is a picture from our office balcony :)!

From September I will be doing a degree apprenticeship for IBM in digital tech solutions doing software development, coding and tech sales. This is a 3 year degree apprenticeship also based in London.

Amber Weston

After studying at Artemis College doing a performing arts course, I am now on a 3 year BA (Hons) course in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre at Urdang Academy in London, as part of this I live in London training 5 days a week. Since joining I was invited to the Olivier Awards and get the opportunity to watch many West End performances which I hope to be performing in after I complete my degree. 




July 2021

Bethan Hoggan

A brief update..."I've finished college (I studied German, Politics and Early Modern/Medieval History) and I've firmed my top choice for university as University  College london (UCL) where I should (hopefully!) study European Social and Political Studies, which is essentially a philosophy/history and international politics degree, with a major  in German and a minor in Mandarin. I'm still at NCB as a Young Research Advisor and I'm still a Member of Youth Parliament. I also now volunteer at a Rainbows group. Carys and I also got the news today that we're going to be speaking to the Treasury about the importance of funding for education and youth services. I also gave evidence to the House of Commons' Education Select Committee on my experience  of education during COVID, and I've been nominated for two national awards in the past year. Basically, it's been a whirlwind. I'm also extremely lucky to have won the Zonta Award's Young Women in Public Affairs Award on the district level and placed third on a district with over 1700 members  from countries including the UK, France, Russia and Guadeloupe.


Carys Hoggan

"After finishing studying Medieval History, German and English Literature (as well as teaching myself Psychology A Level), I will go to the University of Oxford to study Psychology and Linguistics at St Hilda's College, should I get the grades. The combined course is perfect for me as it combines my love for languages with my love for psychology and sociology, as well as my passion to make this word a better place. I hope to complete a few internships too in the holidays, especially if they're in different countries! From university, I don't know what I'll do but I hope to combine the two fields to possibly specialise in psycholinguistics during masters or go on to psychiatry with that specialism and complete a doctorate, it depends on what interests me at university!"

September 2020

Lovely to see Bethan in the Farnborough Sixth Form Prospectus

December 2019

Bethan Hoggan speaking at the UK Youth Parliament

November 2019

Kathryn Austin now studying A levels raised a lot of money Braving the Shave for MacMillan Cancer.

She donated 24 inches of hair to the Little Princess Trust, so we hope at least one little girl will have a natural hair wig to wear soon.

Money raised is still being counted but stands confirmed at over £1,100. That's more than enough to provide full time care of a Macmillan Nurse for a week.

Below are before and after photos. Naturally, the support of best friends, who helped with the restyle was essential!


2018 Leavers

June 2023

Molly Childerhouse (2018 Leaver)



March 2021

Anna Kouris (2018 Leaver) is now studying American Studies and history at Sussex University, with a third year in the US.

March 2019

Rosie Boddy (2018 Leaver) has successfully obtained an aerosystems apprenticeship with Airbus starting in September. Last year over 4,000 people from around the country applied to start an apprenticeship with aviation giant Airbus for just 150 places. Rosie always had a keen interest in aeronautical engineering and we couldn't be prouder of her achievements. We would like to wish Rosie luck as she moves to North Wales in September to embark on the start of her fantastic career in avionics.

December 2019

Tom Ferguson (2018 Leaver) has been awarded a Farnborough Airport Flying Scholarship. We wish him the best of luck as he pursues his dream.

2017 Leavers

May 2023
We are delighted that Rhian has graduated magna cum laude from McKendree University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science & Sports Performance and has been inducted into Iota Tau Alpha, the honor society chapter recognizing excellence in the study of athletic training. Read more...
September 2023

This has been a great year for Rhian Dobinson both academically and sporting.

In December 2022 she made the McKendree University’s  Dean’s list by having 3.8 Grade Point Average for the semester.

In January she qualified as European Level 2 Coach for tenpin bowling.

In April she qualified for the Intercollegiate Singles final in Las Vegas which is the top 24 Girls out of the 800 regional entries.  Where she finished 12th.

Finally in May, Rhian made the McKendree University’s  President list for having a 4.0 GPA for the semester.

She is going into her Senior Year but is likely to have enough credits to graduate with honours in Exercise Science and performance with a minor in Sport Psychology in December when she goes on to start her Masters in Athletic Training.

March 2021

Emily Mason (2017  Leaver) graduated from The School of Ballet Theatre UK in the summer of 2020 with a First Class Honours with Preponderance, and has recently signed her first professional dance contract to work in Greece this summer. How exciting!

April 2019

Rhian Dobinson won the Bronze Medal representing England in the Girls Doubles at the World Bowling Junior Championships in Paris. Well done Rhian, we are very proud of you! Read the News & Mail article here...

June 2019

Further success for Rhian at the Junior Nationals - Read the News & Mail article here...

