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BBC visits the Vaughan as part of centenary celebrations 

To mark its centenary in 2022, the BBC has launched a project called ‘Share Your Story’, a special series of interactive assemblies for 250,000 secondary school students across the UK. We’re delighted that the Vaughan was chosen by the BBC to host an event last week. 

Built around theme of the centrality of storytelling to the BBC’s core mission to ‘inform educate and entertain’, the project brings together a diverse group of 100 BBC ‘Storytellers’ into schools across the UK to talk to pupils about their personal journeys, setbacks and successes.

Last week’s event was led by Jasmine Takhar, who shared her story about how she become a TV & radio presenter working across a number of high-profile BBC outlets. Also on the panel was BBC Children’s & Education researcher Leo Hussain, who talked about overcoming a stammer at school to pursue his dream career of working in the media. Sabrina Fearon-Melville, meanwhile, a social media co-ordinator for youth channel BBC Three, shared her experience of dyslexia and the strategies she put in place to help her succeed.

In a highly interactive event, pupils were also able to share their own stories. Elliot said: ‘It was a really uplifting session and made me think about where I might want to work in the future’, while Arthur added: ‘It was really interesting and proved that there’s power in sharing your own story.’  

Ms Davies-Evritt, Head of Classics & Head of Future Pathways, who organized the event in partnership with the BBC, comments: ‘A huge thanks to the BBC for choosing to come to the Vaughan to put on this impressive event. What was especially notable was the relaxed environment the BBC team created and how this helped our pupils feel confident in talking about their own experiences. It was genuinely thought-provoking and really helped focus the minds of our pupils on the vast array of opportunities open to them in the future. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.’

BBC visits the Vaughan