Launching the Fellowship Programme

One of our Fellows, publisher Lorna Howarth, said her career had been driven by some wise words of advice from her father:  "Learn to recognise when the doors of opportunity open for you, and have the courage to walk through them."

Last Friday, as well as celebrating the school's opening, Route 39 Academy officially launched its Fellowship Programme. The programme was founded a year ago to broaden the horizons of the students, stretch their understanding of the world and give them mentors to guide and inspire. Our Fellows come from all walks of life but are connected by one attribute; they all work hard and are passionate about what they do.
Twelve of the Fellows were present at the ceremony. Chris Hines MBE, former Director of Sustainability at The Eden Project and Founder of Surfers Against Sewage, delivered an address. The Fellows then spent the afternoon discussing their careers and areas of speciality with the students.

David Savage, who is a furniture designer from Shebbear said, “Showing children different career paths will give them freedom, and encourage them to be more creative and find their passions. Ultimately it will help to set them up in business and employment.”

Every Fellow has agreed to spend time annually with the students. We are very grateful to the Fellows who attended on Friday and look forward to welcoming them back to the school.

For more information on our Fellowship Programme, please see our dedicated webpage.