Andy inspired students, who are aiming to gain a place at Oxbridge with his own personal story. He told them and some of their parents that after graduating he harboured ambitions to be a social worker, but he was turned down by Birmingham City Council. He was also turned down for the Marks and Spencer scheme. Andy thus started his career at the John Lewis Partnership in 1985 as a trainee.
After roles in department stores, head office and manufacturing units, Andy became managing director of John Lewis Milton Keynes in 1993, moving to the same role at Bluewater five years later. In 2000 he became supply chain director and then, two years later, director of personnel. He became managing director in 2007 and, during his tenure at the top, oversaw a 50% increase in gross sales to over £4.4bn, a doubling in the number of stores and the growth of the company’s online sales department, in spite of the great recession.
In keeping with the theme of aspiration and using what we have been given to the very best of our ability, the head teacher read to the students the parable of ‘The Talents’ from The Gospel of Matthew.
Andy and the Head teacher spoke about the importance of developing Character and in particular he told students to learn from their setbacks and develop ‘resilience’. Andy Street said ‘Broadway is a brilliant school’.
Head teacher Mr Skelton says he believes that the purpose of education is to develop good character.
“At Broadway, for ten years, we have been working on developing our curriculum and an exceptional extracurricular programme. Our values of: Generosity, Inclusivity, Aspiration, Appreciation, Generosity, Integrity, Optimism, Inclusivity and Respect permeate all that we do. We have not permanently excluded a student in five years, our students progress is in the top 20% of schools nationally and our student attendance is 97%.”