Former students return to Wembley school for WOW talk event

Zara Ferjani, Alex Kempson and Mina Bahadur at the event

Zara Ferjani, Alex Kempson and Mina Bahadur at the event - Credit: Archant

A Wembley secondary school invited back former students for an evening of inspiring talks.

Preston Manor School in Carlton Avenue East, hosted their second WOW Talks event, with four former pupils and one sixth form student engaging a hall full of young 15-18 year olds on what inspired them to pursue their dream careers.

Mina Bahadur, now a research assistant at think tank institute Chatham House, Wilfrid Obeng, a Google business associate intern, Zara Ferjani, policy advisor for the government based Office for Life Sciences and Ahir Shah, a stand-up comedian who has a sitcom pilot script currently in development with Channel 4, all returned to take part in the event.

Alex Kempson, a current pupil at the school, who plays the guitar in the theatrical rock band Apocethary also performed for the crowd.

WOW Talks, a multimedia platform has introduced Wow Talks for Schools that uses short structured talks to inspire students from all cultures, backgrounds and academic abilities to identify their talents and follow their aspirations.

Trained student WOW Talks reps run the event themselves.

Preston Manor was the first school in the UK to host their own WOW Talks in November.

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Matthew Lantos, head teacher said: “We experienced WOW Talks and loved the idea of bringing it into schools. After holding our second WOW Talks event at Preston Manor, it is clear that the students are starting to think about new possibilities for their own futures.

“It’s great, the students who run the event are gaining new practical skills and the ones who attend keep asking for the next one.”