26.10.20: We have today notified staff, parents and students of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at St Brendan’s. Student and staff safety is of paramount importance to us. We have stringently followed government guidelines and are working closely with the Public Health Team and the college will be open after our October half term break.

Nina Ambasna (Politics Student)

Subjects Studied: Goverment and Politics, English Language and Performing Arts.

Attended St Brendan's 2014-2016

Previous School: St Gregory's Catholic College

What did you go on to do after St Brendan’s?

After St Brendan’s I took two years out of education, and I moved to London to pursue professional modelling and acting work before I went to university. I signed with a top London modelling agency and walked in multiple Fashion Week runway shows, and was also featured in Vogue India. I have been fortunate enough to attend many fashion and influencer events too. Furthermore, I landed a few small featured acting roles with Channel 4 and most recently with the BBC. 

Did you go to University/Higher Education? If so - what course did you study and how did you find the experience?

I am currently in my second year studying politics at King’s College London, whilst still doing some modelling work on the side. I am really enjoying the course, especially as it is incredibly relevant and interesting to study politics in the current turbulent political climate.

How did St Brendan's support you to get to where you are today?

All of my teachers throughout my time at St Brendan’s were fantastic. My English teachers pushed me to do my best and aided me in improving my essay skills, which has been a huge help to me at university as I am studying an essay-based subject. My politics teachers inspired me, and made the subject so interesting that I actually chose to pursue it at degree-level, whereas prior to St Brendan’s I had never even considered studying politics! Finally, studying acting gave me invaluable skills, improved my confidence and also aided me in the field of professional acting. 

What piece of advice would you give to current students?

Study hard, aim for the best possible A-level results, as it will enable you to get in to a better university and ultimately land you more career opportunities. But make time for yourself, and for social events too, it’s all about finding a balance. 

Where do you hope to be in 10 years' times?

I would love to either be working in a political think-tank - advising on social policy or equality development - or in public relations.