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Dauntsey’s pupils get up close to MI6


Photograph shows: Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, meets Dauntsey’s pupils

Pupils from Dauntsey’s had a brush with MI6 last week when they met Sir John Sawers GCMG, the former chief of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. Sir John’s talk, entitled “Order and Disorder - a Group-Political Outlook”, was the latest in the School’s Mercers’ lecture series.

During his talk, Sir John provided an insightful analysis of the current world situation and the role intelligence has to play. Prior to the lecture, Sir John met a group of sixth form pupils for an informal discussion about the workings of MI6 and world security. During his time at MI6, Sir John modernised the Service and led it through major changes in operations, technology, and public accountability. His talk drew on his experience in managing the most challenging foreign and security policy issues of the last 20 years, including the rise of China, the evolution of Russia, the threat of terrorism and cyber-attack, the changes in the Middle East, and the nuclear negotiations in Iran.

Alice Walton-Knight, Upper Sixth Form pupil, Dauntsey’s said:
“Sir John provided a fascinating, if slightly perturbing, review of world events and impressed us all with his ability to answer any question and recall specific details on a wide range of topics.

“His final message, that we can and must face up to new challenges in this century, was both inspiring and thought provoking.”

The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542.

Forthcoming Mercers’ Lecture at Dauntsey’s:
- 25th April 2017, Jeremy Bowen – Reporting on Conflict. Jeremy has been the BBC’s Middle East Editor since August 2005. Since taking up this role he has, amongst other things, led the coverage of the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ and the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, for which BBC News was awarded an International Emmy.

All lectures commence at 7.30pm and will be held in either the Memorial Hall or the new Pavilion; please check on the School website on the day of the event - www.dauntseys.org

Everyone is welcome to the Lectures and entry is free, but please reserve your seats online by completing our simple booking forms at:
http://www.dauntseys.org/school-calendar/mercers-lectures-2016---2017/mercers-lectures-online-bookings-2016
or by contacting the School on 01380 814500.

For further information about Dauntsey’s School, go to www.dauntseys.org or follow us on Twitter at Dauntsey’s@DauntseysSchool




Published: March 15 2017

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