Our Alumni form the foundation of what makes Magdalen College School the school it is today.  We are proud of their achievements in their lives after Magdalen and encourage Alumni to keep in touch with school. Our Alumni also serve as ambassadors for MCS and their experiences and achievements, some of which are shown below, become good examples of leadership, academic achievement, personal fulfilment and happiness to our current students.

 

Amy Davies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Davies 93-2000

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

I loved music at school- I played the cello and enjoyed being in the orchestra for concerts and shows, such as Gypsy. I also have lovely sunny day memories of being sat in the grass on the field, enjoying life!

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Done so many things! I went to university for a short time(decided Music wasn't for me), went to work at the Banbury Guardian in Advertising, went back and took my Social Sciences University degree at Leicester when I was 21 and then became a Recruitment Consultant before realising (age 27) that Teaching was for me! This was influenced by time-spent working as a TA at Magdalen with Ms Lilley and the Faculty- she was an inspiration!

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

I think it has been the successes I've had in my current role as Head of Psychology at a School in North London. We made top 20 most improved departments in the East of England this year- a lovely thing after so much hard work! Either that or the World's highest bridge bungee jump!!

What advice would you give to our current students?

Never think anything is unachievable! Twice I have left good jobs and home to go back to study- once for my degree and the second time for my teacher training- and it was scary but also the best thing I ever did. Go for what you want and work hard for it.

And travel...the world is a big and beautiful place!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To make my psychology department the best in London! Or the world!!

 

Amanda Hodges

Amanda Phillips Hodges

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Ski trips and PE, loved playing hockey for the school in the winter and the fantastic trips to Austria with Mr Richards and Mrs Glover. I can still remember being staggered when he told me the animal tracks in the snow were from an Austrian schnitzel, and I believed him for years!

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Worked in all kinds of different industries. I started off working overseas for 9 years as a holiday rep which was amazing and set me up for most things. I then worked in aviation for BA and Virgin. I now work for the NHS at Milton Keynes Hospital as a Deputy General Manager

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Definitely graduating from the University of Birmingham as a Master of Science (that will be as big of a surprise to any of my ex teachers as it was to me!) 

What advice would you give to our current students?

Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do. Do as much as you can and what makes you happy. Get as much experience as you can and remain as positive as possible. Everything will be ok in the end, and if it’s not ok that just means it’s not the end yet!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

Finish my Master of laws qualification and figure out a way to use it! Complete the Brighton marathon is under 4.5 hours in April.

 

Harry Brooker

Harry Brooker 2003-2010

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Going on the World Challenge trip to Nepal in 2008 and seeing the Himalayas.

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Worked in Bristol and Milton Keynes doing Product Design, Graphic Design and CGI for some of the biggest car and electronics companies in the world.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Earning a degree in Creative Product Design from the University of the West of England.

What advice would you give to our current students?

To get the most out of yourself, focus on the things you're passionate about. Show devotion by putting time into your own project away from school that sets you apart from the crowd and will pay off later in life.

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To design my own watch.

 

Adam Grant

Adam Grant

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

PE, competing in cross county for the school and electronics/metal work/wood work.

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Worked in several professions before deciding to train as an engineer. I am currently a Principal Engineer at a building services consultancy in Oxford.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Graduating from London South Bank University with 2-1 Being in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

What advice would you give to our current students?

Don’t worry if you haven’t decided on a profession before leaving school or choosing which A levels to take or which University to go to. Whilst it will benefit you to know what you want to do early it is not essential. I did not start training as an engineer until my mid-twenties and graduated in my thirties. Engineers are sought after in the UK and there are plenty of companies who offer apprentice type programmes with day release to college and university.

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

Gain Chartered engineer (Ceng) status with CIBSE (Chartered institute of building services engineers).

 

Tony Black

Tony Black

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Not many, to be frank. While I wasn’t unhappy at school, nothing much stood out for me – a possible exception would be French and English lessons. I seem to have a natural affinity with languages (possibly because of truly excellent English, French, and Latin Masters). I remember in particular, Mr Bourne, the Latin Master, who always wore a black tie, with a white skull just below the knot, crossed with a silver dagger, and with a single drop of red blood falling from it! Sartorial elegance personified – I wonder what that tie signified?

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Gone to night school in Oxford and gained the O- and A-levels I should have tried to gain while I was at school. Went on to a blurred 6-months roadying for The Who (and gaining a different level of schooling altogether…), then joining the Army, in the Intelligence Corps. Moved swiftly on to what we called “the dark side” (use your imagination), and having a wonderful career. Left the Army, and joined De Beers, the diamond company. Rose and rose, and ended up as manager of two separate departments (but sadly, only one and a bit salaries) connected with my former life – and retired early to spend my ill-gotten gains on fine wine and travel.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Leaving aside the clichés of children/marriage, etc., probably the service I was able to give providing information to assorted powers concerning terrorist activity.

What advice would you give to our current students?

  1. Work harder than I did at school
  2. Do what you enjoy in life – and get paid for it, if at all possible!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To be more knowledgeable about wine, and to improve my bass guitar ability.

 

John Gillett

John Gillett 1948-56

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Sugared buns from ‘Knibby’s’ tuck-shop.  The malty scent of the Brackley brewery.  Hymn practice in chapel with “Daddy Green”.  EN Jones and “Forry”.

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

I left MCS Brackley for National Service in The Royal Signals, and then I went to Jesus College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences and eventually to read Chemical Engineering.  I then worked as a process engineer and technical manager for 12 years in ICI Plastics Division; followed by 25 years in ICI/Zeneca/AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (To describe what I did during this period would take a book!).  My life has had five strands: Family, Spiritual Development, Chemical Engineering, Caving and Education. When one strand performed badly I could always make up for it in another strand.  I have had and am still having a most enjoyable and fulfilling life.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

This is difficult to answer as the word ‘largest’ is governed by opinion and experience, but there is at least one per strand of my life.  Family – I was happily married for 51 yrs and raised a daughter who is a chemical engineer.  Spiritual Development – Ongoing, but I have lectured and written a great deal; “The North Bucks Yokel” poetry book is probably the best.  Chemical Engineering – I started up the first computer controlled high pressure polyethylene plant, published many papers and a textbook “Hazard Study & Risk Assessment in The Pharmaceutical Industries”.  Caving – I led a successful expedition to The Gouffre Berger in 1983, wrote two books on caving and I am still caving in my eightieth year.  Education – I chaired the European Federation of Chemical Engineering Education Group for several years and wrote many papers on chemical engineering education and education in general.  I received an Honorary Doctorate for my work in education from l’Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse.

What advice would you give to our current students?

Think for yourself!  Be prepared!  Spend at least a quarter an hour of each day in peace and quiet.  Never stop learning!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To celebrate my eightieth birthday in style without passing out.