Ayesha Wynne Former Student Profile Class of 2006
We look forward to welcoming Ayesha back to school on Wednesday 29 January 2020 for the Year 10 Inspire & Career Talk.
What years did you attend WHS?
What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?
I have always loved learning and enjoyed pretty much all my lessons. My focus was art and music. I played a lot of music both in and out of school, and it's something I still do as part of an amateur orchestra. I struggled when it came to narrowing down my subjects for GCSE and A levels - I didn't want to give anything up. After much deliberation I studied Art, English Literature and Chemistry in my final year. It was important to me to balance creative subjects with core subjects.
Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share
Recreating the industrial revolution in our form room for the Millennium Time-Tunnel
Lunchtime trips to the vending machines
Jumping into the freezing outdoor swimming pool
Geography lessons in Christie block - learning about frontal weather systems whilst watching a rain shower pass over the school is something I still remember
Revising/ sunbathing on the field
Slouching on the old library sofas
My final chemistry lesson - when we discovered what had made the burn marks on the ceiling.
What did you do after school?
I went straight to university. I knew that it would take several years to qualify as an architect and I wanted to get on with it. I went to Newcastle University. My first visit to Newcastle was for an open day. Just before the train arrives at Newcastle Station, there's an incredible view of the bridges over the River Tyne, which sold it to me. It's a fantastic place to be a student.
What are you up to now?
I'm an architect working at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), a large architecture firm based in London.
What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?
Whilst there is a pressure to make a decision about your future at school, there is more time than you think to change your mind and take some time out in your twenties.
You will forget much of the information your learn at school, but skills stay with you for life. Make sure you practice them!
I hated sports and PE at school, but wish I had understood the importance of exercise when I was younger. I took up running a couple of years ago, and wish I'd done it sooner.
Architects are building designers. We sketch, draw and model everything from door handles to whole cities. It's a creative, varied and challenging profession that operates in the real world. Put simply, our job is to make better places to live in, by designing useful, sustainable and beautiful places for people to enjoy.