Lord Mayor of London Visit to CoLA

THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON VISITS THE CITY OF LONDON ACADEMY (SOUTHWARK)

The Lord Mayor of London with students, honoured guests, Principal, Richard Bannister and staff

Students from the City of London Academy (Southwark) were honoured by a visit from the Lord Mayor of London.

The Lord Mayor of London, only the second female Lord Mayor in 800 years, visited students from Years 7 and 8 to enlighten them about the important role of the Lord Mayor and the ceremonial regalia and swords used at official engagements.

The Lord Mayor of London speaking to students with Richard Bannister, Principal

The Lord Mayor of London was joined by her team, including Sheriff Adrian Waddingham CBE, who introduced students to the ceremonial sword and its purpose at official engagements, before inviting students to hold the sword for all to see. 

Sheriff Adrian Waddingham CBE addressing students and honoured guests

The Lord Mayor of London emphasised the strong link held between the City of London Academy (Southwark) and the City of London, stating: “At the City of London, we recognise the importance of our relationship with the Academy. Through our ‘Working Together’ programme, we develop partnerships that create unique learning opportunities and experiences for students in Southwark and across London.”

The Lord Mayor went on to emphasise the importance of education for today’s students, with particular emphasis on science related subjects, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  The Lord Mayor also discussed the role women play in major projects in London, including female engineers working on the Cross Rail project.

The Lord Mayor of London recounted a discussion with John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York and Britain’s first black Archbishop, in which said that he hoped one day he would like to see the first female Archbishop speaking to a black Lord Mayor of London.

The City of London Academy (Southwark) Choir Entertaining Guests and Students

The Lord Mayor of London and honoured guests were entertained by an excellent selection of songs by the City of London Academy (Southwark) singers, followed by an intense question and answer session with students.  The Lord Mayor answered questions ranging from her role as global ambassador for UK based financial and business services to her position as an energy lawyer and finally to how Ms Woolf finances her year as Lord Mayor, which is an unpaid position.

Richard Bannister, Principal said “We are delighted that the Lord Mayor of London visited our Academy.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the Lord Mayor’s  presentation, in particular the story of the ceremonial sword, and our students asked the Lord Mayor some searching questions about her role as the Lord Mayor of London.  We feel privileged to be part of the City of London Corporation and able to enjoy the strong links and partnership with this prestigious Institution.

Head Boy, Joshua McBride and Head Girl, Kyla Quinlivan thank the Lord Mayor of London and honoured guests for visiting the City of London Academy (Southwark) and lead the students to a rousing three cheers

Chair of Governors, William Fraser OBE, thanked the Lord Mayor of London for her visit to the City of London Academy (Southwark), after which Head Boy, Josh McBride, and Head Girl, Kyla Quinlivan, led the students to a rousing three cheers for the Lord Mayor of London  and her entourage, before leaving the Academy.

The Lord Mayor of London and Sheriff with Head Boy, Joshua McBride and Head Girl, Kyla Quinlivan

The Lord Mayor of London and Sheriff with Chair of Governors, Mr William Fraser OBE, Principal, Richard Bannister and Head Boy and Head Girl

Head Boy, Joshua McBride talking with Sheriff, Adrian Waddingham CBE