Alumni Profiles

Our pupils go on to many exciting destinations all over the world and work in a wide range of careers.

See where your old classmates are now with our alumni profiles; we’d love to hear from you too, let us know what you have been up to since leaving LMS and what your plans are for the future.

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Hannah Allsworth

Hannah Allsworth

Class of 2010 - Account Developer at ProCo.

“I studied at Lincoln Minster school between 2003 to 2010. In those years, LMS encouraged and supported me to pursue the subjects in which I was talented. This led to me studying for a BA in in Graphic Design specialising in Advertising.

“I have since began a career in the print industry working as an Account Developer for one of the UK’s leading marketing operations specialists.”

May Ashton- Jones

Class of 2016 - Studying Architecture

“The support from the community of Lincoln Minster School gave me the confidence to achieve my goals. I have finished my first year studying Architecture and the positive results bode well for the future. Additionally, I continue to enjoy other hobbies like painting and running which I developed throughout my time at school.

“What really stands out when I look back at my time at Lincoln Minster School over the past 9 years was my eagerness to go back after the holidays, get into school early to see my friends and stay after school to finish work with others. I think it was an environment that I wanted to be part of and it was a privilege to end my time as Head Girl.

“I have always just tried my best working hard for what I want to achieve, since I am very happy with where I am currently, I aim to continue doing just that.

“My advice to current students is to work out what YOU really enjoy doing and put that extra bit of effort in to it.”

Katherine Austin

Katherine Austin

Class of 2002 - Head of Operations, for Collegiate Accommodation Collection.

“As well as independence, resilience, negotiating skills and strategic problem solving skills, Lincoln Minster School provided me with friendships which have lasted a lifetime.

“I am working as a Strategic Operations Manager and in the future I intend to focus on international business growth.

“As well as independence, resilience, negotiating skills and strategic problem solving skills, Lincoln Minster School provided me with friendships which have lasted a lifetime.

“I am working as a Strategic Operations Manager and in the future I intend to focus on international business growth.

“I would advise current students that soft skills are as important as hard skills, learn how to communicate well – listen to be heard. Believe in your abilities and always try and be different.”

Greta Belgrove

Class of 2005 - Customer Services Manager

“Lincoln Minster School taught me the value of working hard in order to achieve your goals and gave me a good work ethic, which has held me in good stead and set me apart from my peers.

“As I was a boarder, I have lots of great memories of my time at the school – all of which included laughing with the girls I was living with at the time.

“I am currently Customer Services Manager for a property claims management company. I manage a call centre of 20 people that manages buildings insurance claims – we provide reinstatement and cash settlement services.

“In the future I plan to become an operations manager for a well established property claims management company or Insurance company. To buy a second home in Orkney and start a rental business with the one I currently own.

“My advice to current students would be Always do your best and try your hardest, if you don’t you are only letting yourself down and you will regret it later.”

Jamie Bendy

Class of 2010 - Cruise Ship singer

“Studying music and drama at Lincoln Minster School gave me the foundations I needed to develop my skills as a performer and sparked my passion for singing.

“I am now working as a singer on the Show Team aboard the Thomson Majesty cruise ship on a 12 month contract and in the future my plan is to To keep on performing! I honestly can’t ever see myself doing anything else, so as long as I live I want to perform. My ultimate goal is of course, the West End and/or TV.

“My favourite memory of LMS is making life-long friends and having the opportunity to explore such a wide range of subjects.

“If I was to give any advice to current students it would be to keep going. If you have any problems, talk to someone. Work hard but play hard too and above all, be happy.”

Lauren Bingham

Class of 2012 - Sports Coach at Excel Sports Coaching

“I work as a Sports Coach at Excel Sports Coaching.

“Lincoln Minster School offered me great opportunities in sport, in particular giving me the chance to play football at school. I had great teachers and a positive three years at Lincoln Minster School that lead me to udnertake a course at college which then led onto University.

“My favourite memory of studying at LMS is Badminton coaching with Tim Mayer and football.

“In the future I hope to either join the RAF or police force.

“My advice for current pupils would be to study hard, you get out what you put in. Always try your best and no one can ask for more than that. University isn’t for everyone – make sure you are 100% sure before making such a big decision.”

Sophia Bishell

Class of 2012 - Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

“Since leaving Lincoln Minster School I have had an incredible few years, and I am very grateful to the inspiring teachers of the School for where I am today.

“In particular, Mrs Wafer and Mrs Thornally who supported my creativity and passion for the Arts, and also the wonderful music department who helped me to flourish as a musician.

“I feel privileged to have been able to go to a school where creativity was rewarded. The opportunities I had with the Chamber Choir are memories I shall never forget – such as performing at Westminster Abbey, the Venice tour and all the lovely Lincoln Cathedral Concerts. It was an honour to be in a choir led by the Prentices.

“Following my time at Lincoln Minster School, I went on to study BA (Hons) Drama at the University of Lincoln and I was also involved in two BBC Radio Lincolnshire Dramas ‘After Me the Flood’ and ‘Leaving Home’, and various other University voluntary events with societies. After I graduated in 2015 I went on to set up my own musician booking agency ‘Crescendo Talent’ scouting an array of musician from across the UK.

“In February this year I transitioned into a full time role at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Entrepreneurship Centre as Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, and I still pursue singing in my free time.”

Steve Burnett

Class of 2012 - Specialist importer and merchant for Wines of Slovenia.

“I was a student at Lincoln Minster School between 2005 and 2012. After completing my A-levels, I chose not to go to university, but instead, enter straight into the workplace. I worked in a hotel as a sommelier, a winemaker’s assistant, a Wine Advisor for one of the country’s largest mail order wine companies, a manager of a wine merchants, before ending up with my own business, Corkhaus Ltd.

