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Our Alumni: Author Debi Schofield’s journey after Richmond

Thursday 15 June 2023

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is really proud to celebrate an accomplishment of one of our Alumni students, Debi Schofield nee Chaudhuri, for publishing her very first book!

Debi studied her A Levels at RuTC from 1986 – 1989 and after this, studied an undergraduate and postgraduate degree at Stirling University in marketing and public relations respectively.

Following her time at university, Debi went on to have an interesting and varied career, having spent the last 15 years working as part of teaching support staff for primary schools in south-west London.

Before this, she spent nine years working at a dating agency and working for a television company.

Most recently and to great excitement, Debi has published her first children’s book for 6–12-year-olds, titled ‘Tommy and the Golden Apple’. The book centres around young Tommy and the bad choices he makes which affect everyone around him.

Debi will be giving part of her royalties from the book to the CBM (Christian Blind Mission) charity who do an extraordinary amount of amazing work for people with disabilities.

Debi looks back on her time at RuTC very fondly, professing her praise for the college, “I visited the college with my son a few months back and remembered fondly the old building where I spent many happy times ... the new building is fantastic!

“When I was 16 I went to Lady Margaret School in Fulham. In those days, it was easier to stay at your school to do A levels, but I was one of the only girls to decide to go elsewhere.

“Deciding to go to Richmond upon Thames College helped to lay the foundation for everything that followed and broadened my mind and experience, it was a great decision!”

Click here to buy Tommy and the Golden Apple. 

See below for some illustrations from the book. 


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