State and Independent Schools together at Millfield for Leadership Symposium
14th October 2019

Millfield School in Somerset welcomed Year 11 and Lower Sixth students from State and Independent Schools across the South West for the inaugural Inter-School Leadership Symposium.

With the aim of building their confidence to become the leaders of tomorrow, students from Strode College, Sexey’s School, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Richard Huish College in Taunton and St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury, as well as Cheltenham schools Balcarras Academy and Cheltenham Ladies’ College, took part in a day of training sessions with Millfield students.

Throughout the day students enjoyed interactive sessions on resilience and team work, then later developed their skills of presentation, communication and the art of conversation. Paul Jones, History Teacher at St Dunstan’s, commented, “Our students were most definitely pushed outside their comfort zone at times but blended in so brilliantly with students from other schools and colleges.”

The symposium culminated with a panel Q&A discussion with entrepreneurs from fields including European litigation funders, catering, global brand design, health and wellbeing, events management, executive coaching and construction. A student from Sexey’s School in Bruton added, “I really enjoyed learning about the different careers and pathways that the entrepreneurs had taken to get where they are now.”

Jeremy Niblett, Head of Physics at Balcarras Academy, said, “My students loved it and have been talking about it all day, even putting bits into action.”

Millfield Head of Sixth Form, Chantal Bowring who organised the event said, “We deliberately created mixed school teams in workshops and asked that no students arrive in their distinguishable uniform. After understandable initial shyness, by lunchtime the venue was buzzing; it was wonderful to see those emerging adults, from many different backgrounds, communicate and work together most effectively and enthusiastically. Friendships were certainly formed that day, as was a newfound confidence that continued to develop throughout the day.”

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