St John’s First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College Hi, I’m Harry! I joined Oakfield in 2005 and left in 2009 for Frome Community College; I’m now in my second year studying International Relations at the University of Cambridge. In my spare time I row, get involved with widening access to the university through tours and talks, as well as finding plenty of time to hang around with friends. At Oakfield I competed in public speaking championships and ran short-distance (100m, 4x100m) for the school. Afterwards, for my GCSEs, I made sure to do a language, which I’d definitely recommend. When I eventually applied to university, I found the first time round I wasn’t totally happy with the course I’d applied for and my offers, and so decided to do a gap year and find the perfect place for me. This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and so I’d always advise that you make sure you’re doing what you love!
Nicholas Truelove Trinity First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College / City of Bath College / University of Salford I was a pupil back in 1985 – 1989. My days at Oakfield were happy and productive days. Form tutors included Mrs Gregory, Mr Hicks, Miss Turnbull and Mr Davis. The four years spent at Oakfield included some great memories such as Charterhouse, a French Trip to Normandy, Bastille Day celebrations and using modern technology such as the cutting edge BBC B micro computers in the computer room. I joined in on school productions with minor parts as one of Fagins boys in Oliver, and a father to the bride in Peer Gynt. Other highlights include dressing as a Vicar in the RE room on a hot summer day and then passing out! Following Oakfield, I ventured on to Frome Community College and achieved an average set of GCSE results consisting of a number of B and C grades. Whilst looking to take on some A Levels, I also wanted to learn about Surveying, as I wanted to have an outdoor type career. As a back-up, I applied and successfully gained a place on a BTEC National Diploma in Construction. During the 2 year course I became more interested in Construction Technology and, due to being a keen drawer, I found preparing technical drawings of buildings hugely rewarding. I then opted to undertake a Building Surveying degree at the University of Salford and achieved a 2:1. During the degree, I spent a year in industry assisting McDonald’s Restaurants Project Managers with the development programme of opening 100 restaurants in a year and building restaurants in 48 hours and then 24 hours. Following completion of the degree, I was focused to gain a Building Surveying role and was successful in gaining a graduate role at a Private Practice in Epping, Essex with Stace LLP. I successfully gained sufficient experience and passed on my first attempt the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence in 2000. Whilst having worked at a number of practices in Essex, I am now a Senior Associate at Stace LLP. My work is varied and fulfilling including recent roles of managing and undertaking a building survey programme for the Royal Household which included surveys of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Other surveys undertaken during my career include Silverstone Race Circuit, convenience stores, public houses, old peoples homes, industrial buildings and residential properties. As a Building Surveyor, I also manage construction projects in the role of Employers Agent. In the role of Employers Agent I have worked with a team of other professionals in the construction of a new campus for the City of Westminster College and other large developments schemes ranging from £2m to £60m. Other professional work I undertake includes defect analysis, neighbourly matters and the role of Surveyor in accordance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. I am lucky to have a rewarding 20 year long (to date) career and am extremely grateful for the support that Oakfield provided me whilst I was a pupil.
Jake Malley Vallis First School/Oakfield School/Frome Community College I left Frome Community College in July 2016 after achieving four A*’s at A level in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. I am nearing the end of my first year at the University of Southampton where I am studying for a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems. I have recently been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) sponsored by BT and have also been selected for an internship with the iSolutions Enterprise Systems Development team at the university. One of my greatest achievements so far is the Plant Notes project I co-founded, Plant Notes is a system allowing anyone looking for a simple way to automate their plant’s environment from anywhere around the world via the internet. The system is fully scalable – from just a few plants being monitored and their environments adjusted to many thousands across a large area of land. The project won awards at The PA Consulting Raspberry Pi competition, at the National Science and Engineering Competition as part of the Big Bang Fair 2015 and were runners up at the Making Business Happen awards 2015.
Rosanna Peacock Trinity First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College The memories I have from Oakfield are some of the best that I can remember. I loved taking part in the school musical of Grease where I was able to dance and sing to my heart’s content, which was amazing; Miss Parsons was one of my favourite teachers as she was always so lovely and caring. There were also some great trips like Charterhouse where I learned how to do archery and was helped to overcome my fear of caving. However, the fun my friends and I had while helping at open evening in year 7 is my best memory of them all and one that I will never forget. I couldn’t have asked for a better time at Oakfield; although it had its ups and downs. I had Mr Gough as my year 7&8 tutor and he was very caring if you were upset and willing to help if there was an issue. I was pushed to do my best by some great teachers at Oakfield and made amazing friends along the way that I will know for many years to come. I completed my A Levels at Frome College last summer and was accepted into my first choice university, the University of Westminster, to study History.
