We love to hear about former pupils and their successes. We are proud of all of their achievements as they bring the school motto, everything is possible, to life.
Please read the profiles below to find out more about just some of our outstanding former pupils:
Charlotte Riley, Actress
Whilst attending Teesside High, talented pupil Charlotte was awarded the Senior Drama Trophy in 1999, the Allison Art and Design Trophy in 2000 and was also Games Captain from 1999 to 2000. She was an exceptional student and gained top marks in both her GCSE and A Level examinations.
She left school after Sixth Form in 2000 and went on to attend Durham University, where she graduated with a degree in English and Linguistics. During her time at university she performed in various plays with the Durham Revue. Charlotte wrote comedy play ‘Shaking Cecilia’ with a fellow student, winning them the Sunday Times Play Writing Award in 2004.
Charlotte then attended a two year acting course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and was offered the role in the ITV production of Wuthering Heights soon after leaving. She has since appeared in television dramas including The Take and DCI Banks, plays and a film adaptation of the Noel Coward’s Easy Virtue.
Charlotte returned to Teesside High School in 2010 to delight both pupils and parents as principal speaker at the school’s annual Speech Day, where she handed out over 100 awards and reminisced about the school, saying “They were the best days of my life”.
Dr Lara Menzies, Neuroscientist
London-based Dr Menzies left Teesside High School in 2000 to read Medical Sciences at Queens’ College Cambridge, specialising in neuroscience.
In 2007, Dr Menzies was awarded the British Neuroscience Association Prize for her PhD in Brain Imaging. In 2008, she also won the University of Cambridge Department of Paediatrics Annual Prize and the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health Medical Student Prize for her achievements as a paediatric medical student.
Dr Menzies currently works at The Whittington Hospital in Highgate and continues her research, as well as completing a part-time Masters Degree in Paediatrics. Read more
Charlotte Wood, Fashion Designer and winner of the Young Designer of the Year 2011 Award
Charlotte, who completed her A Levels in 2010, is now studying at Cleveland College of Art and Design for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion. Her task was to design an outfit suitable for an icon to wear at a red carpet event. She successfully beat off stiff competition from thousands of entrants to win the award. The competition was the perfect opportunity for entrants to use their imagination to demonstrate knowledge of the latest trends. She will see her design on the catwalk and has the fantastic opportunity of a week’s work experience with a top fashion designer.
Charlotte left Teesside High School in 2010 and returned in December to talk about her award during a school assembly. She said that she was very excited to be back. She explained: “I loved studying DT and Art at the school. Art allowed me to be as creative as I wanted and DT gave me the technical knowledge I needed to develop my design skills. The time I spent studying those subjects, and the enjoyment I gained from them, made me realise that I could design clothes as a wearable form of art.”
It was for this reason that she then chose to continue her studies at Cleveland College of Art and Design. Well done Charlotte, everyone at Teesside High School is very proud of you!
Amelia Lily, Singer/Songwriter and X Factor 2011 Finalist
Amelia performed in public for the first time when she was just nine years old, in a talent contest at Middlesbrough’s Little Theatre. She then went on to join the Fuzion Studio of Performing Arts. When she was just 14, she won the ‘Teesside High’s Got Talent’ competition and appeared as a guest judge the following year. She also won a competition at Middlesbrough Town Hall in 2011 when she performed The Wizard And I from Wicked.
At the school, pupils had many opportunities to see Amelia perform in school assemblies, award ceremonies and at the talent shows. She wowed pupils when she performed (see pictures, left) at the school as part of her ‘homecoming’ visit, when she won her place in the final 3 of The X Factor.
Amelia has spoken about her time at Teesside High, saying that it helped her cope with the pressure of X Factor. She said: “I think the school has really helped me. It was such a small environment and you got a lot of love from the teachers. It helps you as a person to figure out who you are and builds your confidence.”