Christopher Robert John [2005]

After his A  levels, Chris went to Sheffield University and gained a 1st class Honours BSc in Biochemistry. From there he did research in Bioinformatics at the University of Cambridge for his Ph.D.

Chris is currently (2016) a Research Associate at the University College, London, working on the bioinformatics of large scale clinical data from microarrays and RNA-seq.

Irina’s Romanian retreat for Yoga and Wellness

Irina Raileanu ( class of 2005) writes from near Pestera, Romania. After 3 months (and almost a lifetime) I’m finally doing exactly what I’m supposed to do, being exactly where I’m supposed to be and the best part being stupendously happy about it.

I’m extremely excited to let you all know we’re opening a permanent Yoga & Wellness Centre here in Transylvania.

I’d love to see you all here sooooooo…. get yourself together and message me!

Travel to Romania! I’d love to see you all here one day at AKASHA WELLNESS RETREAT.

Katie Brennan appears at the Edinburgh Fringe, August 2016.

Edinburgh Fringe features Harpenden performers

Harpenden actress and blogger Katie Brennan features in her comedy show, Katie Brennan’s Quarter-Life Crisis.

The former Roundwood Park School pupil was performing her show in London, when “it got picked up by a producer, who loved it, and we are now up here for a month.

“It is amazing – there is nothing like this festival.”

Katie described her performance as a “kind of comedy/cabaret show; it’s about being in your 20s, feeling a bit lost in life and about not knowing how to be a grown-up.”

She admitted to feeling nervous about appearing on Sky News tomorrow (Saturday) for an interview about her show as, “I’m terrified I’m going to swear on live TV!”

Katie went on: “This is the fourth time I’ve performed here, but I’ve been coming to Edinburgh since 2006, as a reveller or a spectator – I’m obsessed with the festival.

“It’s a great way to be creative, and I’ve made some lovely friends through it.”

The 29 year old, who has a BA (Hons) in English literature and drama, praised her former school for helping to set her on her current path, particularly as she was helped by “lovely and supportive drama and music teachers”.

Asked about her stay in Edinburgh, Katie joked, “I’m yet to have a deep-fried haggis”.

The Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

Dating back to 1947, this year’s Fringe will see 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows, from 48 countries, at 294 venues across Edinburgh.

These range from big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, with the festival including theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

• Katie Brennan’s Quarter-Life Crisis is at the Underbelly, George Square, between August 5-14 and 16-29. To read her blog go to

• BLUSH is also at the Underbelly, August 5-15 and 17-28.

Courtesy of the Herts Advertiser 17th August 2016



Sophie Whitwood Johnston 2005

Sophie (whitwood) Johnston (2005)

After her A’levels Sophie gained a BA in Early Childhood Studies and Deaf Studies from the University of Wolverhampton. She then went to City University, London, where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma (merit) in Speech and Language Therapy.

Her first post as a Speech and Language Therapist was at the central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. From there she moved to New Zealand to take up a similar post at Sommerville Special School in Auckland. This was a full time position working in a special school in Auckland City catering for children 5-21 years with learning disabilities and complex needs. The school was set across a ‘base school’ as well as a number of satellite classes within local mainstream schools.

Sophie has returned to the UK and is now a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

20-something Katie in quarter life crisis

Actress and blogger Katie Brennan (class of 2005) and her band look at the quarter life crisis in a show in London this Saturday, March 19. Katie, who hails from Harpenden and was a student at Roundwood Park School, is performing Twentysomething: The Quarter Life Crisis Cabaret at St James Theatre in Palace Street from 8pm.

Packed with music, comedy and cabaret, the show tackles everything from Facebook to flat shares and weddings to woeful bank accounts as it looks at twenty somethings struggling to find their place in the world.

Original songs have been written by Joseph Atkins and joining Katie will be Debbie Chapman, vocals, Matt Billups, drums and Sam Weston, bass.Katie trained at the Guildford School of Acting and has had numerous credits at theatres across the UK.

Tickets are £12.50 and £17.50,

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Article reprinted from The Herts Advertiser March 17th 2016

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Katie Brennan’s new show in London

Katie [class of 2005] is an accomplished actress, blogger, teacher and playwright. Her latest and upcoming production is a one-woman show ‘Twentysomething – The Quarter-Life Crisis’ at the St James theatre in Victoria on 29th January & 19th March 2016. Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes including interval

Are you crippled by student debt? Working an unpaid internship? Trying to find Prince Charming on Tinder? Spending the majority of your time watching Netflix or doing essential quizzes on Buzzfeed? Welcome to the life of a modern day Twentysomething!

Join actress and blogger Katie Brennan for a new show, packed with music, comedy and cabaret all about living that Quarter Life Crisis life! From facebook to flatshares, weddings to woeful bank accounts, career conundrums to chronically crap sex, come and raise a big glass of gin to all those twentysomethings struggling to find their place in the world!

For more information go to the St James theatre websiteand there’s also a link on Youtube – Click Here.

Musical Director- Joseph Atkins

‘A superb and sensitive pianist’ Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

‘Katie Brennan’s impeccable delivery is hysterical and the perfect recipe for a comic dream.’ West End Frame

‘Both completely loveable AND completely ridiculous!’ Musical Theatre Review

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Robbie Redway’s musical debut album

Robbie Redway [class of 2005] has teamed up with Harry Agius to form AKASE and they have just released their debut single called ‘rust’.

AKASE is the natural coming together of two inquisitive musical minds. One of them, Harry Agius, comes from an accomplished electronic background, and the other, Robbie Redway, has grown up playing in numerous bands. Having been friends for years, both were keen to expand their sonic horizons and so began working together in 2012.

Inspiring and influencing each other with their own different perspectives and starting points, the ensuing years have seen the pair get together on a number of occasions for sporadic recording sessions. The unforced, non pressured nature of their collaboration has a been a good thing, though, as it lends AKASE’s music a liveliness and realness that cannot be taught.

Given Agius’ knack for writing compelling electronics as Midland, and Redway’s penchant for writing proper hooks and moving lyrics, their sound is a perfect coming together of dance and indie. Like a select number of live electronic acts before them, AKASE marry melancholy with romance, synth hooks with stirring vocals. They aren’t driven by dance floor functionality, but instead by composition and compelling musical stories. Summer 2015 will see the project coalesce proper, with a debut album, Graspers, having been signed by influential label !K7 and live shows to follow. As such, get ready for a refreshing new addition to the thriving little niche where dance, sombre avant pop and indie all collide.

Information courtesy of their web page

Tariq Khan 2014

Tariq Khan [2005]

After studying Business, Economics, ICT & General Studies in the Sixth Form, Tariq went on to gain an honours degree in Business and Management from Oxford Brookes University in 2009. Tariq joined TUI IK & Ireland in 2010 as a graduate trainee and has progressed within the company where he is now the Commercial Manager UK.

Adam Hayward 2013

Adam Hayward [2005]

Adam gained a BA(hons) in Events Management from the Leeds Metropolitan University.  During and since that time he has gained experience in a wide range of events management positions and activities. Currently Adam is the Course Coordinator of MSc Oil and Gas Management and Bachelor of Business Administration at Greenwich School of Management.  Whilst working at Greenwich School of Management, Adam continued his studies and gained an MBA (distinction) in Strategic Management from the University of Plymouth in 2012.

Katie Thornton 2012

Kate Thornton [2005]

Kate gained a BA in French & Management from the University of Leeds in 2009. She has since worked in marketing and brand management before establishing her career in accounts and account management. Kate is currently an Account Manager at Great Ormond Street  Hospital Childrens’ Charity.