At Sherborne House School, we aim to ensure the unique and natural talents of every child are recognised and encouraged. Learn about the career path taken by Helen who left the school in 1981.

Year left: 1981

Profession: Registrar and PA to Head Teacher

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?

Having gained a BA (Hons) in Public Relations I went on to work for several technology PR agencies throughout the 90s before taking a career break to raise my twin sons.

They went on to enjoy several years at Gateway School, Buckinghamshire, also in the Bellevue group, before we departed on our overseas adventure to live and work in Singapore.

Whilst there, I was fortunate to get the opportunity to work for two global PR agencies, Edelman and Hill & Knowlton.

The experience we had as a family, exploring and settling into a new culture and unfamiliar surroundings together, was definitely positive and one which we would repeat if the opportunity arose, although the boys will shortly be heading off to university.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?

I currently find myself back at Gateway School on the other side this time, not as a parent but as part-time member of the office team. There is never a dull or quiet moment and working in a school has opened up my eyes to all that goes on ensure the successful and smooth running of a Prep School.

Which Senior School did you attend?

St Swithun's School.

In what ways did Sherborne House prepare you for life?

Sherborne House was a really special place and I hold very fond memories of my time there. It was a very nurturing school, with small class sizes, where the teachers found opportunities for us all to flourish in our own special way. This really suited me as I was quiet and reserved child, so confidence building was subtly encouraged.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Sherborne House?

There are so many but highlights have to be - unexpectedly winning the high jump cup on my final sports day; singing the opening verse of Once in Royal David's City at the School Carol Concert; the amazing displays of freshly cut garden flowers and linen tablecloths on school open days; afternoon teas in the special marquee which appeared on sports days.

How would you sum up your experience at Sherborne House in one word?


Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?

I am still making Miss Bowes' special chocolate cake recipe and it is a firm family favourite.