Our Hall of Fame

At Castle Manor Academy we are extremely proud of the success of our students. This doesn’t end when they leave Castle Manor Academy and we really enjoy hearing about the successes of our past students. The short “Hall of Fame” below lists some of the previous students that we are particularly proud of.

Name: Chris Burge Chris Burge Chris Burge
Years attended: 2002 – 2007
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Current Occupation: Solicitor
   
Biography:
I attended Castle Manor both as a GCSE student and as a Sixth Former. I achieved 13 GCSE qualifications finishing top in my year group. I took 4 A-levels at Sixth Form: English Language, English Literature, History and Religious Studies. I had always been interested in a career in law and the staff at Castle Manor were never less than completely supportive of my ambitions. In 2007 I began my LLB Law degree at the University of Essex. I graduated in 2010 with a First and already had a job lined up working for the University in their Marketing and Student Recruitment Department for a year – a role I thoroughly enjoyed.Having secured a training contract with the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in London I commenced the LPC (Legal Practice Course) at the College of Law (now University of Law) completing the post-graduate qualification in Summer 2012 with a Distinction. I started my training contract in September 2012 and will qualify as a solicitor in 2014. None my achievements would have been possible had it not been for the variety of experiences I had whilst at Castle Manor; my time there has definitely shaped who I am today.

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Name: Laura Humphry
Years attended: 2003 – 2006
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Current Occupation: City Banker
   
Biography:
I started Castle Manor Upper School the same year Ms Vigar did, in 2003! During that time the school became a Business and Enterprise College and now an Academy, catering for for years 7 and 8, so it is safe to say it has changed drastically since I started nearly 10 years ago! I look back on my school days with fondness. Ihad a great 3 years at Castle Manor and was taught by some great teachers that I shall never forget!I left Castle Manor in 2006 with 6 A*s, 6 As and 1 B to attended Hills Road Sixth Form College. Here I achieved 4 As at A Level in Maths, Further Maths, Economics and PE. I went on to attend the University of Bath to study BSc Accounting and Finance. I graduated with First Class Honours in the summer of 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at university and was lucky enough to get an industrial placement with UBS Investment Bank in my third year. I am now on a Future Leaders Development Graduate Scheme with Barclays, working in London. The post is very fulfilling and has the prospect of international placements, which is incredibly exciting. I credit my success so far to the experiences I went through at Castle Manor and without those I wouldn’t be where I am today!

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Name: Michelle Kempen Michelle Kempen Michelle Kempen
Years attended: 2002 – 2005
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Current Occupation: Teacher
   
Biography:
I left Castle Manor in 2005 with 13 A*-C GCSE qualifications. I went on to study Media and Further Maths at AS level and Biology, English and Maths at A level at Long Road Sixth Form college in Cambridge. I had a real passion for Maths, which developed as I learnt more about the subject. I decided to study for my BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree at University of Reading. I completed my degree in 2010 which lead to my first job as an Area Accountant for a car hire company.It was part way through my Accountancy training that I realised this was not the career for me. Having always felt drawn towards a career in education, wanting to make a difference, I started to apply for teacher training courses. Having seen Castle Manor go from a struggling school to a thriving Business and Enterprise College from the perspective of a student, I can see the importance of outstanding teachers who are dedicated to their students. Castle Manor has since gone from strength to strength and from a College to an Academy. Therefore, it seemed fitting to apply for a position here to pay something back to a school that gave me the amazing opportunities to get me where I am today. I am privileged to now be part of a team that continue Castle Manor Academy’s successand providing opportunities for all students in the future.

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Name: Alexis Wood Alexis Other Person
Years attended: 1997 – 2002
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Current Occupation: Teacher
   
Biography:
I attended, what was, Castle Manor Upper School during the years of 1997-2002. I had a positive education at Castle Manor, achieving 10 A-C GCSE’s, and 3 A-level qualifications. In 2002 I went to study Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. I had a successful three years there and graduated with a 2:1 Honours Degree. In 2005, I had a year out of education working in industry. During this time I decided that I wanted to work in education, and specifically that I wanted to teach sociology. I therefore applied to do a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Leicester, in which I specialised in teaching of social sciences. In June 2007 I completed the course and graduated as a newly qualified teacher. I spent my first two years teaching at Colchester Sixth Form College, in which I taught 16-19 year olds sociology. In 2009 I noticed an advertisement for a psychology / sociology teacher at Castle Manor Business and Enterprise College. I applied and got the job! Funny how things work out isn’t it?

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Upcoming Events

Jun
27
Tue
all-day Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccination
Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccination
Jun 27 all-day
Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccination @ Sixth Form Area - Main Site
The School Immunisation Team will be visiting Castle Manor Academy on Tuesday 27th June offering a vaccination for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to our year 8 girls (and any year 9 girls that missed out last year). Information letters and[...]
Jun
30
Fri
7:00 pm Year 11 Prom
Year 11 Prom
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Year 11 Prom @ Chilford Hall