INDUSTRY professional Ann Mroz spoke to Passmores Academy students about her experience as a journalist on March 22.
The talk was part of Passmores’ student leadership day, an event held at Harlow College, to highlight the work ethic of the school’s 100 student leaders.
Headteacher Vic Goddard said: “Often they are the sorts of young people that are overlooked in schools. We get lots of opportunities for those that are ‘hard to reach’ or about to be excluded.
“So to offer them something that’s unique for them, just to say ‘we recognise you’, I think that’s important.”
Although the headteacher lead the Q&A with Ann, students were given the opportunity to ask their own questions.
Ann, editor of Times Educational Supplement, said: “They always ask the best questions. I mean the questions, as an adult, you’d be frightened to ask. ‘How much do you earn?’, that was the best question. I mean I wasn’t going to answer it, but it’s a good question.”
She added: “I think teenagers get a really bad press. Everyone going ‘they only talk in grunts’ and ‘they don’t say anything sensible’.
“I think they’re wonderful. I mean they’re really good and we should be proud of our young people.”
Students were given a Harlow College goody bag, filled with pens and prospectus’ for the college, to commemorate the day.