Our Alumni

We are building a register of our alumni to share their stories with students who may be wondering where their studies could take them or be confused about the different routes at 16+. Using these accounts as case studies in our newsletter and on posters around the school, our young people can learn about and take inspiration from those who were once where they are now. We hope to enable students and parents, both today and in the future, to see the varied careers our alumni have progressed into and also demonstrate the many different routes to success.

If you attended one of the schools on our Box Lane site (Congleton High School, Heathfield High School or Congleton County Secondary School for Boys) and are interested in being part of this project, please contact our Communications Officer, Katrina Kenyon, by email: kkenyon@congletonhigh.com or call 01260 730123.

If you would like to keep in touch and up to date with the school and our alumni, we have a Congleton High Facebook page, a Congleton High group on Linked In, a Twitter account (@congletonhs) and also Instagram (congletonhs).

Please take a look at the first of the stories we have to share. Click on the names or photos to learn more about our former students' career paths after leaving CHS:

Patrick Wilson  1969 edited 1966-1971 Patrick Wilson - Retired Senior Atomic Energy Technologist

 "Always take learning opportunities and be ready for change. I never turned down a chance to learn and ended up teaching others."

MC 1984-1989 Mark Cartwright - Technical Director, Stoke City FC

“Through adversity, hard work AND only because I had an education behind me I have been able to achieve what I have in life as a professional sportsman.”

IMG_5105 1985-1990 Jamie Smith - Executive Director, South Staffs College

"I realised a long time ago that education really is the only way to transform your life chances."

Paul Strick 1987-1994 Paul Strick - Engineering Manager, Birmingham Airport

"If you hit a brick wall, don't give up and don't try to run through it. Climb over the wall or go around it! There isn't just one path to where you want to go."

Claire in Year 11 1988-1995 Claire Hatton (Davison) - Safety Unit Manager, Air Traffic Control Services

"Don’t be restricted by other people’s expectations and don’t be frightened to be unconventional. Pursue what you want to do, even if it’s not what anyone else is doing - be bold!"

Yvonne_School_Yr10a 1989-1996 Yvonne Wallace (Fraser) - Geophysicist, Australia

"A sincere thanks to all those teachers and other staff who made our school life so rich."

Sarah Johnson Image 1998-2004 Sarah Johnson - Head of Visual Art, Singapore

"Choose a path that is inspirational to you as an individual. You have to be able to enjoy your job and want to go to work every day."

Kirsty S 2000-2008 Kirsty Simpkins - Teacher, Marbella, Spain

"Follow your passion. Something may not seem easy at first but, with the right attitude, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve!"

school pic 2001-2008 Beckie Morley - Community Musician

“It’s really nice to work in such a rewarding job, where you make lots of people happy every day, through music.”

Duke of Edinburgh 2003-2008 Hannah Gilfoyle - Teacher

"School is the best time of your life and you don't realise that until it is over. Take advantage of every opportunity you get as you don't realise how lucky you are to be able to try new things."

ND Age 13ish 2003-2010 Nick Davies PhD - Trainee Patent Attorney

"It's ok to be unsure of where you are headed in life and, in fact, it can even be a good thing."

Me in Year 7 2006-2010 Lauren Edwards - Senior Patent Consultant, Arizona US

"Now I ask myself: 'What would you do if you weren't afraid?' - it helps me realise that my fear may be holding me back and that I should move out of my comfort zone if I want to progress."

Richard Ruane at CHS 2007-2014 Richard Ruane - Traffic Supervisor, BC Transport

"Channel more energy into finding ways of revision that work for you as not all methods work for everyone."

Ronan Clayton 1 cropped 2008-2013 Ronan Clayton - Hair Stylist/ Colourist

"I left with my GCSEs under my belt and, as a bonus, was also crowned Prom King!"

Booth_Jayne_002762_MZPYAYVU Year 10 _ 2008-2015 Jayne Booth - Manufacturing Technologies Intern, Airbus UK

"The preparation I received at CHS was invaluable and the opportunities far beyond any experience my current peers had."

crop 2011-2017 Laura Bailey - AC (Aircraftwoman), RAF

"I’m 21 and only just settled in my career path, and even at my age you still don’t have to know!"