Welcome Maristine

Former students are known as Maristines and through their membership they retain strong links with the school.  They also benefit from social and career networking opportunities, regular newsletters and updates, as well as invites to re-unions.

It is a pleasure to see past students blossom socially and take on challenging career opportunities.  The year groups stay in touch and form friends for life. 

Maristine News

It is wonderful to hear from our Maristines and learn about all the exciting things our past students have accomplished since leaving The Marist.  If you wish to get in touch and share with us any news, or simply to catch up, please contact:

Claire Dunn, author

Recently past student Claire Dunn shared with us the incredible work she has been involved with since leaving The Marist in the late 70's.  Claire Dunn was first diagnosed with dyslexia at The Marist and following her time here she has since opened a dyslexia school and become an award winning author.

Claire wrote the following about how The Marist helped pave her lifelong love of literature:

"I have just released the fourth book - Realm Of Darkness - in a five-part series published by Lion Fiction (part of the Lion Hudson publishing group) and Kregel (in the USA). The significant aspect - and one which I hope will be an encouragement to other budding authors - is that as a dyslexic, my road to publication has been far from straight.

It was Mrs Cutting - who taught me English at school - who first suggested to my mother that I might be dyslexic, and it is because of her that I was assessed. Understanding dyslexia is the first step in being able to work with it, rather than being at its mercy. From school I went to university to study Medieval History, but it was while in my final year that I discovered my vocation. On graduating, I retrained as a dyslexia specialist. After many hurdles and to cut a long story short, my husband and I opened a dyslexia school with just three pupils in 1998.

The school developed to include students with autism and language difficulties, and now teaches the full range of ages from six to twenty-five - quite a challenge!

Inspired by Mrs Cutting, my love of English has never left me and in 2009 I began writing Mortal Fire, a romantic thriller with a historical twist and the first book in The Secret of the Journal series. To my surprise and delight, Tony Collins - publisher and Commissioning Editor for Lion Hudson - saw its potential and offered me a contract. Still working full-time at school, I wrote in the evenings and during the holidays, encouraged by the endorsement of other authors such as Colin Dexter (Inspector Morse) and Liz Fenwick (The Cornish House). To my astonishment, it won the gold medal in the Book Of The Year Award in 2012.

I have now taken a back seat at school and am able to concentrate both on writing and encouraging others to reach for goals they might otherwise believe are unobtainable. Living with dyslexia has never been easy but, without it, I wouldn’t have followed the path on which I find myself. Sometimes, what you think of as a curse turns out to be a blessing."


Imogen Newey, Trainee Leader in the Himalayas


Imogen joined The Marist from the ages of 5 - 10 and shared with us her wonderful memories here and her incredible achievments since leaving.  In Summer 2015 Imogen was accepted as one of twelve young people to be a trainee leader on a 6 week expedition into the remote region of the Indian Himalayas. 

Imgoen wrote about her time at the school: "my favourite school memory is a hard one to pick as there are so many: the assembly announcement of being allowed up the hill; being picked to represent the yellow coloured house for the poetry competition; a stand out is probably peforming a dance routing with my friend at home - we asked to perform it in gym and were awarded two merits each!"

Overall Imogen has raised an incredible £10,000 for various charities.  To read Imogen's inspiring diary of her time in the Himalayas, please click on the file below: