Rachel Winfield (2007 – 2010)

Alumna, Rachel Winfield

To continue our series of alumni articles, we have been in touch with Rachel Winfield who is currently in her second year at the University of Essex, studying for a BSc in Mathematics with Economics. Rachel attended The Denes High School from 2007–10 and has fond memories of her time here.

Rachel told us:

“The school is very close to my heart simply because of the amount I achieved there with the help of all the staff. It was very sad to say goodbye to the school and to move on with my education, but I’ll always remember the Denes in a positive light because for me there were never any negative moments!

“Although I was a very academic student, I really loved acting so took it as an option for my GCSEs. Both Mrs Dores and Miss Simons were really encouraging and taught me a lot over the course, and I am thankful to them both. Performing in The Wizard of Oz in 2009 was also a lot of fun – it was nice to switch off a bit from the strains of school work and simply perform, not have to worry too much and just have fun.

“School trips also brought a lot of laughs – my friends and I still reminisce about them. Miss Smith and Mr Harrod were brave enough to take a group of us to Spain. I remember the boys trying to woo some local Spanish girls from across the balcony (it didn’t work!). Also the History trip which saw Mr Hargreaves Ice Skating was pretty entertaining.

“Currently I’m in my final year of a Maths with Economics degree. It was always on the cards for me to study maths just because I enjoyed it and was good at it during school. It’s only within the last year which I’ve realised the area of maths I enjoy the most, and I think it all started with a Statistics project back in Mrs Thompson’s year 10 class! Hopefully this time next year I will have started my career working with big data and applied statistics. I’ve just finished a summer internship in a similar role and I really enjoyed it, so am now confident this is what I want to do. It’s very scary to think that after all of these years in education it’s nearly over – there is light at the end of the tunnel, keep going!

“If I were to give a piece of advice to the students reading this, it would be that you should never doubt yourself or your ability to succeed in whatever you want to do in life. We all have knockbacks in life and sometimes we don’t all make the grades on paper, but if you can say to yourself that you put in effort and worked your hardest then that counts for a lot. Also, really cherish the time you have left at school and make the most of all the opportunities that come your way. It will help to shape your skill set and stand you in really good stead for the future.”

November 2014


Our congratulations go to Rachel who has just received her BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Essex. This photograph shows her presentation by Shami Chakrabarti, Chancellor of the University and Director of Liberty.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Winfield

July 2015

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