Broadchurch writer inspires Bridport school pupils

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BROADCHURCH creator Chris Chibnall told students at a Bridport school that “everything is possible”.

The theme of the Sir John Colfox School’s senior prizegiving was: “Education can change Lives.”

Chris Chibnall, who lives in Bridport, treated the senior school to an inspiring speech encouraging the students to believe that everything is possible if you work to make it happen.

Drawing on his own experiences, he outlined the possibilities for young people today. “This is an exciting time to be young,” said the writer and executive producer of the smash-hit drama series.

“With the digital revolution you have opportunities and choices which can make a real difference to yourself and the world around you.” He encouraged students to aim high and find a career they can be passionate about.

Headteacher Kay Taylor told the audience that she had begun teacher training in 1983 so this was her 30th year in teaching.

She reminisced about the different schools she has taught in and said that it was a privilege to work with young people.

“Teachers, like parents, are incredibly lucky to be in the position where we can help influence and shape young people,” she said.

She reminded her audience of parents, students and local dignitaries, of the importance of education and how much others have suffered to gain what we take for granted.

At GCSE Katherine Neame and Rhys Kirpatrick took the awards for the best overall performance. Rebecca Talbot took the prize for best vocational student and Jordan Bird for best progress.

At AS Level Jasmine Mather and Lawrence Pearse took the awards for best performance.

For A Levels Danielle Donovan and Oliver Hibbs won the best overall awards with Declan Smith receiving a special award for progress in the sixth form.

In year 10 Charlotte Johnson took the Humphrey Dibdin award for contribution to the school and the community, and in year 11 the prize went to Nicole Kimber.

The sixth form award went to deputy head girl Lucy Paull.

Mrs Taylor thanked all the parents for their support.

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