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The Governor of the Bank of England visits The Marvell College

28th June 2017

On Friday 28th April 2017 The Marvell College welcomed a very special guest into the school. Mark Carney who is The Governor of The Bank of England came to the school to speak to the students about ‘Bridging the Gap’ and having high aspirations. He arrived at The Marvell College with his colleagues from the Yorkshire Agency of the Bank of England, who had played a key role in organising the visit. He met staff and students throughout his visit and was treated to an exclusive performance of The Marvell College Rock Challenge dance.

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Mr Carney arrived in the morning and was welcomed by Mr Leech and Mr Cooper (Head Teacher). He then met a number of students from The Marvell College and St Mary’s College and spent some time speaking to students about their studies and their aspirations for the future. The Head Teacher then formally welcomed The Governor to the school and following this the rest of the visit was then led by students. The Head Boy and Head Girl alongside their deputies then escorted Mr Carney and his delegates around the school site and into the Sports Hall for the Rock Challenge performance. It was here where Mr Carney was blown away by the powerful message the dancers portrayed. The dance is based around the difficulties young people face, especially around mental health and body image issues. Mr Carney in a letter to the Head Teacher said “I very much enjoyed learning more about Marvell, especially seeing the extraordinary musical, dance and literary talents that your students have”.

Mr Carney was then taken to the auditorium where he spoke to a packed out audience about his own experiences in education and giving them an insight and advice around being aspirational when thinking about future careers and jobs. At the end of the talk students were given the opportunity to ask questions to The Governor and he later said that he was “A little awed by the toughness of the questioning”. As we were representing the city of Hull it was decided that before The Governor set off back to London, Mr Cooper and Charlie Langdon (Y10 – Student Council) would present him with a signed Hull KR ball and a signed Hull FC shirt, which represented both sides of the city. We have now been informed by someone in the Bank of England that his Hull FC shirt takes pride of place over the mantelpiece in his offices in London.

The Marvell College would like to thank Governor Carney and his team of local Bank of England colleagues for what was an unforgettable and inspirational experience for all involved.

More details of the work of the Bank of England Yorkshire Agency can be found by following this link or the Agency’s own Twitter handle -  or  @BoEYorkshire




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