Comedy star returns to college


Radio students getting ready for their weekly broadcast with Tom Deacon

His career spans BBC Radio 1, Capital FM and planning a national tour, but comedian Tom Deacon returned to his roots at his former sixth form for one day to inspire the next generation.

Our A Level and Vocational students packed out the college lecture theatre to receive an inspiring talk from the comedian about his journey from college to a successful career in the media.

The former Cantell School pupil has spent the last nine years as a stand-up comedian and radio presenter since studying Sociology, Modern History and Performing Arts A Levels at Barton Peveril before gaining a degree in drama at the University of Exeter.

He told students stories of how he got to where he is today, and offered advice and guidance to get into the industry. His top tips? “Get up, show up and take every opportunity you are given. Network with people, be nice and absorb yourself in stuff you wouldn’t necessarily choose.”

Tom Deacon giving a guest lecture

17-year old A Level Student Rhys Blanchard from Calmore attended the event and is working towards a career in Broadcast Journalism. He said: “speaking to someone who’s made it within the media industry is amazing. It’s even more motivating to know that students from Barton Peveril go on and do great things.”

The auditorium audience were then able to ask questions before Tom headed to the college radio studios to support 25 students with their weekly broadcast on Unity 101 FM.

Adrian Waters, Director of Media, Culture and Technology at Barton Peveril said: “Having former students like Tom Deacon return to college is such a valuable experience for the next generation. His support at this event dovetails our teaching and learning to ensure that our students are accessing advice and guidance direct from industry which will inspire their future career plans.”

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