Students Encouraged to be the BestJanet Burrows
Andrew Brodie, Chief Fire Officer for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, visited School last week in his role with Speakers for Schools. He spent the afternoon speaking to students in Years 11, 12 and 13, encouraging them to be the best they can be and to strive to reach their full potential.
Using examples from his own life and career he spoke about the need to be resilient to overcome barriers that may otherwise prevent students achieving their aims. However, he also stressed the need to do this honestly and with kindness. It was a powerful talk from someone who hasn’t always found life easy. Andrew didn’t really know what he wanted to do on leaving school and spent time as a “pot wash” before finally securing his first role in the fire service.
But it wasn’t only his early career experiences that helped shape him, he also spent time volunteering with a disabled Scout group. Andrew believes it was the experiences he gained here and the life skills he learned that really helped him secure his first job.
In a mark of his honesty, Andrew shared with students some of his personal experiences having faced and dealt with bullying, discrimination and life-changing events all of which have shaped who he is.
The overwhelming message the students took home with them was to keep going, even if things don’t work out the first time, but also to have the humility and courage to ask for help and support when dealing with the difficult and upsetting circumstances life can throw at us. Luke Noble, a Year 13 student commented, “I found his success story inspiring and interesting as it wasn’t what I expected. It was a very engaging talk.”
Mrs Cooper, Director of Sixth Form added, “It was an inspiring afternoon and one many of the students won’t forget in a hurry. They listened attentively to what was a very insightful talk and asked some very pertinent questions which Andrew answered with great honesty”. Our thanks go to Speakers for Schools for enabling us to host this event.