Please read case studies from some of our former students with a brief description on what they are doing now.  Alumni Case Studies

If you would like to add your details to the Alumni we would be really interested to hear from you and you can either contact Mrs Laidler by email:

In addition, we have been fortunate to have had a number of former students speak to current students to help motivate and inspire.

  • Dr James Brighton (1999) spoke to A-level PE students on his PhD on the impact of athletes identity following spinal injury. He is also head of the development of research including the Sport and Body Cultures Research Group. To conclude his talk, Dr Brighton reflected on his time at JMHS and his university studies.


  • Former students Paul Collins and Ed Evans shared their own experiences to Y12 students introducing a presentation by Working Options and talking about their own careers as a pilot and owner of a property management company.


  • We were delighted to hear of Adam Willis’ success who after achieving straight A grades in his four A levels at John Masefield Sixth Form went on to study Architecture at Queen’s College Cambridge. His vibrant art work still graces the Sixth Form common room.   As a member of a London-base collective of Architects known as Assemble, Adam was fortunate to win the prestigious Turner Prize award for contemporary art as part of the group.   They work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them.


  • Former Head Boy, Rob Thomas who studied Civil Engineering at Loughborough University gave a presentation to year 12. He secured a QUEST scholarship, and is backed by the Institute of Civil Engineers. In addition, he had a guaranteed summer placement for the next four years and a job straight out of university.   He completed A-levels in Maths, Physics and German and spent his gap year in Germany. In 2014 he participated in a course focused on the ‘Built Environment’ which was run by a company in Birmingham called MADE who run an academy yearly for free. Rob was given the task of creating a temporary use for a large plot of currently unused land in the centre of Birmingham. He met many professionals from the industry including, Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects, Urban Designers and Engineers. Rob said “information gained from these conversations proved very useful in developing my group’s design and proposal for the site. I also now have many contacts who can give me guidance in the future”. At the end of the week, all designs for the site were presented to a board of judges, who are frequently involved in the redevelopment of the site. They were very impressed with the ideas from Rob’s group and were going to submit them to Birmingham City Council. In conclusion Rob commented “the experience was definitely worth it and I would recommend to anyone with interests in engineering or design”.