“I now deal solely with Slovenian Wine, so my business partner and I are often found to be travelling back and forth between London and Ljubljana, for meetings and buying excursions. I now supply to some of the best Michelin Star Restaurants in the country, the Slovenian Embassy in London, and many independent retailers and private customers.

“As my business grows, as too does the demand from a dynamic and increasingly engrossed market. In all honesty, if somebody had told me when I started Lincoln Minster School that at 23, I would be a businessman, dealing in wines from a former Yugoslavian country, I would have laughed (as would most people).

“Lincoln Minster School actively encouraged me to flourish at what I do, advised and assisted me in getting to where I am today.”

Eliza Butterworth

Class of 2011 - Actress and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate.

“I am extremely proud to say that I attended Lincoln Minster School from the tender age of 4 all the way to 18! The Minster School gave me some of the most exciting, challenging, and shaping years of my life that I will always treasure.

“Since leaving the Minster School, I went on to win a place at the prestigious London drama school; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and studied for 3 years leaving with a BA Hons in Acting.

“After graduating, I have been working as an actor in various major television productions for the BBC, ITV and Netflix. I have been playing the recurring role of Aelswith; King Alfred the Great’s severe and calculating wife in the BBC/Netflix production of ‘The Last Kingdom’ throughout 2 seasons.

“My other television appearances include Lucy Hamilton in the BBC’s ‘WPC 56’ and Holly in ITV’s ‘DCI Banks’. I have also performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, appeared in the upcoming video game;’ Star Citizen’, recorded BBC Radio plays and filmed a short film called ‘A Very Ham-Fisted Steak Out’ which is due to be released in Spring 2017.

“I have Lincoln Minster School to thank for all of this as they nurtured my passion for theatre and supported me throughout my dreams to become an actor.”

William Copeland

Class of 2012 - Climate Studies specialist at Tromsø University, Norway.

“I am an alumnus of Lincoln Minster School after having studied at the school from 2000 to 2012. After finishing my A-levels I took a BSc in Earth Sciences at Royal Hollow, University of London.

“My BSc took to me to Cyprus, Spain and finally the French Pyrenees where a month of independent geological mapping took place. Yes, I spent a month in the pouring rain looking at rocks on the sides of perilously steep mountains. Little did I know this would take me on to bigger and better things into my future.

“On completion of my studies at Royal Holloway, I took a masters position at Tromsø University, Norway. Tromsø is located 300km north of the Arctic Circle boasting the northern lights, spectacular scenery and most importantly for me, a rapidly warming climate.

“I now specialise in climate studies at the university, reconstructing past climates in an attempt to look into future changes we may experience. The present is the key to the past, and the past is the key to our future. My research has taken me to Svalbard where escaping polar bears on snow scooters and swimming in the Arctic Ocean are all part of daily life. I have also worked with the Alfred Wagner Institute in Germany on a research cruise investigating oceanographic effects of climate change from Bremerhaven, Germany to Cape Town, South Africa.

“In my free time I work as an activist for Amnesty International on their campaigns here in Norway. I also work as a northern lights tour guide/chaser during the winter period taking me all across the region, even into Finland and Sweden. At the time of writing, northern lights season is ending so I will work as a museum host at the University Museum over summer. During the summer we have 24 hours of sunlight which is a luxury as I am a keen mountain runner and hiker.

“In the future I will look for PhD positions within Norway or another Scandinavian country to continue my studies into our changing climate. This may even mean spending research time in Antarctica.”

Will Crawford

Class of 2016 - Studying at Birmingham Conservatorie of Classical Guitar

“I gained a lot of confidence and people skills during my time at Lincoln Minster School which have helped me to get to the place I am today.

“I have just enjoyed a year out which I spent teaching guitar and playing at gigs. I start studying at Birmingham Conservatorie of classical guitar in September 2017.

“It would be impossible to pick a favourite memory of my time at the school, although it would probably be one from the sixth form as I enjoyed those two years the most.

“My advice to current students would be to remember that obviously your exams are important but don’t forget that determination and a good personality are equally important and will serve you well.”

Lincoln Cupples

Class of 2013 - Film, TV and Radio Studies student at Staffordshire University.

“Having worked as a volunteer presenter and producer for Siren FM from 2013-16, and for One Media Group at Staffordshire University in 2016/17, I consider myself a fairly experienced radio producer.

“I currently study Film, TV and Radio Studies at Staffordshire University, as well as working on my own visual and audio-visual projects online at

“In the future I’d like to continue my work with both of these organisations to fulfil myself creatively, while specialising in radio in the second and third years of my degree. I’d eventually like to work for a major broadcaster here in the UK, or turn some success for my own online personal brand.

“Jokingly, I said recently that I also want to be the most successful film student that doesn’t even study film. As a 6-year veteran of online video, I feel film-making isn’t about having an audience, it’s about enjoying the process, whatever the outcome. So really, I’d like to just keep creating.

“My advice to current LMS students would be to be happy with what you’re doing, if you’re not, then there’s something wrong. Don’t listen to people who tell you that you can’t do something. Don’t be afraid of upsetting people in persevering in your endeavours. Don’t listen to commercial radio and keep buying your TV licence.”

Laura Curtis

Class of 2007 - Award winning composer in the theatre and film industry.

``After leaving Lincoln Minster Laura went on to study Journalism at Cardiff University. After graduation she worked for BAFTA whilst also continuing to write Musical Theatre repertoire with her husband, Daniel Curtis.

``In 2012 they started to pursue a full-time writing career. This began with writing music for artists such as Lea Salonga (Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin), Ramin Karimloo (Love Never Dies) and Adam Pascal (Rent).

