James attended St Faith’s from 2001-2006 and the Leys from 2006-2011.
“At both schools I enjoyed the quality of teaching, the well-rounded nature of my education, and the great breadth of opportunities on offer. Some of my clearest memories are playing in a ‘trombone quartet’ (not a well-known ensemble, admittedly, but we made the most of our surplus of trombones), going on an extremely cold rugby tour to Yorkshire, and going on a slightly warmer kayak expedition down the Ardèche river in France. I also greatly valued the Christian ethos of both schools – one of the reasons why my teenage years were particularly formative for my Christian faith.
I then went on to study Economics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; and from there took a job at HM Treasury working on the European economy during the latter stages of the Eurozone debt crisis. After then spending a year working on domestic infrastructure policy I now work as a private secretary to the Chancellor leading on international issues and domestic economic growth policy.
I feel immensely blessed to have been given the opportunity to study at both St Faiths and the Leys. Above all, I am grateful for the close friends I developed there, many of whom I still meet up with regularly. One of my closest Old Fidelian friends now works at the Houses of Parliament and we enjoy meeting for lunch and reminiscing about simpler times!”