Speakers & Specialists

A selection of the speakers and specialists who contribute to our exciting learning programme across all year groups, 2014/2015, including in this anniversary year Professor Nigel Saul, Medieval History, Royal Holloway University of London who addressed Y7 on Magna Carta: What’s It Done for All of Us?

History & Politics Society speakers: Gill Bennett OBE, former chief historian of Foreign & Commonwealth Office Six Moments of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy; Professor Janet Hunter China’s relationship with Japan in the 20th century; Dr Eleanor Newbigin, SOAS Was Gandhi an Indian nationalist?; Lord John Monks of Blackley  the work of the House of Lords; Revd Anthony Buckley What was going on in Elizabeth’s Religious Settlement?;  Revd Dr Catriona Laing Iraq: western intervention in 21st century.

Philosophy Conference 2015 speakers: Julian Dodd, Manchester University Are works of Conceptual Art ideas?, Emma Borg, Reading University, Why are children, but not chimps, persons?,  Michael Morris, Sussex University Hume on Reason and Morality and Bill Brewer, King’s What am I?

Classics Society: Helena Khullar, Oxford University Greek Tragedy; Imogen Sadler Classics at university.

Geography speakers: Helen Spring, Wild London The lost Effra River, alumna Rachel Efrat Studying soils at British Geological Society.

Medical Society speakers: Dr Louise Cramer, Senior Research Fellow at UCL Cell biology& human health; alumna Susan Bewley Reproduction ageing – What is it? Does it matter; Medical Portal group Medical School applications & preparing for medical interviews & BMAT; Psychiatry. Science Week speakers and specialists: birds, bugs and air show; Ginny Smith, Naked Scientists Psychology and how the brain works; Dr Graham Lenton Gorillas in my midst-a Ugandan Oddyssey.

Practical workshops: Y8 STEM day: Engineering Development Trust Careers in Engineering; Joe Berg Y9 Product design & Architecture; Inspiring Futures Y11 Careers day; Japanese taiko drumming; African drumming; Russian traditional story-telling & crafts; Sara Olivar Spanish Flamenco dance artist; Dia de Colombia with visiting speaker Jeremy Brittain, Costa Coffee; A level Drama day with Told by an Idiot Theatre Company Physical Clowning and Devising Techniques; Visiting music practitioners: alumna Lola Adesioye singer songwriter; Samantha Ward piano

Visiting children’s authors: Frances Hardinge, Geraldine McCaughrean, Teri Terry, Mary Hooper.

Visiting Poetry Festival 2015 poet: Jack Underwood

Jack Underwood with Y7-9

Visiting directors: Saul Dibb & Xavier Marchand  Y10 Première showing of ‘Suite Francaise’

PSHE speakers Dove & Beat Y8 Self-esteem workshop, Natasha Devon Body Confidence, School nurses Y9 Alcohol, drugs, legal highs, Karl Hopwood Y10 Internet Safety, Georgie Calder Y10 Drugs, Amanda Simoes Alcohol awareness, Dr Aric Sigman Y11 Alcohol awareness; Y11 Study and Revision Skills.

Other sixth form and careers speakers including Julie Chappell, former Ambassador in Guatemala Women of the Future programme; Jonathon Charles Reporting from Conflict: a career as world affairs correspondent; Professor Grayling Why study the humanities?; Jon Alexander, Director New Citizenship project  Are you a consumer or a citizen?;  Dr Federico Bannadio, Head of Spanish, Latin American & Portuguese Studies , King’s College London The source of tragedy in Lorca’s Blood Wedding: honour, shame & violence; Dr David Lines, Head of Italian Studies, Warwick University Considering MFL university courses; alumnae including Charlotte Ritchie, singer and actor All Angels, Call the Midwife and life in television; Hester Vaizey Act of Hope Charitable Trust and a university panel; Visiting specialists for 75 Y13 Mock Interviews, a programme shared with other schools; Elevate Education Y12 Study Skills; Morrisby Course Finder; sixth form speakers and workshops on UCAS and other applications at home, in Scotland, and in Europe and America, on applying to Oxford and Cambridge, on Higher Education Finance and on gap year opportunities including Morgan Stanley Graduate Recruitment Programme, SEO, Oyster Worldwide Travel, The Challenge and City Year.