A guest speaker at Wisbech Grammar School told students there was a “brokenness” in Britain that needed to be changed.
Speaking at the school’s annual speech day, Dr Chan Abraham, chief executive of the Luminus Group, said there was a failure to understand that the economy was driven by social capital.
He also said the cornerstone of addressing the problems did not lie with governments or politicians, but with people.
He said: “It is people who make up society. Therefore understanding people is the key to building a successful and a safe and a transformed society.”
Instead of focusing on gaining glory for themselves, citizens should invest in others and find ways to meet their needs, he added.
In his first speech day address, headmaster Chris Staley told a packed audience of pupils, parents, old Grammarians and governors that the purpose of the school was to “unlock doors and teach resilience, generosity, self-control, confidence, optimism and leadership skills”.
He said: “Inspirational teachers switch on children’s can-do, will-do mindset: the keenness to learn and the sense of self-efficacy which are so important to success.”
He also thanked parents for their help and support in enabling pupils to “open whatever door they desire”, appreciate their good fortune and waste no time in trying to achieve their goals.
During the event, a number of awards were also presented to students in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, lower sixth and sixth forms.
They included sixth former Chloe Short, who was awarded the Kathleen Crowden Memorial Prize for outstanding service to the school and the Head of School’s Prize, and sixth former Holly Young, who was awarded the Prize for Biology, The Salters’ Institute Prize for Chemistry and the Heather Repper Memorial Prize for the Best Scholar in the Sixth Form.