Courtney Smith (2008 – 2011)

Alumna, Courtney Smith

Courtney was a student at Ormiston Denes from 2008 to 2011. She recently called in to the academy to talk to some of Miss Edmondson’s students. Whilst she was there we was lucky enough to catch up with her.

Courtney recalled her time here, telling us that she enjoyed learning science and had memories of hands-on physics experiments. She also enjoyed drama, having been part of the chorus in the school production of Boogie Nights whilst she was in Year 10.

Courtney always wanted to travel. She was able to link in what she learnt in RE and health & social care, with working with people. She studied for a year at Lowestoft Sixth Form College but decided that route was not for her. So she decided to apply to Lowestoft College to study a cabin-crew course. By the time Courtney was nearing the end of her course, British Airways were hiring, and Courtney fancied her chances. Training took nearly seven weeks and the whole application and training process took a whole year.

Courtney was over the moon when she found out she had been accepted as cabin crew for this international airline. After eagerly awaiting details of her first flight, she has just been told that she is off to Seoul in South Korea! We asked Courtney how she was feeling about her first flight and she told us she was nervous but very excited. She explained that there was a diverse range of information to remember. She talked about how her training covered how to deal with celebrities, challenging people, passengers with particular needs, and so on. She said it is a bit of a lottery as to what to expect on a daily basis.

For those of you that don’t know, Courtney is Miss Edmondson’s daughter. I asked Miss Edmondson how she felt about Courtney’s new career. She told me: “I am so proud of Courtney’s achievements. She is proof that you can do or be anything that you want. All you have to do is find out what you really want to do. I am really excited about hearing of her adventures over the next few months.”

We wish Courtney well in her career and look forward to hearing her future news.

Courtney’s message to fellow students is this: “Don’t be put off if you don’t do very well. Play to your strengths and don’t give up.”

July 2014

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