This week saw our biggest and best National Careers Week to date. The whole-school focus week saw a wealth of experienced presenters from a range of industries visit assemblies to give our students a flavour of a range of careers. There were also more visitors and activities around the school during lunchtime, including opportunities for students to find out about post-16 and post-18 pathways and employability skills.

Visitors have included Rob Thursfield from HDI, Punch Taverns, Ask Apprenticeships, Birmingham University, the Co-Op, South Staffordshire College and Edge Hill University.

As part of the careers focus, year 10 students have completed a 2-week programme which included employability workshops and one-to-one mock interviews with 25 volunteers from a range of industries who took some time out from their hectic schedules to put our Year 10s through their paces.

Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive: Poppy Newton (Year 10) said: “The employability workshops prepared me for a real interview and made me feel confident and reassured.”

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “It has been an exciting week and we are particularly  proud of each and every one of our Year 10 students who took part in the Employability workshops. The ‘employer’ volunteers commented on their fantastic attitude towards the whole process. Let’s hope it stands them in good stead for the real thing in the future !”