Y11 Aspirations day – November 2019

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All of our Y11 students were involved in an Aspirations which was designed to aspire and show them what they could achieve in the future. The day started off with the Exeter Chief head coach Rob Baxter taking questions from our students about coaching a championship winning side including players that represented England in the world cup. He spoke to them about standing out and being an individual as well as believing that you can achieve. It was amazing to have such a brilliant keynote speaker we are incredibly grateful to Mr Feldwick who managed to get him to come in and join us on this day. Rob Baxter was followed by Dave Sellars who is from the Cornwall Business Partnership and he spoke to students about the Labour market and which job sectors are growth areas, linking skills to Careers and what jobs are out there for our students to work towards.

After an inspirational hour students had the opportunity to rotate around 3 smaller group sessions where they were able to hear about University life from Exeter University. Apprenticeships from Careers South West on behalf of ASK and from some of our staff members about their education and career journeys, these short talks gave our students a small insight into these key areas to encourage them to aim high.


For the middle part of the day students had already had the opportunity to select a pathway that currently interests them it included options like Business, People, Sport and Practical, Science and Healthcare. Within each pathway students had 4 mini workshop style sessions which were delivered by A Level subject teachers and external employers covering a number of different areas linked to their pathway of choice. We were able to get a number of amazing employers in from organisations like the NHS, Plymouth Argyle, Royal Navy, AECOM, RAF, South West highways having such a high caliber of employers involved in our day and we were incredibly grateful that they gave up their time to do this.


The day finished with a Fresher’s style careers fair where our Sixth form students ran stalls of all of the subjects that we deliver as Level 3 courses, as well as having a number of external providers in including The Ministry of Defence, Plymouth College of Art, Discovery College, Scott College, National Citizen service and Software Cornwall. Our students as always embraced the opportunities given to them throughout the day and many employers commented on how focused, motivated and polite our students were and how well they interacted and asked questions. The variety in the day meant that there was something in it for all of our students and hopefully it has been the starting point that they needed to assist them in making the right decision for them once they have completed their GCSE exams.