Alumnae stories

St Mary's is just the beginning...

We are always happy to hear what our Alumnae are up to, and it’s always interesting to find out what happened to people you used to know.

Whether you’ve just landed your dream job, started an interesting hobby, or travelled the world, do let us know what you’ve been doing. Your stories will inspire, inform and entertain – and contribute to the St Mary’s community.

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Listen to Episode 1, Series 1 right here featuring alumna Helena C. who is now working with Cambridgeshire Constabulary:

 

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Sixth Form (2012)

Habiba Ahut Daggash

"I completed my PhD in Energy Systems and Climate Change Mitigation Research at Imperial College London. Previously, I chaired the Future Energy Leaders Forum at the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and sat on the Board of the Energy Centre."

  • Five A* A Levels at St Mary's in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and an Extended Project Qualification
  • Graduated from University of Oxford with a First Class Honours in Engineering Science
  • A member of Oxford University Women's Association Football Club, Engineering Society and the Energy Society

 

Sixth Form (2014)

Bonnie Au

After graduation, Bonnie went to the University of Hong Kong to complete a Masters in Journalism. Bonnie is currently Assistant Producer on the South China Morning Post.

  • Four A Levels at St Mary's in Maths, Chemistry, Geography and Chinese
  • Graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Chemistry
  • Was active in the Japanese Society at University and won the Cardiff Award

Sixth Form (2016)

Honora Driscoll

"During my time at St Mary's, Engineering was always promoted to the girls and I was fortunate to have had such inspiring mentorship. Although it is extremely challenging, I love doing my degree, and would certainly encourage others to study Chemical Engineering."

  • Studying Chemical Engineering at University College London
  • Passionate advocate for tackling the climate change crisis

Sixth Form (2016)

Claudia Driscoll

"Our imminent future is threatened by an unprecedented demand on global resources. France Arnold (Nobel Prize, Chemistry in 2019) whose work continuously inspires me, said that: nature is a brilliant chemist and by far the best engineer of all time."

  • Gained 4 A Levels at St Mary's in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology, plus AS Levels in the same subjects
  • Currently studying a PhD in Interdisciplinary Biosciences at the University of Oxford
  • Gained a Masters in Biology and Chemistry at Durham University

Senior School (2012)

Lucy Unwin, Sculptor

"The inspiration for my work derives from natural forms and organic shapes found in nature or the human figure. When working with stone, I use the natural shape of the material for guidance."

  • A talented athlete, Lucy competed at County level in hockey and athletics whilst at St Mary's
  • She studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art
  • Lucy now exhibits nationally, as well as in Europe, America and the Caribbean

Sixth Form (2016)

Heidi Au

"I am a highly motivated and passionate individual with an aspiring interest in global health. After wrapping up my Masters studies, I completed the 4-part Statistical Analysis online course offered by Imperial College London."

  • Heidi was Head Boarder at St Mary's and Chair of our Democracy Committee
  • Graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in Geography
  • Progress to the London School of Economics to study a Masters in Global Health Policy

Sixth Form (2016)

Rebecca Alexander

"I graduated from Homerton College in the summer of 2020. I am now teaching in a Primary School as a Year 4 teacher. I'm so grateful to everyone at St Mary's who helped me to achieve my dream job!"

  • Graduated with First Class Honours from Loughborough University
  • Captain and Chair of the University's Trampoline Club
  • Completed her Primary PGCE qualification at Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Sixth Form (2017)

Lily Bravery

"St Mary's encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming an opera singer. I was invited to join the Royal Academy of Music as a Junior, and went to London every Saturday for three years to have coaching."

  • Three A Levels at St Mary's in English, Music and Drama
  • Won a coveted place at the Royal Academy of Music
  • Aims to fulfil her ultimate goal to sing at the Royal Opera House