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1950's

1958

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Michael John Vanner   Came from London, Leytonstone Worked at Daily Express for four years. Various jobs until 9/67 and joined the fire service.
       
       
       

1960's

1965

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Steven Tomlin Ardeley It was a different time. It was ok to cane pupils. WE were pupils not students Became an accountant and travelled the world
       
       
       

1970's

1971

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Avril Duffy Ardeley Fabulous. Made life long friends 10 years at sea as Telephonist. Married Now a published writer.
       
       
       

1972

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Sharon Sorrell NOW Sharon Garrington Tyms   Several customer facing roles leading to current role as Event Manager
       
       
       

1973

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Mandy Matthews NOW Gardner Drakes Enjoyed it. Was part of hockey team and head girl Finance to VP level with Girlguiding as a hobby. Now retired.
Stephen Darler Causton I spent a truely unremarkable 4 years of adolescence at FitzWimarc in fact it may have been Rayleigh Secondary School when I started? I think that the only historic event I was involved in was when the rugby team defeated Sweyne Grammer on their home turf for the first time ever!!! I remember it well - with Mr Hughes bellowed ‘run Darler!!’ When a drop kick came to me in the half way line. I ran faster than ever before and planted the ball as close to the posts as I dared. Peter Beckwith converted and the game was ours. That’s my only claim to fame; sport, sport, sport!! I appreciated long ago the value of my time at FitzWimarc. I was not a great student but did and still do recognise the values of the school and the commitment demonstrated by every member of Staff. I spent 32 years in the Royal Air Force and now work for the US Department of State at the US Embassy. In 4 years I retire. No regrets.

Suzanne Dowell NOW Suzanne Hearn

Ardeley I really enjoyed my time at FitzWimarc. I was a prefect and got involved in several school productions, such as Carousel and Oklahoma. My best friends were Lesley Morgan and Karen Mordecai. I worked as a French teacher until I took Early retirement a couple of years ago. I am married to a crazy geordie and we have a 25 year old daughter. We live in North Weald
Steve Brooks Ardeley Great memories

Live in Hockley now. retired.

Caroline Boadle Causton Enjoyed most subjects {especially English, French, Geography} and loads of sports, useless at DS and Chemistry Have lived and worked in Bournemouth, London and Scotland, mostly connected to the hotel/holiday business
Catherine Ann Jones NOW Catherine Achinelli Drakes I was a shrinking violet who was yet to find my wings Finding my wings!
Janet Collins NOW Jan Beesley Tyms 5 years of trying to grow up (and not really succeeding)! Memory a bit hazy, but what sticks out are these: Being told off for staring out of the window of the tower block, crazy experiments in the Physics lab with Mr Rowley, not being allowed to do woodwork and/or metal work, having to do Needlework (which I hated), trying to carry a hot Lancashire Hotpot home without scalding myself after a Domestic Science lesson, rolling over the top of my skirt to make it a mini, fraying the ends of our school ties, spending more time in the "Defects" hut than the prefects common room. Actually it seems I do remember quite a lot. Fitz was in transition from Secondary Mod to Comprehensive so nothing really seemed "fixed" apart from some of the teachers. I cringe now to think of how we treated some of the younger teachers. Somehow we all seem to have survived relatively unscathed! Sixth form (SEEVIC), the brief spell with Customs & Excise in Southend. Then Uni (Canterbury), then dole for a bit before a job at Inland Revenue and training as a programmer. Lots of years as an IT professional, eventually working for myself in my own business. Settled in rural East Sussex now, two kids (currently 27 and 24), trying very hard to retire.

 

1976

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Lynn Price Drakes Enjoyed sports Children, work
Ian Gatfield Ardeley   I have worked for Honeywell for the past 30 years
       
       

1977

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Sue Lane NOW Sue Cox Drakes Lots of fond memories and happy times, but not academically productive as I didn't put the work in Married, qualified teacher, educational consultant and advisor, overseas evaluator for education.
       
       
       

1978

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Robert Dean Ardeley Brilliant school. Great memories. Currently working in Social Work (Criminal Justice) in Dumfries (Scotland). Initially joined army upon leaving school. Served for 6 years before joining Prison Service, where I remained for 15 years. Left Prison Service to study for MA Degree in Health & Social Studies. Graduated in 2004 (University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus). Following graduation I initially worked for Dumfries Council Homeless department, before changing to my current job in Social Work in 2012. Thank you Fitz!!
       
