Andrew was at Whitley Academy between 1995 and 2000. He studied 9 GCSEs before being awarded a Royal Navy A Level scholarship. After 4 A's at A Level, Andrew decided that a life at sea wasn't for him, opting instead to study chemistry at Durham University where he got a 1st class degree, founded his own theatre company and appeared on University Challenge.
After Durham, Andrew went to Oxford University where he picked up a master's degree in Chemistry, a PhD in Molecular Oncology, and taught undergraduate Chemistry. Whilst at Oxford, Andrew joined the reserve forces and has subsequently supported the military on operations across the world as well as writing briefings for Cabinet Ministers and other senior officials.
Looking for a new challenge, Andrew started Law School in 2012 having been awarded an Inns of Court scholarship. He was called to the Bar in 2014 and now practices as a barrister specialising in intellectual property law. In his spare time he is an elected Councillor for Colville ward in Kensington and Chelsea.
Speaking about his time at Whitley, Andrew said:
"I remember a huge number of opportunities to get involved in a range of different things. I was in a school play that was televised and took part in several mock trials in courts in Coventry and Birmingham. We had a really good orchestra as well as a slightly less successful football team.
My advice to current students is this: "Get stuck in, work hard and there's no limit to where you could find yourself."
Many thanks Andrew, we wish you all the best in your future success - Whitley Academy