Alexander Yates

2007-2014

After leaving Dauntsey’s, Alexander studied Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford before joining the Civil Service.  He currently works in strategic communications for the Department for Exiting the European Union.  His team advises ministers on engagement with foreign ministers and officials and liaises with UK media and business.

What did you most enjoy about your time at Dauntsey’s?

I loved living in such close proximity to so many people that I got on with really well.  That gave the school a really warm atmosphere and it’s not easy to recreate that at many other stages of life.

What’s your best memory of your time here?

Great BBQs in the quad on summer evenings.

Have you kept in touch with anyone from Dauntsey’s?

One of my flatmates is an OD and I still see three or four others fairly regularly.  I keep in touch with one teacher who also happens to be my Dad so I’m obliged to see him at Christmas and when I go home to visit the dog!

What would you advise new pupils to experience when they join Dauntsey’s?

I think going on any of the school trips is a must.  It’s a really good way to make new friends or have a memorable time with current friends.  There’s something quite formative about the first time you are on holiday without your parents.  Other than that, try as many things as you can, that’s the best way to have the richest experience possible.

Did Dauntsey’s affect your choice of further education and career?  If so, how?

Yes, for sure.  Dauntsey’s equipped me with what I needed to do my exams to the best of my ability and supported me when applying to university which helped me find the career I have started.

Have things turned out as you expected?

I don’t think so, but only because I don’t think I had very detailed expectations about how things would turn out.  I did hope to go to university and find a job, so I’ve broadly met those expectations, but the specifics have been worked out along the way.

Do you have any advice for Sixth Formers as they prepare to leave Dauntsey’s?

Make the most of every aspect of your final months at school, enjoy it, and don’t underestimate the fundamental skills you’ve learnt.  Most of them will be useful for whatever you go on to do, so invest in them while you are there.