16 May 2017:
Staff and students from Saint Paul’s were delighted to welcome the renowned historian and broadcaster, Mike Wood, to the school.
Mike Wood is one of the country’s best loved historians. He is a regular face on our TV screens and has presented numerous well-known television documentary series; he is also the author of numerous best-selling history books. Mike grew up in Wythenshawe attending Benchill Primary School.
Mike came into run a session with some Year 9 and 10 students as a reward session. He spoke about opportunities within history, media and film making.
As a long time practitioner of public history, Mike is keen to help schoolchildren and their teachers to link what they learn in school to contemporary issues at home and abroad. He showed the students clips from his historical investigations that do not necessarily get to covered in lessons. Some of these included the history of Manchester and Incas in Peru.
Miss Emmeline Nathan, History Teacher at Saint Paul’s, commented: “The students responded well and were excited to consider work within film making and discussing studying history at university. It was an honour to have such a prestigious guest at school with our students.”
Mr Tony Billings, Executive Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s said: “Mike Wood is one of the UK's leading public historians. He has had a huge popular impact, and we are delighted that such a respected scholar was able to take the time out to talk to our students.”