Pupils at Church Preen Primary enjoyed a visit from one of the school’s former pupils. Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, TV presenter and author came to visit the school and talk to the older children about their Roman topic work. She also answered lots of questions from the children about her current role and her work in television. The children (and the staff) were enthralled.
Professor Beard was thrilled to look through the school’s archive material and see the names of friends, classmates and teachers from her days at Church Preen in the 1960s when she not only attended the school, but also lived in the schoolhouse, thanks to her mother being head teacher.
Head Dave Tinker said, “The children have learnt a great deal from the visit but most importantly that hard work, dedication and passion for a subject will enable you to realise your dreams and take you far. It was good to hear Professor Beard reinforce the value of education and lifelong learning with the children and we are looking forward to annual visits to the University of Cambridge to engage and enthuse our older learners in the value of a university education.”