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Celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale visits ESJ

Posted: 17th October 2017

A Twitter campaign sought to find a school which has been on a rapid journey of improvement, with students whose self-esteem needed boosting.

Epping St John’s School Executive Headteacher Allan Osborne and colleagues set about convincing the TV star their school should be chosen.

The power of social media worked – and Lorraine spent a day at the school, talking to students about confidence and self-belief, as well as her life as a model and baker.

The visit came in the week the school’s transformation was confirmed with a Progress 8 score showing students at the school make above the expected levels of progress.

ESJ Lorraine Pascale and sixth form

Mr Osborne said: “Lorraine gave a five-point presentation on listening to your inner voice which tells you positive things. She told students to keep humble and to stay positive and congratulated the school on our transformation.

“She loved the energy and enthusiasm of our sixth form students, as well as the harmonious, family ethos of the school.

“It’s wonderful for our school to get this national recognition for its achievements.”

After the visit, Lorraine turned once again to Twitter and said: “Lovely to meet the inspiring pupils of Epping St John’s Sixth Form. I’m humbled by their persistence and success. See you again!”

ESJ Lorraine Pascale  ESJ Lorraine Pascale and Allan Osborne

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