Where do you live and why?
I live in Marbella, Spain with my partner and 3 boys. I have always had a great tie to Spain, in fact my family lived in Barcelona during my Hordle years. Whilst deciding what to take at university I decided to move to Madrid for a year in 1999 to perfect my Spanish when I finished my A-Levels and ended up staying as I was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis early 2000 and the healthcare system here in Spain offers a fantastic support and treatments.
I met my Spanish partner, Jacobo in 2000 and we spent 5 years living in Madrid where I worked for the British Embassy advocating British education and the UK as a tourist destination for the British Council and Visit Britain. We then moved down to Marbella in 2005. We set up our own Law firm, Lexlite in 2014 which I am proud to say is going very well providing legal assistance in all genres with multi-lingual staff. Our 3 boys Alejandro 17yrs, Jack 10 yrs and Leo 7yrs are still studying at local private schools, the younger 2 in British schools with an intention to send them back to the UK for GCSE/A-Levels and University.
Where did you go on to study after Hordle House?
After Hordle house, I commenced secondary at Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls in Wales due to my father´s relocation and then finalized my GCSE´s and A-Levels at Kesteven and Grantham Grammar school for girls and Newark and Sherwood College in Lincolnshire again due to relocation.
What career path have you taken?
I have always been a hard worker and keen learner, from my paper round at 12yrs, to the local village shop on Sunday mornings etc. I spent the summer after finishing my A-levels working for the Royal Bank of Scotland. I guess you could say that my Career path has lead me to a very much customer orientated professional life.
How could you say your time at Hordle House influenced your future decisions in life?
Hordle House for me was a fabulous life experience, the combination of students from all over the world and shared experiences. I think my time there has enabled me to feel completely secure dealing with situations, people of all walks of life. The independence which I pride myself on, the strength, I truly feel that it was a marvellous start.
What do you remember most fondly about Hordle House?
Well as I have mentioned above, I actually only have fond memories. We had the most idyllic setting on the cliffs overlooking the Isle of Wight, vast fields to investigate, the building itself was amazing. I fondly remember the activities, the shows we performed, shooting club, the birthdays (we always got to choose the flavour and there was always enough for the whole school), camping in the grounds, the weekend trips to the new forest for adventures, the ghost stories we would whisper in our dorms.
Is there anything you miss about school?
Everything, I would happily go back and do it all again!
Who do you wish you’d stayed in touch with?
I think we are very fortunate that due to social media we are able to keep in contact with everyone we wish nowadays. I am still in contact with quite a few fellow students, just last month I was contacted by one who happened to be in Marbella so after 28 years we had a lovely catch up.
Tanya is at the right end of the third row from the bottom.