The Year 11 Aspiration Evening was well attended and saw a wide range of speakers visit the school to talk to students and parents about the post-16 routes – looking particularly at universities and apprenticeships.

The apprenticeships includes a talk on Post-16 Apprenticeships from James Pawley, from Performance Through People, and Higher Level Apprenticeships were covered by Tina Patel, from Ask Apprenticeships.

Elsewhere, Georgina Challinor came in from Keele University and Alexander Bowkley dropped in from Edge Hill University.

Further guidance was available from The Friary Sixth Form Team and the school’s Careers & Aspirations Mentor, Claire Ballinger.

The Raising Aspirations programme built on the recent Sixth Form Open Evening and the Y11 visit to the Skills Shows.

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Student and parents will be well aware that we offer an exceptional careers and guidance programme and we well appreciate the need to maintain the message about making sure you are ready for your next step in life.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “The message we are hearing is that GCSEs matter more than ever now that AS-Levels have mostly disappeared. The post-18 routes only have the GCSEs to look at as formal qualifications so it is even more important to make sure that every single grade matters.”