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Jenny enjoyed a brief but impactful time at Millfield, representing the school at badminton and also playing in the annual hockey match against Oxford University.

Jenny was awarded an exhibition to Oxford in 1956 to read English at St Hilda’s, graduating with a BA Hons whilst participating in many drama productions and parties along the way. She credits Millfield, and especially her English teacher, Robert Bolt, for preparing her for her entry into Oxford: “I absolutely know that I got into Oxford because of him”. Throughout her life she has also kept Boss’s philosophy in mind that “everybody has potential”.

Following university Jenny began a career in TV, first as a reporter, then as a researcher, director and producer. A 40-year TV career saw Jenny become one of the first female TV producers and achieve success with many award-winning television documentaries to her name.

In her role as Head of BBC Documentaries, Jenny chose to make films about important issues such as civil rights and the developing world, highlighting issues such as refugee children and child soldiers. Jenny achieved many international awards for her work in highlighting these issues, including an EMMY. Her film ‘Women in Prison’ was the first film to be shot in a women’s prison in the UK, a production for which she won a BAFTA.

Jenny is also very involved in charity work and is the Chair of LEPRA (the Leprosy Relief Association), whose work helps those who suffer with leprosy, TB and AIDS. Jenny has also been Chair of the Grierson Trust, responsible for the Grierson Best Documentary Awards. A love of music has also allowed Jenny to become a Trustee of the Razumovsky Academy, where young talented musicians receive tuition from some of the world’s finest artists and teachers.
Sarah spent eight years at Millfield Prep and Millfield and was known for her academic excellence, hardworking attitude and devotion to helping others.

Her houseparent described Sarah as being ‘totally reliable and conscientious’ and despite her workload, she ‘devoted considerable time to helping other members of the house with their work.’ In her acceptance speech Sarah said that “there is no question that Millfield shaped my academic future.”

After Millfield, Sarah went on to study at both Cambridge, where she was awarded an exhibition at the age of 16, and Oxford Universities studying medicine. Sarah qualified as a GP and has been a partner in the same busy inner city London practice for over 21 years. For the last 17 years she has also worked as a GP trainer and a medical writer and broadcaster.

Sarah was well-known as the ITV lunchtime news doctor in the 1990s and more recently as The One Show and Jeremy Vine Show doctor on the BBC. She also appears on a number of other television shows including, BBC Breakfast, Daybreak on ITV, Sky News and Radio 5 Live. Alongside her broadcasting work, Sarah is also Doctor to Good Housekeeping and My Weekly magazines.

In 2011 Sarah became a clinical consultant to Patient.co.uk where she writes a regular blog; she is also an accomplished author, having written six books.
Andrew studied at Millfield Prep and Millfield and grew up only yards from the school grounds. His family have a long history with the school including his father, Ray Wright, who was Governor of Millfield for many years.

His tutors described Andrew as a ‘lively and talented fellow’ and recognised early on that he would lead a busy and outgoing life. Brian Gaskell, former Headmaster, opined on his pleasant attitude and remarked on his ‘excellent acting skills’ and ‘very good voice’.

In accepting his award, Andrew reflected on how the teaching at Millfield gave him the opportunity to “play, experiment and learn”, a philosophy of teaching he still holds dear and uses in his own career.

Following Millfield, Andrew trained at the National Youth Music Theatre and the Arts Education Schools. 13 years of performing followed in shows including, Mary Poppins, Cats, Follies, Anything Goes, Mack and Mabel and Beauty and the Beast.

Andrew’s career then moved into choreography which has encompassed a wide range of productions from West End musicals to arena events, working with 400 strong choirs or intimate cabaret performances of just one person.

His talent has translated into numerous choreography awards and recognition from commentators as to his creative flair and passion. The Daily Telegraph described his choreography of West End hit Singin’ in the Rain as its ‘secret weapon’ noting the style and vitality which ‘makes musicals so magical’.

Andrew brought his latest production, Guys and Dolls, one of the most popular musicals ever, to the West End and on tour around the UK during winter 2015.
“I would like to thank a gentleman who also helped to shape the successes I’ve achieved. Many of you have heard about the ‘Millfield Mix’, the importance of preserving that, and in doing so preserving the future of the school. However, I would like to briefly touch on another phenomenon I like to call the ‘Millfield Moment.’ A moment that I believe all pupils of this school will experience at one point or another. Some may be lucky enough to recognise it as it happens. I, myself, didn’t recognise it until years later. In 1988, Mr Neeve, my houseparent at St Anne’s, selected me to be Head of House in my final year at Millfield. To this day, I do not quite understand why he picked me. And in all honesty, I am somewhat fearful to ask him, for fear he may shatter whatever fantasy I’ve created in my head. However, in choosing me, he instilled discipline, confidence, responsibility, and a feeling of success which I owned outright - not beholden to anyone. That is my ‘Millfield Moment’ and that is what changed my life. Thank you, Mr Neeve.”

Guy studied at the University of California, Berkeley where he received a BA in History of Art. This was followed by post-graduate studies at Hertford College, Oxford University, also in Art History.

A career in the art world followed at Christie's 20th Century Art department, where he rose swiftly through the ranks. In 2006 Guy became International Head of Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales and a Senior Vice President.

Under Guy’s direction, the November 2006 Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale broke all records to become the highest grossing sale in auction history, reaching just under $500 million.

After leaving Christie's, Guy became Chief of Acquisitions and Collections for the Qatar Museums and the Al Thani family, the ruling family of Qatar. To date, Guy is responsible for a fund worth over $12 billion and the New York Times has referred to him as “a master dealmaker.”

Guy’s terrific philanthropic work is also a cornerstone of his life. Donating his time as an auctioneer, Guy has raised over £200 million for various charities. In the UK, Guy has personally pledged almost £1 million to educational causes and recently established the Ignota Foundation which endeavours to help pupils from across Britain's state schools attend university.

Guy has also set up the Bennett Family Art Scholarship for financially underprivileged students to attend Millfield. In addition, as a trustee, he supports the Millfield Foundation and, most recently, as auctioneer at the Millfield 80th birthday celebrations, raised nearly £1.25 million.
Mohamed joined Millfield at the age of 15 and immediately became a core member of the squash team. His time at Millfield was spent alongside his brother Marwan, also a fellow squash player. Reflecting on his three years, Mohamed described the school as ‘my home’ and the ‘best years of my life’. “I owe so much to my coach, Jonah Barrington, who has always supported me and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Mohamed’s potential and determination was clear from his school reports, which described him as ‘single minded’, ‘exceptional’ and someone who will ‘achieve great things’. Mohamed then studied Business Enterprise at the University of the West of England.

Throughout school and university Mohamed juggled a growing sporting career. He became a Professional Squash Association (PSA) athlete in 2006 aged just 15, and a year later became the first player in history to secure a maiden PSA World Tour title at a five-star event. Success on the squash court continued and further history was made when he became only the second man to win the World Squash Championships twice when he won the tournament in 2008 and 2009. PSA Young Player of the Year awards followed in 2009 and 2010.

Mohamed continued to rise through the World rankings and he lifted the Tournament of Champions title in January 2015 and British Open Championships title in May 2015. Most recently, Mohamed won his second successive Qatar Classic with a 3-1 victory over his great rival Gregory Gaultier, the same man that he beat in the British Open.

At the time of writing Mohamed is the current World No 1 and British Open Squash Champion.
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