Year 11 Future Focus Event - May 28, 2021
On Monday and Tuesday, the boys in Year 11 took part in a range of events and activities with a focus on their future career paths.
School staff and outside speakers ran sessions on college options, university courses and independent living skills and seven former students gave up their time to come back into school to speak with the boys about how the things they learnt at school have helped them in their own career journeys.
It was great to see the old boys again – some left in the late 1980s, some just last year! – and to hear about their careers in sales, marketing, I.T., management consultancy, air traffic control, selling luxury jet planes and playing premier league football.
All of the former students had a great story to tell and some words of wisdom to pass on and, hopefully, the boys will have learnt a few things from these older versions of themselves which will help them with their own career choices in the future. What really struck me was just how much the old boys enjoyed being back in school and giving something back to a school that still means so much to them. As I said to the boys, it would be great if, in a few years from now, they too are back in school, sharing stories and advice with Year 11 boys too!
Alongside the presentations and Q and A sessions with these old boys, there were sessions run by NCS with a chance to sign up for one of the highly-recommended NCS programmes this summer. I have already sent out an email about this excellent opportunity – just £50 for a £1500 residential NCS summer experience. Tara Wood, the school’s Enterprise Adviser from Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership also came in to assist with sessions on CV writing and job interviews and organised a session of ‘Speed Networking’ with a variety of local employers which gave the boys a quick-fire insight into a range of local job opportunities and potential careers.
For those heading off to college next year there were induction sessions with all the local colleges, whilst for those returning to our Sixth Form, there were ‘A’ Level and BTec taster lessons. Royal Holloway University also came in to speak about university life and the range of degree course options available for those boys interested in that particular future pathway.
Two days to remember, hopefully, which will have given the boys lots to think about as they head off on the next stage of their journey. A massive thank you to all those staff, old boys and visiting speakers who gave up their time to support this event, and an extra special thanks to Sally Ingels, for assisting me with all the arrangements.
Acting Deputy Headteacher