Kilgraston School hosted the first Sixth Form Social of the academic year last week.

Staff and 130 students from Kilgraston and Merchiston School attended the evening for a social supper with after-dinner speaker Katie Banham.

Catering staff at Kilgraston prepared and served a lovely hot buffet supper for the pupils, which was enjoyed by all.

Katie spoke to the society about "Is risk-taking gender determined?"

The talk challenged perceptions of risk and proved to be a fascinating insight into a highly relevant topic.

Katie is a chartered psychologist who specialises in strengths-focussed approaches to leadership. She is past chair of Occupational Psychologists in Scotland and a BBC Scotland expert on the psychology of potential.

She set up ‘Learning to Flourish’ in 2012 to bring together contemporary psychological research and has 20 years’ experience working with multinationals including BP, Diageo and HSBC in the UK, Australia, India and Japan. The Learning to Flourish DRIVE™ psychometric enables leaders to understand and harness their distinctive strengths to take meaningful risks in today's increasingly complex and competitive world.

For many years Kilgraston and Merchiston have been working closely together and have hosted many social events with more planned for the year ahead.

Kilgraston would like to thank Merchiston School for attending the event and Katie Benham for her inspirational presentation.