BAE workers visit Portsmouth school to challenge gender stereotypes

Pictured is: (middle) Robert Pressley, managing director of Angela Coaches and Paula Roe, managing director of Angela Holidays, with David Spencer's daughters (left) Elizabeth Pritchard (46), (right) Vicky Spencer (36) and her daughter Adriana Daborn (3).  Picture: Sarah Standing (170508-219)

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STUDENTS were challenged to reconsider their perceptions about gender stereotypes by a couple of BAE Systems workers.

Lisa Sherlock, a senior commercial officer for BAE in Portsmouth, and Jim French, the Type 45 destroyer head of support operations, visited Mayfield School in Portsmouth to dispel common misconceptions that girls are always better at English and boys are better at 
maths.

Lisa said: ‘It was a fantastic opportunity to work with the students and talk about the relevance of maths in my role as senior commercial officer and my career to date.’

Jim added: ‘The students were attentive and well-mannered and made us feel very welcome.’

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