Lower Sixth student Sophie writes:
Bury Grammar School’s third Roger Kay Lecture proved to be another inspirational recount, this time of a career in speech and language therapy, delivered by Old Girl Rebecca Kipping.
Mrs Kipping spoke in detail to her audience of forty enthusiastic pupils about the role speech and language therapists play, her place of work and her current roles within her career.
Mrs Kipping was a Bury Grammar pupil from 1983 to 1995 and, having been inspired by winning a competition to spend a day with a speech and language therapist, went on to study Biology, Psychology and English Language at A Level. From there she attended Manchester Metropolitan University, obtaining a degree in Speech Pathology and Therapy and going on to work in a range of settings. In 2003, she set up an independent practice called ‘The Speech Therapy Centre’ and began working in the NHS for the Neurological Rehabilitation Team in 2011. The pupils enjoyed gaining an insight into Mrs Kipping’s highly active and successful career which encouraged them to consider where their own current interests may lead them in the future.
For many, the most impactful part of the lecture was the introduction of one of Mrs Kipping’s former clients, a lady who had suffered a stroke and was told she would be unable to talk again. The students were moved as the lady addressed the room, talking about her own experience with speech therapy. After learning about speech therapy as a career, it was amazing for the pupils to see the reality of the results.
Jasmine, a Year 12 student, said: "The talk gave me an insight into a possible career path for myself. It was lovely meeting Mrs Kipping’s former client and hearing about her progress which showed me the positive impact of speech therapy."
After a fascinating lecture, Mrs Kipping had many questions from her enthusiastic audience. One pupil queried the varying levels of intensity of treatment depending on the severity of the case while another asked what challenges she had faced in this industry and her future career goals and aspirations.
The pupils left the lecture feeling inspired and more knowledgeable about a career they had previously not heard about, encouraging them to consider a career in speech and language therapy.
The Bury Grammar School Roger Kay Lectures programme invites professionals from a wide variety of industries to deliver lectures to students from Year 7 to Year 13. The aim of this is to encourage students to consider life beyond academia and facilitate their own career decisions higher up the school.
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