#foleysfutures on tour

#foleysfutures goes to the National Apprenticeship Show

In October a group of Year 10’s headed to Bolton for the National Apprenticeship Show to meet employers and find out about apprenticeship routes for school leavers and degree apprenticeships (post-18). The students were great at talking to the employers and current apprentices and found out about lots of careers and companies- including many they’d never heard of before!  All the career education research points to a strong correlation between meaningful employer encounters and engagement with the world of work and this event certainly did that in a very interactive way!

#foleysfutures goes to the Nautical College

In October a group of Year 11 students visited the Nautical College at Fleetwood to have a tour and meet former students currently studying there. We were really impressed with the facilities and loved the simulator room, engine room and the engineering area.  It was really eye opening to find out about a very different type of post-16 course and our students were certainly intrigued by the talk of living on campus, going off to sea and earning some hefty salaries!  Special thanks to Mr Egan for accompanying this trip.

#foleysfutures Careers Convention November 2019

Year 8-11 also enjoyed taking part in our annual Careers Convention at school which is now held during the day to ensure students don’t have any barriers to attending. They were all able to meet up with members of the uniformed services, armed forces, local and national businesses as well as local post-16 providers (colleges and apprenticeship providers) and universities. The students had been given a map of attendees prior to the event so they could research the companies attending and prepare questions. The follow-up questionnaire is indicating an overwhelmingly positive response to the event with a number of Year 11’s going on to apply for courses and apprenticeships as a direct result of the conversations had that afternoon. For the younger students the event has raised aspirations and broadened horizons- helping them to gain perspective on life after Hodgson!

#foleysfutures goes to court

After months of preparation, the Mock Trial team went to Preston Combined Court to participate in the Bar Mock Trial Competition- this was the regional heat for a national competition with students playing the parts of prosecution and defence barristers, witnesses, jurors, court clerk and usher. Our team faced teams of sixth formers in every round and received high praise from all the (real!) judges. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final but acquitted themselves very well- the scoring was very close with only a couple of points separating the teams. The maturity, confidence and organisation that the students showed was exemplary and the support they offered each other was superb. Special thanks go to all the students and Mrs Emmett and Miss Wallace who accompanied us.

#foleysfutures Mock Interviews for all Year 11

A change of format for this year’s Mock Interviews- we welcomed 35 employers to the assembly hall on Thursday 28th November where all of Year 11 came over the course of two hours for an interview followed by feedback- whilst there were some sweaty palms going in there were lots of broad smiles on the way out! Huge thanks to all the employers who gave up their time to support our students with real life skills and advice. As college, apprenticeship and part-time job interviews are coming thick and fast this was great timing for our students to hone their interview technique and get valuable feedback.

#foleysfutures with the BBC

On the 5th December we welcomed the BBC Bitesize roadshow to school for a “careers in the creative industries” session for Years 7-9.  We met a radio DJ, a youtuber, a digital marketer and an assistant producer for the BBC who talked to us about their jobs, how they got there and the skills they developed along the way. This was a really useful session for broadening the students horizons as to the breadth of roles out there and the realities of not getting what you want first time. Our students really impressed the BBC team with their excellent behaviour and challenging questions!

Mrs L. Foley
Head of Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education