Former head of MI5 visits Portsmouth school

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A FORMER spy chief paid a visit to a school to help celebrate the success and achievements of students.

Portsmouth Grammar School welcomed the Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, who is the former director general of the Security Service (MI5).

Pupils, parents and staff were celebrating the success and achievements of the last academic year, with more than 200 awards being handed out at Portsmouth Cathedral.

Eliza Manningham-Buller worked as an English teacher before embarking on a career in intelligence.

She was director general of the Security Service from 2002 until her retirement in 2007.

She served as an officer for 33 years, specialising in international and domestic counter-terrorism.

Speaking to the students, she said: ‘In your careers I hope you find a job with the same rewards as me.

‘Not from salary or recognitions but from trying to help people, from working with teams that try their very best to protect people and to make a difference to the world we live in.’

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