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Year 10 Careers Days

We recently hosted a Year 10 Careers Focus Day where students were able to choose from a wide variety of guest speaker sessions, ranging from large companies to small businesses as well as local universities and apprenticeship providers.  The selection was based on a

student questionnaire completed earlier in the year regarding their future career choices and aspirations.


As a result sessions were run on the day from sectors such as teaching and child care to law, engineering, IT and acting.  Participants involved in making the day a success were Reaseheath College in Adventure Sports & Animal Management, Cheshire College South & West – including

careers in the Hair & Make-up sector, Keele University, Edge Hill University, Crewe Soccer School, the NHS, Teaching, the Army, Bentley Motors Ltd., KMF Engineering, Changing Education – sessions on entrepreneurship, Staffordshire University – Music & Sound, Poole Alcock Solicitors, BAE Systems, The Boiler Works – session on creative careers, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), Tarpey Woodfine Architects, Escalla (IT) & E-Quality Training (Childcare) both on apprenticeship opportunities.


The whole year keynote speech at the start of the day, which was both aspirational and motivational, was delivered by Andy Taylor-Edwards, Creative Director of The Learning Collective Group and the day drew to a close with the students finalising their CV’s & Cover Letters prior to starting Year 11.


It was a busy, but enjoyable, day for all involved and our evaluation shows that it was a very valuable experience for students and gave them a great insight in to the opportunities on offer to them in the future. The following two days were the ‘Go to Work’ shadowing days, allowing students the opportunity to experience a workplace first hand.  Again, the evaluation shows that students enjoyed the opportunity of going out to work.  Tia Barnett, who went to Mere Moggies said “I really enjoyed the experience as it gave me a good view of what working with animals is like and that is what I would like to do in the future“.






BLESMA Assembly and Workshop

Students in year 8 were lucky enough to have an assembly from BLESMA yesterday (a charity who help to support soldiers who have lost limbs due to service).  The assembly focused on the SPIRIT values of inspired and resilience, as we heard the story of a soldier who received a life changing injury and how they had to battle to overcome the problems that the injury caused.

From this, a few lucky year 8 students were then invited to a workshop, where they worked closely with the charity in order to consider how to be resilient in the face of adversity. Miss Smith, SPIRIT Coordinator, said: “It was a highly inspirational morning for all of our year 8 students, I am really pleased BLESMA were able to visit us again.”


Summer Showcase

We proudly held our annual Summer Showcase event in which we celebrated the outstanding talents and creativity of our musicians, artists, photographers and designers. The evening began with the Rotary Club of Alsager judging and presenting students with Art, Design and Technology Awards.

This was followed by a wide range of musical talent being showcased, including both lower and upper school vocal groups as well as junior and senior orchestras. It was a fantastic evening, showcasing our hugely talented young people.

Many thanks to ‘Parents in Partnership’ for purchasing the boards that allow us to display the students work to their full potential.

Annual Leavers Ball

Our Sixth Form College held its annual leavers ball at the Moat House Hotel in Hanley. The outgoing student leadership team, Charlotte Armstrong, George Flanders, Dan Ball, and Amy Wyatt, opened the evening with a short vote of thanks speech and this was followed by the awarding of subject prizes by teachers.

Mrs Pole, Director of Sixth Form, said: “The Year 13 class of 2018 have been a lovely group of students and it has been a pleasure to welcome them to our college. We wish them every success with their exam results and in their lives beyond Alsager 6th form”.


University of Nottingham Visit

As part of their careers research all Year 12 went to an Open Day at the University of Nottingham at the end of June. Students had a great day exploring the whole campus including the sports facilities and Student Union building as well as various university departments. Each

department was open to students so that they could attend lectures, look round the department and speak to university staff and current

students.  Many had a look at the university halls of residence where they could visit a typical student room, check out the JCR and social spaces and see the different facilities for catered and non catered accommodation. Mrs Barton said “It was fantastic that we could take whole year group to give them all a glimpse of university life at a prestigious university. This was only possible due to a donation from the school’s Parents in Partnership fund to pay for the coaches so we are very grateful for their support.”


Drive Survive

As part of the personal safety section of our post 16 enrichment programme year 12 students took part in a training day designed to increase their awareness and understanding of the impact of dangerous driving.

The use of 360 degree interactive goggles was a highlight of the ‘Drive Survive’ event. The student who donned the goggles had a firsthand experience of what is was like to be involved in a car crash whilst the other students watched via a screen. Eion Anderson from the Road Policing Unit, who ran the event, also gave the students lots of useful information about owning a car, learning to drive and staying safe in a car as a driver or as a passenger.

The session finished with a very personal account from a father who had lost his son in a car accident. He explained that he shared his story to help prevent other people experiencing the same. The students were then invited to see the car that had been involved in the accident and which is now used by Cheshire Police as the ‘Think car’ to promote safe driving.

Mrs Barton, Post 16 Student Services Manager, said: “The students gained a lot from the day and felt that they would be safer drivers as a result of it”.