Alumni News

Ben farrarBen Farrar:

On Wednesday 6th July, I attended my brother Ben’s graduation ceremony. Ben was a student at Hatch End High School from 2007 to 2013. He graduated with a First Class honours degree in Music from Birmingham University. On the day, he had to wear a special gown and mortar board and was awarded his degree in a very moving ceremony that took place in the University’s beautiful Great Hall. It was a very enjoyable day and I felt very proud of Ben.

By Thomas Farrar 7USa

Norina arifNorina Arif:

I left Hatch End High School in 2006 to go and pursue a career in Law. I studied LLB Law (with a Professional Placement) at Brunel University and graduated with a Second Class Honours (upper division) in 2012.

After working briefly for Matrix Chambers and Mrs Cherie Blair, I went on to do my Legal Practice Course in 2014. It was during my LPC that I was offered a training contract at Maclay Murray and Spens, a national full service commercial law firm. I started my training contract in 2015 and have so far completed my first seat (Commercial Dispute Resolution) and am currently in my second seat in Tax. My next seat is Corporate which I am due to start in January 2017.

I am thoroughly enjoying my training contract at MMS. It was an extremely difficult journey for me to get to where I am in my career but I am glad I stuck to my decision to pursue this profession because I am enjoying every second of it!

My advice to students would be to choose a profession that you really enjoy and be willing to pursue, regardless of how long it takes for you to reach your goals.

Mopani mkandawireMopani Mkandawire:

I left Hatch End High School in 2008 and then went on to study Foundations of Engineering at Brunel University and finally Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. My graduation was in 2012 with BSc Second Class Honours Degree.

I pursued my dream to become a pilot which hasn’t worked as planned but I still fly in my leisure time. I work within the financial industry because of my keen interest to improve my financial literacy and am a motivational speaker for the youth. The teachers and heads in Hatch End were like coaches and parents at the same time for me. Cherish them while you still have them.

My advice to all students would be to go after what you love as if your life depends on it. Why? Because it does.