Future Alumni Events


1st June 7pm: Alumni Community Cinema event 2 for 1 tickets for Life of the Party (12A)

20th June: students visit to St Austell Community Fire Station (alumni Gary Cotton)

11th July, 4 – 8pm: JulyFest at Brannel School

11th July 4 – 8pm: Community Art Exhibition at Brannel School

November: School production of Beauty and the Beast

Throughout the school year we welcome our Alumni to visit.  Since launching the Alumni we have had several former students return to Brannel School and help to inspire current students to think about their futures.


Claire Kent from Duchy College visited a Fantastic Futures group during Brannel Challenge in February 2017 to talk to students about careers in veterinary nursing.

Wenna Parsons left Brannel in 2016 and has already returned to speak to the new groups of Amazons during the autumn term to share with them how being part of the Amazons group had helped her succeed in her GCSEs.

Kayley Lane, Sports Development Officer

During the autumn term, Kayley Lane who left in 2010, visited to deliver some boxercise sessions to Year 10 and 11 girls to encourage them to be more active.

Kayley has now set up a weekly sports club for girls to encourage them to become more active.

Since leaving Brannel School, Leanne Johns has set up a cat rescue charity shelter.  She was able to facilitate students’ visits to the cat rescue (September, 2016) as well as come into school (January, 2017) to talk about the work that she does with students interested in animal care careers.

In March 2017, Josh Mingo, whilst in Cornwall on a military operation, visited the school and spoke to the Nurture Group about his career in the RAF.

Emma Bilkey, Nurse

Emma Bilkey is in her final year of a Nursing degree and came into school in March 2017 for a whole morning to speak to various groups including Year 10 Science classes, Year 11 Health and Social Care class and students identified by the Fantastic Futures survey who had expressed an interest in health care careers.

In April 2017, Stanley Best, Gary Cotton and Tim Barbery visited a group of boys identified by Head of Houses as ‘working class boys’.  They are all former students and now work for Cornwall and Devon Fire and Rescue and Cornwall and Devon Police.  The workshop, organised by Future First, allowed the alumni to share their stories of school and how they started their careers.  The students were also given the chance to ask the visitors a range of questions.

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