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      Alice Shaw, 2012

      A Levels Maths, French, Physics, History.

      What did you enjoy most about your time at Harlington Upper School?

      I was already familiar with the school, teachers and high standards having been at Harlington since year 9. Since the 6th form offered the subjects I wished to study and all the support for applying to university I could wish for, I did not even consider looking elsewhere. I enjoyed the encouraging and friendly atmosphere - I am still in touch with many of my friends and even teachers. The opportunities available were fantastic - such as going to CERN on a Physics trip, being able to complete Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

      Where did you study at University (and subject) or what work/career did you enter after leaving Harlington?

      Took a gap year and completed a placement at Accenture for 8 months, before travelling in French speaking countries for 4 months. I then started a double-degree in English law and French law at the University of Leicester where I spent two years, before spending two years at the University of Strasbourg. If all goes well in my finals exams, I will graduate with 3 degrees this summer. I have worked alongside my studies as an ambassador at the University of Leicester, and at the Christmas Market in Strasbourg. I have secured a training contract to become a lawyer with an international firm in London (Linklaters), which will start in January 2018. Alice is the winner of the 2017 European Prize for Eloquence

      What advice do you have for current or prospective Harlington students?

      Make the most of every opportunity that presents itself - you will learn from everything. Look beyond what everyone around is doing and take a moment to really think about what makes you happy and where you want to go - if you put your mind to it and work hard, you will get there. Now is the time to explore your options, discover your passions, and develop new skills that will be essential in years to come - so don't be afraid to branch out!Your time at Harlington will give you a solid springboard from which you can choose where to go, and it will be something you look back on with very fond memories.

      Esme Graham, 2016

      A Levels English Literature, History , Drama and Theatre Studies, and Philosophy and Ethics (AS Level)

      Extra-Curricular

      Head Girl in year 13 (2015-16), was involved in school productions (Hairspray, and The Crucible), was a peer mentor and took part in Rock Challenge in year 12.

      What did you enjoy most about your time at Harlington Upper School?

      I completed my GCSEs at Harlington, and was happy with my results, and the 6th Form at HUS was friendly, enriching and produced consistently good A Level results. I enjoyed the sense of community within the student body as well as the teachers, and felt very safe and comfortable.

      Where did you study at University (and subject) or what work/career did you enter after leaving Harlington? I studied the Foundation in Acting course at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 2016-2017, and am now aiming to study for 3 years at a drama school in London. I am working on producing small devised piece of theatre, and have a part-time job as a theatre usher at the RADA theatres.

      What advice do you have for current or prospective Harlington students? My advice would be to pursue studying/working in an area that you genuinely enjoy, rather than following what you're told to study/do. Also, as 6th Form can be a very challenging and stressful time,I would encourage students to try and find joy and enrichment in the things that they're studying and what they're doing while they're at HUS, and to work hard, but also take the time to start considering what they want their future to look like. And have fun!

      Leon Emirali, 2009

      A Levels English, Business Studies, Drama
      Extra-Curricular

      Leon took part in the school production of Macbeth (playing the title role) and also played rugby for the school team.

      What did you enjoy most about your time at Harlington Upper School?

      I wanted to continue my learning in an environment that would challenge me intellectually, yet still be a fun and enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the diverse range of opportunities the school presented to me. I was able to take part in the Young Enterprise scheme, be involved in a Shakespeare play, play rugby and go on a number of interesting school trips.

      Where did you study at University (and subject) or what work/career did you enter after leaving Harlington?

      I studied Communication, Culture and Media at Coventry University and worked in a PR agency and political consultancy before starting a media marketing agency. I am Co-Founder and Director of Crest, a multi-million pound media marketing agency based in London.

      What advice do you have for current or prospective Harlington students?

      Make the most of all opportunities presented to you and enjoy being able to learn in a great school amongst your friends!

      Jake Saunders, 2013

      A Levels Drama, Psychology and Biology
      Extra-Curricular

      Jake was deputy head boy during his final year at Harlington, and performed in three of the school shows - We Will Rock You, Romeo & Juliet & Our House

      What did you enjoy most about your time at Harlington Upper School?

      Definitely drama lessons. The teachers were always so engaging and supportive.Having been to school at HUS I knew the community and felt like it was the best fit for me - I had by this point fallen in love with drama & couldn't have imagined carrying it on without HUS' drama department!

      Where did you study at University (and subject) or what work/career did you enter after leaving Harlington?

      Im about to finish my final year at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where I have been studying Drama, Applied Theatre & Education. Ive become heavily involved in student politics and will be running to stand as President of the Student Union at RCSSD in May. This will be a full time position for a year, after which I hope to study a Masters in Arts Management.

      What advice do you have for current or prospective Harlington students?

      Make the most of all opportunities presented to you and enjoy being able to learn in a great school amongst your friends!