       
       

1979

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Mike Gaskin Tyms   Worked for BT since I left and still involved in the Technical Side of Am-Dram, a passion started by Sid Rowley (Getting out of being in the Choir also helped)
       
       
       

 

1980's

1980

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Louise Howes NOW Lousie Dix Tyms   I have worked in the ship refuelling industry for almost 20’years, travelled to many European counties and to Singapore within this industry. I am currently taking a year off and deciding what adventures await me. I have lived in Kent since 1989 and visit family in Rayleigh 2-3 a month.
       
       
       

1981

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Gary Field Ardeley   Working
       
       
       

 

1982

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Graham Lee Causton   Working in the gambling/betting industry including a relocation to Gibralter a few years ago, back now. Currently IT software tester. Proud father to Victoria and for my sins a season card holder at Roots Hall.
Tracy Strong NOW Tracy Honey Causton I wasn't a great student but I did my best and worked through a lot of problems. Fave teacher was Mr. Handley for maths. Married for 28 years - 2 sons. youngest currently living in Michigan with his wife and the rest of us in California for 18 years. I trained as a counselor and am in ministry with my husband and oldest son in our local church.
Eleanor Slaughter NOW Eleanor Bryant Causton Great school and great teachers Working in IT for Revenue & Customs
Deborah Reynolds Ardeley Happy experience Nurse Manager
Karen Jeffery NOW Karen Sivertsen Causton I actually enjoyed school! My favourite teachers were Mrs Duffield (maths) and Mr Nortcliffe (drama) Went to college to train as a Nanny, had 4 children of my own who are all past FitzWimarc pupils, studied for an Early Years degree, worked in local primary schools now back working as a nanny!

1983

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Ray Blake Tyms It seems like a long time ago now but I have so many vivid memories of the people and the school. The usual things: work, marriage, kids, middle age.
       
       
       

 

1986

 

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Jez Mancer Drakes Loved it . Mr Newcombe was my first form tutor and also the best history teacher. Mum was also a teacher there , teaching art Now running a personal training business in Cornwall. Having done a lot of traveling
       

1988

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Matt Turner Ardeley I loved Fitzwimarc and still have many friends from my time there all those years ago Worked mainly in the City in finance IT. I now have a son in year 7 at the school.
       
       
       

1990's

1992

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Gail Randall Drakes   I now teach at a secondary school in Wickford, as a senior teacher.
       
       
       

1993

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Jane Cross NOW Jane Burns Tyms Didn't realise how much I'd miss it until I left! I work as an LSA at SHSB & my daughters go/went to Fitz too!
       
       
       

1994

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Christopher Nice Tyms   Working
       
       
       

 

1996

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Michael Clark Causton When I look back, I enjoyed Fitz. I met some friends I am still friends with today and got a good education that got me into a good job. Got A levels, got into IT and am now the senior Engineer for a top private equity company in the city. And also got married, had 3 children, 2 of which go to Fitz!
Ashley George Causton   SEEVIC College, BA Hons degree in sociology and have a career in Local Government
       
       

1998

 

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
James Dunmore Causton Fond memories of school, and still in contact with some people (close friends) today. Especially good memories of playing the trumpet in FYO, and also being part of the back stage crew for the school productions After Fitz, I went to SEEVIC and studied Maths, Additional Maths, Physics and Computing. I then went onto the University of Essex where I got a 1st class BSc in Computer Science with Robotics and Intelligent Machines, followed by (also at University of Essex) a 1st class MSc in E-Commerce Technology. After graduating I was a software developer for various companies including online e-commerce for home shopping channels and payment gateways for insurance companies. I then became tech lead for a video production company, developing various software, including the systems that powered the jumbo screens at Heathrow T5. In 2014 I became the head of technology for a sports website agency, who deliver sites such as 6nations rugby. Then in 2016 I joined Amazon Video as a Software development manager where I manage the team that delivers the Amazon Video application to millions of customers on various smart TVs around the world. More importantly than all of that, I now have 2 wonderful children who are 4 and 20 months old (both girls), and I am now living in Hertfordshire.
       
