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Former SGS Students

Joe Sims

Joe Sims
Age 36
@joesims10

Completing a BTEC in Performing arts at the college back in 1999. He has undertaken a variety of acting roles, worked in many countries, in a variety of sectors including; theatre, radio, television and film. He has also won two awards; People’s Favourite Male Performance at the 2012 offwestend.com Theatre Awards and Best Actor at the Studio Salford Theatre Awards in 2011.

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones
Age 36
@jennyjonessnow

Jenny has come a long way since she was a student at SGS College (formerly Filton College). Nobody would have guessed that a trip to Churchill’s dry slope for a free snowboarding lesson would be the start of an incredible career. Just a couple of years later, in 1999, she launched her professional snowboarding career at the British Freeski and Snowboard Championships and has gone on to win numerous events across the globe, most recently winning slopestyle bronze at the Sochi 2014 Olympics - Great Britain's first medal on snow in the history of the Winter Games.

Debbie Plumbher

Debbie Plumbher

In January 2009, Debbie was made redundant and used it as an opportunity to embark on a new career. She enrolled on a six-week taster course in plumbing at Filton College, which allowed her to find out if this was the right career choice for her. After successfully completing the taster course, Debbie progressed to a Level 2 basic plumbing course and qualified in September 2009. She then gained some hands-on experience to cement what she'd learned in the classroom, this led to Debbie setting up her own business, 'Plumbher', in January 2010. Since then her business has grown and built a very positive reputation.

Will Bayley

Will Bayley
Age 29
@WillBayleytt

Former SGS College and Bristol Academy of Sport star, Will Bayley, secured a gold medal for Paralympic Team GB in table tennis singles class 7 2016 Summer Paralympics Games.

Will, a silver medallist at London 2012, beat Brazil’s Israel Pereira Stroh 3-1.

Will joined SGS College (Formerly Filton College) Table Tennis Academy in 2007, competing in class 6. The Academy’s training helped his mobility greatly and Will was reclassified to compete in class 7. Will’s Academy Coach, Kevin Satchell, had no doubt that he could excel to become a top international player.

Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid
Age 47
@sajidjavid

Former SGS College student, Sajid Javid was appointed to run the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Mr Javid took over the post of Business Secretary in David Cameron’s new majority Conservative government, moving from his old post at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Mr Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, but moved to Bristol with his family at an early age, where he was educated at a comprehensive school near the city and at SGS College (formerly Filton Technical College). Vice Principal and Deputy Chief, Sara-Jane Watkins: "I would like to congratulate and welcome former student, Sajid Javid, into his new role as Business Secretary. I hope to invite Sajid to visit us in the near future so he can see the developments within Further Education and its value within the education sector."

Mitch Hewer

Mitch Hewer
Age 27

Born in Bristol, Hewer trained at South West Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has appeared in the music video "The Club" by Lisa Morgan.

In 2007, Hewer was cast as Maxxie Oliver, a gay character, in the teen drama, Skins. Hewer appeared on the cover of the March and October 2007 issues of gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, where the magazine did a "Gays on TV" feature which included stars from Skins, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Shameless. Hewer starred in the music drama, Britannia High, in the role of Danny Miller. He also appeared on the popular ITV and ITV2 shows Xtra Factor, This Morning, Richard and Judy's New Position and on the BBC comedy show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In 2014, he appeared as Ben in Nightlight and as Steven Stevens in Behaving Badly, the film adaptation of Ric Browde's novel While I'm Dead Feed the Dog.

Stephen Gill

Stephen Gill

Gill's father, a keen photographer, taught him to develop and print his own pictures in the darkroom in their attic. In 1985, while still at school, he went to work for a local, Bristol-based photography company, copying and restoring old photographs and helping to take family portraits. In 1992 he enrolled in the photography foundation course at Filton College in Bristol. Two years later, he began working full-time in a one-hour photography lab. He then went to work at the Magnum Photos agency in London, first as an intern and then full-time. In 1997 he left Magnum to become a freelance photographer, working on commissions to shoot portraits for newspaper supplements,[1][2] and editorial,[3] whilst continuing to make a variety of personal photographic series. He lived and worked in Hackney, East London, until 2014.[4]

Precious Lara Quigaman

Precious Lara Quigaman

Based in Bristol, United Kingdom, Quigaman is the eldest of four children of Nelson Quigaman of Ligao City in the province of Albay and Princesita San Agustin, a registered nurse. In England, she attended South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, originally called Filton College where she studied Media Production and Communication. Precious is a Filipino actress, multi-product endorser and former beauty queen who won the Miss International 2005 beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to winning Miss International, Quigaman joined Binibining Pilipinas twice, first in 2001 and last in 2005. The latter ultimately earned her the title of Binibining Pilipinas International.

Sabina Savage

Sabina Savage

Former Bristol art student, Sabina Savage, is living her childhood dream and fulfilling her career ambitions as a fashion designer with her own label.

Born in Somerset, Sabina grew up in a creative home in the rural town of Hamlet near Cheddar. She began her studies at Bristol School of Art Queens Road in 2007, studying the Foundation Diploma and Pathway in Fashion.

