Personally, the greatest thing Tonbridge gave me was a sense of home.
As my parents were going through a divorce at the time the sense of family in Ferox Hall (and Knox House) and the stability and support offered from pastoral staff I believe allowed me to develop and achieve in ways I wouldn’t have been able to do. Tonbridge gave me a strong work ethic; the confidence to lead and work as a team and the greatest friends, many of which I still see on a regular basis.
After Tonbridge, I took a year out from studying to work with young children in the Schools at Somerhill, leading sports sessions and helping as a teaching assistant. Since then I have been completing a four-year BSc degree in Chemistry with forensic investigation at the University of Surrey. During this time I have also been involved in multiple societies, such as touch rugby and snow sports, as well as becoming the Vice President of ChemSoc in year two. I have also been involved with further charity projects working with NCS in the development of young people, much like the award helped me.
Joe is currently on placement working in the MHRA laboratories, analysing medicines before they are released to market.
- (HS 2005-2010)