June 23, 2023

Councillor visits as part of our recognition of Windrush Generation Day

Every year – on 22nd June – the United Kingdom comes together to celebrate Windrush Generation Day. 

It marks the anniversary of when the Empire Windrush boat first arrived on these shores, bringing individuals from Caribbean countries. 

To mark this important historical event, Sir Jonathan North Girls’ College invited Councillor George Cole into school to speak to some year nine students. 

Born in Jamaica, George moved to the UK in 1964. He left school at 15 with no qualifications, but later studied for a university degree and eventually managed to secure himself a role as a Principal Systems Design Engineer.  

Last year, he became the first black African-Caribbean to be named Lord Mayor of Leicester. 

Enhancing their oracy skills, the students donned their journalistic caps and enjoyed asking questions about his early life and his career so far. He spoke about his experiences of growing up in Leicester during the 1960s and his desire to become a role model for his community. 

"Even though he faced intense discrimination and left school with little qualifications, he still achieved so much,” said student Mia, “it shows me that you can go far in life with the right attitude and self-belief."