Patrick Aryee OH (2004) Wildlife TV Presenter
Patrick Aryee is now a renowned wildlife TV Presenter hosting some of today’s most popular nature shows on the BBC and Sky. After leaving Hampton with three A Levels, Patrick studied at Bristol University for a degree in Cancer Biology followed by a Master’s in Science Communication before deciding on a career in wildlife film-making.
What many don’t realise is what the beginning of my journey looked like. My brother, sister and I were all raised by mum and as a single-parent finances were understandably tight to say the least. With this in mind, the only way I was able to attend Hampton was through a bursary programme. I still had to pay the attendance fee but thankfully the total cost was reduced by just enough. Without that bursary, without that charitable donation, I wouldn’t be standing here as the person I am today.
Today, that person is someone who has gone free-diving with sperm whales, sat eye-to-eye with huge ferocious lions, walked a six-tonne bull elephant, and more comically, been sprayed in the face by a skunk!
I want to thank Hampton School itself for providing me with the opportunity to be the best version of myself.
Hampton was undoubtedly instrumental in seeing me through my formative years and it’s where I met some of my lifelong friends. What makes Hampton special is that it supports you whatever your interest may be – for me this was not only my interest in science but also my love for drama and sport. The teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach, and they inspired me – I still keep in touch with a few of them.
It’s so much fun making wildlife and science documentaries. It can get stressful at times, but we get to witness so many amazing sights and ground-breaking research first hand. Sharing that with people at home is such a privilege and it’s exciting to think that my job goes on to inspire others.”