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Insp Steve Allison Nov 28 pic

Inspector Steve Alison [2006] leads his cadets at the High Sheriff’s Justice Service.

Insp Steve Allison Nov 28 picSt Albans cadets took part in the recent High Sheriff’s Justice Service. The service is held annually to recognise those who work or volunteer in law and order and the cadets were invited by High Sheriff

Suzy Harvey. Insp Steve Alison, who leads the St Albans and Harpenden Cadets, said: “Once again it as fantastic to be a part of this prestigious service and I would like to thank the High Sheriff for inviting us to attend.” Cadets welcomed the guests before escorting the procession from St Albans useum + Gallery to the cathedral. Police cadets are aged 13 to 18 and learn about police procedures and the law and work with officers at community events. To find out more about Hertfordshire’s volunteer police cadet programme, visit www.herts.police. uk/Information-andservices/ Get- nvolved/ Cadets/Cadets.

Photo. The cadets lined up behind (left to right) Insp Steve Alison, High Sheriff Suzy Harvey, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Hertfordshire’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

Herts Advertiser ( Harpenden Edition); 28th November 2018

Georgia Danso

Georgia Danso (2011) in the Spotlight

Georgia Danso The RPS Newsletter ‘Round up’ features a Spotlight on a former pupils that have been strongly involved in the Expressive Arts.  In a November issue , ‘we’ talk to Georgia Danso about her life since taking on music and Performance studies at A level.

“I took Drama & Theatre Studies as one of my A levels.  I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to pursue as a career, however I knew that I wanted to be in a creative industry.

I chose Drama for a number of reasons. Firstly, I didn’t get the chance to take GCSE Drama so felt this was a good chance to utilise my drama abilities and work on basic skills. I participated in extra curricular art activities and wanted to build my knowledge, theory and experience in an educational setting. It was a good subject in combination with my other A Level options (Sociology, English Literature, Psychology); I often found certain topics/skills overlapped and therefore helped develop my understanding. I feel that it helped me gain strong communication skills, the confidence to think creatively, the ability to prioritise tasks, develop teamwork skills as well as create ideas with a range of people in mind.

One of the biggest challenges I faced whilst undertaking Drama A level was having to constantly push myself out of my comfort zone and learning to not worry about how I would be perceived by peers. It was also hard to find the balance between creative development and theory and managing my time to ensure I worked to the best of my capability but within a realistic time limit was always something I had to work on.

After A levels I went on to study Retail Marketing and I enjoyed my course, however it was important that I still kept up my drama and dance as extra curricular activities.  Drama was a great experience and has benefitted me in many ways both in my studies and afterwards. It was a very diverse subject that covered a range of topics and required various personal skills such as presentation skills, developing workshops, working as teams in seminars, developing innovative marketing ideas and approaches. My experience studying Drama at A Level enhanced my ability to perform these tasks effectively. It helped with my organisational skills, the ability to work with various types of people, my time management but most importantly my communication skills. From the interview stage to being in the practical work place, communication skills in marketing and any industry are essential to perform a task efficiently and to ensure everyone has the same understanding of what needs to be achieved.

Studying Drama also built my confidence in communicating with people, understanding people in social situations as well as the importance of finding a good balance in life. It has never hindered my opportunities in life since taking the course. It was something I was so certain I wanted to achieve and I am happy with my A Level choices. I personally believe it is best to work to your strengths and to study something you have a strong interest in. If anything, it made me realise that perhaps I should have used my university time to focus more on my creative interests i.e take modules in creative arts, participate in more extra curricular activities etc.

Your parents are very influential and are important people to discuss your options with. Nevertheless, it is crucial that you pick options that you truly have an interest in or may benefit your future career, (if you have thought of one). Like many students, at the stage of my choosing A Levels, I didn’t have a firm idea of what career I wished to pursue but if you opt for subjects that you enjoy and that are diverse then you’ll develop various skills that can be applied to any future role.

Having recently returned from a long travel trip I am now undertaking some freelance marketing work part time until I find the next perfect marketing opportunity”.​

If you have a story you’d like to share with us about how studying Art, Music, Drama, PE, Textiles or Photography at RPS has influenced your life since school, then please get in touch with m.garbutt@roundwoodpark.co.uk

Sarah Jane Marchon 2004

Sarah Jane Marchon [2004]

Sarah attended St. Mary’s University, Twickenham and gained a BA in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts. Sarah is currently a Marketing and Events Administrator at Protection Group International in London.

Jonathan Bowd [1993]

Jon graduated from the University of Birmingham.  He worked as a Contract Consultant at Computer People and then The Venus Group before embarking on a career in the newspaper/marketing industry. Initially he worked as a reporter for the Kentish Times newspaper before moving to The Independent in London; first as a sub-editor  through to Foreign News Editor and also as a News Editor. Jon then moved to take up a post as Managing Editor at the law practice of Freshfields, Bruckhaus and Derringer in London. He is currently Head of Content Marketing at this practice.

July 2016

Sally Moss D 2013

Sally Moss [2005]

After leaving school in 2005, I attended Aston University and graduated with a 2:1 degree in Marketing (BSc). Over the past five years I’ve worked at O2, London 2012 and BSkyB. My roles have all been in brand and marketing, working across campaigns, advertising, creative services and brand guardianship.
Sarah Lawrence 2012

Sarah Lawrence (nee Binnie) [2000]

After completing her A levels in the Sixth Form, Sarah began her career as an accounts manager/executive in a number of companies.  From there she moved into marketing and has since moved from her previous position of Senior Launch Manager at EE to become Senior Brand Manager at Boots.  [updated May 2013].