It is no secret that we live and work in a world where expected standards of performance are constantly being raised. The bar just gets higher and higher and what might previously have been more than good enough, sadly is no longer.
As a school we often communicate how the examination system has increased in difficulty and that children need to work even harder than cohorts before them. It is not only our job to teach our subjects well to all who are seated in front of us, but also we have a responsibility to do our very best at exposing young people to the world outside of school, providing opportunities for them to identify for themselves how they will shape their future.
It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together
There is immense pressure on children today to know what they want to do. It is true that choices you make when at school can influence study options or career choices later; however, this is why encouraging students to maintain a breadth of curriculum for as long as possible is vital. As a school, we ensure that young people can explore a wide range of extra-curricular activities and visits in addition to the traditional curriculum, which can enable them to recognise their personal strengths.
You will know that on Tuesday 6 March we held our annual Careers Day during which students across Years 8-13 were able to explore with volunteers how they might access particular job routes. Over 40 visitors supported us on the day, comprising parents, alumni and local company contacts. They represented a broad range of career and education pathways and offered students an opportunity to practice essential professional skills, such as communication and asking questions.
Feedback on the day and through talking to students over the last few days suggests that once again this year the event was of value. Many said that this gave them the chance to reflect on the exciting futures that are out there for them, whilst equally appreciating that, whichever option they eventually choose, it will be hard work and therefore they need to have ambition!
Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
I am grateful to all of our visitors on the day who gave up their time to share their personal journeys with our students and hope that they are able to work with us again in the future. For those of you unable to assist this time, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Mr Boys (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know how you might be able to contribute to enrich students’ understanding of a particular career in the coming months.
Dates for your diary:
MFL visit to Paris 12-16 March 2018
Year 11 Macbeth performance 19 March 2018
Character Awards 22 March 2018
Headteacher’s Awards Period 5 27 March 2018
Year 10 Parents’ Evening 27 March 2018
House Celebration Assemblies 28 March 2018
Mrs L Hillyard
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