The St Lawrence Academy Alumni

The St Lawrence Academy has provided a transformational learning experience for many of our young people as they journeyed into their futures. We are extremely proud to hear the stories of the exciting and successful ventures students have undertaken once they move on from the academy.

To get to know us better, we invite you to read about and watch some of our stories as they represent the true character of our great school.

.If you are a past student of the academy and would like to share your successes and story with us, please complete this google form link – TSLA Alumni

April McNamara :

April McNamara

Name: April McNamara
Left the Academy: 2008
Location: Scunthorpe
About me:
It has been 8 years since I left school and it hasn’t been a breeze, however I have done well for myself. I have a degree in Animal Nursing and I have an NVQ Level 2 in Hair Dressing.  When I left college, I started working as a Factory Packer, then I worked my way up and became a Care Assistant.  From there things got better and I landed myself a job at British Telecom as a Detentions Advisor.  I am now an Installations Coordinator for Wren Kitchens and hopefully soon I will become a manager. So never get down about life because it is only you who can change it.

Joe Marshall :

Joe Marshall

Name: Joe Marshall
Left the Academy: 2011
Location: Scunthorpe
About me:
Since leaving the academy I went onto to work in America, coaching Football with UK International Soccer Camps. I am now graduated from Southampton Solent University, doing a BA Honours Degree in Football Studies. During my 3 years at University, I have a also worked for Southampton Football Club as a Foundation Coach. I am looking to move to UEFA B Coaching License and move into a full time coaching job.

Jake Smith :

Jake Smith

Name: Jake Smith
Left the Academy: 2010
Location: Scunthorpe
About me:
After leaving the academy I studied a BTEC extended diploma in Sport course for 2 years at John Leggott College. After that I then spent 2 years at Leeds Metropolitan University studying a Sport Coaching course. When I finished university I was lucky enough to be scouted to play A-Grade cricket and coach in Perth, Australia for 6 months. This was an amazing opportunity for me and I feel that I have learnt an awful lot from it. Since my return from Australia I have got myself a job as a PE and Sport teacher at Bottesford Junior school in Scunthorpe.

Natasha Pell :

Natasha Pell

Name: Natasha Pell
Left the Academy: 2013
Location: Gordonstoun, Scotland
About me:
I left the St Lawrence Academy in 2013 and when I left I applied to attend an elite boarding school in the north of Scotland, Gordonstoun. 7 former students have been to Gordonstoun to complete their A-Levels and it is definitely a risk worth taking.
Since arriving I have met the Duke of Edinburgh, been a head girl, spoken in front of governors, parents, staff and students, represented the highland district for hockey, captained the school hockey team managing to qualify for the top 8 schools in Scotland, done two expeditions (both 3 days and 2 nights), sailed around the Isle of Skye, on my way to completing my Gold D of E and gone to a remote village in Northern Thailand to build water tanks. And on top of all this, I have met some amazing people from all over the world, from Northern Ireland to Australia and Oman to Switzerland.
All of these experiences were unbelievably rewarding but challenging in their own way. I would highly recommend this school as somewhere to go once leaving the St Lawrence Academy, it opens an endless amount of doors for the rest of your life and will be something you would not regret.

Amy Hardy :

Amy Hardy

Name: Amy Hardy
Left the Academy: 2011
Location: Northumbria University, Newcastle
About me:
I’m currently in my second year, training to be a paediatric nurse at Northumbria University in Newcastle, it’s a very rewarding career and I have loved every minute so far. I have been on placement in a variety of settings such as a respiratory ward at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Outpatients department and I am with the school health team at the moment. All throughout there have been many situations which are challenging and emotional but it’s definitely worth it to see the smiles that come from the children and their family & knowing I have been a part of their care.

Nathan Togun :

Nathan Togun

Name: Nathan Togun
Left the Academy: 2012
Location: Loughborough University, Loughborough
About me:
Since leaving the academy I studied for 2 years at Loughborough college doing a BTEC level 3 extended diploma In sports performance whilst still training for GB Athletics. I then stayed here to train for the GB Bobsleigh Team as well as sprinting and have now finished my first year of a sports science degree at Loughborough University

Chloe Drury :

Chloe Drury

Name: Chloe Drury
Left the Academy: 2012
Location: Birmingham
About me:
Since leaving the Academy in 2012, I gained an academic scholarship that allowed me to attend Gordonstoun School in Scotland for sixth form and take my A-levels there. After completing my A-levels and leaving Gordonstoun I am now at university, studying for a BSc Mathematics degree at the University of Birmingham

Mehnaz Choudhury :

Mehnaz Choudhury

Name: Mehnaz Choudhury
Left the Academy: 2011
Location: London
About me:
Hi I’m Mehnaz and I left TSLA in 2011. I took a gap year after college and now I’m studying BSc Social Work – (Mental Health pathway) at the University of West London.
I chose London because the opportunities are endless, there is so much to do and see (just look at my bedroom view if that isn’t a reason I don’t know what is hehe!) I explored and contemplated different careers within Mental Health for years but chose MH Social Work for it’s holistic approach, it likes to focus on ways to prevent illness rather than try cure it. It’s a challenging but very rewarding career!  3 things to remember: Dream big. Be patient. Believe in yourself.

Charlie Henderson :

Charlie Henderson

Name: Charlie Henderson
Left the Academy: 2014
Location: Leeds
About me:
Since leaving the academy I moved to Leeds to attend the Ofsted Outstanding Notre Dame Sixth Form College where I study 4 A levels (History, PE, English and Psychology).  I am also a part of their successful football academy which recently became West Yorkshire Under 19’s champions. It was a big step up from school and moving to a huge city, but it has been thoroughly enjoyable and there are some great people here. After college I hope to go out to America on a sports scholarship programme – we’ll see.

Tom Brook :

Tom Brook

Name: Tom Brook
Left the Academy: 2012
Location: Scunthorpe
About me:
Since leaving school I have completed a 2 year apprenticeship with a local civil engineering company (Clugston Construction) and have now moved on to a trainee position. Although the company is based in Scunthorpe, I am currently placed on Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal in Mablethorpe, which is controlled by Conoco Phillips. I am also studying part time at Leeds College of Building on a Higher National Diploma. Here are some of my duties as a trainee engineer:
– Setting out dig lines for machines, slabs, beams, plinths, bolts and steel work
– Working with different trades such as joiners, steel fixers, pipe fitters and ground workers
– Using instruments such as a Total station/ EDM, telescopic level, CAT & Genny and laser levels
– Giving different trades the levels that they request
– Being able to read complex drawings and understand the construction process
– Produce documents for future reference for management and the cycle of the site
– Cubing up quantities for concrete when pouring slabs, beams, plinths, blinding and back blinding.

Sam Reid :

Sam Reid

Name: Sam Reid
Left the Academy: 2011
Location: Chester
About me:
I’m currently working at a cocktail bar in Chester called Barlounge. What started as a part time job, escalated into a full time career. So far I’m the venue’s events
manager and recruiter with my management training coming up this year. Already my company has rewarded my work with a trip to Champagne in France and a weekend in London, all expenses paid for both. I work roughly 70-80 hours a week but when you enjoy what you do, you live to work and don’t work to live.