       
       

1999

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Natalie Fish NOW Natalie Maguire Causton I loved being at Fitzwimarc. It has been 18 years since I left and I am still friends with many people I went to school with. In fact Im married to one of my best ones! I became a Primary School Teacher but since I have had my children I have followed my photography passion (which I studied at A levels) and set up a school photography and yearbook business with my Dad.
Rachel Marek NOW Rachel Brown      
Stuart Smith Drakes   Married 11 years and have 2 children of 9 and 7 and been a cabbie in rayleigh for now 11 years
Grace Connell NOW Grace Thoburn Drakes I think I was pretty happy! I did A-levels, Photography (Ba)hons in Nottingham Trent, then travelled. I lived and worked in London for 8 years, moved to dubai for a year. I'm married and had a baby this year. I have lived with a brain tumour for almost 11 years.
Clare Smith NOW Clare Church Tyms   Now a mum, wife & Work in Management for Training Company.
Gemma Neicho NOW Gemma Kerr Tyms   I work as a trainer in Data Protection Law for the NHS. I live in Rochford with my husband and 3 year old Son.

2000's

2000

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Vicky Landers,  NOW Vicky Landers-Mackintosh-Mackintosh Tyms I loved my time at Fitz but I especially enjoyed my time spent representing the school in various sports. Great memories. I went to university and got a degree in media with cultural studies. I have had a few different jobs including being a prisoner custody officer at Chelmsford crown court. I'm currently an airport control centre supervisor at Southend airport. A previous job involved working at Sweyne and I even married one of their teachers!!!
Donna Adams Causton During my time at Fitz I enjoyed working in the technical department on school productions. I was always keen to leave education and start work. At the age of seventeen I travelled to New York on my own and began a career in theatre production, working as a stage hand in a New York Repertory Theatre. Upon returning to England I moved to London’s West End, working in Stage Electrics on shows including The Rat Pat, Producers and Into the Hoods. I had a change of career in my early twenties and joined an internet marketing company becoming a marketing consultant for natural and paid search, and a search engine and social media specialist. During my time working abroad and in London I’d always had close ties with our family's business, A.R.Adams Funeral Directors; I joined the team in 2008 and have not looked back. In 2011 after three years of training I qualified as a Funeral Director and became a Director of the company. All of our team place a strong focus on working in the community, and in 2015 we had the distinction of winning the nationwide award for "Funeral Director of the Year". In my personal life I enjoy weight-training, being active, playing golf and working in the community. Over the years I’ve helped to raise over £10,000 for local children’s charities, I have cycled across Vietnam and Cambodia and have successfully completed a trek across the Arctic Circle
Ian Butler Drakes I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday so..... Trying to make money
Lauren/Laurie Tomlin NOW Laurie Ellingham Ardeley It's a blur of red jumpers, hockey sticks, and getting to the front of the line at break time for a hot slice of toast.

After gaining a first in psychology, I worked in PR in London before following my dream to become a writer. It's taken ten years of rejections but I finally landed a publishing deal with an imprint at Harper Collins and have two books out this year. I now write full time

James Hart Drakes   Run own business
Hannah Clark NOW Hannah Scott Causton During my time at Fitz I competed in the athletics team that won the English championship for the 10th year in a row. Our pictures used to be displayed along the English corridor. My grandmother also attended the school Since leaving in 1999 (instead of graduating in class of 2000) to emigrate to Australia with my family I have worked hard to become a medical practice manager
Tom Stringer Causton Looking back I didn't have a bad time really, that said I had my fair share of detentions/exclusions. Being the type of person I am I just don't think school was ever going to be my calling card. Though I think Miss Hurley the science teacher summed me up best, a loveable rogue. Since leaving Fitz, I worked for NSEC in Hullbridge before leaving to pursue an apprenticeship st Essex Ford, that turned out to be a bad career choice so I promptly returned to NSEC (Nevedon South East Cars). After a year there I joined the British Army, 2 tours of Afghanistan & 2 of Iraq I'm still in now and have spent my entire career stationed in Germany. I was recently awarded my Long Service & Good Conduct medal for 15 years unbleamished service, this was presented to me by the Army Sgt Major.
Kimberley Pullen NOW Kimberley Hawkins Ardeley I loved spending time with my friends at Fitz, but academically didn't achieve well! I have had 3 beautiful children and after re-sitting my GCSEs as an adult (16 years after leaving Fitz), I am now an access to higher education student and applying to do a Midwifery degree next year.
Vicki Steadman NOW Vicki Mardell Ardeley Fantastic Hairdresser and becoming a mum
Amy Webster Drakes   I work as a PA and Party Planner for a Social Medial Company in London and im also a Burlesque performer part time. I still live in Rayleigh with my boyfriend Ben
Robert Eastty Causton Really enjoyed my time and miss the old school days Went to college and uni, got my degree, worked in M&S and now for Southend Hospital.