2016 Leavers

December 2021

Kaylum Robinson has had a love of art since preschool and is now in his 3rd year at UWE in Bristol doing a Graphics degree. Always the entrepreneur, Kaylum created his own brand label and has recently organised some pop-up shops, collaborating with other artists most recently in Oxford Street. Callum Jones – also a 2016 leaver, who is studying a filming degree, has been creating some brilliant promotional footage for them like this one. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CW6N6hiD_Gf/?utm_medium=copy_link.

October 2018

Following an A* in his Art GCSE here at Wavell, Kaylum Robinson (2016 Leaver) has since gone on to achieve an A* in Graphics A level and has started an Art Diploma at UCA in Farnham this September. He recently completed this wonderful piece as part of the Fine Art module. Stunning!

July 2018

Tazmin Porter (2016 Leaver) has secured a place at Central Saint Martin’s, a world-famous arts and design college in London, following a highly successful completion of her Fashion BTEC at College. We wish her the very best of luck!

Some photographs of her wonderful creations from the College Fashion Show....


Spring 2018

Callum Jones (2016 leaver) is studying film studies at Farnborough Sixth Form College and has been using his skills taught to him by Mr Branch to good effect in the films he has been making as part of his course. One of his films was recently shortlisted for the Camberley International Film Festival, he didn't win but just to be shortlisted was a huge achievement as he made it to the top 20. Many of the films were from University students and graduates. His film tutor has submitted his film to the WJEC Film Festival run by the Exam Board too. He has a real passion for film and he has said that it is the skills that Mr Branch gave him that have enabled him to put his ideas into action. It also helps that he can act in his films too if needed! Thank you Mr Branch.

2015 Leavers

July 2021

Julia Jones (now Indiana) left Wavell in 2015.  She was presented with her BSc Honours (First) in Ecology and Conservation at Edge Hill University July 2021.

She is now staying on at Edge Hill to do a Masters (Res), so the story continues!


JudoSept 2015

2015 Leaver, Daniel Holt wins Gold at the Sainsbury's School Games. Congratulations Dan!

See this article in the local press....



2014 Leavers

November 2022

Kennedy Robinson (2014 Leaver) is currently loving her job as Project Manager at Arcadis following  a 4 Year Degree Apprenticeship and is very proud to be a female working in Engineering.


She has even worked at the Queens Jubilee and Funeral this year.

August 2018

Ella Stokes (2014 leaver) has been announced as winner of a new scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire funded by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Congratulations Ella!

April 2017

Josh Sherrington (2014 Leaver) visited the School on 3rd April 2017 to share his journey to success as a GB Roller Hockey player and coach with our Year 7 & 8 students. We were delighted that he returned to share his enthusiasm and inspire our students. Thank you Josh!



January 2017
Matt Kouris
(2014 Leaver) is on contract to London Irish!

Good Luck with the training Matt.



March 2016

Matt Kouris (2014 Leaver) has been called to represent under 18's England rugby v Scotland in Edinburgh this weekend.

In February Matt captained London Irish to win the Aviva under 18's National Premiership, unbeaten with a win against Gloucester Academy in the final.

Matt spoke the following weekend to an audience of about 400 supporters/club members and players at the Madjeski stadium in a suite after the first team match on a podium with Dec Danaher,Nick Kennedy and Paul Hodgson ,his coaches, all ex internationals.

Well done Matt- we are STILL very proud of you.

November 2014

AwardOn 6th November 2014, Mr Panons and and Mr Fearn attended the Hampshire Schools Sport Awards in Winchester.

Having nominated Matthew Kouris (2014 Wavell Leaver) for an award, Mr Fearn was delighted to be asked to introduce him on stage as he was announced as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious ‘Outstanding Sportsperson Award’. Presenting Matt with his trophy was the 2011 winner who has since gone on to international stardom and was celebrating a Gold medal win in the Commonwealth Games for England in the summer. He is in good company!

Matt, now at Seaford College and still playing for London Irish and England U16’s Rugby Team, is hopeful of more success in the near future. He is a credit to the School and we are all very proud of him.

2013 Leavers

January 2019

June 2018

Ishita Jha (2013 Leaver) has graduated with First Class Honours in Economics along with a Dean's list award for her achievements. Huge congratulations Ishita!

Nov 2016

Eloise Robinson (2013 Leaver) is now in the final year of her BA (Hons) make-up and hair design degree at Southampton Solent University. 

She recently undertook work experience over summer and the University has written up an article about her on the Solent website:


July 2016

Congratulations to George Lamport (2013 Leaver) who has recently won the Haringey Cup, Europe's biggest amateur boxing title, on his senior debut.

See this article in the local press...

March 2015

We are excited to hear that former student, Jools Pape has been offered a place at Cambridge University to study human, social and political sciences.

Congratulations Jools! The Wavell wishes every success in your future studies.

2012 Leavers

March 2018

Former Student James Spray (2012 leaver and speaker at our 2017 Prize Giving), joined the Farnborough College of Technology to study Catering where he had the privilege of competing in a few national competitions. 

