St Paul's Way Trust Sixth Form were thrilled to receive a visit from the US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun. Ambassador Barzun gave a lively and engaging presentation encouraging students to explore their feeling about the US, both positive and negative. In response to questions, he covered a wide range of topics including America's role in international politics, gun crime and the American Dream.
Sahra Botan Year 13 described his comments as "really interesting – his response to sometimes controversial issues was very open and he acknowledged what we were saying". Another student described him as "charismatic – he had a great presence and was very impressive". Two students in Year 13, Naeema Farrah and Malachi Willis, were each presented with a US Embassy coin in recognition of their outstanding academic progress and commitment to school life.
Executive Headteacher Grahame Price explained, "our weekly visiting speaker slot gives our Sixth Formers the opportunity to meet a wide range of people who share their experiences and their ideas, it was a particular honour to welcome Ambassador Barzun and to hear about the special relationship between the US and the UK."