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Lecture Series

Over the years our Sixth Form students have had inspiring talks followed by conversations with a range of speakers including: 

Newsreader, journalist, and television news presenter George Alagiah OBEGeorge has been the presenter of the BBC News at Six since 2007.  

Media contributor, philanthropist, social entrepreneur, Dr Miranda Brawn. Miranda was described by the Financial Times as one of the most influential black, Asian, minority ethnic leaders. Miranda is a former Global Goodwill Ambassador, and brand ambassador for Jimmy Choo, Piaget, and Dior.  

Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir QC. In 2017, Anuja became the first non-white Old Bailey Judge and was featured in Vogue Magazine as one of the 25 most influential women in the UK. Anuja is a judge of the Central Criminal Court and was named in the GG2 2020 Asian Power List as the 19th Most Influential Asian in the UK. 

Regular speaker UBS chief economist Paul Donovan who has written books on a variety of economics topics including diversity, inflation, education, trade, inequality, sustainability, and social change.  

One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke about her athletics career, her experiences at competing at five Paralympic Games, and her decision to enter politics, as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.   

Jordan Harry a British entrepreneur, CEO, public speaker, and mixed martial artist. Jordan is the co-founder of speed reading, memory, and public speaking training provider StudyFast.  

British economist, and professor of economics at Imperial College Business School, Jonathan Haskel CBE. Jonathan is a non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority. 

A&E doctor and TV presenter Dr Ronx Ikharia. Alongside their role in Operation Ouch, a science show for children making biological facts fun and accessible, Ronx is deeply invested in their local community of Hackney.  

Dame Tessa Jowell who served as a Member of Parliament for 23 years, including 13 years as a Minister in the Labour Government and eight in the Cabinet.  Dame Tessa led London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.  

Sir David King, the Government’s permanent Special Representative for Climate Change from 2013-17, and Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000-07, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change. 

The Right Honourable David Lammy MP spoke about his upbringing in Tottenham, his decision to enter politics and becoming a Member of Parliament at 27 and served for eight years as a Minister in the last Labour government. 

James Morris, of MediaCom spoke about the prospects of working within the media industry and the different routes available to students whether it be graduate, apprenticeships or a school leavers programme.  

Steve Nevy of Red Bull Formula 1 who exposed some of the secrets behind F1 in relation to the Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Technological Developments which keep F1 the most watched sport worldwide.  

Groups of Sixth Formers have also attended talks with Formula 1 driver Sir Lewis Hamilton, American Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson and astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski.  



Principal:
Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (Pastoral and Behaviour)
Paddy Cassidy (Curriculum and Assessment)
Alison Underwood (Personal Development and Inclusion)

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb