Connor and Kaes…Finding Their Element.


Celebrating success, hard work, commitment but most importantly, their passions, are two of our former students, Connor Atkinson and Kaes Hughes. Featured in Sir Ken Robinson’s book, ‘Finding Your Element,’ Connor and Kaes talk about how and why they are flying at Finch Farm and embracing Everton in the Community.

As Patron of Everton Free School and a lifelong Evertonian, Sir Ken’s book ‘Finding Your Element,’ incorporates how discovering your talents and passions can ultimately transform your life; we are very proud to see that both Connor and Kaes have begun their own discoveries and passions and  are now  magnificently venturing onto the paths of adventure and success.

Kaes joined Everton Free School in 2016 after being excluded from mainstream education however he decided he wanted to change his life and future for the better. Kaes became involved with his learning and all that Everton Free School offered him; he remained positive about securing a number of qualifications as well as working on placement, one day per week, at Finch Farm. That is where Kaes was able to explore his passion for Horticulture and Landscape Gardening. Since then, Kaes has worked voluntarily at Everton’s training ground and most recently he secured an apprenticeship at Finch Farm which involves maintenance of the turf and sports grounds.

Connor, following his passion for football and coaching, joined Everton Free School Sixth Form College after studying at Broadgreen International School. Connor embraced sixth form life, gaining awards and qualifications in a wide range of subjects including a Level 3 Activity Leadership in Sport. Connor travelled to South Africa for ten days, with staff and students from Everton Free School, to coach in townships in Cape Town; he volunteered with Everton in the Community and completed the NCS programme and now Connor is working as a co-ordinator with EitC.

‘Find that meeting point between talent and passion and

your whole life can go in a different direction.’

Sir Ken’s perception about finding our very own elements most certainly mirror the lives of Connor and Kaes; we are very proud and honoured that he has encompassed the achievements of our students in…


Sir Ken Robinson