``BBC Radio 2 have championed their music on programmes such as Elaine Paige on Sunday and Weekend Wogan. Daniel and Laura have also appeared on BBC Breakfast and The One Show to discuss their work.

``Most recently they wrote the single ‘Standing On My Own’ for Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz. Currently they are developing a new musical for television and have been spending time in Los Angeles.``

Max Dartnall

Class of 2014 - Studying Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool.

“I am currently studying at the University of Liverpool and in the future I would like to specialize and become an equine vet, possibly getting a masters in equine orthopaedics. I’d also like to work abroad for a few years, perhaps in New Zealand.

“My time at LMS gave me a strong work ethic and the aspirations to do well in life. All my teachers and tutors inspired me in their own way, I couldn’t thank them enough.

“My favourite memory of the school has to be the general experience of being with like minded people who enjoyed being challenged both academically and physically.

“My advice to current students is to always appreciate the value of a good education. At LMS you’re getting something a lot of people would dream of having. Always look to the future, work hard and strive for success!”

Harriette Davis

Class of 2011 - Production Specialist at ITV News West Country.

“I am currently working in Bristol as a Production Specialist at ITV News; my goal for the future is to work on TV Drama in the camera department.

“My advice to current students of Lincoln Minster School would be to try your best but don’t get yourself too stressed out!”

Adam Deal

Class of 2012 - Working as a fully qualified Carpenter and Joiner.

“My favourite memory of studying at Lincoln Minster School is meeting my girlfriend who I am still with after almost six years; I also enjoyed the opportunity of being football captain in Year 10/11.

“LMS helped me get to where I am today particularly with maths skills which are an everyday essential for a joiner – I am always measuring lengths of timber and need quick mental maths and angles for roofing so that’s really important to me.

“Being around and involved with such good people at school was great and being involved in sports was another helpful thing because I can communicate and be friendly to everyone I meet.

“In the future I would like to run my own carpentry, joinery and building business. I want to give the opportunity back to younger people who want to learn and earn good money! I want to settle down and have a family of my own later in life too.

“I know not everyone will enjoy school every single day, but all I can honestly say is that school is one of the best times of your life when you think back so enjoy it and work hard to get your grades that you want.”

Alexandra Dring

Class of 2008 - Norland Nanny

“After finishing my studies at Lincoln Minster School I studied at Norland Nanny College in Bath and became a Norland Nanny which is what I always wanted to do. My time at LMS gave me the confidence and reassurance to achieve whatever I wanted to.

“My favourite memory of my time at the school is singing in the cathedral for six years, that was a great experience!

“My plan for the future is to keep nannying with different families and then when I settle down myself to either open up my own children’s cafe or nursery.

“If I was to give some advice to current students it would be to just enjoy your time at LMS because it soon ends. Also don’t take anything for advantage and work hard.”

Seeven Durasamy

Class of 2005 - Property investor for his family's business.

“Since leaving Lincoln Minster School I have worked in several fields of work at been to university and college.

“My favourite memories of my LMS days are playing the trumpet in front of people in the cathedral.

“My advice to current students would be ‘working hard in your younger years will always pave the way for your successes later on in life’.”

Kerry Evans

Class of 2004 - Teacher with upcoming promotion to Deputy Head

“Attending Lincoln Minster School opened many doors and gave me fantastic opportunities which helped prepare and shape me for my career choice.

“My favourite memories of my school days are singing in the Cathedral and being able to see the whole city from the art classrooms.

“I am currently working as a teacher but am starting a new position as Deputy Head Teacher in September and hope to continue on to being Head Teacher one day!

“My advice to current students is to enjoy your experience and treasure the amazing opportunities you are being given.”

James Fort

Class of 2011 - Enterprise Risk Analyst at Lloyd’s of London Insurance Syndicate, Travelers

“Lincoln Minster School’s great teachers set me up with confidence and the drive to work hard and succeed.

“My favourite memories of LMS are of the boarding house and all the fun I had having the opportunity to live with and make lifelong friends.

“My advice to current students is to really make the most of all the opportunities that LMS can give you and make sure you have a lot of fun doing it, you’ll look back on your time fondly.”

Deidrionna Fussell

Class of 2015 - Studying Biology at South Georgia State College located in Douglas, Georgia, USA.

“Lincoln Minster school helped me establish independence within myself. My time attending LMS also taught me how to become more diverse and open to other cultures outside of my own.

“One thing I will always remember about LMS is how friendly and welcoming staff and pupils were.

“I am currently majoring in Biology, and I aspire to eventually become an Oral/restorative surgeon. I also plan to open my own private practice in the near future.

“I’d say to current students that even when the workload is rough, when people doubt you or even when you feel discouraged, push until you reach your goal; the finish line isn’t as far as it seems. All of your hard work will pay off in the end.”

Lauren Hales

Class of 2013 - NHS Secretary.

“Lincoln Minster School gave me the determination and confidence to get to where I am today.

“I have happy memories of my time at the school and am grateful that I was given the opportunity to pursue what I wanted to do in the future.

“I am currently a secretary for the NHS and in the future I would like to be able to teach other people the skills and importance of NHS secretaries, including an apprentice which is where I started off.

“My advice to current students would be that you will probably change your mind about what you want to do in the future a lot but you’ll definitely know what is right for you when you get given the chance – GCSEs and A levels gave me the chance to see what I was good at and what to pursue.”

Phillipa Hallam

Class of 2008 - Event Manager at Olympia London.

“My favourite memory of Lincoln Minster School was being part of a team trekking across Borneo in 2007.

“Teachers supporting my decision not to attend university straight after school helped me to get to where I am today. I made the decision to go to university a couple of years later without the pressure.

