A star from a popular TV show was welcomed to a secondary school in Weymouth for a careers talk.

Antiques expert Paul Atterbury, best known for his appearances in the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, attended Wey Valley Academy to give Year 10 students a talk on different career choices.

Mr Atterbury specialises in the art, architecture, design, and decorative arts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Since 1981, he has been a freelance writer, lecturer, broadcaster, and exhibition curator, frequently curating for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

During the talk, he said: “My career choices happened through a series of mishaps that led to me becoming an antiques expert.”

Dorset Echo: Paul Atterbury gives talk at Wey Valley Academy

At the end of the talk, Atterbury invited students to ask any questions they had in relation to his career or pursuing similar job pathways. A group of Year 10 students also prepared questions in advance of the talk.

One student said: “This talk has inspired me to consider different career opportunities and I would like to become a journalist for the BBC.”

Mark Chutter, Head of Performing Arts and Teaching and Learning Challenge Lead at Wey Valley Academy added: "The talk by Paul Atterbury was inspiring as it had a real impact on the students who are currently choosing their Year 10 work experience options.

“Atterbury gave some extremely useful advice to get into local industries - get that experience and you will learn about your chosen profession.

“Our thanks to Paul Atterbury for delivering a session that really did deepen the insight of our students within the antiques world and journalism at the BBC.”