By Lily, Upper Sixth Form

‘For all the difficult days, I would do it all again.’ This week the Downside Sixth Form had the privilege of listening to Chief Constable Andy Marsh QPM, Chief Executive Officer of the College of Policing. 

Andy Marsh was Chief Officer for 15 years. He first joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary as a recruit in 1987 where he delved into detective roles and helped reshape the way in which crime was investigated.

His inspiring talk navigated its way through his personal experience as a policeman, how he made a difference within the force and how we as individuals can do the same in our circumstances.

During his lecture CC Marsh highlighted the need to continue to boost inclusion – something that resonated with the Sixth Form. Inclusion is a trait which should be intrinsic within all of us and is especially valued within the Downside Community. He spoke about how inclusion has entwined itself throughout his career and helped inspire him and many others around him. He talked about how megatrends have positively and negatively influenced the police and he shared some examples of how he helped to lead change through the use of big data within the force. 

This lecture energised the Sixth Form to think how we can share in Andy Marsh’s commitment to compassion and high standards to effect change through our lives.’

Sixth Former Lily is JUO and Head of the Downside CCF and also participates in the Downside St Teresa Community and fund raising for Help for Homeless.