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Year 8 pupils at Sharples School were lucky enough to listen to a talk by highly esteemed Dame Camila Batmanghelidjh, CEO of Kids Company and The Place 2 Be. Dame Camila explained why she set up the charities which work with traumatised young people, and how the human brain develops when children are neglected. Pupils were then invited to ask questions, which Dame Camila answered making the topic very accessible and understandable to its young audience. Headteacher Rachel Quesnel said ‘we are delighted and grateful that Dame Camila made the five hour journey from London to visit our school. It was truly awe-inspiring listening to her talk about her experiences. She is an exceptional role model to all our pupils, and emphasised the need for tolerance and respect for those who have difficult lives and who are less fortunate than ourselves’.

Pupils will follow up the session by discussing the issues raised and writing thank you letters to Dame Camila.