School Set To Welcome Times Sports Writer to Lecture on The Science of Success

The School invites members of the local community to join them for a lecture by Matthew Syed, Sports Feature writer for The Times, who will be speaking on The Science of Success. As part of a series of Sixth Form Lectures, the talk will take place in the Schools Arts Centre on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at 7.00pm.

Matthew  Syed graduated from Oxford University in 1995 with a prize-winning first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  His first book Bounce, published in April 2010, has been described as one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking books about sport ever written. Matthew is currently a columnist and feature writer for The Times.  He has won numerous prizes for his writing including Sports Journalist of the Year and Sports Feature Writer of the Year.

Before becoming a writer Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade and three-times Commonwealth Champion. In addition to writing, Matthew also commentates on sport for the BBC and Eurosport. His film for the BBC, China and Table Tennis, won bronze medal at the Olympic Golden Rings ceremony in Lausanne. Matthew was one of the co-founders of TTK Greenhouse, a charity which empowers youngsters through sport and which currently supports more than 10,000 young people on 31 full-time school programmes.

Philip Wood, Head of Sixth Form, explained, Our Sixth Form students are preparing questions for Matthew who will answer them whilst giving a red hot table tennis demonstration!

Since this event is also open to members of the local community, to reserve a place, contact Doris Taylor on 01691 626541 or email

22nd February 2012  Back to News