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Headmaster's Lecture Series

As part of our enrichment programme, Lingfield College invites a wide variety of speakers into the School. The speakers are a diverse cross section with the intention of stimulating our students to think beyond examinations and university. They aim to foster resilience, empathy and equip our students with a ‘can do’ attitude. Not only are they motivating but often they demonstrate that people can overcome obstacles and achieve well beyond their own initial expectations. These lectures are incredibly popular and well received by both students and staff. They are tailored for Years 7/8, Years 9/10 and Years 11/12/13 but in accordance with our inclusive ethos, all years may attend.

Marcus Alexander - author of the ‘Keeper of the Realm’s fantasy series. Marcus is a champion of literacy and has built a strong reputation for inspiring today’s youth to put aside their devices and pick up a book. With his use of modern language and his background in adrenaline sports, his talk was peppered with tales of adventure and had Year 7 and 8 enthralled. His talk certainly embodied resilience coupled with creativity. His popularity was evident by the amount of pupils who lined up for his autograph at the end!

Philip Thomas – an ex-Lingfield student, spoke to the senior years about his PhD research work. Currently a researcher at the University of Manchester, Phillip’s lecture was a fascinating insight into the variety of ways that new materials can be manipulated to perform different tasks. He linked this to GCSE and A Level Physics and Chemistry, demonstrating how current studies can be applied in the real world. Our students could see that all their current hard work could realistically be applied in the future.

Matthew Blake – Matthew Blake spent four years cycling around the world, visiting 61 countries over five continents. Living on £5 per day, Matthew told our student body of the challenges of nature he encountered plus the trials of logistics and his strength of will which was often tested. He told our students to follow their dreams and to listen to those who encourage you and ignore those who tell you you can’t do something. Marcus presents tales of his journey to schools to raise money for the charity SOS Children’s Villages. He gave a truly inspiring talk of resilience and empathy.

Anna Myers – Anna graduated with a degree in American Management Studies and joined Barclay’s as a graduate over 20 years ago. Her career has predominantly been spent in HR roles, specifically focusing on the graduate recruitment market. Anna spoke to our senior students about the importance of preparing for employment prospects and being able to capitalise on any opportunities that arise. She really emphasised that it is never too early to start preparing for a future career. Our students felt confident and empowered with useful career advice.

Philip Stanton – Philip spent 25 years as a Major in the British Army on operational deployment in Iraq, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Kosovo and Australia. He spoke to our students about his career as a Royal Engineer and all that this entailed. Our students were fascinated to hear from someone who had travelled the world and received a realistic understanding of life in the army. Philip is now a teacher of Geography at Lingfield and our DofE Co-ordinator which are both roles he is most suited to.

Aaron Phipps – Aaron was 15 years old when he contacted Meningitis C and Meningococcal Septicaemia which led to the amputation of both his legs and most of his fingers. Not letting this horrific experience overcome him, Aaron competed in various road races, took up wheelchair rugby and represented GB in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Adam was particularly inspiring to our students who really were impressed with his amazing strength of character and his resilience.  His message was to make positive choices in your life often against diversity. His optimism and positivity were profound.

Tracy Edwards MBE – Tracy is a British sailor and was warmly received by our students.  In 1989 she skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and subsequently became the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy. Tracey used her sailing experience as a backdrop to emphasise that success takes hard work and dedication. She also demonstrated through her lively stories that her achievements were due to a combination of teamwork and loyalty. She spoke at length that trust and respect for others builds invincible teams: an inspiring talk on International Women’s Day!