We are always delighted to hear from our past pupils and to find out what they have been doing since leaving St John’s.
So, please get in touch with your news and send us your photographs so we can feature you on our website!
Charlotte Butterwick (above, centre) graduated and is now working for Marks and Spencer as a Management Trainee.
Margaret Lloyd Bibum pictured above, became deaf at the age of two following measles. At the age of six she came to St John’s as a boarder. By 17 she had passed her GCE O’ and A’ Levels but three universities denied her a place because of her deafness. Sister Barbara Walsh, the Headmistress encouraged her to train as a teacher. She did her Certificate in Education and returned to St John’s to teach and continue in-service training to obtain her Diploma in Deaf Education.
N’jok Bibum Aloysius became deaf at the age of six following a fever. He won a scholarship from the Prime Minister of West Cameroon to come to England to St John’s as a boarder where he met Margaret. He passed his GCE O’ and A’ Levels before moving to Hull Polytechnic to do a HND in Business Studies.
Aloy and Margaret married in 1976 and both of them studied and worked in the US before returning to Cameroon in 1996 where they founded Buea School for the Deaf, where they both still teach.
Gerry Hughes attended St John’s in the 1970’s from the age of 13 to 16. He overcame his struggle to read and write at the age of 15 and went on to sixth form college, later graduating with a degree in Mathematics from the Open University. Gerry became a teacher and worked at Donaldson’s school for the deaf in Scotland. He is best known for his achievement as the first profoundly deaf yachtsman to sail single handed across the Atlantic, and to sail around the world passing all of the five great capes. Gerry now does motivational speaking and talks of how he used to gaze at the stars out of the window at night, from his bedroom at St John’s, and how from the age of 14 he had a dream of sailing l around the world.
Past pupil Liam McCreesh now works at St John’s as a Learning Support Assistant and is profoundly deaf. Liam and his brother both attended St John’s until the age of 7 before returning to mainstream education. Liam graduated from Leeds University in 2013 with a MSc in Environmental Management and Engineering, and has travelled extensively including time in India with Operation Raleigh where he was involved in constructing the country’s first water gravity feed system without the aid of machinery. Liam gave an inspiring presentation to our parents at our information day, about his time as a youngster at St John’s, and told the audience “I see myself becoming an outdoor activities leader taking young people on life affirming expeditions across the world.” Liam is a great role model for our students.
Roisin Gray (nee McBride) visited school and greatly enjoyed looking around and catching up with members of staff who had taught her and remarked on the many changes that had taken place since she had left.
Roisin spoke to our year 11 pupils in their Careers lesson about the jobs she had done after leaving school and college and how she is now a support worker in a residential school for autistic children with challenging behaviour and studying for a GNVQ Level 4 qualification.
The photographs show Roisin and a few other St John’s past pupils when they were here and more recently at a reunion in Leeds. Here’s what they’re all doing:
Bernadette Reed is working as a design officer for Kirklees Council and the museums nearby. Naveed Ahmed is working as an architect in London. Issy Cosgrove is a Connexions Adviser (Tracking) for the Young People’s Service in the City of York Stephen Collins is working as a Systems Administrator for a bank Gloria Peinado is working as a teaching assistant for the school of the deaf in St Albans.