Dame Veronica Sutherland, Former Foreign Senior Diplomat, visit to the Sixth Form

Former Foreign Senior Diplomat inspires futures at Sawtry Village Academy

Former Foreign Senior Diplomat, Dame Veronica Sutherland, delivered an inspiring talk to students at Sawtry Village Academy sixth form on 6th December.

Dame Veronica Sutherland has had a varied career, working across the world. She has previously held the position of member of the British Diplomatic Service, Ambassador for the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Dublin and Niger, and Director of Personnel in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was also appointed Deputy Secretary General in the Commonwealth Secretariat and was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Dame Veronica spoke to Year 12 and 13 students studying Sociology, Geography, History, Government and Politics, and Business. The students were fascinated to hear about her experiences of being the first married ambassador and her varied and well travelled career path. Afterwards, there was much discussion about Dame Veronica’s views on Brexit, specifically from her viewpoint on Ireland given her work there during the time of the Good Friday agreement.

Simon Parsons, Deputy Principal at Sawtry Village Academy, said: “It was an honour and a pleasure to have Dame Veronica Sutherland visit us to explain her fantastic story to our students. We are committed to supporting our students to achieve all their goals, both personal and academic, and Dame Veronica’s extensive career has inspired our students and shown them what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”

The academy’s support and guidance for students was commended in their latest Ofsted report. Inspectors said: “Students are confident learners and demonstrate high levels of personal, social and employability skills as a result of the personalised programme of activities available during their studies.”

The event was facilitated by Speakers for Schools. Speakers for Schools is a charity which helps state schools to access influential leaders of today, for free. Their speakers provide interesting talks and discuss opportunities, helping to level the playing field for young people of all backgrounds.

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