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Abertillery Learning Community Alumni

 

Abertillery Learning Community is calling on all its past learners to get in touch and share their achievements and successes as we celebrate our Alumni.

 

An alumnus or alumna is a former learner and most often a graduate of an educational institution (school, college or university).

 

Since opening in 1986, the school has seen thousands of learners pass through its doors and we are really keen to encourage as many former learners as possible to join our alumni.  We hope to create a thriving community of friends who all share the common experience of attending Abertillery Learning Community; since the school first opened its doors in 1986, lots has happened!

  

We are hopeful that past learners will join our alumni bringing together individuals who would be keen to play a part in the different phases of education and we want to draw on their extensive experience and expertise to create a leading learning community within this region.

 

The Abertillery Learning Community Alumni will be an opportunity for past learners to:

 

  • Share aspirational success stories and inspire others via e-news, assemblies and lessons

  • Give something back (this may link with your organisational social responsibility commitments or volunteer policy)

  • Network with learners past and present

  • Create business and enterprise links

  • Gather the views and opinions of young people/ current learners

  • Use our state-of-the-art facilities

  • Celebrate our alumni

  • Generate an Abertillery Comprehensive School Alumni e-news which shares success stories, opportunities and celebrates achievementsWhere possible support our alumni

 

 

 

To register with our Alumni, please complete the proforma giving us some details about you.

 

Abertillery Comprehensive Alumni Registration Proforma

 

Please complete the proforma and email to: Samantha.vaughan@abertillery3-16.co.uk

Name: Sophie Dawkins

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School

 

September 2006 - Jully 2011

  • Further education establishments attended:

 

VBrynmawr Comprehensive School 2011-2012

Crosskeys College, Coleg Gwent 2012-2014

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

University of South Wales, Caerleon Campus 2014-2016

University of South Wales, Newport Campus 2016-2017

 

  • Qualifications gained since leaving ACS:

 

  • 8 GCSE A*-C

  • A Level- English

  • Sports Leadership Qualification

  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

  • City & Guilds: Communication Skills Level 2.

  • City & Guilds: Application of Number Level 2.

 

  • Current job title:

 

I am currently in my last year of BA (Hons) Education degree. I have also been working within Retail for the past 3 years.

 

  • Your key achievements since leaving ACS;

 

Since leaving Abertillery Comprehensive School in 2011 I have obtained a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. This gained me access to my degree in Education. My degree gives me the opportunity to teach and guide my own lessons within group and the whole class. Working with a variety of age groups within Key Stage 2.

 

I have been working within local educational settings delivering lessons and getting involved within the community. I have worked within a childcare setting providing holistic care for children aged from birth to 5 years old. I have also worked within an educational setting as a Level 2 assistant teacher creating resources for classrooms and the building itself.

 

  • Did you have a favourite teacher? If so who? And why?

 

My Favourite teacher was Mrs Harris who was a Mathematics teacher. She made lectures interesting and I loved how she managed to draw in everyone’s attention when delivering her lessons. She helped me throughout my exams and helped me gain a B in Mathematics. She was the reason I decided I wanted to go into teaching

Name: Lisa Morgan

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School

 

1996

  • Further education establishments attended:

 

Crosskeys College

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

Cardiff University

Swansea University

 

  • Qualifications gained since leaving ACS:

 

  • A levels - Chemistry, Physics, Biology Degree - BSc (hons) - Physics

  • PGCE Physics with Science

 

  • Current job title:

 

Head of Science and Skills Leader at Newbridge School

 

  • Your key achievements since leaving ACS;

 

Achieving all my qualifications

Various promotions in my career, recently to a SLT position.

Name: Jonathan Davies

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School Between: 1986-1991

  • Further education establishments attended:

 

Nantyglo Comprehensive School (6th From)

Gwent Tertiary College \ Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

Gwent College, Higher Education (GCHE) \ University of Wales, College Newport (UWCN) - Alt-yr-yn Campus and now currently named: University of South Wales - Newport Campus.

 

  • Qualifications gained since leaving ACS:

 

  • BTEC National Diploma: Computer Studies.

  • BTEC First Diploma: Information Technology.

  • City & Guilds: Communication Skills Level 2.

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND): Business Information Technology.

  • BSc Business Information Technology.

  • BTEC Continuing Education Diploma: The Internet For Business Advantage.

  • x6 City & Guilds Certificates \ Diplomas: Information Technology & Electronics.

  • British Computer Society: ECDL.

  • Argoed Cymru: Information Literacy Level 2.

  • OCN Wales: Information Skills Levels 1 & 2.