Catering StudentsHe walked away with a few gold medals along the way, as recorded in this FCoT publication in 2013 and one of which even landed him a cooking journey to Sri Lanka.

He is now working as the Private Chef for the Earl & Countess of Wessex. An amazing achievement and fantastic opportunity, we are very proud of you James!

James returned to the Wavell to give current Year 11 students a Masterclass before their practical exams. Read more here..


Charlotte Pickett (2012 leaver), recently graduated with 2:1 Honours in Secondary Teaching from the University of South Wales. 

She has been appointed on a full time permanent teaching contract for a Design and Technology position at The Blandford School in Dorset starting in September. I am 'very excited to provide my students with the same amazing opportunities and care I received myself.'

Oct 2016

Ben Cayless (2012 leaver) is on a study year abroad at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, after completing the first two years of his maths degree at the University of Bath. He's having a fantastic time studying maths and exploring the amazing country. He'll be returning to Bath to finish his master's degree next summer.


CambridgeMarch 2015

We are excited to hear that former students, Claire Gooding has been offered a place at Cambridge University to study veterinary medicine.

Claire is currently on a gap year and is preparing for 3 months in South America including 2 months working in an animal sanctuary in Bolivia.

Congratulations Claire! The Wavell wishes you every success in your future studies.

February 2014

We are delighted to have been informed that two of our past students have been offered places at Oxbridge this year;

Lucinda Rhodes (2012 Leaver)to study Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford

Jago Thornton (2012 Leaver) to study Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge

Congratulations Lucinda and Jago! The Wavell wishes you both success in your further studies.

December 2014
Rushmoor Arena Magazine

Former student, Jago Thornton(2012 Leaver), takes part in International Competition...

Rushmoor Arena

2011 Leavers

August 2017

Heather Selley (2011 Leaver) graduated from Exeter University(Falmouth Campus) with a First Class Geography Honours Degree. She then completed a Masters in Glaciers and Glaciation at Aberystwyth and is now studying for a PhD at Leeds and has had a paper published picked up by the BBC amongst others  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56171302

2011 Leaver, Lucy Coleman speaking about her journey into Higher Education and life at Bath University on YouTube

Summer 2013

Farnborough College of Technology publication - College ID

Former student, Aneekah Hussain(2011 Leaver), excels in Floristry...

 WordSkills Floristry Competition

2010 Leavers

September 2018

Steph Weller (2010 leaver) has made the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List 2018 which is due to be published later this month. The power list names the top 100 most influential people in the UK with a disability or impairment. Previous names in the 2017 list include Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey and broadcaster Andrew Marr. This is the first major recognition Steph has had for her work. Congratulations from all at Wavell, it’s a massive achievement.

July 2015

Three former Wavell students are  taking on the Mongol Rally 2015 which begins on 19th July  in a classic mini and a Peugeot 106 in aid of Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Mitchell Willmott, Matthew Barnes and Kane Ashwood, who all left the Wavell in 2010, along with a fourth team member, will be travelling 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe and Asia with no backup, no support and no set route. You can keep up-to-date with their adventure and sponsor them here via Facebook.

June 2015

Nepal Photography ProjectFormer student, Naomi Wonders, earns top grade for her photography project and makes the local news...



2009 Leavers

BenBenjamin Payne went on to Farnborough College of Technology after leaving Wavell in 2009 where he followed a BTEC Course in Sports Science and Exercise.


Benjamin recently graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Physiotherapy (BSc (Hons))

 He is now in full-time employment.

July 2015 

JRWe were delighted to have former student, James Rowland as our guest speaker at this year's Prize Giving. James is currently studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Read more about his operatic success...


2008 Leavers

August 2017

Luke Selley(2008 Leaver) qualified from Peninsular Medical School as a Doctor of Medicine Doctor of Surgery and has just completed his first Foundation year and is now in his fifth year  as a doctor in Newcastle.  

SophieSophie  Payne left Wavell in 2008. She went on to Farnborough Sixth Form to do A levels 

Sophie has since graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Adult Nursing (BNurs (Hons))

Sophie is now in full-time employment.


2007 Leavers

If you left in 2007 and have any news please do contact us!

2006 Leavers

Former Student


Former Student Tom Khalil,  2006 leaver. 

Tom joined Hampshire Constabulary as PCSO after college and was based at Aldershot Police Station and loved his work there within the Community, receiving a Bronze Award in 2012 from the Chief Constable, for Providing Excellent Service.

In the summer of 2014 he joined the Metropolitan Police and Passed Out as a Police Constable at Hendon Police College on the 13th March 2015.  

 1986 Leavers

Former Wavell Student John Sudworth, 1986 leaver was invited to be our guest speaker at our 50th Anniversary celebrations in the same year that he turned 50! Unfortunately he was unable to be with us in person due to the COVID pandemic however he recorded this special speech for us...