Last week Y10 students took part in an Employability Workshop as part of our Raising Aspirations Programme. The sessions involved a range of volunteer professionals who came to talk about interviews and first impressions.

Today we held individual mock interviews that had been designed to ensure every student is prepped and ready to go when it comes to jobs. These sessions gave valuable experience and exposure to what interviews are really like and help build students’ confidence.

We were delighted to receive high praise in relation to the students and the school from the visitors:

  •  “I have been very impressed with your students and they’re an absolute credit to the school .”
  •  “Your students have been a pleasure to talk with today, I have been so impressed with how they have conducted themselves and the insightful questions they have asked.”

The students have found this overall experience very positive and the following comments have been received:

  •  “My first interview went well as I was very confident approaching it. I felt comfortable speaking to someone I don’t usually speak with. It was very good.”
    Nyle Payne
  •  “This was very helpful to get an insight as to what it will be like at future interviews.”
    Jamie Richards
  •  “My first interview went really well as I felt confident when I went in even though I felt a bit worried. I felt comfortable speaking to someone about myself. A great insight into my future interviews.”
    Georgina O’Donnell
  •  “I felt this experience went really well and was highly beneficial to how I will approach potential future interviews and how I will successfully put across important points in my CV.”
    Bryony Stephenson

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “The work of Rick Hill in running this scheme is wonderful and we have Key Stage Four and Sixth Form students who are all the better prepared for working life. The volunteers were superb, quickly earned the respect of students, and passed on their expertise swiftly. All in all, a fantastic session.”