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News: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire gives talk to our High Pavement Students

High Sheriff of Nottingham presenting to A Level students at High Pavement Sixth Form
High Sheriff of Nottingham presenting to A Level students at High Pavement Sixth Form.

Over 100 of our A Level students at High Pavement were given the opportunity to hear from the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire today at our High Pavement sixth-form campus.

High Sheriff Paul Southby, who is also partner at the Nottingham office of law firm Geldards and a former regional director of the CBI, spoke about the history of the role and the duties it involves.

The historic position of High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire has roots going back all the way to Saxon times in 1068 and High Sheriff Southby is the 458th Sheriff to be appointed in the county. The role is royally appointed and is the King’s judicial representative in Nottinghamshire.

Although now largely ceremonial, historically the role was the principal law enforcement officer in the county and is famously associated with the mythological figure of Robin Hood. 

At the talk, students were afforded the opportunity to have an insightful look into the life of the historic role as he talked through his duties and experiences he has had in his time as High Sheriff with a question and answer session.

High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Paul Southby, said:

It was great to meet the students and talk to them about my experiences as High Sheriff and my professional career in Law. My advice to them is to be ambitious and focus on a goal, whatever that is — if you are focused on your dreams and go for it you really can achieve it. 

For example in the Law industry, in the past, you had to go down to London to progress in the industry and gain the experience needed to progress, but now there are many opportunities in Nottinghamshire to get into the legal sector and you can build some really good experience and knowledge by staying locally 

Paul Southby — High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire

A Level student, Fleur Loxley, 17, commented:

It was really interesting to hear from the high sheriff. It’s nice to learn things in different ways and hear from new people because it keeps our subjects exciting. 

Fleur Loxley — A Level Student at High Pavement Sixth Form

Head of Centre at High Pavement, Adam Beazley, said:

At High Pavement we have a long and proud history of education in Nottingham and to welcome the High Sheriff for a talk was an excellent opportunity for our students to hear from a local dignitary and experienced legal professional. It was good to see so many of them take advantage of the opportunity and to learn more about what the role of High Sheriff involves. 

Adam Beazley — Head of Centre at High Pavement Sixth Form
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  • 24th March 2023 (2:00 PM)
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