McAuley Alumni


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Catherine left McAuley in 2010. She spent a year working at Savio House retreat centre and then applied to KPMG in Leeds.

Catherine has been a regular contributor to our LAMA sessions.

Catherine Fletcher from KPMG in Leeds has been awarded the prestigious Sharp Consultancy 'Young Accountant of the Year' accolade for 2017. The award was presented to Catherine at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The competition was established in 2000 and is run by the financial recruitment specialists Sharp Consultancy in conjunction with the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants. The awards recognise the best of the region's accountants who are either training to be qualified or have been qualified for up to two years.

The judges commended Catherine for her commitment to her chosen career, and for excelling in each of the assessment areas, adding that she had a star quality ahead of her peers.

Lee Sweeney, regional director at Sharp Consultancy who was one of the panel of judges to interview each of the finalists said: "Having been involved in this competition for each of the seventeen years it has been run, I – and the other judges – were once again impressed by the high standard of entrants. Catherine is an extremely worthy winner from a hugely talented group of individuals and she clearly proved her capabilities and commitment to furthering her career. She should be very proud of her achievements."

Catherine Fletcher said: "Leeds is a vibrant and exciting place to do business and it's a privilege to receive the recognition of my peers at LCASS. I joined KPMG on the Audit School Leaver Programme when I was 19 and have always been encouraged to succeed and develop my skills further. I'm keen to pass on this support to the next generation. As part of my role, I'm now lucky enough to visit schools in and around Leeds to speak to pupils about the different routes into accountancy now available. It's fantastic to see the positive effect it has on students, with so many showing an interest in a career in our profession."

Catherine also got a write up in the national internal news bulletin as one of 6 KPMG power woman in aid of International Women's Day.


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Colin Lunn was awarded one of Britain's highest military honours from the Prince of Wales. The former McAuley School student, was honoured at Buckingham Palace with other soldiers who were being awarded medals for bravery.

Capt. Lunn, aged 26, was handed the Military Cross for his actions in braving the bullets of the battlefield to capture an enemy outpost.
His medal citation read: "Through his initiative, courage and aggression Lunn has, on numerous occasions, taken the fight to the enemy and defeated him. "For his complete disregard for his own safety, his repeated acts of conspicuous gallantry, and his determination and fighting spirit throughout six months of arduous operations, Lunn deserves significant public recognition."Capt. Lunn said: "I am deeply honoured to receive the award and will wear the medal for the entire team and our Afghan colleagues that we fought beside."

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Based in Bournemouth, Teaching Religion, Philosophy and Ethics to Years 7-11. Studied Theology at University of Chester.

"This year I'm the Head of Year 8, which is a pastoral role.

"The pastoral roles in schools are difficult and challenging in a unique way because they're completely reactive, but they're incredibly rewarding because you have a direct influence on these children's lives. It takes more investment time-wise and emotionally, but it's totally worth it when there's that breakthrough moment with a kid who's struggling at school or home.

"It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done so I'll happily get up at 6 in the morning to go in. Even though I work really long days, I feel that I've never done anything as valuable or enriching – in a selfish way because when you're having a tiring day mentoring 300 children and they make you laugh, it's absolutely brilliant." "Teach First lets you progress faster than a lot of other jobs. There's a strong relationship between the schools and Teach First because the calibre of grads coming through are very hard working so schools trust them.

"They're really dedicated to investing in young leaders. They know retention rates in teaching aren't great, so they invest in people like me and give us responsibility so we can make more of an impact and are more likely to stay in the job. "I've come straight out of uni into teaching, so after a few years I may travel for a bit or try something else as I don't want to dedicate my entire life to one profession. I want to try other things – whether that's working for the Civil Service or volunteering teaching abroad – but I'll always come back to teaching."



 Katie Brookes left McAuley in 2008. Katie was one of the first to get Midwifery from A Levels.


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Han Kang's The Vegetarian, translated by DEBORAH SMITH, has won the Man Booker International Prize 2016

Deborah, was awarded the biggest prize in translated literature for working on a book in a language she only started learning at 21 and never having learned any foreign language before. It is a quite remarkable achievement. At the prize giving ... Deborah Smith pointed out that 'you don't usually, as your first translating job, get to translate one of the most extraordinary contemporary novels in the world'. (From: Alice on Fri, 20th May 2016 )

Deborah was a student at McAuley from September 1999 to August 2006.

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XANTHE SCOTT – Marketing and Operations at Green Mile Trees

Xanthe Scott achieved a First Class Honours degree in Business at Nottingham Trent University. It was a 4 year course which included a year working for Lidl in London. On leaving university, Xanthe was accepted on to the Lidl Graduate Scheme. She now works in her family's horticultural business in Nottinghamshire, Green Mile Trees.

Xanthe was a student here from September 2002 to August 2009



Mason Holgate joined Everton on 13 August 2015. The young defender moved from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee and became the Blues’ fourth new face of the summer. Holgate, who can play at centre-half or right-back, was handed his professional debut by the Tykes in December 2014 and went on to make 20 appearances in League One that term, as well as a further two in the FA Cup.
Mason's first season on Merseyside saw him put in a number of solid performances for the Club's Under-21s and he was duly called up for the first-team's pre-season training camp in Austria in the summer of 2016.
After an impressive pre-season under new manager Ronald Koeman, Holgate was rewarded with a senior Everton debut on the opening day of the competitive 2016/17 campaign.
He enjoyed an impressive term, playing as the right-sided centre-back in a defensive three or as a right wing-back and signed a four-and-a-half year contract extension in December.

Mason Holgate was student at McAuley from September 2008 to August 2013

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Final Year Apprentice of the Year

Award ceremony 23rd of November 2017

23rd of November 2017.

The awards were hosted by the EEF Manufacturers Organisation & Hannah Black was awarded

'Final Year Apprentice of the Year'.

Hannah's nomination statement was as follows:

"Hannah has been a leading example to many throughout her apprenticeship and has become the face of Apprenticeships at Severn Trent Water. During the course of her apprenticeship she has taken on many opportunities to develop and prove herself through involvement in multiple challenging projects, as well as academic study, mentoring and developing new apprentices, particularly the encouragement and promotion of female apprentices and engineers."

Hannah left McAuley in 2014. Hannah has supported our annual LAMA event.

Congratulations, Hannah, well done.

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