Journalist tells students to ‘follow your dreams’

Shuttleworth students listen to Kerry-Anne Mendoza
Shuttleworth students listen to Kerry-Anne Mendoza

A leading journalist returned to Shuttleworth College to inspire students to strive for their dreams.

The Canary’s Editor-in-Chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza first came to the Padiham school last September for BBC Radio Four’s Any Questions?

The writer, journalist and social commentator talked to students about her life and career.

Teacher Annita Boucher said: “Kerry-Anne got involved with all years, talking to the students about what inspired her to try and make social and political changes.

“She wants to empower young people and get them to think critically about what newspapers publish and be more informed about social and political life.”

Kerry-Anne, whose grandfather came to Bristol in the 1950s from the Caribbean and faced hostility, said: “It’s a privilege to spend time with students. They are at an age where they are uncertain about themselves and what they want to do but I want to tell them they can do anything, no matter where you come from.

"Whatever your background, you can achieve great things – children should follow their dreams and not be deterred.”

Year 8 pupil Emily Clarkson said: “It was interesting hearing Kerry-Anne talking about how everyone should be treated as equal and how you should respect everyone’s views.”

Student Faith Simpson also said: “I want to be a journalist and this has inspired me even more. Kerry-Anne was very strong on treating everyone the same, showing respect and following your dreams.”

Cameron Tulloch added: "Kerry-Anne has definitely made me think about following a career in journalism."