My name is Amy and I am a Registered Nurse.
I studied at Denmark Road from 2002 until 2009, completing both my GCSEs and A-Levels during these 7 years. I have many fond memories of life at school and I can genuinely say I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to study there.
Some of the best times for me were spent in the science block, with amazing teachers like Mr. Hards, Miss Hetherington and Mrs. Hoare sharing their love of the sciences through incredible practical and theoretical lessons. Mathematics was another favourite, with Mr. Greenough’s skills as a lyricist evident in his famous maths songs!
All of the wonderful teachers at Denmark Road formed a solid foundation for learning and through their passion, they fostered an environment where we students strived to be the best we could be. That is all you could ever ask of a school!
In the 11+ years since I left DRHS, I have completed two degrees and gained a whole lot of life experience in between!
My first degree was a BA in Primary Teaching, obtained from the University of Hull. I graduated with First Class Honours and was also awarded Qualified Teacher Status. I moved back to Cheltenham and taught for a year at a couple of local primary schools. Working with the children was amazing and so rewarding, but I eventually realised that I was not 100% suited to the teacher role.
I changed career path and got a job as a Healthcare Assistant with the NHS. I soon fell in love with hospital life and after two years ward experience, I began my second degree – a BSc in Adult Nursing with the University of the West of England. I graduated with First Class Honours in 2019 and have been working as a Registered Nurse ever since.
During my training I gravitated towards Cancer Care, finding incredible reward in caring for individuals affected by the disease. I now work on an inpatient ward in Cheltenham’s state of the art Oncology Centre. I am lucky to have found my passion and I feel honoured that I am able to help my patients through one of the worst times of their lives. I am aiming to become a Nurse Practitioner in the future, specialising in either an aspect of cancer nursing or palliative care.
My time at DRHS taught me that with a passion for learning, you can achieve incredible things and I will be forever grateful that I was able to call the school my “second home” for 7 years.
Thank you, Denmark Road!