JFS Welcomes Back Dr. Robert Berkeley, MBE

We were delighted to host former Head Boy, Dr Robert Berkeley, on our Higher Education day for our current Year 12 students. The day focusses on helping our students make the difficult decision on what they want to do when they leave us in a years time.

Dr. Berkeley spoke to a group of Year 10 students about his time at JFS, his career to date and his key achievements so far. He then spoke to the a large group of Sixth Form students about his career in Politics and how he has helped shape the racial discrimination changes in modern day Britain. He spoke to a range of students who were keen to hear about his new role at the BBC, as he tries to help its continued change towards cultural and racial diversity.

Dan Roberts (12GAL) said, " It was really interesting to hear a different viewpoint on the make up of Britain and how its needs are changing. I was really motivated by his educational journey, starting here at John Fisher, before moving onto Oxford University to do his degree and PHD."

In the evening, we welcomed a number of guests into to speak about their different areas of expertise. Former students Connor Neary ( 2016) Liam Murphy (2015) and Matthew Parker (1998) helped share some ideas on students should be doing to enhance their CV, applications and skill set, whilst also passing on their knowledge on their different career choices. Both Connor and Liam have left us very recently and followed School Leaver Programs in Accountancy and Quantity Surveying respectively.

There was also members of St Mary's University, The University of Wolves and Surrey University who were able to pass on key information. There was also talks on gap years, Apprenticeships and specific courses like Sports and Medicine. A huge thank you to all the Old Boys who gave up their time to join us.