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Dine and Discuss

Dine & Discuss Evenings will be held once each term and will provide each Year 12 student with the opportunity to listen to a talk from a visiting speaker on a subject matter of current affairs or wider interest than students’ curriculum.

Each talk will then be followed by a Supper during which we hope that interesting discussions will develop between guests seated at long tables; students will be exposed to speaking with adults previously unknown to them, as well as gaining experience on to how to conduct themselves during such an Event.


November 2023 - Gareth Owens, OBE 

Gareth has spent the last 30 years working in the aid sector. He joined Save the Children in 2002 as an Emergency Adviser and became Humanitarian Director in 2007.

Gareth has led responses to many major emergencies over the past two decades, most notably the Iraq conflict, the Asian tsunami, Cyclone Nargis, Haiti, Pakistan, East Africa, Niger and Philippines.

He has played a pivotal role in the development of Save the Children’s humanitarian capacity and in the establishment of collaborative hosted entities including Elrha, the START Network and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.

Gareth was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to emergency crisis response abroad. 



February 2023- Baroness WarsiSayeeda Warsi

Baroness Warsi who discussed "What it means to be British". A lawyer, a businesswoman, a campaigner and a cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles, but she is best known for being the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet. More details on Baroness Warsi can be found here.





May 2023 - Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon to leave the University of Buckingham | Bucks Herald

Anthony Seldon who explored "200 Years of British Prime Ministers". Sir Anthony Seldon is former Master of Wellington College and Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University, author or editor of more than 45 books on contemporary history, politics and education. He was the co-founder and first director of the Centre for Contemporary British History, is the co-founder of Action for Happiness, is a governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street and a member of the First World War Centenary Culture Committee.