“I am currently working as Event Manager at Olympia London and I plan to develop my knowledge and experience within the events industry.

“My advice to current students is that university isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of opportunities out there, you just need to try different things and gain experience to understand yourself more and what you want to achieve in your future career.”

Jack Harvey

Class of 2012 - Racing driver in the Verizon Indycar Series.

Jack is one of Britain’s brightest motor racing prospects. Aged 21 he has already won ten driver Championships, including the 2012 British F3 Championship, and is touted by a number of industry experts as one to watch for the future.

“Without a shadow of doubt my time at Lincoln Minster School helped me get to where I am today. The support I received from the school was more than I could have hoped to get which did allow me to focus on racing. There was of course an expectation that I worked hard while I was there.

“My favourite memory of LMS has to be the friends I made and spent time with for 7 years. And trying not to get caught sleeping in the silent study room after a race!”

Sophie Hindmarsh

Class of 2010 - Lettings Manager at William H Brown Estate & Letting Agents, Grantham.

“Lincoln Minster definitely helped me become a more independent person. I was really pushed to achieve the best I could and this has now benefitted me with my career and pushing myself to be the best I can and not giving up at the first hurdle.

“I have recently purchased my first house and intend on saving up further and purchasing another house as a buy to let and carrying on my career as a Lettings Manager.

“My advice to current students would be to work hard and listen to all the advise the teachers give as I wouldn’t be where I am today without attending Minster.”

Matthew Hurst

Class of 2017 - Studying Architectural Engineering Design at Sheffield University

“I am an alumnus of Lincoln Minster School after having studied at the school until 2017. After finishing my A-levels I chose to study Architectural Engineering Design at Sheffield University.

“My time at LMS helped me get to where I am today via all the helpful and friendly staff, who created a working environment geared towards fun and success.

“My advice to current pupils would be to work hard (of course!), it really does pay off in the end. But, also to remember you’re only young once so make the most of your time in and out of school.

“In the future I would like to graduate my masters and go on to become a chartered engineer, and eventually go into the industry.”

Katharina Irsfeld

Class of 2014 - Studying International Business in Heidelberg, Germany.

“Without Lincoln Minster School I wouldn’t be where I am today; the school helped me learn English and that’s the reason I am now studying business internationally.

“I have happy memories from my time at the school and I particularly enjoyed getting to know so many amazing people from all over the world..”

Lucy Jackson

Class of 2016 - Studying English Literature at York St John University

“Lincoln Minster School was a great starting point for me to gain the qualifications and crucial life experiences that have helped me to get into university and have a job that I’m really excited about. Interviewing for my prefect role has helped me in real job interviews; I feel confident when meeting people because of how well I was taught to interact with other people from the tours of the school I gave as a prefect.

“I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering in Romania over two summers with the school, and feel that those trips really shaped me. I made life long friends on those trips, and the weather wasn’t bad either.

“After I finish my degree I plan on continuing to pursue a care-based career. I currently work for Notts County Council as a Play Support Worker with disabled children, and I want to continue in this line of work. I am also considering some further qualifications to become a teacher.

“My advice would be to try and find a balance between school work and your social life. It can be easy to let one or the other take over, and from my personal experience focusing too much on either of them just ends up with you stressing out, so just find a healthy balance. Also, don’t leave your work until the last minute! You can probably do so much better if you actually plan!”

Oliver Jones

Class of 2015 - Studying for a BA and MEng in Engineering at the University of Cambridge

“I am currently studying Engineering at the University of Cambridge; I am also President of Christ’s College Amateur Dramatics society and a member of the National Youth Theatre, I have recently finished the 60th Cambridge University European Theatre Tour with a production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. My plan is to complete my MEng and go into training as a Patent Lawyer on Graduation.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my time spent at LMS; the support from teachers and staff with interview practice and extra support really gave me the help I needed to successfully obtain a place at Cambridge. While boarding I was also able to develop my independence and be confident about stepping out into the world.

“My favourite memory of my time at the school has to be taking part in the Senior productions every Christmas.

“My advice to current students would be to get involved in anything you are interested in, and if you want to know more about something never hesitate to ask!”

Lucy Kendall-Martin

Class of 2014 - Studying BA Architecture at University of the Arts London.

“The arts department at Lincoln Minster School really enabled me to develop an understanding of my own artistic ability.

“I am grateful to the school for the skills I learnt that have allowed me to continue perusing arts up to this point and will no doubt help in the future as well.”

James King

Class of 2010 - Software Engineer at Sky Betting & Gaming.

“Lincoln Minster School always encouraged me to do my best, despite not being the model student (sorry!).

“Going from having so much music in my life at LMS to practically nil makes me miss all the various extra-curricular groups I was in – some of my favourite memories. Performing in Lincoln Cathedral as an orchestra, band, and multiple choirs was incredible.

“I’m currently happy in my job in Leeds, but who knows where the future may take me. The “big dream” is to run my own software development house; but I’ll settle for Senior Software Engineer in the immediate future!

“My advice to current students is to recognise what you enjoy studying, and what you don’t. If you can end up in a profession that you love, that’s worth infinitely more than ending in a profession you think you should be in.”

Yushi Li

Class of 2018 - Studying towards A Levels in Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics at St. Pauls, in London.

“I completed my GCSEs at Lincoln Minster School and achieved nine Grade 9s and three Grade 7s. I transferred to St. Pauls, in London, following a family relocation.

“Lincoln Minster School has helped me in all areas to develop the full potential of me.

“My favourite memory of studying at LMS is being with my friends, that I will truly treasure for life. Also of all my teachers, especially Mason, Parry, Frost, Boot, Ganfornina and Earthy, who were inspirational.

“I would advice all current pupils to work hard and dream it possible!

