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The Webber Independent welcome Alistair Patrick-Heselton, Paralympic Silver Medallist to deliver life skills workshop

08 March 2017


The Living for Sport initiative, delivered through Sky Sports and in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, is designed to help young people develop valuable skills that will help them in and outside of school.

The programme explores the six keys to success through interactive discussion and games; it focuses on building skills through using various learning techniques, and is delivered by mentors like Alistair that have had experience in sport and overcoming adversity.

The six keys to success are:

1.      Mental toughness

2.      Hunger to achieve

3.      People skills

4.      Sports and life knowledge

5.      Breaking barriers

6.      Planning for success

The interactive skills based training, which put the theory session into practice, demonstrated to our young people that through the use of problem-solving, communication and people skills they could achieve success of their shared goals. The interactive games challenged perceptions and taught our students to overcome frustrations and challenges.


Alistair Patrick-Heselton describes what it was like working with our students: 

'I’m always enthusiastic to work with The Webber Independent, it’s a great school and the groups are very diverse and excellent to work with. I’m amazed at the difference in perspectives, but the students always come together to work towards one common goal.’


Speaking about the initiative, Mrs Hilary Marsden, Headmistress, said:

“Through working with powerful mentors like Mr Patrick-Heselton, it gives our students the opportunity to learn from those who have overcome considerable adversity.

The Living for Sport initiative is a great programme that inspires and enriches the learning experience of our young people. By complimenting the curriculum with activities that focus on life and employability skills, it gives our students the best chance of succeeding in their ambitions.”




We asked our students what they gained from the day, here's what they said.

What's the most important piece of information you'll take with you today?

‘It’s always good to plan and never give up’ Sam G

‘It's good to communicate with your team’ Elizabeth B

‘Always listen to what others have to say’ Amaya S

‘Be confident in yourself’ Jaanvi K


How would you describe today?

‘It was a fun, active day’ Sophie S


What was your favourite part of the day?

‘The zombie game was fun because we learned to work together and plan’ Ruby R


About The Webber Independent School

The Webber Independent School was founded in 1987 and is one of the county’s leading independent co-educational day schools for 3 to 18 year olds.  Conveniently located in central Milton Keynes, the school offers a varied National Curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Its focus on high quality teaching, excellent pastoral care and integration of the latest methods in education, has seen the school achieve outstanding results and inspection reports. The school achieved 100% A*-C grades at A Level in 2016, with all students securing their first choice university. The Webber Independent School is rated 5* by the


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For further information on the Living for Sport initiative, please visit 

For background information on Alistair and why he became a mentor, please visit

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