The Hampton School Talk! series offers a superb opportunity to hear from distinguished speakers from all walks of life. The annual programme of talks aims to enlighten and entertain whilst broadening the horizons of all who attend.

Hamptonians, partner schools, parents and members of the public are welcome to attend most Talk! events.

Autumn Term 2023

Political Reporting

Harry Cole

Thursday 16 November

1:00 – 1:45pm

Harry Cole is the Political Editor of The Sun, one of the UK’s most popular tabloids. Join us to hear from one of the most influential and forthright voices in political journalism and learn all about Harry Cole’s rise to one of the top jobs in the media and his insight on the current political landscape.

How we vote and why?

Sir John Curtice

Wednesday 6 December

1:00 – 1:45pm

Sir John Curtice is a leading expert in electoral behaviour, as well as a regular media commentator who has written extensively on political and social attitudes, the electoral strategy of political parties and the coalitions of support they build in national elections. Join us to hear Sir John talk about the voting behaviour seen in the most recent UK elections, whilst also delving into current opinion polling to explore the likely factors which will determine the outcome of the upcoming national poll, which must be held by January 2025.

Spring Term 2024

The Art of Diplomacy

Nicholas Hopton

Thursday 7 March

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Nicholas Hopton is a senior British diplomat and former UK Ambassador to Libya, Iran, Qatar and Yemen. He is currently working on Afghanistan issues at the FCDO in London. Join us to hear Nicholas talk about his career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and his life as an ambassador. To book click here.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Rugby Special with Louis Lynagh OH (2019) and Michael Lynagh, AM
    Former Australian Rugby Captain and now a renowned sports commentator and businessman
  • Nick Bryant
    BBC New York Correspondent and author
  • Fraser Nelson
    Editor, The Spectator
  • David Lammy MP
    Shadow Foreign Secretary
  • David Jones
    Leading sports anchor and host of Sky Sports’ Super Sunday and Monday Night Football
  • Tim Marshall
    British journalist, broadcaster and bestselling author of books including Prisoners of Geography and Divided: Why We’re Living In An Age Of Walls
  • Sarah Campbell
    BBC Royal Correspondent