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Dr Charlotte Sutherell
PhD Student of Medicinal Chemistry at Cambridge University
(Heathfield 2000-2007)

It has been hard for me to remember myself as the shy, reserved ten-year-old who arrived at Heathfield for the first time in 2000. I could never have imagined then that I would become an out-going, confident twenty-one year old studying Chemistry at University College, Oxford and completing a Master’s degree under the supervision of the present Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton FRS.

Heathfield provided the catalyst that aided this transformation. The personal, close-knit nature of the school allowed me to thrive academically but, most importantly for me, broadened my horizons and enabled me to have faith in myself. Much of the credit due goes to the teachers who recognised both my strengths and my weaknesses and supported my development into a rounded individual. All this has meant that now I am far more than a ‘geeky scientist’ and that I am comfortable in a wide range of environments. Since I left Heathfield, I have been a teacher, worked for an international head-hunting firm and continue to sing in a leading amateur choir, as well as studying for my degrees.

Thanks to my years at Heathfield I not only have a fantastic set of life-long friends but also the self-assurance and determination to start the next stage of my life, studying for a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge*. I count myself exceptionally fortunate to have been a student at Heathfield.


*Charlotte was recently awarded her PhD in February 2016