MATRAVERS School in Westbury welcomed an especially inspiring guest speaker last month.

Sir Geoffrey Owen, author, head of industrial policy at Policy Exchange and former editor of the Financial Times visited the school on September 13.

Sir Owen delivered a talk entitled From Thatcher to Corbyn, a Journalist's View, which included an overview of the major developments of the period, as well as a number of interesting personal insights he gained during his career.

The students were keen to hear of his work reporting on Margaret Thatcher, and were amazed to hear of his time reporting on the Kennedy White House in the early 1960s.

Director, Post-16, Ian Browning said: “We are delighted to welcome distinguished visitors to our school. It is a great opportunity for our students to learn from experts and to have their horizons broadened.

"Sir Geoffrey spoke eloquently and with great clarity, with the students being inspired and engaged throughout.

"The A level History students especially gained a great deal from this talk.”

Sir Geoffrey fielded many questions from the students and offered advice to those interested in a career in journalism.