“In the future I want to go to Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences and then go on to be a Biochemist.”

Emma Lormor

Class of 2012 - Specialist Cardiac Nurse at Lincoln County Hospital.

“I studied at Lincoln Minster School from 2008-2012 and have some wonderful memories from my time there. Lincoln Minster School and its teachers gave me the foundations and the confidence to believe in myself, further my education and pursue my dreams.

“The opportunities outside the classroom it provides is what makes it stand out as a school. I was fortunate to go on some amazing trips, including one of Mr Grocott’s infamous Ski Trips to Canada, learn how to sail and become an instructor, try some new sports and captain my Year 11 netball team to international victory on tour in Malta in 2009, coached by Mrs Gilbert.

“In the years since leaving Lincoln Minster School I completed my degree at the University of Southampton. I am now working as a Specialist Cardiac Nurse at Lincoln County Hospital in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Heart Centre. Since qualifying I have trained and become an advanced life support provider which allows me to lead and manage cardiac arrest situations. As well as a student mentor, working and teaching nursing students from the University of Lincoln, something I thoroughly enjoy!

“My advice to current and future Lincoln Minster School students; get involved, try something new and take every opportunity that comes your way. Especially your Year 10 work experience week. I spent mine in a GP surgery shadowing nurses and doctors treating and caring for patients. It was this week and the belief from everyone at Lincoln Minster School that inspired me to work hard and follow my dreams.”

Kayleigh Marriott

Class of 2009 - Studying and training to become an Architect.

``My time at Lincoln Minster School was brilliant. I have always been a creative person and it came as no surprise that I spent the majority of my time in the Art Dept, these particular teachers really helped me express myself through my work and find my creative style in more ways than one.

``After school I completed a degree in Specialist Makeup in London and have since changed career paths; I am currently studying and training to become an Architect.

``My plans for the future once I have completed my lengthy Architectural qualification and chartership, is to move down to London to work for a well-known Architects firm before branching out and moving to New York to design skyscrapers and such!

``My advice to current students is to not waste any of your time at LMS, it really is precious and time absolutely flies! The teachers are absolute gems, and so knowledgable in all their respective areas so utilise them as much as possible.``

James Marwood

Class of 2016 - Royal Naval Officer

“Lincoln Minster School definitely helped me to get to where I am today; in particular studying drama gave me the confidence and teamwork skills that have helped in my career.

“I am currently working as a Royal Naval Officer and plan on working my way up to qualify as a Bomb Disposal Diver in the Royal Navy.

“My advice to current students would be don’t just look at university as the next stage in life! There are other options for great careers out there too.”

Joesph Massey

Class of 2002 - Office Manager & Legislative Aide for the Colorado State Senate.

“My time at LMS provided me with an outstanding education that allowed me to succeed at University, which provided the foundation to work for Local Government, Westminster Politicians, the EU. the U.S. State Department and currently the State Senate of Colorado.

“My favourite memory of studying at LMS is captaining the School football team, and achieving one of the highest marks in the country for A-Level ICT.

“My plans for the future are to continue in the political sphere by becoming a politician, a civil servant or working as a consultant.

“My advice to current students of LMS would be to work hard, be persistent, never give up and help others as there will be times when you fail, but those times will be far overshadowed by the times when you succeed!”

Alexander Morton

Class of 2010 - Doctoral Candidate in Nuclear and Particle Physics at Brunel University London

``Following completion of his A Levels at Lincoln Minster School in 2010, he obtained a Second Class (Upper Division) Master in Science degree in Physics, and the Associateship of the Royal College of Science from Imperial College London. During 2013, whilst reading physics as an undergraduate, Alexander became involved with High Energy Physics (HEP) group’s work on the “Phase II Tracking Detector” upgrade for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the future High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Having been awarded a Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) doctoral scholarship with the HEP group at Brunel University London, he has continued work on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory led “Tracking Detector” upgrade proposal, in addition to working on physics searches involving singly produced “top quarks”.

His experimental responsibilities as a member of the 4000+ strong CMS collaboration have involved undertaking on-call shifts for the High Voltage power supply of the “Electromagnetic Calorimeter” for the “endcap” regions of the detector, offline shifts for the “Tracking Detector”, online shifts for the “Trigger” systems and writing part of the Data Quality Management/Validation software for the newly installed (as of 2017) “Phase I Tracking detector”.

Outside of academic life, Alexander has continued to enjoy singing with the Imperial College Choir (sitting as a committee member during 2013-2014), indulged in being a self-confessed political junkie and travelling (where possible by train, especially if it is steam-hauled).``

Aisha Mulrooney

Class of 2010 - Flight attendant for Emirates and living in Dubai.

“Studying at LMS definitely helped to make me the person I am today, it gave me the independence to move to a different country at the age of 21 and start a new life completely on my own.

“One of the highlights of school life for me was living in the boarding house and sharing a room with my best friend.

“I am currently working as a flight attendant for Emirates and my plan is to travel as much of the world as I can and progress within my career, eventually I would like to become a manager within Emirates.

“If I could give a piece of advice to current students it would be to focus and listen to your teachers, they do actually know what they are talking about. Even though I may not have listened to them at the time, some of their advice has stuck with me through my life so far and some of the teachers I didn’t like much during my time at school are now those who I remember regularly and that I have the most respect for.”

Seb Newell

Class of 2017 -Studying Palaeontology at the University of Birmingham

“I am currently studying Palaeontology at the University of Birmingham.

“The support Lincoln Minster School provided allowed me to pass my GCSE English and Maths which were my most difficult subjects at that age. This then allowed me to study A Levels and have the opportunity to study at a Russell Group University.

