Beyond Expectation – Enterprise Case Study 2

December 11 saw a packed Mart Theatre full of 250 schools and college students ready to meet ‘The Alchemist’!

Beyond expectation was an event hosted with Craven College by Terry Hodgkinson, Chair of Yorkshire Forward, as the Alchemist and friends. The event was based on a book written by Terry which told the story of people, places and events in his life which helped him to develop, grow and achieve.

The event provided inspiration and laughter with the very clear message to ‘dare to dream- you can succeed’.

Amongst the speakers was one of the characters in the book, playwright John Godber, who gave an account of events in his life which had shaped his future, the opportunities which come your way and the challenges you may face.

All visitors were asked at the end of the event to tell us how the event had inspired them. Winners of the competition are:

First Prize

‘It has inspired me to realise that sometimes your education and upbringing aren’t major contributory factors in deciding what you do in your life and whether you can achieve your dreams can transcend all boundaries and shouldn’t be discouraged.’ Billy Pinder, Ermysteds Grammar School’.

Second Prize

‘Unbelievably I have never had such inspirational people in one room. I now realise that my ambition to become a professional cricketer is really close. Thank you so much.’ Henry Barrow, Ermysteds Grammar School

Third Prize

‘Opportunities come from setbacks and I should take the opportunities offered. I should believe in myself and follow my dreams’. Keri Bethell, BTEC Diploma in Sports, Craven College.

Beyond Expectation can be ordered at

The whole event was filmed and the DVD will be out next year.

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