At the end of September students enjoyed an entertaining and informative talk from Chief Inspector Oliver Cosgrove from Avon & Somerset police who came in to speak to students. Oliver described his journey through the police ranks to his current role in taking charge of major public events such as football matches and the Glastonbury Festival, as well as his experience of directing operations during the Bristol riots.
Yesterday Ian Filby, CEO of DFS, visited the school for a tour and to talk to students about his career in business. Ian left QEH in 1977, served as Captain of School, and went on to study Chemistry at St Catherine's College, Cambridge, before joining a retail graduate scheme at Boots. He had some excellent advice for students, particularly that feedback (even critical feedback) should be seen as a gift to help you improve yourself. Ian also spoke about the importance of extra-curricular activities, travelling and learning to interact with a variety of people.
Today Michael Collett QC, who attended the school between 1982 and 1989, returned to the school to talk about his role as a barrister specialising in international commercial disputes at Essex Street Chambers in London and at their offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Mike gave examples of some of his more extraordinary cases – one involving a Russian oligarch involved in a dispute about his luxury yacht, which caught the imagination of the students.
Many thanks to these speakers for giving up their valuable time to talk to the Sixth Form, including offering advice for any students considering their future careers.