 

Currently completing: Microsoft Office 2013 Specialist (MOS) Accreditation.

 

  • Current job title:

 

Digital Volunteer - Age Cymru, Gwent. 

 

  • Your key achievements since leaving ACS;

 

  • Passing my driving test.

  • Achieving a: HND & Degree in Business Information Technology.

  • Working for Monmouthshire County Council for 13½ years in IT related positions.  Both in the Libraries Service and Planning Department.

  • I have been lucky enough to be able to work within the IT Industry \ Sector For the last 17+ years.  Where I have gained both a lot of experience and knowledge.

Name: Rhiannon Thomas

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School between: 2004-2009

  • Further education establishments attended:

 

Brynmawr Foundation School

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

Universtiy of South Wales

Cardiff Metropolitain University

 

  • Qualifications gained since leaving ACS:

 

  • 11 GCSE A* -C

  • 3 A Levels (Physical Education, ICT, Religious Studies)

  • BSc Sport Studies (1st Class honours degree

  • PGCE Physical Education

  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

 

  • Current job title:

 

Physical Eduaction Teacher at St Johns College Cardiff

 

  • Your key achievements since leaving ACS;

 

Since leaving Abertillery Comprehensive School in 2009 I have obtained a first class honours degree in Sport studies. The teaching staff at ACS inspired me to become the teacher that I am today. I am currently teaching in the number one rated school for academic achievement in Wales.

 

After starting my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh at ACS, i have gone on to achieve my Gold DofE award where I climed Mount jKenya and helped in a Kenyian school. I received my DofE award at St James' Palace London which was presented to me by the Duck of Edinburgh himself.

Name: Scott Williams

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School between: 1988-1993

  • Further education establishments attended:

 

Crosskeys Tertiary College

 

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

I went to Bath University.

 

  • Qualifications gained since leaving ACS:

 

  • 3 A levels in (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

  • joint honours degree in French & German.

  • BSC (HONS) in Physics

 

  • Current job title:

 

Pilot; Wing Commander ( Royal Air Force)

 

  • Your key achievements since leaving ACS;

 

Qualifying as a fast jet pilot in the Royal Air Force;

becoming a quailfied weapons instructor, instrument rating examiner and an air test pilot on the harrier and later on tornado aircraft.

 

Flown all around the world and aboard both HMS Invincible and HMS Illustrious with the Royal Navy's fleet air arm.

Tours of duty on the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan ( 4 tours)

Name: Debbie Cairns-Pitt

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School between: 1988-1993

  • Further education establishments attended:

 

Crosskeys College

 

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

I went to Swansea University and UWIC University of Newport

 

  • Qualifications gained since leaving ACS:

 

  • 3 A levels in French, German and Sociology

  • Joint honours degree in French & German.

  • PGCE in mordern foreign languages

  • A masters degree in education, leadership and management.

 

  • Current job title:

 

Deputy Headteacher Abertillery Comprehensive School

Name: Nadine Lewis

 

Age: 32

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School between: 1993-1998

  • What job/study are you doing right now and tell us a little about it?

 

 

I went to Crosskeys College and studied GNVQ Advanced Health and Social Care. I then completed NVQ Level three in childcare and education and NVQ Level four in management for childcare and education.  I’ve also completed an OCN Level Three in youth work and completed an Open University Course in Psychology.

 

I am currently working in Abertillery Comprehensive School and have been since 2004. I work with pupils with additional learning needs. This is a very rewarding job role where no day is the same.

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

I went to Crosskeys College and studied GNVQ Advanced Health and Social Care. I then completed NVQ Level three in childcare and education and NVQ Level four in management for childcare and education. 

 I’ve also completed an OCN Level Three in youth work and completed an Open University Course in Psychology.

 

  • Can you share a couple of fond memories of your time at Abertillery Comprehensive School?

 

My time at Abertillery Comprehensive School went so quickly. I remember having debates in English which is where I first began to form opinions for myself. I remember the tongue twisters in German which is why I’m sure I have a special interest in languages and Mrs Hall the Welsh teacher at the time showing us relaxation techniques for our exams.

I met my husband there and some really good friends who I’m still in contact with now. 

 

 

  • Did you have a favourite teacher? If so who? And why?

 

My favourite teacher was Mr Whiting who was the Geography teacher. He always made me feel at ease and taught us all facts and details such as the continents in a fun way. He used humour which made things easy to remember. He was prepared to give up his time to listen and would go the extra mile to help.

 

  • Have you a piece of advice for our current students?

