On Saturday, as part of their Leavers’ programme, Year 8 spent some time with the incredibly inspiring James Shone.

As both an educator and a parent himself, James now tours the country speaking to both parents, staff and children about his experience using the message ‘I Can & I Am.’ His aim is to inspire confidence in everyone, enabling them to know who they are and what they are able to do, rather than focusing on what they are unable do.

James’ story is extremely powerful – following a 16 year teaching career and having been offered a job as Headmaster, James was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Following 27 hours of brain surgery James unfortunately lost the majority of his sight.  James did not give up fighting and using his positive attitude to life, he was determined to use these setbacks to inspire and encourage others.

Year 8 were completely gripped by James’ story and the focus on growth mindset, hope and belonging. A strong message for our senior pupils who are very much thinking about the next stage of their educational journey and all that lies ahead. At Lambrook we aim to equip and empower our children with the confidence to understand and navigate the ever-increasing challenges of the world in which they live and we hope that our pupils, like James Shone, will also go on to make a difference to others in all that they do both now and in the future.

“Mr Shone spoke about his experience with cancer and how being yourself is the best option.” Zak, Year 8

Year 8 then had the privilege of being able to ask James some questions:


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