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Melanie Cutler [1982]

A former pupil of Roundwood Park, Melanie Cutler is an artist who specialises in the political and social arena.  As well as traditional artistic skills, learned whilst at school like drawing, painting and sculpture, she chose to put all that on hold whilst bringing up her family.  Mel went to university in her late 40’s to get a degree in Fine Art.  Whilst studying she realised that the path she wanted to take was more gritty than the traditional art disciplines.

Choosing performance art and installation more recently, this artist wanted to challenge and stretch her practice, likewise her audience.  Her last exhibited work is controversial and tackles the issues of suicide and welfare reform, which polarises the opinions of those who see it.

Mel spent an extra year in 6th form at Roundwood, choosing to learn to type, alongside other administrative subjects.  This path took her to London where she worked in an office environment for many years.  Now this once frustrated artist is able to balance her creativity with her lifestyle, running a business and becoming a Director of a local charity. She continues to be an activist fighting inequality through her art.

You can see more of her work at


Ruth Carter [2011] Graduate entomologist.

Ruth graduated this summer [2015] with a BSc in Biology from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently on a 12 week secondment working on aphids and ants at the Austrian Institute of Science and Technology in Vienna. This follows on from her aphid work at Rothamsted for her Nuffield Project during her sixth form at Roundwood.

In September she will start an MSc at  Harper Adams University which has recently opened a new entomology building and will run a new post graduate course set up by Professor Simon Leather (President of the Royal Entomology Society).


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Greg Dickinson’s cycle route in France

Greg Dickinson [Class of 2008 & Ex Head Boy] is currently the Travel Editor at Rough Guides. He has most recently published an article on his exploits on a bike in France  wending his way from the Normandy coast of Caen to the Atlantic coast of La Rochelle.

To read the full article as it appeared in The Independent on Saturday 11th July 2015 click on the this link.



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Women’s Rugby Union: Seven try England give new coach flying start

England women’s new coach, Scott Bemand, got off to a winning start when his side scored seven tries to beat the United States 39-13 in the Rugby Super Sevens in Calgary. Emily Scott, Kaye Wilson, Rowena Burnfield and Sarah McKenna scored in the first half before a second from McKenna and tries from Marlie Packer and Rachel Lund completed the rout.

The Independent 29 June 2015