 

My advice would be that your time in school goes so quickly so make the most of it by keeping your head down and achieving everything you can by reaching your full potential. You will never get the time again. I regularly speak to former pupils about who have regrets and wish they worked harder. It is too late for them now but not for you. Also when it comes to choosing your options follow your interests and hobbies and not that of your friends.

Name: Lauren Powell

 

Age: 19 Years Old

 

Attended Abertillery Comprehensive School: between September 2006 – July 2011

  • What job/study are you doing right now and tell us a little about it?

 

I am currently studying a three year BSc Honours in Aviation Studies with Commercial Pilot Training with Kingston University; however I am based in Bournemouth International Airport where I undertake my ongoing flight training. The course involves both theoretical and practical elements; I spend my mornings studying for upcoming examinations, and my afternoons learning to fly, taking full control of the aircraft.

 

  • Did you do higher/further education?

 

After taking an extra year in studying my A-Levels due to the other qualifications I undertook alongside, I was able to move on to further education with Kingston University, where I am currently studying alongside my flight training in order to become a Commercial Pilot in the near future. I studied A-Levels in English Literature, Law, Sociology and Maths, combined with a Welsh Baccalaureate and Level Three in all  Key Skills. However I spent my remaining time participating in extra-curricular activities such as Air Cadets or sports with the Comprehensive School, together achieving a Sports Leadership, Adult First Aid, a Bronze Arts Award, two Construction Qualifications, three BTEC’s in Aviation, Public Services and Music, and a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award amongst other things. 

 

 

  • Can you share a couple of fond memories of your time at Abertillery Comprehensive School?

 

I really enjoyed my experience within Abertillery Comprehensive School. Although if I were to go back to that period and repeat it; I would have definitely taken it more seriously and participated in more extra-curricular activities, although I walked away with eleven GCSE’s at A*-C amongst other qualifications. To this day, my closest friends also attended Abertillery Comprehensive School with me, and we remain very close when we aren’t in university. My fondest memory, I believe were the school trips I experienced, on one occasion going to New York. We spent the week admiring the history and architecture of a Country other than our own, and experiencing America’s traditions. However I also enjoyed my English lesson where I was taught how to write and deliver a speech. Although shy at first, I recall my teacher’s enthusiasm and encouragement towards the students which allowed me the confidence to try and to succeed. It is from this lesson in particular, that my confidence has stemmed from, and continues to grow.

 

  • Did you have a favourite teacher? If so who? And why?

 

I can’t say that I had a favourite teacher in particular, as they were all great and taught me different things, including life skills. If it wasn’t for both their help and encouragement, more specifically their belief in my ability to succeed, then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those that have assisted me within my education.

 

  • Have you a piece of advice for our current students?

 

My advice would be to always believe in yourself, and to never allow anyone to say that you are not good enough because you are. If you have both the drive and motivation then you will succeed. It is all about the effort you put in. Don’t give up, and never say I can’t, because you can. Whether you have learning or financial difficulties, there are solutions to every problem. Stop caring about what other people think of you, and concentrate of what you think of yourself, participate in what you enjoy, and never say no. Be the best person that you can be, and always aim for self betterment. Take note of the importance of education towards a thriving and exciting future. The world is your oyster; it all depends on how far you are willing to travel, never give up, education is about patience and persistence.    

Name: Alice Bishop

 

I attended Abertillery Comprehensive School from 2001 to 2006. In my first year, it was advised that i have additional literacy lessons as my reading age was significantly lower than my actual age. In spite of this, I loved English lessons and worked hard to prove that i was capable of being successful in this subject. I acheived this as I left the school with a B in GCSE English and began studying A level English, Welsh and Theatre Studies at Crosskeys College.

 

During my two years at Crosskeys, my enjoyment for both English and Drama at Cardiff Metropolitan University, graduating in 2011 with a 2:1 degree. During these three years, I started seriously considering what my career options were. I had considered teaching since leaving Abertillery Comprehensive School, and i thought igniting and enthusiasm for English in other people, like my English teachers had done for me, was a positive option. I then trained on a PGCE secondary English course at Swansea Metropolitan University.

 

 

I am now a fully qualified secondary school English Teacher at Duffryn High School in Newport. Teaching is a rewarding and demanding role,as helping pupils succeed is exciting and fulfilling. However, it takes a lot of planning and preparation to create the lessons that provide them with the skills they need. I am especially keen to help pupils with weak literacy skills become high achievers. Therefore, in the near future, I hope to progress to a literacy Co-ordinator position.

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Abertillery NP13 1YL

 

Phone: 01495 355911 

E-mail: info@abertillery3-16.co.uk

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