Sir James Dyson talks to Malcolm Robertson from ITV News Anglia.
Gresham’s is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 2 to 18. Sir James joined Gresham’s aged 9, attending the school from 1956 to 1965. He has consistently acknowledged his gratitude to the school and its then Headmaster, Logie Bruce-Lockhart, for giving him the financial support to continue his education following the untimely death of his father, Alec.
Sir James Dyson said, “Both my parents taught at Gresham’s, and my father was head of the Classics department. When he was ill, he carried on teaching but died when I was nine. The generosity of the school, particularly Logie, meant I could continue there after his death."
I am hugely grateful to Gresham’s for the enlightening and inspiring education that I enjoyed so much.
“Everything that was on offer I did. I was in the orchestra, I acted in every house play and school play, I did sailing, I did running and all the sports, I did quartets and quintets… I did everything I could. I think it was that combination of being able to do all those things in a creative and relaxed atmosphere that set me on the road to want to create things and do things”.
The Dyson Building
In 2002 the James Dyson Foundation, Dyson’s charitable arm, was established to inspire the next generation of engineers. Sir James said “You need about five times the amount of engineers to develop a product now than you did 20 years ago. We’ll be 2 million engineers short in four years’ time. Engineering and science are the most fulfilling of careers, they are also vitally important to our society and economy”.
Now Sir James has donated £19 million to Gresham’s to enable a new centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education. This is by far the largest donation we have ever received and the new spaces will have an immense impact on the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education that our students receive, now and for decades to come.
To prime a pipeline of young people who want to study engineering, we must inspire them at the earliest possible stage – I hope this building will do just that.