Alumni

The Blandford School has a fine and broad history, with past students going on to a vast range of different careers across all fields of work. We are proud to be able to bring you a few examples of successes from The Blandford Schools history.

If you’re interested in being a part of the alumni, please contact marketing@blandfordschool.org.uk

Gareth Pugsley 1987-1991

Gareth Pugsley 1987-1991

Gareth’s Story: Gareth attended The Blandford School between 1987 and 1991; during this time as school he represented the school in both Rugby and Football. He left the school in 1991 with 3 GCSEs.

After The Blandford School Gareth moved to Lyme Regis and spent 3 years at Bicton College, studying Outdoor Leisure Management. There he gained 2 GCSE’s, a National diploma and 2 City and Guilds.

From Lyme Gareth joined the RAF reserves and spent 10 years with them gaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant.  From here he went into retail sales and in 2012 Gained a 2.2 BA Hons in Project and Operation Management.

Gareth recently moved to Gloucestershire, and now living on a narrow boat Gareth started his Master of Business Administration Masters and is looking to complete this in July 2018.

He still looks back with fondness on his time at The Blandford School and hopes to inspire students who are dyslexic like himself to not give up on education, but to keep pushing yourself and see what you can achieve.

Eduard Mead 2005-2011

Eduard Mead 2005-2011

Eduard’s Story: Eduard attended the Blandford School between 2005 and 2011; during his time at the school he performed in a number of bands, represented the school in the Bank of England’s Target 2.0 competition, and held the position of ‘Prime Minister’ in the School Parliament.

Eduard left the Blandford School to study BA Economics at the University of Sussex in 2011 where he complemented his studies with a healthy dose of travel and a short stint as a journalist for The Independent. Eduard graduated with a 2:1 in 2014 and secured a place on a Hertfordshire County Council’s graduate scheme where he led a number of high-profile projects across health, children’s services, and transport.

In 2016 Eduard joined the NHS as a Business Development Manager within Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s Business Management Team, a role that has seen him lead on the redesign and integration of several multimillion pound healthcare services, and develop tenders for services worth in excess of £200m.

As of October 2017, Eduard has taken up a job in the Department of Health as a Senior Implementation Adviser where he will be helping drive forward the delivery of the Secretary of State’s priorities for health and social care in England, and provide independent briefings to the Secretary of State and Permanent Secretary.

In his spare time, Eduard enjoys playing golf, socialising and reading.

Ellie Byrne 2005-2011

Ellie Byrne 2005-2011

Ellie’s Story: Since leaving The Blandford School in 2011 I have graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with a Master’s degree in History. During my time there I was also active in many societies, for example in my role as editor in chief of Retrospect, the academic journal for the school of history, classics and archaeology and the university netball team. I also undertook internships at the BBC and Documentary Arts Asia where I was based in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a summer. After graduating university, I began working for the National Trust as a Marketing and Communications Officer in the South West region. Now living in Bristol, I am part of the PR and Press team at head office for the National Trust.

Faye Samways 2005-2011

Faye Samways 2005-2011

Faye’s Story: After TBS I studied Sports Coaching and Physical Education (BA Hons) at The University of Chichester. I graduated with a 2:1 and headed back into education. I spent 18 months studying for my Montessori Diploma and I am now a qualified Montessori Teacher. I have recently been promoted to Vice-Principal of a beautiful Montessori School in Colehill. My role as Vice-Principal involves being a teacher as well as the Inclusion Leader, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and the Designated Safeguarding Lead. I truly love my job.

Elias Mead 2008-2014

Elias Mead 2008-2014

Elias’ Story: After achieving A*A*A*A in his A-levels at The Blandford School, I gained admission to the London School of Economics to study BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. In my second year at LSE, I secured a place on the competitive Tata Social Internship Program, where 12 students across 4 elite universities (LSE, Cambridge, MIT and UC Berkeley) are selected to work for the Tata Group, India’s largest company. As a result, I spent 10 weeks working in the heart of Mumbai with Taj – Tata’s luxury hotel company. There I created a new CSR initiative to increase the livelihood of artisans by implementing skills training and design innovation workshops. Alongside his internship, I founded my own business, Bombay Bespoke, producing premium yet affordable tailored suits in partnership with established tailors in Mumbai. This experience inspired me to pursue a career in social entrepreneurship and business. Having achieved First Class Honours in my undergraduate degree, I have now enrolled in further study at the University of Cambridge. Alongside running Bombay Bespoke, I am completing a Masters in Management at the Cambridge Judge Business School.