What are our former students doing now?

Many of our students have gone on to great success after leaving Cape. Click on the images below to find out more about each student's progress. 

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Matt Jess

MATT JESS - PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER

Matt Jess is a professional rugby player for the Exeter Chiefs. His position of choice is wing. Despite being born in Coventry, Jess spent the majority of his youth in Cornwall and is even branded as the "Heamoor Flyer". He left Cape in 2000 and since then has represented England counties on tours to Canada and Argentina/Uruguay.  

He said: "My memories of school are the fantastic teachers including Mr Burley, Mr Garland and Mr Kellas, and the lifelong friends I made over the years. 

Read an interview with Matt by our students Kian, Morgan and Dom. It's full of inspiring tips. 


Find out what other former students are doing now

Rebecca Ley

REBECCA LEY - NATIONAL JOURNALIST

After leaving Cape, Rebecca studied English Language and Literature at University College London gaining a First Class Honours degree. 

Rebecca has worked on staff at The Times,The Sun and the Daily Mail. She currently freelances for a wide variety of publications - including The Times, Psychologies, The Guardian, Mother and Baby Magazine and Femail.


Michael Lay

Mikey Ponsford Flats and Sharps

MIKEY PONSFORD - MUSICIAN 

Mikey left Cape in 2009 and since then has entertained thousands across the nation and beyond with his brilliant bluegrass band Flats and Sharps. Highlights of their musical career so far include reaching the semi-finals of the Radio 2 Folk Awards and playing at the opening of the Ralph Lauren store in London. 

Read an interview with Mikey by our students Sydney and Dylan. Mikey reveals which animal he would be and why reading is good!


Ed Holmes

ED HOLMES - RUGBY PLAYER

Ed plays for the Exeter Chiefs as a lock in the second row, having previously played for Plymouth Albion and the Cornish All Blacks on loan. Ed was born in Morvah and went to Plymouth University.  


Barnes Thomas

BARNES THOMAS - AUCTIONEER

Barnes was at Cape until 2002. He went on to found Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers in Penzance five years later. 

He specialises in fine art, mostly paintings, and has set world-record auction prices, sellign millions of pounds worth of paintings. Barnes spends his time between London and Cornwall. 


Emily Jay
Emily Jay

EMILY JAY - PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER 

Emily left Cape in 2006

Further education & qualifications: Bsc Hons geography and environmental management PGCE Special Achievements (Personal or Academic):

What I am doing now: Year 4 primary school teacher in Bristol 


Fiona Treseder
Fiona Treseder in Nepal

FIONA TRESEDER - PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Fiona left Cape in 2003

Further education & qualifications: BSc Physiotherapy first class (hons,) BSc Sport and exercise Science 2:1 (hons) Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Special Achievement: Since leaving school I have travelled around the world working, volunteering and enjoying myself. I have visited Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, India, Nepal, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, USA and Italy. Next stop Africa!

What I am doing now: I am a physiotherapist working in an NHS hospital in West Wales. I have recently bought a house which I am renovating with my partner.

Fiona came back to Cape for the first time since 2003 to be interviewed by students for BBC School Report. She travelled extensively before becoming a physiotherapist. Find out her tips for world travel and which countries she has visited

 

John Chapple
John Chapple

JOHN CHAPPLE: HEAD OF MARKETING

John left Cape in 2003

What I am doing now: Head of marketing in the UK for Stralfors PLC 


JODIE ELLIS: HOPES TO WORK WITH ELDERLY

Jodie left Cape was 2013

Further education & qualifications: I'm currently at Penwith College studying Health and Social Care Level 3,  I have a level 2 childcare qualification and a merit in childcare, sports leadership Level 2

Special Achievements: distinction* in child care, Duke of Edinburgh award, Inter-ski, Multiple Sclerosis Society certificate, Cape Cornwall School Indoor rowing club certificate, RNLI certificate for fundraising, student ambassador at Penwith College, football, gig rowing, cricket

What I am doing now: I'm currently in my last year at Penwith College studying Level 3 Health and Social care. I've applied for a job at Benoni care home where I will continue to fulfill my education with working with the elderly people as well as helping out at Cape School in my free time.


Emma Williams

EMMA WILLIAMS - HEAD OF PE IN LONDON SCHOOL

Emma left Cape in 2003 and went on to study primary education. She now head of PE in a primary school of more than 900 students. She says: "I love the London life, embraching the fast pace, cultural diversity and using it as a base to travel during school holiday time. I still enjoy travelling home to Cornwall to see family and old friends. 


Ross Ellis BBC
Ross Ellis now a BBC presenter

ROSS ELLIS - BBC PRESENTER 

Further education & qualifications: (I left Cape in 2001) Truro College A levels; BA (Hons) Broadcasting and MA Broadcast Sports Journalism, University College Falmouth

Special Achievements: Shortlisted EDF Energy South West Media Awards Radio Journalist 2014

What I am doing now: I work for the BBC, as a sports producer and radio presenter. 


Mark Williams

MARK WILLIAMS - CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT

Mark left Cape in 2001 and studied Law at University College London, before launching his career as a chartered accountant.

He recieved the Guthrie Prize for expertise in accountancy and gained a distinction in his tax accountancy exams. 

He has lived in London for many years and works at Canary Wharf for one of the biggest accountancy firms in the world. "I have travelled all over the world including America, South America, Asia and across Europe. I feel comfortable with city life but still return to Cornwall as often as I can."

JOSEPH THOMPSON - PRODUCT SCIENCE DIRECTOR

Joseph left school in 1993

Further education & qualifications: European Registered Toxicologist MSc,Toxicology BSc, Physiology (hons) 2:1 A-levels Biology, Chemistry, Maths

Special Achievements: Director of product science at ITG PLC, Fellow Royal Society of Medicine, 1st Dan black belt wado ryu karate, chair of governors for large primary school (450 on roll), five children

What I am doing now: Product Science Director for Imperial Brands, FTSE25 company. Responsible for assessment of products prior to sale worldwide, R&D in support of development, providing scientific information to 50 governments worldwide, leading  a team of 200 people in 5 countries.


Alanna Tregear

ALLANA TREGEAR - SOLICITOR 

Allana left Cape in 2006

Further Education and Qualifications: Truro College Cardiff University- Law LLB, Cardiff University- LPC

What I am doing now: Trainee Solicitor at Foot Anstey LLP


Click on a photo to see what these students are up to


Alice Rose
Belle Taylor
Chris Soulsby
Debbie Earley
Katie Williams
Laura Harvey
Lawrence Illsley
Lisa Care
Margaret Baigrie
Mark Semmens
Nicholas Thornton
Steven Buckland

Do you recognise any of these faces?

Crystal Edwards
Emma Weschke
Hannah Williams
Karl Williams
Nick Skeratt
Rosie Pentreath
Morwenna Luxford-Leach
Richard Leatherdale
Holly Hallam - model
Dominic Hannigan
Kris Harrison
Josh Holmes
Sophie Grenfell

Watch this video presentation to see how well some of our former art students have done.


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