Canada - Christine Kelly (Dronfield 1987-1989)

St Peter's School

Canada - Christine Kelly (Dronfield 1987-1989)

I have very fond memories of my two years at St Peter's, where I met many great people who I am still friends with today - 30 years later.  I moved to St Peter's for 6th Form, from The Mount School, and after spending 5 years at an all girls boarding school at first being amongst so many boys was a shock, but I soon got used to it.  I loved the balanced education St Peter's offered - it was hard work academically, but there were so many opportunities to do things other than just work (sport, music etc). I liked the fact that the boys treated the girls equally and there was no expectation from the boys or the teachers that we would achieve any less because we were female.  This was incredibly valuable for me at that stage of my life, and really helped me as I embarked on my professional career.

 Since leaving St Peter's, I completed a degree in International Business and Modern Languages at Aston University then went onto the graduate scheme at JP Morgan, working in London and New York.  After I had my son Lukas in 2002, I decided to set up my own business so that I could achieve a better work / life balance, and I founded Little Kickers (www.littlekickers.co.uk) - a franchise organization that runs educational football programmes for kids.  The business expanded internationally and in 2009 I took the decision to move to Toronto with my family.  I've lived in Canada since then, and took on Canadian citizenship in 2013. 

I travel a lot with work and am back in the UK pretty regularly and am looking forward to returning to St Peter's for my year's 30th reunion in September!