Educated through the medium of Welsh until the age of 16, I moved to an English comprehensive for 6th form. Then studied higher education at University of Glamorgan.
At 3 years old I started my education at the only local welsh school Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castellau. Coming from non-welsh speaking parents it proved an interesting few years translating my work to English so that parents had a better idea of what I was studying.
1993 saw me transfer from my junior school to Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari where I enjoyed studying chosen subjects as well as being a member of a very dominating rugby team.
With a keen interest in Information Technology I enjoyed the hands on aspect of my studies as opposed to the academic studying of the technology within. This led me to look into studying toward an Advanced General National Vocational Qualification (now called a BTEC Advanced Diploma) in Information Technology. With no option to study this subject at Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari I made the move to join Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School.
Moving schools for most is difficult but having known most of the pupils from the local rugby team and other clubs/organisations I was quick to settle in. The idea of studying GNVQ Advanced IT & ‘A’ level in Physics soon put me in a predicament, I wouldn’t be allowed to study ‘A’ level physics without studying ‘A’ level Mathematics. The end result would see me study for GNVQ Advanced IT accompanied by ‘A’ level Mathematics (Mechanical).
Career or University?
With my sights set on becoming an RAF fast jet pilot, a visit to RAF Cranwell soon proved that as a 6’2″ sixteen year old I was already too tall to fulfill my dream. It was time to see what the booming IT industry had to offer and I choose to study Multimedia Technology & IT Studies at the University of Glamorgan.