Scarborough and the launch of our coastal schools campaign

Friday saw events at three schools in Scarborough as part of our new focus on coastal schools. What made the morning even more exciting was the combination of both primary and secondary schools, bringing Primary Futures and Inspiring the Future together. We were delighted to welcome Lord Ahmad, Under Secretary of State for Transport and the Home Office, along with volunteers from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from Whitby Fishing School, the Royal Navy led by Cdre Gary Doyle and Blue Swire Ocean. A morning with a very nautical theme!

We began with a ministerial visit to Overdale Primary School. Lord Ahmad toured the school and met the children who were all engaged in exciting learning activities relating to the maritime nature of the East Coast. There then followed an assembly where the children asked a series of questions and then listened to Lord Ahmad share some stories of his primary years. He even joined in the actions for some sea faring songs! 

Then he was whisked away to St  Augustines RC School to join in a careers speed dating activity with young people in Y9 and the volunteers listed above. There was considerable enthusiasm shown by the young people in what was a really well organised event. Lord Ahmad rounded off his visit by inspiring us all with words which both challenged and encouraged. Then the whistle stop tour continued to Newby & Scalby Primary School where the Y6 children were working in small groups with each of the volunteers who had also arrived from St Augustine’s. 

The children were extremely well briefed and had clearly been thinking long and hard about the questions they wanted answering by both Lord Ahmad and the other volunteers who contributed brilliantly. Once again Lord Ahmad spoke from the heart about his primary school days and how his career developed as a result. Then it was off to the station for the long journey south.

Reflecting on the events of the morning left a warm glow and a feeling of great satisfaction. As ever it’s so encouraging to see children of all ages fully engaged in such an exciting learning opportunity. It also goes to show what we all know ……………… it’s never too soon to get volunteers into primary schools to inspire and help to raise aspirations! A massive thanks to all concerned in delivering in Scarborough!  


By Steve Iredale

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