Alumni News

Wren Alumni return to school

Wren Alumni 2016 group

On 14 September we held our first ever Wren Alumni Day. Tempted in by the promise a tour of our recently opened Primary and completed buildings, 20 of our former students came back to Wren for the day. They were able to meet up with old friends, chat to their former teachers and engage in a healthy bout of nostalgia.

The students we invited in were members of our first ever pioneer year group who started at the school in September 2008. They progressed through the school, being the first to experience every new stage of education at Wren. As you can imagine, they were a group of students who we got to know very well and who contributed a great deal to our success. They have now completed their first year at university and we were therefore keen to find out about their progress and also utilise their experiences for the benefit of current Wren students.

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The Wren alumni spent time presenting to Year 10-13 students and passing on their experience of a range of universities and courses. Students were able to find out first hand what it is currently like to study at Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Warwick, Birmingham and a number of other institutions. Our returning students were also able to share what it is like to study a range of courses such as Chemistry, English, Dentistry, Mechanical Engineering and Psychology.

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The visiting students did a great job of providing information that would help Wren students think more about university and the sort of course they may aspire to take. It was wonderful to see how willing the ex students were to present themselves as role models to younger students and inspire them to aim high.
 
Everyone involved was very positive about the day and keen to make it an annual event which all former students can contribute to. We will also be finding ways to strengthen our Alumni Organisation and make the best use of their experiences for those who come after them.

Mohammad Bobarshad

We are pleased to be informed that Mohammad Bobarshad, a student from the first ever Wren cohort of students, is studying Software Engineering at the University of Tehran.


Philip Davies Wins Economics Award

Philip Davies has been awarded the T. Maelgwyn Davies Prize for best first year Economics Student 2016, Aberystwyth University.


Lily Hayward's Gap Year 2015

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Fantasies of adventure occupy the minds of many young children. Through their imagination, the kitchen table becomes a teleporter that can take them deep into unexplored territory as they tip-toe around monsters lurking in the dark. For many, these stories remain in their childhood and the imaginary travels cease to be entertained. However, in the summer of 2015, I was fortunate enough to live out a fantasy travel of mine that I’ve had since primary school. As a part of a British Exploring expedition team, I spent three weeks living in the Amazon Rainforest. Much of those weeks under the canopy were spent carrying out important scientific surveys of plant and animal life. All of this was for a rainforest organisation called Crees, based in the Manu National Park in Peru where we were staying. 

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We did the research as we made our way up and down trails, either already there, or that we had to cut ourselves. As we pushed past the end of the existing path, we got into  areas that were yet to be explored. Reaching areas of cloud forest where very few other humans are likely to have ever been to before. During our travels we encountered scorpions, the world’s most venomous spider (on numerous occasions) and spiders with legs so long and thin they could wrap them around your head. We had snakes slither around our legs at night, and we were even able to capture images of the elusive jaguar. Mornings were spent either watching monkeys, macaws, or seeing the sun rise above the ridges in the distance, across the river from the beach; at night, star gazing and falling asleep to the sounds of the rainforest.

The experience will stay with me all my life. It has without doubt influenced my choice of university course - archaeology. The expedition made me realise just how much I enjoy being outside and having the opportunity to explore and make discoveries. Since then, now further into my gap year, I have done work experience as a pastry chef in a restaurant in the USA , applied to my universities, and am planning many more trips for the coming year.