Aspiration Day for Year 10
We held a hugely successful Aspiration Day for Year 10 which allowed students to focus on their choices post-16 before they move into the Autumn term of Year 11 and begin applying for places with post-16 providers. We offered two pathways across the day: one for those that want to pursue A-Levels and Level 3 qualifications and one for students interested in college, practical courses and apprenticeships.
The day began with a short talk from Mr Gibson, Headteacher who outlined the fact that through our strong and effective careers' programme, we support all pathways to support students realising their ambitions and working to achieve their goals. Mr Taylor, the head of sixth form, talked about how the 6th form was hugely popular as we offer 23 different A Levels and & Level 3 equivalent courses. You can see more here.
The day was supported by Leon Harris from the University of Hertfordshire who gave students an insight into university life and choices; we also had a presentation on apprenticeships and from Workpays Ltd. Both sessions enabled students to focus their thoughts to their aspirations for post-16 and how our North family can support students' ambitions. We also engaged with our career partners from Rolls Royce and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Team who conducted interviews with students, in preparation for the autumn term. These opportunities not only build confidence but also provide an opportunity to really think through the next steps post-16.
The day ranged from sessions in team building, animal care, art and construction; through to taster sessions in maths looking at both Pure and Statistics, along with Science using microscopes to name complex organic molecules to politics and engineering.
As part of the experience, the students accessed the sixth form centre. With its newly refurbished study room and outdoor terrace, students could soak up the sun; make a coffee and plug in their devices, watch the news and all whilst thinking about future aspirations and next steps to success.
We wish our Year 10 the very best of luck as they move into their final chapter of GCSEs in Year 11.