Leeds business snaps up student for Chinese role

Alex Reed, left, with Miffy Loxton, right, who teaches Chinese at Prince Henry's Grammar School.
Alex Reed, left, with Miffy Loxton, right, who teaches Chinese at Prince Henry's Grammar School.
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A CHINESE-SPEAKING student has been snapped up by a Horsforth software company.

Alex Reed has landed a job with The Phoenix Partnership (TPP), which aims to connect healthcare organisations through IT.

Originally set up 15 years ago, TPP had their first SystmOne program go live in 1999 and the local business has since worked with the NHS and companies across the world.

Alex, a former Prince Henry’s Grammar School pupil, recently went back to her roots and visited her old school to speak about how important learning a language can be.

Alex first learned to speak Chinese at an extra curricular club at the school and also took part in an exchange programme.

She went on to study Chinese and German at university.

Alex will start her new job after she graduates in July and will use her language skills to help the company build relationships across China.

She said: “If I hadn’t have done Chinese, I wouldn’t have taken it at university.

“Doing Chinese at Prince Henry’s gave me a taste and the exchange was amazing.

“Now I will graduate in July and start my new job, using my degree in Chinese, in September!

“It was a fantastic opportunity.”

Jo Barber, faculty leader in modern foreign languages at the school, said: “Alex is a real example of the benefits of language learning and the importance of opening up the world to students through lessons and extra curricular clubs.

“We are really proud of her and her achievements.”

She added: “All our students study Chinese in Year 8.

“It’s lovely when another of our ex-students comes back and shows the other students what exciting opportunities their future could hold if they continue to study languages.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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