“My favourite memory of being at LMS is the Iceland trip run by Mr Bayliss, and also my whole time studying A Level Biology.

“In the future I hope to be good enough to enrol on a PhD programme.

“My advice for current pupils would be if you are interested in a subject pursue it as far as it will take you”

Katherine Norvill

Class of 2015 - Studying Popular Music at Leeds College of Music and on UK tour under alias 'Kata Rayna'.

“Lincoln Minster School shaped me as a person, and allowed me to pursue my interests in a friendly and helpful environment. I loved my time at LMS and am very grateful for all the staff and students who made my time there so special!

“My favourite memories at LMS are of the music department, and of being a part of so many amazing ensembles. It gave me the experience I needed to excel and work as a musician.

“I am currently performing electropop in venues around the UK as ‘Kata Rayna’. This is a project which is slowly gathering industry attention and I plan to continue to develop as an artist for many years.

“I would advise current students to enjoy their time at LMS as much as possible, and to get involved in all the extra-curricular activities and unique opportunities you are given!”

Jordan Olowofela

Class of 2014 - Currently a professional rugby player at Leicester Tigers

“The way Lincoln Minster School balanced sporting activities and education, allowed me to excel in my current profession as well as my education.

“One of my favourite memories from School would be going on the Spanish trip to Rosas – it was the first time I went away with a bunch of my mates.

“I would say chase your dreams but always have a back up in case things get in the way.

“To reach the peak of Rugby playing for British and Irish Lions.”

“One of the highlights of school life for me was living in the boarding house and sharing a room with my best friend.

“I am currently working as a flight attendant for Emirates and my plan is to travel as much of the world as I can and progress within my career, eventually I would like to become a manager within Emirates.

“If I could give a piece of advice to current students it would be to focus and listen to your teachers, they do actually know what they are talking about. Even though I may not have listened to them at the time, some of their advice has stuck with me through my life so far and some of the teachers I didn’t like much during my time at school are now those who I remember regularly and that I have the most respect for.”

Ryan Olowofela

Class of 2014 - English Rugby Union Player

“I am an English Rugby Union player who plays centre or wing. Most recently, I have been a part of the England national rugby sevens team.

“Lincoln Minster School got me where I am today by all the great support from the staff.

“My plans for the future are to play more Rugby!

“My advice to current LMS pupils’ is to do your homework!”

Leah Palin

Class of 2011 - Personal Trainer

“I finished Lincoln Minster School in 2011 and now work as a Personal Trainer.

“I will always have fond memories of Sports Day events that were definitely a highlight of my time at the school.

“The school helped me to get to where I am today, the teachers gave amazing support and guidance; I am also still in touch with the friends I met at school.”

Lachlan Reith

Class of 2016 - Studying at St John's Anglican College in Australia.

“Since leaving Lincoln Minster School I soon moved to the land down under. This was a rather fortuitous turnout for myself as I ended up enjoying an extra month of summer holiday before starting up at school again. I then entered the new school to participate in the final half semester of the year before, yet again, enjoying a summer holiday.

“Praise be to the advantages of moving hemispheres. To this day, I’m still occasionally confused by fact that winter is here come June 1st. But give it a couple years and I’m sure I’ll find the concept of a snowy January simply fictitious. I had heard a great deal about the hospitality of Australian schools, especially concerning new students so I didn’t fear the prospect of creating new friends. This faith was rewarded with a string of new Aussie friends, all with a unique form of humour and wit.

“One of the greatest advantages of moving to Australia was the ability to obtain an affectionate, intelligent and an all-round bundle of joy that is my new bird. A green cheeked conure. I gain great pleasure out of teaching him to roll over and pick out red objects when requested. If he isn’t too averse to the idea, I hope to have him happily harnessed and ready to fully experience the world around him.

“It didn’t seem to take too long to get stuck into the opportunities provided. Soon after settling into the new education system, ‘poles-apart’ from the UK I might add, I auditioned to the (as was) undisclosed musical production. To my surprise, I secured role of the male lead in a 200+ cast performance of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. A very masculine role and no-one can claim otherwise! I consider myself Lucky, not many can profess to have been immortalised by art department I was when I had a bust created of me as a prop.

“Lincoln Minster School taught me valuable social skills which now allow me to be more confident when speaking publicly. My time in the boarding house also taught me independence and the value of friendship.

“The collective memories of the great times we had in Mr Cochrane’s Maths lesson would have to be my favourites; I could always be sure I’d end up laughing at some point when I entered that room!

“My advice to current students would be to understand that teachers may be adults, but that doesn’t make them perfect. You may even be able to relate to or respect them more if you truly see them as real people.

“Quick tip, if there’s anything you plan on doing, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it right now. Why wait for the future? As for myself I plan to have a career doing something I love, not because I’d have the grades for it, but because I’d wake up in the morning looking forward to attending it.”

Tom Rose

Class of 2011 - Pilot at

“The teachers at Lincoln Minster School helped me by being very patient with me when I was probably not the quietest of students and believing in my academic abilities. The learning environment at the school was fantastic too.

“As a very keen sportsman I enjoyed representing the school on a weekly basis in Rugby, Football and Cricket making friends that I’m sure will last a lifetime.

“I am currently working as a pilot at and eventually I would like to gain my captaincy within an airline and go into training new pilots introducing them to the world of aviation.

“A piece of advice for current students: no matter how hard the challenge in front of you may seem you can do it, cut it down into smaller chunks in order to achieve the bigger goal.”

Emma Sanders

Class of 2012 - Sports Journalist for BBC Sport, the Liverpool Echo and more.

“At Minster, I was always challenged to set and achieve ambitious targets and that has given me the drive to succeed in a career I’m very passionate about.

