Meet Our Alumni

If you are willing to share your journey on our website please send a brief biography outlining what you have been doing since we last heard from you and include a photograph of yourself so we can share your story with the rest of our community.  Please go ahead and share this with friends who might also like to be involved - the more good news stories, the better! 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sengova Kailondo 

Sengova joined St Joseph’s Academy in 2003 and stayed at the Academy after it reopened as St Matthew Academy. Taking his GCSE’s in Year 10 and 11, Sengova credits the support from staff and teachers at St Matthew Academy as contributing to his academic success, and the ethos of the school in promoting strong Catholic values that have encouraged his strong links with local churches and diversity initiatives. Upon graduating from St Matthew Academy, Sengova attended Christ the King Sixth Form College and red Law LLB at University College London and qualified as a lawyer in 2016, working at Hogan Lovells with a specialism in Asset Finance.

Nataliya Bichard 

'I'm currently 21 years old and an ex student of St Matthew Academy. I left St Matthew Academy with okay GCSE's and a strong desire to become a lawyer. However not long after leaving secondary school I fell pregnant and I am now a mother to a beautiful son. Having a child and other personal circumstances put my dreams of becoming a lawyer on hold and I began venturing into other things. I began volunteering in hospitals, tutoring primary school children in History and being a support worker for those affected by having loved ones in prison. I soon came to realise that being a young mum does not mean my life is over nor does it mean I cannot achieve great things. I will be starting university in September to study criminology and criminal justice.'

John Connor

John graduated from St Josephs in 1977; with an impressive portfolio of 12 qualifications and fond memories of socialising with friends on the chapel steps in the school grounds. Praising the Academy for providing strong foundations of study skills, a well-rounded education and a love for language and history and an academic appreciation of music, John read History at Birkbeck University and holds a Masters in Political Science. Now a retired Civil Servant, John is a member of his church choir, has continued his love for music and developed a passion for travel!