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.”