Sir Richard Lambert – current Chancellor of Warwick University and the Head of ‘Banking Standards Review’ set up by the current government paid a visit to Whitley Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2014
The opportunity for Sir Richard to visit our school, Whitley Academy, was kindly given to us by the very popular charity Speakers for Schools.
His visit was 8:30am to 10:30am. It was designed in two parts: his talk to the Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students and the second part was for the chat show hosted by young students aged 11.
This is what our students, Ellie and Wiki Year 7 thought about the visit:
“At the start of the day we had a few worries because it was slightly stormy outside. However Mrs Nguyen reassured us that Sir Richard would come and fortunately she was correct. We were all excited about what subjects he would bring up.He explained about his childhood and how important it was to do well when you are younger to get the jobs you want when you are older.He told us that his parents had now passed away but they were very ambitious for him, and how at the time, he thought there was no real point in doing well.He then talked about how lucky he was to get a position at the Bank of England. He reflected on how it was good that he had done maths well or else he might have never been offered this opportunity.Sir Richard also advised us what personal qualities you need to have in the future to get offered jobs an d what bosses want in their employees. He said that employers are looking for determination and passion in their employees.He also shared with us the time he went to a boys’ boarding school in Edinburgh. A part of the reason was his Dad worked in Edinburgh and this boarding school was famous for producing rugby players. He teased that this school was full of boys and was in the middle of town but it did not bother him at all.Later on we asked him about his … first date… but he said it was a long time ago and he did not rememberWe all loved Sir Richard’s visit and have learnt a lot from his experience. Many of us feel better as we don’t feel stressed out when exam seasons come up. It was a day we will never forget.”