Former Student Profile - Charlotte Nohavicka, Class of 2012

Guild Careers

We are looking forward to welcoming Charlotte back to school on Tuesday 3 December for the Year 9 Inspire and Career Talk.

What years did you attend WHS?  2005-2012

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

I did three A-Levels: History, Music and Spanish. I also took Government & Politics to AS-Level.

I have incredibly fond memories of all the music-making I was lucky enough to be involved with at WHS. From school concerts each term to Music tours across Europe every summer it was brilliant!

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

I loved the World Challenge trip to Morocco in Year 9. Perhaps not my finest moment, but still something that makes me laugh everytime: I dressed up as a telephone box which I lovingly made from a giant cardboard box for Sixth Form dressup day. I hadn’t quite thought through the logistics of manoeuvering in this cardboard creation let alone mastered how to go through doorways and ended up falling over…


What did you do after school? Gap year, straight into business or Uni.

I went straight to Kings College London (KCL) to start my Music degree.  If I am honest, I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do after school so I applied for Music Colleges (Royal Academy Music, Royal College Music, and Guildhall School of Music & Drama) as well as Universities (King’s College London, Cardiff and York).

On results day it transpired that I didn’t quite get the grades I needed for my first choice (KCL) and could have gone straight to my reserve choice Cardiff. However, I felt like London was where I would find more opportunities and so I got in touch with KCL to see whether they would still take me. The Music department accepted me with the grades I had – so my advice would be if you really want your first choice there’s no harm in answer. I am really glad I did because I enjoyed three brilliant years studying in Central London.

What are you up to now?

I have done a few different things since graduating from KCL. When I graduated for my undergraduate degree I was the Music Development Manager in a fantastic primary school in East London for two years, ensuring funding for their innovative music education programme and managing the weekly timetabling of music tuition. I was then lucky enough to gain a scholarship to do a Masters in History specialising in the Holocaust at Royal Holloway, University of London. After that I worked as a Development and Learning Coordinator for the internationally acclaimed Tenebrae Choir.

I am now very proud to be part of the Unlocked Graduate Scheme working as a Prison Officer in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.  Unlocked Graduates is an award-winning graduate scheme (recently ranked 49 in The Times Top 100 graduate employers). Their core belief is that prison should lead to more than a return visit and so our work focuses primarily on facilitating rehabilitation and prison reform.

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

Do what you are passionate about and take advantage of every opportunity life throws at you. It’s better to take on a challenge and it not go perfectly than to let an opportunity pass you by and think “What if…?” You can correct mistakes and make amends, but you can’t always recapture lost opportunities.

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