One of Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people visits Astley Community High School

21 April 2015

On Friday 17 April Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England visited Astley Community High School to talk to students about his career, experiences, and about economics in general.

In 2014 along with Beyonce, Malala Yousafzai and Barack Obama, Time Magazine voted Mr Haldane, originally from Yorkshire, one of the top 100 most influential people in the world.

Students from Astley’s Sixth Form and the lower school were joined by students from Cramlington Learning Village and The King Edward VI High School in Morpeth for this prestigious visit and inspirational talk.

Adam Ironside, Head of Sixth Form at Astley said: “We are delighted to welcome such an influential figure to our school. To be able to learn about the life, career and experiences of one of our countries top economists will be immensely valuable to our students. Astley places a great deal of emphasis on raising the aspirations of all our students, and the visit of Mr Haldane will contribute significantly to this aim.”

Year 12 student, Lewis Devlin said: “Mr Haldane gave a really inspirational speech, and made me think much more about the importance of economics in this country. It was really motivating to know that he has achieved what he has having come from quite humble beginnings.”

Mr Haldane’s visit to the school was part of a wider visit to the north east during which he visited local businesses to discuss the regional economic environment.

Andrew Haldane speaking to students at Astley Community High SchoolMr Haldane said: “I was born in the North-East so it is marvellous to be back and wonderful to discuss important economic issues with local students who I hope will be inspired to become the Bank of England Governors of tomorrow.”