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Special guests inspire Year 11 pupils to dream big and aim high

To round off the week, this Friday Year 11s have had the school to themselves and have been working on their college applications and reflecting on their next steps and Post-16 plans, as they prepare for next week’s Pre-Public Examinations. They were treated to a surprise assembly with some very special guests who opened their eyes to the world of opportunity that awaits them! 

Supermodel and activist Leomie Anderson, featured in 2020's Forbes '30 Under 30', came to talk about her journey into fashion and her creation of the successful LAPP brand and magazine. LAPP aims to raise awareness about women’s mental health, rights and body consciousness, ultimately promoting female empowerment. The pupils were impressed, not only by her glamour and success, but by her determination to use her influence to combat racism, sexism and inequality. 

Kingsford alumnus, school governor and financial expert Horatio Georgestone talked about his work as Senior Policy Advisor at Her Majesty’s Treasury. He urged pupils to think ahead to their retirement years, and to commit to living a life of purpose. “You have to be committed to what you love, and to making a difference. The choice starts with you”, he told them. 

Network marketing high flier and Wealth Enterprise Managing Director Junior Alexander shared with pupils his journey to success in the world of cryptocurrency trade. He spoke about the importance of having inspirational mentors. “Mr Green my former teacher (Assistant Head at Kingsford Community School) is one of the top five people I contribute to my success. You’ve got to get rid of negative energy and have the right kind of people around you who make you believe you can make it”, he said. 

Finally, Anderson Boyce, owner of the successful barber shop chain Hairforce 1 Training Academy told pupils how his love of hair has transformed his life. He now travels the world giving training and has been invited to Downing Street twice, in recognition of the community projects he runs to reach the vulnerable through barbering. 

Four successful professionals with four very different stories left a great impression on our pupils, inspiring them to choose something they love, commit to it wholeheartedly, and make a difference with the success that comes their way. 

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