“I am currently working for a number of organisations such as BBC Sport and the Liverpool Echo newspaper; I hope to become a leading digital sports journalist for BBC Sport – specialising in football and tennis.

“My advice to current LMS students would be to make the most of the resources you have available and enjoy education. When you’re in the real world, you’ll crave to learn more.”

Lucy Sargent

Class of 2016 - Studying at Graphic Design at York St John University.

“Lincoln Minster helped me tremendously and I will forever be grateful to the school; the support I got was amazing as the teachers fueled my passion for art and learning. I wouldn’t have got to where I am today without this school.

“The interactive lessons I had in extra support, I struggle to learn without being practical and extra support made that possible for me which helped me a lot. I always looked forward to them every week because of the fun I had in them.

“Once I have finished my Graphic Design Degree I would like to do a Masters in Film and fulfill my dream of working in the film industry.

“My advice to current students is to always work your hardest. Sometimes it might be hard to do but you will never regret it, if you work hard you will always get to where you want to be.”

Elizabeth Simmonds

Class of 2007 - Mentor and World Class Athlete

“I’ve recently retired from 12 years on the British team, so I’ve been enjoying some time off over the summer! I do some work within sports governance, and I also work with swimming clubs and schools across the country, leading masterclasses and workshops. I’ve recently set up a mentoring programme, giving young developing athletes access to the advice and guidance of a world class athlete. I’ve also started a blog ( about my transition out of sport and into the ‘real world’!

“I qualified for my first senior international team when I was 15, my first World Championships aged 16, and my first Olympics aged 17. These competitions obviously coincided with important exam periods at school, but my teachers at LMS were absolutely fantastic in ensuring I had everything I needed to be able to succeed in both education and sport. I came away with 7 A*s in my GCSEs, but couldn’t have done it without the understanding and guidance of the LMS staff.

“I loved English and being creative. I remember once having to give a presentation on a topic that we were passionate about – I went in wearing a swimming racing suit, hat and googles!

“I plan to remain involved with sport, using my experiences to develop athlete support programmes in the UK.

“Try your hardest at everything you do. Be curious about the world and how you can bring value to the people around you. Follow your dreams and believe that anything is possible.”

Rosie Sobieraj

Class of 2011 - Communications Officer for National Policing.

“I finished at Lincoln Minster School in 2011 to go on to complete a degree in PR and Media (BA Hons) at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating with a First.

“In my third year of university I became a freelance PR consultant to five clients in South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire. After finishing university in 2014 I gained full-time employment with two of my clients and I began my role as Development and PR Manager to Hope Community Services, a homeless charity for North Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service.

“I then moved to work at a public relations agency in Sheffield as a Senior Account Executive, representing clients on a local, regional, national and international scale. Highlights included working with Number 10, Richard Branson/Virgin Business and international businesses such as an online grocer Approved Food and telematics organisation The Floow.

“After my time in the private sector I began work at Rotherham Council as a Marketing, Media and E-Communications Officer for Children and Young People’s Services. My job was hugely varied, and as a new role to the team structure I was able to pave my own path and make it my own. It included reactive communications including involvement in media at court proceedings involving the council as part of the trials for the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, proactive campaigns for adoption and fostering, re-branding services such as Early Help and complex media strategies for the service.

“In my current role I am a Communications Officer for National Policing. I provide an external and internal strategic communications role within the national policing environment – a short and sweet explanation for a very complex role which sees me travelling the length and breadth of the country providing support to all police forces in the UK on a national operation.

“In my spare time, I compete nationally in dance, recently winning the Jazz and Hip Hop regionals with my team Intensity Dance and placing third in the UK Pole Doubles Championships Pro/Am in 2015.

“I plan to continue moving up the ranks in the public sector communications world – I really enjoy my role at the moment, it’s so rewarding and I learn something new every day. The role above mine is the Strategic Communications Manager, so my boss may have to watch her back!

“At Lincoln Minster School I learnt that if you pursue something you are passionate in, dedicate time and effort to it, you will succeed. I think that work ethic was instilled in me from early on and the passion and enthusiasm from my teachers spurred me on to do well.

“My favourite memory of my time at LMS? That’s hard! I have so many. Singing in St Mark’s square in Venice with the Chamber Choir on tour is a particular favourite, playing cornet in the Concert Band at Disney Land Paris and competing with the gymnastics team, are just some of the few highlights. I also have so many great memories in the classroom, particularly English, where my passion for writing became apparent and helped me get to where I am today.

“My advice to current students would be work experience, work experience, work experience. Find out what you want to do, what you don’t want to do and what is out there for you. Without experience I would definitely not be where I am today. Don’t forget pursue a career in what you want, not what others think you should – follow your passion and do something which makes you want to get up in the morning.”

Francesca Souter

Class of 2012 - Freelance Specialist Languages Teacher in Marbella, Spain.

“I left Lincoln Minster School in 2012, after studying at the school for seven years. I went on to study for a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures, specialising in Spanish and Italian, at Hatfield College, University of Durham and achieved a Second Class (Upper Division).

“In my time since leaving LMS, I have worked as an au pair, a teacher and a journalist. My degree took me to both Spain and Italy, where I taught Spanish and then English, realising that while the thought of teaching subjects like Maths or Biology filled me with dread, language teaching could be the way forward.

“I spent time living in Spain, where I worked as a freelance language teacher, focusing on Spanish, Italian and English as a foreign language. In that time, I also worked for one of the biggest English newspapers in Europe, as both a journalist and translator. After some time away, I decided to come back to the UK, complete my PGCE and become a full time Modern Languages teacher. I now work at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, a grammar school in Gainsborough, teaching Spanish.

