Former Student Profile - Amanda Bradley, Class of 1993

Guild Y10

We look forward to welcoming back Amanda to school Wednesday 29 January for the Year 10 Inspire and Career Talk and Networking Event.

What years did you attend WHS? 1987-1993

What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?

WHS helped me out a great deal. I was rowing internationally for U18 Team GB from 1991-1993 and even before that, I had a full national roster. So I would hand in papers early all year in Sixth Form and then I would be allowed to skip the last couple of weeks of school to train and travel with Team GB.

I was also in the guitar group (I was very bad!), was wardrobe mistress for the production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and played piano and flute. The rowing didn't allow for many extra activities though.

Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?

I do remember our history teacher Mr Rouse leaping around the classroom impersonating various world dictators to help bring history to life.  It clearly worked.  I read History at university!

I also recall our lovely A level teacher, Mrs Evans wearing the Wales rugby shirt (winter kit) we gave her for our exams even though it was boiling hot outside.

What did you do after school?

I took a year off.  I worked in an office for three months, travelled in the US, Australia and New Zealand for four months then worked in retail before heading to uni.

I went to Kings College, London because it had a really great History programme.  I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I went to uni.  The school recommended that I study something I enjoy. Completely agree!

What are you up to now?

After 20 years in corporate finance, working all over the world and working with senior leaders, I left GlaxoSmithKline and now I run my own business as an executive coach, coaching boards and leaders in how to manage people, be more confident and help themselves become the best they can.  I teach leadership and board room skills for the Association if Corporate Treasurers’ masters level programme and also have a regular column on workplace behaviour management in their industry magazine.

I’ve been married for 12 years and have a 9 year old daughter. I worked full time for the first 6 years of being a mum.

I am also retraining as a psychotherapist. I work two days a week in counselling clinics volunteering - I am almost finished with my Masters degree and analysts license.

What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?

It’s ok not to know what you want to be.  It’s ok to trust yourself and believe that it will come to you. It’s ok to make mistakes and learn from them.  The best book I would recommend to anyone (and I wish I’d read when I was at school) is ‘You are Awesome’ by Matthew Syed - it’s a practical guide to having a growth mindset.  It’s a frat book. Probably best read in year 6 or 7 but it’s never too late!



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