On Tuesday 8th November around 100 students and parents attended the Y11 Raising Aspirations Evening as they took the opportunity to gather specific guidance and information from a range of speakers on post-Year 11 options.

The session included a Headteacher address on GCSE grades, the changes to English and Maths, and pathways into Sixth Form, college, apprenticeships and universities.Following on, there were a range of guest speakers who delivered 20mins snapshots on their field of expertise, followed by Q&A opportunities, and students / parents opted into the two workshops that most tallied with their ideas looking forward: 

Intermediate Apprenticeships – Stuart Parker (Business Development Advisor from IN-COMM)

Higher Level Apprenticeships – Bob Keen (Entrust Careers Advisor) 

Higher Education – Samantha Levitt (Edge Hill University) 

Higher Education – Sophie-Louise Hyde (Loughborough University)

Higher Education – Lydia Dams (Wolverhampton University)

In addition, there was market stall with representatives from Staffordshire University who will also be involved in further events later in the school year. 

The feedback from students and parents was very positive and the event is only part of the wider Raising Aspirations programme which has seen a Y9 Evening, a Sixth Form Evening, student meetings with employers, trips to ‘World of Work’, roadshows, as well as our usual strong careers guidance sessions.