Guest Speaker: BBC’s Ros Atkins On Friday 13th November, Penrice Academy welcomed guest speaker BBC Journalist Ros Atkins, to deliver a 30 minute talk to some of our Year 10 students as part of Speakers for Schools. Ros, who grew up in Cornwall and currently has an evening programme on BBC World Service, discussed ‘removing barriers to success’, talking honestly about the challenges of coming from the South West. He told students how he felt that the key to success was to ‘always prepare fully’ and to do everything ‘to the best of your ability.’ Ros has hosted coverage of many major stories around the world for BBC News, including the death of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama’s first election victory and inauguration, the football World Cups in Germany and South Africa and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He has also hosted from an array of locations including a prison in Indianapolis, a bookshop in Tel Aviv and a classroom in Tanzania. Mr Thomas, Head of Year 10, said: “We want to express huge appreciation for Ros taking the time to visit our students – his talk really was inspirational and the students will have gained a lot from thinking about their futures. As they begin to consider the next steps it’s so important to hear about careers like this from professionals like Ros who have grown up in Cornwall.” Students described the talk as ‘inspirational’, with comments on how it highlighted what they need to do to achieve their goals, when it comes to attitude, work and being pro-active. You can read more about Speakers for Schools here.