Falmouth School recently had a visit from the new deputy lieutenant for Cornwall, Floyd Steadman OBE.

Mr Steadman, a highly regarded figure, delivered three inspiring assemblies to all year groups, including Sixth Form students.

He openly narrated his life journey, from his childhood in care, becoming the first black captain of Saracens Rugby Club, overcoming numerous prejudices, to ultimately becoming a headteacher.

Mr Steadman spoke candidly about his experiences with discrimination.

"I was judged on one thing, and one thing only: the colour of my skin," he highlighted.

His addresses were centred on overcoming discrimination, challenging unconscious bias and the importance of empathy and understanding.

He challenged students to review their own unconscious bias and urged them to communicate more to break down barriers.

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After sharing his experience of being recognised with an OBE and his recent appointment as deputy to the lord mayor of Cornwall, Mr Steadman discussed his intentions for supporting a more compassionate society.

In addition to his engaging speeches, Mr Steadman conducted a Q&A session for students, providing an opportunity to pose thoughtful and sensitive questions.

Many students seized the chance to seek advice personally from Mr Steadman.

Deputy headteacher, Jacob Price, said: "Falmouth School was honoured to host Mr Floyd Steadman, whose impactful talk left a lasting impression on both students and staff.

"His powerful message on challenging unconscious bias resonated deeply with our students, inspiring thoughtful reflection and some deep discussion.

"We are immensely grateful to Mr Steadman for his generosity in sharing his experiences."

Mr Steadman described his visit as a pleasure: "The students were so focused on, and a credit to the school and their families.

"The questions they asked me were both challenging and thought provoking.

"I want all the students to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams".

Completing his visit on a memorable note, Mr Steadman presented Falmouth School with two signed copies of his book A Week One Summer.

The autobiography, forward written by England and British Lions rugby player, Maro Itoje, will surely serve as another source of inspiration for Falmouth's students.