On Wednesday 19th June, Devizes 100 Sixth Form students were treated to a talk by Sir Geoffrey Owen an English academic journalist and former editor of the Financial Times.
Sir Geoffrey is a Senior fellow at the Department of Management at the London School of Economics where he conducts teaching and research in the field of corporate strategy, corporate governance and international competition.
Year 12 students were invited to attend this event which was entitled; “Does capitalism have a future? The state of British politics today” particularly appropriate in view of what is going on in politics currently! A great opportunity for some lively questions and debate from our Year 12 students, the talk formed part of a 6th Form enrichment afternoon, our guest speaker is part of the ‘speakers4schools’ programme.
Speakers for Schools brings together eminent figures of today, from arts leaders to CEOs and professors, creating a dynamic network of thousands of school talks and esteemed work experience placements, all for free. Founded in 2011 by ITV’s Political Editor, Robert Peston, the aim is to end educational inequality by giving all young people access to the same prestigious networks.
Head of Faculty and Business Studies Rachel Edwards said; ‘I am really pleased that Speakers for Schools has chosen our school to host such a great speaker. This is the second time that Devizes School has hosted a ‘speakers for schools’ event this year and we are proud to benefit from such a fantastic charity. State school students are frequently disadvantaged compared to their more affluent counterparts and having access to leading figures disrupts this pattern and allows state school students to engage with influential people who can share inspiration on pursuing their ambitions and broaden their horizons.’
Devizes School wants to benefit our students with a range of experiences and opportunities.