TV presenter, broadcaster and historian Dan Snow formally opened Acton High’s sixth form department.

The opening ceremony, on Wednesday (October 15), included choral, jazz and piano performances by students of the school in Gunnersbury Lane.

The presenter, who has a regular history slot on BBC’s The One Show , led a question and answer session with 50 A Level, GCSE and Key Stage three history students and quizzed them on the influence of the First World War on the twentieth century, the lessons that the origins and endings of historical conflicts can teach us about the modern world, the development of Russia as a world power, and the male bias in traditional historical study.

 

Headteacher Andy Sievewright said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Mr Snow to Acton High School to officially open our sixth form.

“The development of the Greer Centre into a fully-equipped sixth form has been a significant milestone in the history of the school, and we are grateful to the local authority for providing the funding and support that helped us complete this development.

“Ever since the centre opened, I have been very impressed by the way our sixth form students have embraced the opportunities presented to them. Mr Snow’s visit was another inspiring event for students, who enjoyed hearing his extremely enlightening and entertaining comments on some of the issues and actions that have shaped, and continue to shape, the world around them.”