AN INSPIRATIONAL Pride of Britain award winner has told secondary school students in Rugby about his past and how he turned his life around.
Hezron Brown spent a day at Rugby Free Secondary School (RFSS) speaking to students and staff about his life experiences, as part of the school’s Personal Development ‘Set for Life’ Curriculum.
Students from Bilton School and Ashlawn School were also invited to join the audience.
RFSS headteacher Samirah Roberts said: “Hezron had a difficult start in life and was completely disengaged with education. He became part of a criminal gang but with the right support, he turned his life around and is now a role model and motivational speaker for young people across the country.
“At RFSS we are passionate about safeguarding and committed to supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing. Hezron talked to all our students about his life and the risks of child criminal exploitation.
“We want him to help our children understand the risks, recognise the signs of grooming and know where to access support both in school and in the community. He also shared his story with staff and talked to them about what signs to look out for to support children at risk.”
Brenda Mullen, CEO of the Learning Today Leading Tomorrow Trust which runs RFSS, said: “We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and are aware of the influences that can impact on children’s lives. We have a duty to prepare children for the next stage of their lives, and that includes knowing how to keep safe and make great choices.
“We are lucky to have a visit from Hezron, and Miss Roberts invited staff and students from other schools across the town to benefit from this occasion.”
Wayne Rabin from the RFSS Parent/Carer Advisory Board added: “Hezron is a brilliant role model. He’s inspiring others through his work as a Prince’s Trust ambassador and I’m sure that it’ll show our students just how much they can achieve with determination and self belief.”