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 

'I was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and moved to London when I was 11 years old.

I attended the end of year 6 at Sir Francis Drake Primary School in Deptford where I successfully completed my year 6 SATs.

In September 2003, I started secondary school at St Joseph's Academy in Blackheath where I studied until 2007. After year 10, St Jos‎eph's Academy was closed down and a new school was opened as St Matthew Academy. I did some early GCSE's in year 10 but took the majority of my GCSE's in year 11.

Afterwards, I attended Christ the King Sixth Form College between 2008 and 2010, where I studied the following A-Level subjects – Maths, History, English Literature, French and Critical Thinking.

I then studied Law LLB at University College London from 2010 to 2013, with a view to becoming a lawyer. During my degree, I was offered a training contract (a scheme you need to complete to qualify as a lawyer in England and Wales) by a global law firm, Hogan Lovells International LLP, where they agreed to pay for me to attend Law School.

I graduated from University College London in 2013 and I then went to BPP Law School to complete my Legal Practice Course in 2014, continuing my training to be a lawyer until 2016. I qualified as a lawyer in 2016 and currently work at Hogan Lovells, specialising in Asset Finance. It is remarkable how time has flown!

I am grateful to God, family, friends, teachers and all other relevant people for their support in all my successes! Apart from the academic side, I am a keen footballer and play as a striker in the football team of my local church, Christ Faith Tabernacle, as well as being a singer and keyboardist in my church choir. In addition, I am involved in many diversity initiatives at Hogan Lovells and my local church, as well as being affiliated with diversity organisations such as Rare Recruitment and Urban Synergy.'

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.'