Funny and fascinating Shaa lecture grips pupils

Sixth form pupils welcomed inspirational speaker Emma Cole into the school for the second Shaa lecture. 

This programme of talks and follow up sessions with pastoral staff forms an integral part of the pastoral curriculum and is designed to help equip our pupils with the knowledge to successfully navigate the challenges of life.

Emma, who was diagnosed HIV positive in 1991, spends time speaking to schools and groups via her ‘Positive Voice’ talks which document how she lives with the condition and how it changed her life.


In the 25 years since her diagnosis she has raised awareness of HIV/AIDS and challenged many preconceptions, alongside reinforcing the importance of safety in sex and relationships education.

Commenting on the lecture head of sixth form Mr David Stone said: “Emma was funny, honest and fascinating to listen to whilst addressing a very serious issue. The pupils asked her a number of insightful questions as they learnt more about a subject that is sometimes taboo.”

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