Guest Speaker at our annual Speech night and Prize Giving Ceremony
The guest speaker at St. Mary’s Independent School, Southampton, was former pupil Richard Deverell who studied there from 1971-1984. He came to be the Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, via a very successful career at the BBC. Over a period of twenty years he revamped the Children’s BBC channel with a mission to raise the quality of programming for children, introducing new content that would educate and engage them. He is now refreshing Kew’s strategy by bringing its expertise in global science into a sharper focus and engaging the public in contemporary science and conservation in Kew’s beautiful historic gardens. He is a passionate advocate for the power of plants and fungi to help solve the critical challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century. He certainly caught the attention of staff and pupils alike when he admitted that the dominant factor in his success was the enthusiasm of just one teacher (biology). Staff often do not realise just how much hidden influence they inspire upon a pupil who may have no idea what she or he would finally decide to do in later life. He congratulated the school especially on its outstanding G.C.S.E. results of 100 percent English and 86 percent Mathematics. There were also 100 percent passes in early entry Religious Education, German, Turkish and Chinese.