Students entertained by music star

Students entertained by music star

A musical theme with issues on Discrimination, Radicalisation & British Values were in order as Rich Cottell, a musician and songwriter from Devon met with Year 8, 9 and 10 students at the Wey Valley School in Weymouth.  As part of the schools’ Personal, Social, Health and Economic course, over 500 students took part in the sessions including opportunities to sing on stage with Rich Cottell.


Mrs Pat Fisher, Head of PSHE at Wey Valley said, ‘the students really enjoyed the sessions with some great performances on stage. Our student’s knowledge on these important issues have been reinforced by the support of Mr Cottell – a really positive way of learning when it comes from a young person similar to themselves.’

Mrs Fisher added, ‘At the end of the performance our students were able to get his autograph and they all came out from the session buzzing about how good he was.’

Rich Cottell is a singer/songwriter from Devon. Describing his music as feel good indie pop – with a ‘life is just wonderful’ vibe, Rich’s personality is a perfect match for his music. Before performing to big crowds, Rich used to teach music to pupils in schools all over Devon. Since then he has supported some major artists including The Wanted and Conor Maynard.

Danny Jones, in Year 8 said, ‘His chat on discrimination was really good, I learnt a lot from it’.  Khara Chapman also in Year 8 said ‘I understood more about radicalisation coming from him because he is young like us’.

Ms Sara Adams, Acting Principal at Wey Valley, added, ‘I would like to thank Mr Cottell for his visit to Wey Valley.   The sessions were very informative but also creative and fun with many of our students taking part.  We have a really good PSHE programme to ensure our students become well- rounded individuals with  a broad understanding of current affairs and issues. Our students have come away more knowledgeable on these important subjects.