2001

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since

 

Charlotte Medlin NOW Charlotte Brand

Drakes Loved my time at Fitz! Learnt so much and made life long friends. Went on to college and ended up working in retail as a store manager. I am now a stay a home mum to 2 amazing kids!
Emma Hill Ardeley   I studied A-Levels in French, English Literature, Sociology and IT at SEEVIC, followed by a BA (hons) degree in French and Russian at Bath University. As part of my working life I studied for a CIMA Management Accountancy qualification and I’ve lived in France, Russia and the UK. I’m now settled in the UK with my partner and two children.
       
       

 

2002

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Alexandra Murphy Ardeley It was ok! I particularly enjoyed the drama productions! I have a BA and an MA. I am currently a primary school teacher in Southend.
Nicole Faulks Causton I have many good memories of my time at Fitz. Especially the various drama productions, concerts and school trips. They say school days are the best of your life, and they're right, I'd love to go do it all over again... maybe not the cross country though! I went to WHSG for sixth form before trying my hand at various jobs including becoming a dispensing optician. Finally in 2010 I decided on a total change and settled into a career on the railway where I have worked ever since.
       

 

2006

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Clare Whitaker NOW Clare Laws Tyms   Transferred to sixth form at Southend high for girls then university and am now a neonatal intensive care nurse in Norfolk. Married with 2 beautiful children
       
       
       

 

2010's

2013

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Charlotte Mitchell Causton I remember the teachers all being so lovely and supportive, and making lessons so much fun. They always pushed you to do your best, and went out of their way to help you if you were struggling. I went to Westcliff High School for Girls Sixth Form, where I studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology. I wanted to go on to do an emergency-medicine based career, and so I did various first aid training and looked into my options at university. I didn't do very well in my A-Levels, but I applied to study Paramedic Science at St George's University of London, one of the leading UK universities for Paramedic Science and medical research. I'm now in my third (final) year of study, and will soon begin the application process to work as a paramedic with the London Ambulance Service.
Louisa Cowling Ardeley   4 years of college - health and social care. Now at University doing person-centred counselling
Ellie Wyatt Ardeley   I went to Seevic College and done A-Levels in Sociology and Law (AS Level in maths and psychology). I am currently at Bournemouth University completing a Law degree.
       

2014

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Holly Perkins Ardeley I had the most amazing 5 years at FitzWimarc which I really believe has contributed to the brilliant start of the rest of my life. I was Head of House in Year 11, a dance captain, a keen sportswoman (incl. captaining netball team for 5 years), won the geography and services to school sport award in Year 11. I attended Southend High School for Girls Sixth Form for 2 years then joined Accelerate School Leaver Programme at Grant Thornton where I am currently studying to become a fully chartered accountant. At Grant Thornton I am part of School Leaver Recruitment Team and have built a close relationship with a number of secondary schools and sixth forms encouraging students to look at wider career options other than University once finishing school. In January 2017 I came back to FitzWimarc to speak with Year 12 students about career options after Year 12 and loved it. I would love to be more involved with the school and being a relatable contact for students who may need further advice having been through the transition from school to work very recently.
Hannah Kane Drakes The best five years of my life. I was given countless opportunities to get involved within the school and the wider community and the experience I gained during my five years at Fitz has helped me get to where I am now. The staff recognised your potential no matter whether it was academic potential, sporting potential or something else, and they gave you the support to fulfill it. I couldn't have asked for a better place to have spent my five years at Secondary School. I went on to study A Levels at a Sixth Form and I am currently studying French and Spanish with Business Management at the University of Birmingham.
       
       

 

 

 

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