Alumni - Carrie Trimby
When I first joined Manningtree High School I was known as ‘the Trimby kid’ by the teachers at the time, as my amazing dad and step mum had worked at the school previously. I felt I had a lot to live up to as ‘the Trimby kid’ and the staff at Manningtree certainly supported me to do this!
There were countless staff members who supported me, with a great deal of patience, to achieve the grades I needed to do my chosen subjects at college.
I had amazing English teachers, Mr Edwards and Mrs Doyle who would read my very long winded stories. I later got the English Language award at college and their support certainly fuelled my passion for English as a subject.
Mr Essex, my Maths teacher, certainly had his patience tested with me during lessons but he never gave up! Maths was definitely the subject I struggled the most with but, with his help, I managed to get the grade I needed.
I was a prefect at school, a reading mentor for the younger years and a librarian for almost every year which inspired me to volunteer over Summer. I was awarded the Essex Youth Certificate for completing over 100 hours of voluntary work at my local library.
I also loved the trips we went on at school, especially the Belgian Trip—Mr Edwell!
Something that has really stuck with me was the support I received from my form teacher, Miss Ramsey, and from Jan Mason. Jan was part of the support staff who always made time to speak to me when I needed her. These were the people that made me realise I really wanted to do the same, be there for people who struggled to find their way.
I went to college and got the A-levels I needed to get my onto the Education with Psychology and Counselling degree course at Sheffield Hallam University. I continued my volunteering and was awarded the Gold Hallam Award for my efforts.
I was also awarded the departmental award for Creativity and Innovation along with my 2.1 honours degree.
I completed a masters straight after my degree at The University of Sheffield and, through a lot of hard work, obtained my masters in social work with merit.
Currently I am a child protection social worker and I have the staff at Manningtree to thank for instilling the drive and desire to help others, no matter how challenging it is!