We are absolutely proud of our alumni and would like for you to meet a few of them…
I graduated from a Product and Furniture design degree from Kingston University, and have since been working with a charity called ‘Shape Arts’ with their Young Leaders Forum. They have been fantastic in helping me pursue my own creative career in the Arts by showcasing my practice. I aim to give a voice to other young disabled people by helping them fulfil their dreams in pursuing a career in the Arts. I feel The Moat was the best five years anyone could ask for; the help, support and enthusiasm of the teachers was fantastic, it helped me personally to grow to where I am today.
Quite Useless Company
Since leaving The Moat in 2010 I have run my own artistic management company Quite Useless and we work with exciting emerging talent. Looking back, I think that without the infinite patience from the amazing teachers I could not have achieved what I have today. My reading and writing skills were close to non-existent before, but they have improved no end. The Moat helped me see that dyslexia is not a disability but a gift and while I have difficulty with some things, I am uniquely prepared for the world. Thanks to The Moat showing me what I can do rather than what I can’t.
Studying a Masters in TV Journalism
The Moat school gave me the opportunity to learn in an environment where I wasn’t stressed, or annoyed for being in the bottom sets at school. It was a place where I could learn in a way that made sense to me. I left The Moat with eight GCSE’s and went to Esher College where I got three A levels, then onto Bath Spa University where I somehow, managed to get a First in Creative Media Practice. I’m now studying a Masters in TV Journalism at Goldsmiths. The Moat showed me that with hard work and belief, you can do anything you put your mind to.
Freelance Video Editor
The Moat School really was a major turning point in my life. I had plenty of difficulties at primary school such as falling behind with work and a lack of self-confidence. It wasn’t until I joined The Moat that I discovered I was actually capable of achieving. I wasn’t afraid to ask questions anymore and I made new friends. My learning in the core subjects improved, and I developed a passion for performing arts. Now I work in the film and television industry as a video editor. I certainly wouldn’t have studied film making at university if The Moat hadn’t given me that spark, it truly was the start of my pursuing a career I knew I could do well.
CEO and Cofounder of Phone Heroes Ltd
Growing up in West London, I struggled with schoolwork and had little confidence in my skills and ability to achieve. That all changed when I joined The Moat School. I left with seven GCSE’s and renewed confidence to utilise my talents and achieve my ambitions. I pursued my dream and started my own company; Phone Heroes is a London based tech start up, specialising in smartphone, tablet and laptop repairs. We have two bustling stores in London and are aiming for further investment to expand to 15 stores by 2017. The Moat School gave me the confidence and ability to go on and achieve what I set my mind to.
After leaving The Moat, I achieved four A-levels and am now completing a Psychology degree at Brunel University.
I really would not be where I am now without the teachers at The Moat. They gave me confidence, a belief in my abilities and were so patient and inventive in finding ways to help me learn, particularly in Maths. After graduation, I intend to complete a Masters in Applied Behavioural Analysis and work within the SEN field. None of this would have been possible without the help and expertise of all the staff at The Moat.
My time at The Moat School was invaluable; it gave me the tools to succeed in my college and university years. I achieved a degree in Theatre Arts from Brighton. I can’t thank the teachers any more for the help they gave me in building my self-esteem, confidence and giving me a chance to get to where I am today as an actor. For the past three years, I have worked in film, TV and commercials. I would love to become involved in a good TV drama with a great script.
After leaving The Moat a lot has happened that I never dreamed was possible. I graduated with a Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear degree from Winchester School of Art at Southampton University and started working for White Stuff a leading UK fashion brand. I have also started making and selling knitted bespoke cushions. My memories of being at The Moat are all very positive. I loved going to school, it gave me tons of confidence and brought me out of my shell. I was quiet, shy and lacked confidence; now I am a completely different person, all down to the caring and supportive staff at the school.