Pupils told they can be the best

An international motivational speaker has given a talk to 60 students about being the best you can be.

Gavin Ingham drew on his life experiences to challenge One In A Million Free School’s Year 9 students to be a 10 – where, on a scale, zero is having a totally wrong attitude and 10 is always striving for success.

He told them about how he was 10 when his father died and he eventually realised this tragic event caused his underperformance through school.

At the age of 18, Gavin decided he would not make excuses for himself any more and would achieve to the best of his ability.

As a result, he became a Metropolitan Police officer before moving on to be extremely successful in sales. Eventually he chose to become a full time motivational speaker majoring on mental toughness. Gavin now inspires people around the world.


The students said they valued the talk, which took place on March 15. A Year 9 pupil told Gavin: “You were always at a 10 and made me believe I am at a 10.”

One In A Million Free School principal Jez Stockill said: “Gavin captivated our young people and, like a good storyteller, drew them in with his humour and then hit them with a high dose of wisdom.

“His stories are engaging and relevant to young people. You just know your students walked out of the room better for having listened to Gavin.”

A second student added: “The talk motivated me to believe in myself and do well in the future.”

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