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On Friday 12th December 2014, the Year 11, 12 and 13 Business and Maths students were treated to a special talk by guest speaker Sir Stuart Rose.  

Sir Stuart spent an hour with the students in what was a truly enthralling assembly, talking about his career to date and he offered some words of wisdom for the students for their life after studies, saying that ‘50% of life is planned, the other 50% is down to others decisions’ and that ‘all doors are opportunities, unless they have man traps’. 

Sir Stuart is well known for being the former executive chairman of Marks and Spencer’s and is regarded as the ‘saviour of M&S’ and has also had successful spells as CEO at the Arcadia Group, Argos and the Burton Group. The 65 year old is currently the chairman of grocery retailer Ocado, and has also been an advisor to the Government in recent months, to help them with the running of the NHS. He was knighted in 2008 for his services to the retail industry and he has proved to be one of the UK’s most successful businessman. 
At the end of the talk, Sir Stuart conducted a question and answer session with the students, who posed some intriguing questions which included asking Sir Stuart on his thoughts on the BBC One programme ‘The Apprentice’, the NHS and the Chairman of TopShop Philip Green as well as an insight into his personal beliefs, one of which was ‘don’t plan ahead, the world is planned’. 
Head of Business Studies at The Harefield Academy, Amanda Shaw, said that it was “A unique and informative opportunity allowing students to gain a valuable insight into a great man’s life.” 
The Harefield Academy thanks Sir Stuart Rose for his time on Friday 12th December, in what proved to be a special talk for all students involved and motivated them not only to keep up the hard word in their studies but also to take risks in life. 
Article by Year 13 Student Bradley Hayden.