We are fortunate to keep in contact with many of our students once they move on and this is a big help to us in terms of broadening our knowledge of local providers and opportunities where we can steer other students towards.

We recently were in communication with Alice Blackwell, who left us not so long ago, and is now with Stone Junction, a leading technical PR agency based in Stafford, as part of a year-long apprenticeship scheme supported by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).

Alice explained her rationale for talking the apprenticeship route, rather than the university pathway:

“I didn’t want to go to university as I didn’t like the idea of studying full-time when I could be gaining valuable work experience instead. I felt that, for what I wanted to do, having real-life experience would be more beneficial. When researching Stone Junction, I really liked the company culture and their values, and I felt that they would be able to help me strive for success throughout my apprenticeship. More so than any experience I would’ve gained through going to university.”

Alice’s preference for the workplace, rather than further education, replicates our support as a school for students into apprenticeships and we have a wide network of local employers who we can check in with. Additionally, we work closely with Ask Apprenticeships who regularly meet with students and parents in our school.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “The apprenticeship route is really appealing when you consider the high costs of Higher Education and Alice was always very assured in wanting to go into the world of work from school. We are delighted she is doing so well and working with such an ambitious local employer.”

To find out more about Alice’s career then click here.