National Careers Week is always provides a great opportunity for our students to focus on their next steps, and what they aspire to be beyond their time at the Academy. We have been pleased to welcome BBC Journalist, Pav Bhatti; Moda Living Architect, Peter Sproule, and the DWPs Michelle Kennedy into the Academy to give Aspire to Be careers talks. I am grateful to each of them for kindly donating their time in order to benefit our students.
In my role as Principal, I have been keen to champion readiness for the world of work, and raised aspirations. We have developed a careers programme that encourages students to look ahead throughout their time here, and offers every student opportunities to meet employers, visit work places and more. Our careers programme aims to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.
It was a pleasure to see our Food Technology students’ exam work today. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to share the photographs as they are confidential until they have been scrutinised by the exam board, but I can attest that they looked delicious and extremely professional, with everything made from scratch by each student. I am very proud of how well all our students work, and it is always lovely to see them showcasing skills that they have taken time and determination to learn, and that will help take them forward in the future.
World Book Day was a pleasure today, and a wonderful celebration of the rich world of fiction that we all enjoy. I’m not sure any of us will forget the sight of the dinosaur-clad science and food teachers in a hurry!