Alumni - Ryan Maslen
Whilst I was at school, I thoroughly enjoyed History, Drama and Music. The school had a great reputation in these subjects, with shows and concerts being regular successes. I was involved in the school’s Choir, Barber Shop, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Chamber Choir.
I wanted to pursue a career in musical theatre. I continued to remain involved in drama and music activities in the local area, for example, with the Manifest Theatre, University of Essex Choir and Colchester Operatic Society.
I have continued my drama hobby performing Nanki Poo in ‘Hot Mikado’ and Seymour in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ both with Brantham Amateur Theatrical Society. Furthermore, I represented the school, playing the Last Post on Remembrance Sunday for several years. I enjoyed a History trip to Belgium, where we visited the Menin Gate Memorial and trenches near Ypres.
My most memorable moments at Manningtree High were music concerts, playing Benny Southstreet in the schools performance of ‘Guys and Dolls’ in 2007 and Captain Tempest in ‘The Return to the Forbidden Planet’ in 2008. The school provided excellent opportunities for students to get involved in music and drama activities. I also enjoyed the yearly sponsored walk.
I struggled with learning, however, due to the support provided by members of staff, I obtained good grades and attended Colchester Sixth Form College, where I studied Law, Performance Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies. Prior to attending Essex University to study Law, I took a year out, where I obtained work experience with law firms, barrister chambers, the Police and Her Majesty’s Court Service. I also did work experience in the Drama Department at the school.
I obtained a Santander Scholarship to study Law at Essex University. Whilst studying, I thoroughly enjoyed the following modules: Family Law, Advanced Legal Case Work, Miscarriage of Justice, Children and the Law.
I am currently a Legal Advisor for Coram Children’s Legal Centre. This organisation provides family and education law advice to children and families. I wish to pursue a career as a Social Worker for Children’s Services, thus I currently volunteer in various roles at Anglia Care Trust.
Whilst at Manningtree High School, I learnt about the importance of determination and ‘going the extra mile’. Members of staff had faith in me, when I did not always have that faith in myself. I used this drive and experience when I faced different obstacles at Colchester Sixth Form and Essex University.