Harpenden head teacher urges pupils into public life

PUBLISHED: 16:02 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 06 May 2010

Norman Hoare

Norman Hoare

A HEADMASTER has raised concerns that school-leavers may have been deterred from pursuing careers in public life because of the recent negative publicity surrounding such roles. Norman Hoare, head of St George s School in Harpenden, urged his pupils to co

A HEADMASTER has raised concerns that school-leavers may have been deterred from pursuing careers in public life because of the recent negative publicity surrounding such roles.

Norman Hoare, head of St George's School in Harpenden, urged his pupils to consider taking up public life careers at a prize-giving ceremony attended by some 400 students, 150 of whom have just left the school.

He said: "The school's brightest and most optimistic youngsters should not be put off careers in politics, education, public administration and social care because of the country's infatuation with 'naming and shaming' those who reach high office."

He continued: "I worry that many of our youngsters could lose faith in the importance of public life and the need to create a wealth for all to benefit from. Fat-cats and expenses scandals give them such a poor example, whilst over-paid TV presenters, corrupt sports organisations and ridiculous footballer transfer fees undermine the work we do in teaching about moral standards and responsibilities above selfish individual rights."

The students were also given an inspirational speech by Brigadier Sandy Storrie OBE, who was recently awarded a CBE for leading the Desert Rats in Iraq.

He told the students that it was far more important to embark on a career they enjoyed than to seek fame, fortune and ego trips. Brigadier Storrie also praised the way the school encouraged everyone and rewarded achievement of all kinds.

Among the 120 prize-winners were six members of staff who have pioneered work under a Cambridge University scheme to spread good ideas and innovative teaching.

They each received a prize alongside pupils from Years 9 to 13. The school also made a special award to Barbara Gerwien, whose work leading links with China secured St George's International School Status this summer.


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