“Lincoln Minster taught me to dream big and go for what I want in life. I can say with certainty that every teacher who ever taught me shaped me in some way or another, whether they know it or not! Without the school and its fantastic teachers, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

“My advice to current students would be to take advantage of every opportunity available at Minster, as you never know when something small you learn will come in handy later in life.”

Georgia Souter

Class of 2016 - Studying Geology at Keele University

“Since leaving Lincoln Minster after 11 years of studying there, I moved to Spain to pursue my A Levels at The English International College in Marbella. After two amazing years in the sun, I am now back in England, studying Geology at Keele University.

“Since I attended LMS for most of my school career, it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my experience there. However, I feel as if the teachers I had during my time at LMS are truly what helped me get to where I am today, with Mrs Maltby, Mr Bayliss, Mrs Glenn-Bachelor, and Mr King deserving honorary mentions.

“The school trips I went on, from the York trip in Year 3 all the way up to the Iceland trip in Year 11, were highlights of my school career. The Iceland trip in particular, as its geological nature planted the seeds in my mind to consider a degree in Geology. However, my favourite memories lie in the seemingly mundane moments. Banter in form time, laughing hysterically with (at) Mr Cochrane in Maths, and Mr King’s cheesy computing jokes are among my fondest memories of my time at LMS.

“My advice to current pupils would be to take every opportunity the school offers you, work hard, and most importantly, have fun!”

Daisy Stones

Class of 2014 - Flood Risk Officer for the Environment Agency

“I studied at Lincoln Minster School from 2007 to 2014 and then went on to study Geography BSc at Durham University, as a member of St Cuthbert’s Society College.
Lincoln Minster School shaped me to be the person that I am and also gave me the foundations to build a successful career in flood risk. I was also encouraged to pursue my hobbies outside of academia; in my case, music. During my time at University I was an active member of the Music department and this allowed me to travel to Budapest, Hungary and to Ljubljana, Slovenia on orchestra tours. The music department at Lincoln Minster gave me the opportunities to perform in some incredible venues; Lincoln Cathedral, Westminster Abbey as well as venues in Paris and Germany to name a few!
During the summer of 2017 I undertook a placement with Lincolnshire County Council under WSP as a Drainage Technician. Not only did this give me experience of working within a professional environment but also allowed me to build on my skills and knowledge from University.
Following graduation I accepted a job as a Flood Risk Officer within the Environment Agency in Lincoln. I was able to draw upon my skills I acquired during school fieldwork trips to Iceland and Switzerland during my interview and so my time at Lincoln Minster has left a lasting impact.
My advice to current students is to explore as many avenues as you can; I chose a wide range of GCSE and A-Level options in order to discover what I was most interested in. I would also encourage anyone to undertake work experience and to explore every option. Any work experience opportunity will allow you to learn and develop new skills which you can later apply both to schoolwork and beyond. Do what you want to do, follow your passions and you won’t go far wrong!”

Ian Thomson

Class of 2016 (Staff) - Author

“Since finishing my role at Lincoln Minster School, I have been busy with my first novel ‘Martin’ which is available now along with a selection of short stories called ‘Cherries’. My second novel, Humphrey & Jack, is with my editor.

“My advice to current students is to follow your passion – don’t be deflected by half-wishes. Be prepared to work your socks off – there are no short cuts. Be kind – you never know whose help you might need. Be persistent – nothing worthwhile ever came easily.”

Avalon Summerfield

Class of 2012 - Freelance Classical Singer.

After leaving Lincoln Minster School, Avalon read Music at the University of York, graduating in 2015 with a First Class BA(Hons). Since graduating, she has forged a busy career teaching singing across the East Midlands and performing as a classical soprano. Avalon also cofounded a new and exciting music festival, Leicester MusicFest, in March 2017.

From September 2017, Avalon will be studying (with a scholarship) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for a Masters in Performance. Avalon was awarded a VOCES8 Scholarship in 2016, as well as Stile Antico’s inaugural bursary for young singers in 2015.

She has performed at a number of prestigious venues as far afield as China, including the Tower of London and the Royal Albert Hall. She has also performed on numerous CD recordings and BBC radio broadcasts.

Avalon hopes to establish herself as a professional soprano in London, and perform the music she is most passionate about.

Avalon was at Lincoln Minster School her entire school career, and this undoubtedly shaped her interests and skills, in particular the Choristership at Lincoln Cathedral.

Clara Temple

Class of 2016 - Studying Agricultural Food Manufacturing

“I am currently studying Agricultural Food Manufacturing with Marketing at Harper Adams University, Shropshire.

“I have many memories of studying at LMS, one of my favourite was taking part in the drama productions.

“Lincoln Minster School helped me to stick in, it also helped me to build and flourish many life skills that I use daily.

“My advice to current pupils would be to stick in and do what makes you happy.

“My plans for the future are to graduate at HAU, doing a gap year then work within the agricultural sector.”

Alice Weatherley

Class of 2017 - Studying Education Studies at York St. John University

“I am currently studying towards a degree in Educational Studies at York St. John University. In the future I would like to become a primary school teacher.

“Attending Lincoln Minster School gave me a chance to grow both academically and as an individual.

“My advice to current LMS pupils’ is to listen to both your friends and your teachers, you never know when you will use their advice or wise words.``

Phil Younger

Class of 2002 - Senior Programme Manager at EE

“Lincoln Minster School provided me with confidence and the ability to explore my personality and strengths so that I could use them to my advantage. For me the school is an amazing place that I look back on with great memories!

“After school I qualified as a pharmacist at university, I then changed carteer paths and am now a Senior Programme Manager focusing on customer experience at EE. My plan now is to continue to progress in my career in retail.

“My advice to current students would be to enjoy your time at the school – don’t stress about the small things and make the most of your years at LMS!”

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