Ed Curtis Trinity First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College I enjoyed my time at Oakfield very much, the teachers were always real good fun and I've got lots of fond memories from there. My fondest memories include the Year 6 trip to Osmington Bay - running round orienteering in the dark and it tipping down with rain. We all thought this was great! Similar trips such as Charterhouse in year 7 and 8 were also great fun! Sport has always been really important to me and as I've grown up I wanted my job to be equally as important and enjoyable. After leaving Frome College I attended Writhlington School, taking part in their Tennis Leaders Programme. During this time I completed my Level 1 LTA Coaching Qualification. Following on from this I was offered an apprenticeship with the LTA in Level 2 Tennis Coaching at Writhlington Tennis Centre for a year from Sep 2014 - Sep 2015. During this time I learnt a huge amount from very experienced coaches, and in April 2015 I was given the opportunity to go and do what I love in New Zealand!!!! I am now on the other side of the world coaching tennis in New Zealand. I teach adults and children at various tennis centres across the Wellington area and also teach pupils in schools. This whole tennis coaching journey really was like a breath of fresh air to me, it was a massive thing for me to decide to go to New Zealand and pretty tough to leave home but I knew it was a chance I couldn't miss out on and right now I don't regret my decision at all. I advise anyone who gets a similar chance to me to grab it with both hands!
Alex Nicol Leigh on Mendip First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College I left Frome Community College after achieving three 'Bs' at A level; Media Studies, Product Design and ICT together with two AS levels in Geography and Business Studies. During my gap year I worked as an Outdoor Education Development Coach at Mill on the Brue, as a Teaching Assistant at Rode First School and as a sales consultant at The Family Adventure Store. I have just graduated with a First in BA (Hons) Media Arts from Plymouth University where I won a regional Royal Television Society award for my film ‘Wars on the Moors’. This formed part of my final year assessment and has now been put forward for the RTS National Awards. My best memories of Oakfield School are the times spent in the Tech department, which included everything from making robots to cooking some cakes on an industrial level. The best memory has to be pushing a sack truck through the front corridor with another student in! I think my most inspiring teacher at the school has to be the Tech teacher Miss Law who I think really gave me my independence and the motivation, which made the move to the college much easier.
Michael Peacock Trinity First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College I enjoyed my time at Oakfield and made some good friends there. I was encouraged to work hard by the merit system and always strived to do my best. I wanted to be the star pupil or get on the role of honour! At Oakfield you get an introduction to new subjects and build your knowledge in different areas. My favourite teacher was Mr Davies. He made us laugh and made history interesting. Miss Parsons always cared about her students and she put me forward for a music workshop at Jackdaws which was great. Miss Barratt inspired me and encouraged me in my art. When I was in year 8, she predicted I would get A* in GCSE Art, and I did! I also remember Charterhouse very well – all the boys crowding round the TV with Mr Lewis to watch England play in Euro 2004. I completed my A levels at Frome College, went on to do an Art Foundation course in Bath and a degree in Graphic Design at University College Falmouth. I graduated with a 2:1 in July 2013 and now I work for brand design consultancy, Dew Gibbons, in London. My university portfolio: Dew Gibbons:
Guy Freeman St Johns First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College After leaving Oakfield School, like most people I then went to Frome college! Oakfield did their very best to set us up as a year group to start as year 9s. After gaining some very healthy GCSE results I made the decision to leave Frome College and join the performing arts 2 year course at Bath College. This was some very helpful training and helped me gain some independence. Once finished in Bath I then decided to have a couple of years outside of education and gain some 'life experience' and immediately moved to London. After working in some media work, building and bar work I decided to audition for drama schools. I am currently in my 3rd and final year at Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts studying Musical Theatre and have started work as a professional actor. I plan to continue into professional performance and hopefully make a living! I have many great memories of Oakfield (mainly the people!) One of my favourite teachers and year head was Mr Davies. We were both big sport fans and had a lot to talk about! My stand out memory was performing in my first ever musical 'Our Day Out' by Willie Russell. We took a trip as a cast to Bream and had our own day out!
Ben Collins Trinity First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College I left Oakfield in 2008 and went on to Frome College where I studied Law, Business and Biology A-Level. I am now working for a solicitors in Taunton as a legal assistant and am undertaking part time study to enable me to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive. Further to this, I intend on completing my Legal Practice Course to allow me to practise as a solicitor. Whilst at Oakfield my favourite teacher was Miss Lloyd who taught History and was my year 8 tutor. I most enjoyed my trips to Osmington bay and Charterhouse as well as being involved in the band for the school’s production of Grease.
Nick Snelling Vallis First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College At Oakfield I remember doing DT with Mr Sherwood and I enjoyed Charterhouse, especially the caving. My favourite teacher was Miss Penny. I currently work as a self employed Carpenter. After leaving school I did an advanced Carpentry qualification at Trowbridge College, equivalent to 2 A levels, followed by a CITB Apprenticeship.