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15 October

OV Historian Speaks to Sixth Form

Many thanks to OV Andrew Reekes (Ch 64-69), who spoke with the King’s Sixth Form historians on Monday 11 October 2021.

Joining Head of History and Politics Emmah Ferguson and History teacher Tom Sharp (Hon OV), Andrew talked to the pupils about the relationship between Churchill and Chamberlain, questioning traditional views of Chamberlain as he did so. Andrew recognised that Churchill was essential to win the war, but also highlighted that, in Andrew’s opinion, Chamberlain’s role had been unfairly recorded. This gave the pupils good food for thought and they found his talk very worthwhile and incredibly enjoyable.

OV Historian Speaks to Sixth Form Andrew Reekes Emmah Ferguson Tom Sharp

Andrew is a published historian, with eight titles to his name, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was formerly Sub Warden at Radley College and in 2019 was asked to speak at The Mayor of Worcester’s Annual Lecture.

Andrew is often seen around School in his pivotal roles as both a Governor and the Chair of the Development Trust, as well as visiting to support pupils with their learning and careers advice. This is not the first time Andrew has generously donated his time to talk to King’s historians; in 2019 he spoke on Churchill and Chamberlain to the then sixth form. The talk then was incredibly well received too, hence the return invitation from Head of History Emmah Ferguson.

OV Historian Speaks to Sixth Form Andrew Reekes

Andrew added, “It was a real pleasure to come back and talk about History and I was made very welcome; I was impressed by the sheer number of A Level historians – the sign of a flourishing department.”