Here are some results from our alumni questionnaires:

Full name: Emma Spacey (nee Cochrane)

What year(s) were you a student at Rochester Independent College? 1998-1990

What did you study at RIC? A levels in Biology, English, French and Classical Civilisation

 

 

Squeal! What do you remember most? We all know schooldays are full of mixed memories, we want to hear the crackling tales.

– parties in the Good Companion Club

– the school talent nights – writing a cross between the Three Little Pigs and Shakespeare’s Corialanus which had roles for the tutors

– Graham’s debates

– working at the bottom of the garden so I could listen to Stephen play piano in the shed

– the canteen’s cakes and toasties

– When it all got a bit much, Simon De B telling me a very long story about playing a cricket match and having to walk home in the rain, which I think was some kind of analogy but I never understood it

– Brian ringing me at 8.30am on results day. I’d got outstanding grades. This was unbelievable to me as I thought I would always fail my exams.

– that Rochester Tutors helped turn my life around and gave me lifelong friends, for which I’ll always be grateful

Curly tails. What are you doing now?

I started training as Doctor, became an Award Winning Journalist and Magazine Editor, then returned to Medical Research (Genetics) for a few years and now teach science (all of them to A level) at a Swansea comprehensive school, have 4 degrees (and one day will finally get my doctorate) and write comedy scripts that almost get commissioned but not quite yet.

On the wing. What has been your highest flying moment since leaving?

I’ve been fortunate enough to do everything I’ve wanted. I’ve toured with rock bands, been on film sets, been involved in ground breaking research and now get to pass all that on to other people.

If you were a retake student – how did studying at RIC change your life?

I came to Tutors (as it was then), messed up and confused and came out confident and with a self-belief that I could achieve what I wanted to.

Liam BarnardFull name: Liam Barnard

What year(s) were you a student at Rochester Independent College? 2002-2003

What did you study at RIC? A Level Music

 

 

Squeal! What do you remember most? We all know schooldays are full of mixed memories, we want to hear the crackling tales.

The lovely atmosphere, the gardens in the sunshine and the real feeling that I was going somewhere!

Curly tails. What are you doing now?

I am now lecturing in Ethnomusicology at University of Kent whilst studying for my PhD in Ethnomusicology

On the wing. What has been your highest flying moment since leaving?

Getting a high merit for my MMus in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London, which still raises some eyebrows amongst staff at the School of Music and Fine Art at Chatham Dockyard, ironically a stone’s throw from RIC where it all started. Also, playing at the Cambridge Festival in front of over 10000 with my  African pop band, Monkfish.

Full name: Debi Berry

What year(s) were you a student at Rochester Independent College? 1990-1992

What did you study at RIC? English, Art and French

Squeal! What do you remember most? We all know schooldays are full of mixed memories, we want to hear the crackling tales.

I remember designing the sign to the Art Studio in the style of Mondrian which hung proudly at the entrance to the studio for the two years we were there. Only later did Jackie Clark confess to me that she hated that sign!

Curly tails. What are you doing now?

Photographic Director of Empire Magazine for the last 12 years in which time I’ve directed shoots with many of Hollywoods leading actors and directors including George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Steven Speilberg, Daniel Craig and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On the wing. What has been your highest flying moment since leaving?

Directing the final cast images for the last Harry Potter film.

Persuading Mel Gibson to paint his face blue to pay homage to his role in Braveheart.

Getting Anthony Hopkings and Jodie Foster back together to celebrate Silence of the Lambs.

Being told by Tom Cruise that I shot great covers.

 

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