Like father like son
A talented father-son duo inspired students at Alton College with an informative and engaging question and answer session.
ITN newscaster and journalist Alastair Stewart OBE and his son Freddie Stewart, Alton College alumnus and a former Bedales School pupil, spoke to students in the Wessex Arts Theatre on campus.
Freddie attended Alton College from 2009-2011 and studied A-levels in English Literature, photography and business studies, but it was the latter course which really piqued his interests, inspiring him to launch a highly-successful horse business, Bramble Equine.
The session began with a buffet lunch with a small group of students, Freddie’s student support manager, director of learning Jon Myers and vice principal for curriculum and quality Sara Russell in the Wessex Arts café bar.
The marketing officers for the Student Union Ali Bayliss, previously at Perins School, and Freyja Barnard, previously at Eggar’s School, attended and Freyja live tweeted the event from the Student Union twitter account @altoncollegesu.
Molly Heap, previously at Perins School and a keen member of the Alton College Showjumping Team, spoke to Freddie about his international showjumping successes.
Kyra Gorham, previously at Kings International College for Business and the Arts, is a budding journalist for the Alton College Alternative Magazine, Luke Bateman and Elliott Williams previously at Amery Hill School, both keen dramatists, and Rebecca Quinlan, previously Frensham Heights School and Lily McAuley, previously at Weydon School, both members of Alton College Bar Mock Trial team, also attended the lunch. Media student George Garner, previously at Frensham Heights School, filmed the session in the theatre.
Later on Twitter, Alastair explained to his 23,000 followers: “We had a great time at a terrific College, with delightful and bright young people. Few better ways to spend a lunchtime,” while Freddie said it had been an ‘absolute pleasure’ to visit such a ‘great place’ where he had ‘very fond memories’.
Alastair is the longest-serving newsreader on British television. He studied economics and politics at the University of Bristol and was an active member of the National Union of Students.
The next planned talk will be from Yvette Cooper, Labour Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley, who studied at the college after leaving Eggar’s School, followed by another alumnus, Ranil Jayawardena, Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, in March.
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