After completing her studies at Queens Road at the age of 18, and despite speaking no French, Sabina took the bold step of moving to Paris to pursue her dream of studying couture design and techniques at a prestigious fashion school. After graduating in 2011 at the top of her year and winning the coveted Nouvelle Couture Award, she moved back to England to work for several top fashion houses, including Gareth Pugh, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen.

Sabina’s sincere love of fashion, drawing and hand-laboured artwork has lead to the creation of her very own self-titled scarf line. Her work places huge emphasis on hand finishing, exquisite fabrics and high quality production, alongside her elaborate hand drawn prints.
Her work is admired by many in the fashion industry and most recently was recognised at the Pulse Trade Show in London - a design-focused gift trade show that brings together over 600 of the best gift, home ware, fashion, wellbeing and lifestyle brands - where she won Best New Product 2013.
As well as establishing her own brand, Sabina is also working on an exclusive commission of printed cushions and scarves with Heals, due in stores this September, and working at Alexander McQueen on a seasonal freelance basis.

Sabina comments: “I sincerely value my time at Queens Road. It was a time where I learnt to erase my boundaries and incorporate new mediums into my work. My tutors were wonderfully inspiring and really gave me the confidence to aim high. I have several new stockists lined up for the rest of the year, and would love to be selling internationally in the future. Next stop: World Domination!”

All products at Sabina Savage are hand designed in the UK and printed in Como, Italy. Scarves can be purchased at HEAL’S of London, Wolf and Badger, Notting Hill and sabinasavage.com

Vada Finniear

Vada Finniear

The 18-year-old, who is studying at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, is also a member of Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastics Club, based at Patchway Sports Centre, and has already achieved huge success including the Pat Wade Tournament in November 2014, and representing Great Britain at the European Championships in Riesa, Germany in October 2015. After a nervous final round, the pair were placed third, Russia in second and America were first, winning a bronze for Great Britain.

Finniear added: “The competition was so exciting, and we never imagined we would get a medal, so that made the competition even more memorable.

“It can be difficult to juggle gymnastics training and college work. If there were a competition abroad I would have to miss college and catch up when I got back, but then if I have exams coming up I would have to miss training so I have extra time to revise.

“Somehow, even though I’ve been doing gym for nearly 10 years, I’ve only had one competition clash with an exam, so I’ve been very lucky.
“Whenever someone has asked me what I want to achieve with gymnastics in the future the one thing I’ve always said is to compete in the world championships as a member of Team GB – I’m ecstatic to have actually done it.

“It’s the biggest competition for Acrobatic Gymnastics and Team GB has some amazing gymnasts, so it was really exciting to be competing alongside them. “After I complete my A-levels I want to apply for a Sign Language course, because I want to work as an interpreter. I would also love to be a circus acrobat sometime in the future too.”

Craig Neil Miles

Craig Neil Miles
Age 22

An English cricketer who currently plays for Gloucestershire. A right handed batsman and right hand medium pace bowler he made his first class debut for Gloucestershire against Northamptonshire in May 2011. In doing so, at 16, he became the fourth youngest player to represent Gloucestershire in a first-class match. Miles signed a three-year contract for Gloucestershire in November 2010, but did not become a full-time professional player until 2013. He studied at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth (band)

A British punk rock band from Stroud, Gloucestershire. The band was formed May 2013. The band consists of bassist and vocalist Becky Blomfield, guitarists Chris Webb and Billy Hutton and drummer Oli Holbrook. The band was signed to Hopeless Records in April 2015.

The band began producing music in early 2013, and released two EP's, Smiling Politely which was released August 2013 independently. After signing to Hopeless, the band released their second EP titled Sad Sack which was released in April 2015. On 5 January Josh Bannister left the band and was replaced by former Hindsights member Billy Hutton as touring guitarist. The band released its debut album, Vile Child, on 29 January 2016, through Hopeless. In April 2016 the band toured the US supporting Sorority Noise, Citizen and Turnover.

Scott Baldwin

Scott Baldwin
Age 28

Is a Wales international rugby union player. A hooker, he plays club rugby for the Ospreys regional team. In May 2013 Baldwin was selected in the Wales national rugby union team 32 man training squad for the summer 2013 tour to Japan. He made his international debut in the 2nd test versus Japan on 15 June 2013 as a second-half replacement. In the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Baldwin cemented his place as Wales first choice hooker and made many pundits team of the tournament.

Darren Mullings

Darren Mullings
Age 29

Is an English semi-professional footballer. He is currently playing for Gloucester City.

After leaving South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Mullings began his career as a trainee with Bristol Rovers, turning professional in July 2005. He was released by Rovers at the end of the 2006-07 season and joined Torquay United in June 2007. He was loaned to Tiverton Town in November 2007band was released by Torquay at the end of the season

Mullings joined Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on trial in July 2008, scoring on his debut in a 1-1 pre-season draw against Exeter City. He signed a contract with Weston in August 2008. He has now joined Conference North side Gloucester City and scored on his debut in a friendly against Bitton. In March 2014, Mullings jumped ship to fellow Conference North side Oxford City, citing financial reasons.