Press Release.


Cabot Learning Federation

Brook Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 4JT

Matt Parr visit

Her Majesties Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services Matt Parr visited Broadoak Academy to talk to students about his life in the Navy and his current role.

Matt spoke to over 160 students from Year 11 in a special assembly about joining the Royal Navy straight from Durham University, where his ambition to be a submarine commander was realised. Matt was also a captain of a Royal Navy frigate above the waves, during his illustrious career and had plenty of anecdotes to share with students about his time at sea.

Matt then engaged in a question and answer session with students about his career. When this session ended Matt thanked Broadoak students and commented that it was one of the best question and answer sessions he had ever been involved in, in a school.

Matt then went into a smaller question and answer session with a smaller group of students where he discussed the skills and attributes of successful leaders in the workplace.

Ms Kathleen McGillycuddy, Principal of Broadoak Academy said, “I was very proud of our young people and the way they engaged with Mr Parr. His key message of hard work and effort that gives you choices later in life really resonated with the students. He inspired many with his tales of the wider world and life as a submariner and for others he galvanised them with his own personal story of school life. The event was made possible through the work of Speakers for Schools and we are most grateful to them for making it happen.”


Dean Blake

Communications Manager

Cabot Learning Federation

Tel; 0117 244 6233 Ext 1601

Mob; 07710 406731

Email; [email protected]

Note to editors:

In 2019 the CLF will have existed for 10 years as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). In the course of that time our federation has developed from a small Bristol-based secondary education partnership to an instinctively collaborative ambitious organisation of over 20 entities, serving the educational needs of over 11,000 children and young people aged 3 to 19.

Our federation is sponsored by the University of the West of England and Rolls-Royce PLC. Our academies are based in three 3-19 clusters in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

We employ around 1,800 people in a range of roles designed to help children to be successful in their lives. We also rely on the time and commitment of over 200 volunteer governors, who share our values and ambitions for our schools and our pupils.

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