The End of Another Academic Year!

11 August 2017

Highlights from Summer Term 16/17

We are excited to say this year we reached over 700 of our state schools with 899 school talks across the UK- from Elgin to Penzance, from Norwich to Newcastle and in between! Below you can see some of the highlights from this term, and the link to update your application or apply if you haven’t!

Term Highlights

Marco Bertozzi – Holmer Green Senior School, High Wycombe 

Marco Bertozzi, Vice President of Spotify Europe spoke to 60 Year 10 and 11 students from Holmer Green Senior School about how to prepare yourself for an interview as well as the personal skills to be successful and thrive in an organisation. This is particularly useful to students who are about to leave school for the world of work, whichever route they chose to take. As well as this, the students had just finished a work experience placement so Marco’s words may have just kickstarted some reflection!

Sally Boyle – Coombe Girls’ School, Kent


As part of Coombe Girls’ School’s diversity day, Sally Boyle, HR Director at Goldman Sachs spoke to a large audience of 360 Year 8 students about the importance of diversity and her career. Sally highlighted how essential it is to have diversity at Goldman Sachs, how they create an inclusive environment and how this relates to their behaviour at school. Once Sally’s talk had concluded, the students were divided up into smaller groups and given case studies to discuss which worked brilliantly considering the theme of the talk and whole day.




David Morrissey – Sacred Heart Catholic College, Liverpool

Students at Sacred Heart Catholic College in Liverpool welcomed actor and director David Morrissey for a talk about his life and career. Well known for his roles in the BBC’s The Missing and American drama The Walking Dead, amongst many others, Morrissey returned to Liverpool where he was born and where his acting career started at Everyman’s Youth Theatre in the city. Around 100 students and staff at Sacred Heart Catholic College enjoyed their visit from David. During his talk, David discussed his own upbringing, encouraging the students to aim high and highlighted the fact that background should not be a barrier to success. David also showcased the variety of skills and attributes that acting can provide in a wider context for students regardless of the career path they wish to follow and answered lots of questions…Read More

David’s talk was one of the last talks that took place as part of our ‘Bridging the Gap’ talk series. This series has brought together leading figures in public life from diverse backgrounds to deliver individual talks in state schools and colleges throughout the country. The campaign talks reached an estimated 4,500 students, with the objective of broadening their horizons by allowing them to hear directly from key figures currently shaping the UK.

Principal at Sacred Heart Catholic College, Ian Walker said: “It’s fantastic to welcome David to the school today. We have many students who were keen to hear from an actor with such a vast wealth of knowledge and experience. His talk today and his ability to connect with our students have made this a very memorable occasion. We are tremendously grateful that he has given up his time to visit us and we applaud the efforts of Speakers for Schools, who realise the importance of bringing first rate guest speakers into schools. Speakers for Schools and people like David are helping to promote aspiration and achievement in the state school sector.”

David Morrissey said: “It was an absolute pleasure to visit Sacred Heart. I always enjoy my events with Speakers for Schools. I have always felt it’s important for children from lots of differing backgrounds to see and meet people who grew up in similar circumstances to them and who have gone on to be successful in their chosen careers. To be able to share my insights with the students is always a great pleasure.”





















CeCe Sammy – Sir Herbert Leon Academy, Milton Keynes

Vocal coach CeCe Sammy  is referred to as “The UK’s Vocal Whiz” given her amazing career supporting musicians like Leona Lewis and shows from Voice UK to American Idol. CeCe spoke to students at Sir Herbert Leon Academy in Milton Keynes about going after your dreams and shared her insights from working across the exciting but tough entertainment industry. Her talk was interactive, and showed some examples of how she has got to where she is today, the students were encouraged to dream big and to chase their dreams with passion and commitment.


Dame Helen Ghosh – Cirencester Deer Park School, Gloucestershire

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, spoke to 90 Year 10 students about why history matters and how it has shaped the world we live in today. She achieved this by speaking passionately about the history of the National Trust and its relevance today. Drawing upon several different examples, Dame Helen spoke of many different historic sights and how people can engage with the history of a heritage site. The Q&A session that followed Dame Helen’s talk was filled with a wide range of questions from her thoughts on where the National Trust would be in 100 years to what should be covered in the History curriculum.

Peter Rosengard – The Arthur Terry School, Birmingham

Peter Rosengard, a Life Insurance salesman and Comedy Store Founder spoke to 250 students at The Arthur Terry School in Birmingham about how stay motivated and to give 100% to life. Peter also revealed to the Sixth Form students that he too struggled at school but not in life and drew upon his family relationships. Many students stayed behind after the talk to catch five minutes with Peter and to ask any burning questions they had for Mr Rosengard.

Our thanks to all schools that have hosted a talk this year, we’re looking forward to next academic year already!  Update your school application here.

Of course, a huge thank you to all of our speakers who took part this year – our work would not be possible without you. Also a special thanks to David Dein, Former Chairman of Arsenal FC and the Football Association, who gave his 200th Speakers for Schools talk in April! 

Are you a state secondary school or college that has high-need students without access to great speakers? We are trying to reach even more state schools with high need — register to be a part of our network here.