Y12 Psychology Careers Talks

Y12 Psychology students heard from a range of different psychologists during careers fortnight. The careers talks were a fascinating insight into how psychology is used in the real world and gave the students a good understanding of careers in this field.

The guest speakers were as follows:

Dr Sophie Parker (Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Senior Lecturer), Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and the University of Manchester is the Director for the Youth Mental Health Research Unit, and based within the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU). The mission of the Youth Mental Health Research Unit is to undertake outstanding and innovative mental health research for young people. With young people at the heart of everything we do, our research will improve access to evidence based treatments and support which makes a difference in the real world.

Whilst the unit has a number of research themes, Dr Parker’s research has focussed on prevention and early intervention where she helped found and manage a service aimed at identifying and treating young people at risk of psychosis (EDIT). This NHS service was the first in Europe and second in the world only to the prototype service established in Australia. This service has been the clinical research platform for several studies that have had major impact on clinical practice/policy in which she was centrally involved. For example, leading directly to recommended treatments in NICE guidelines for schizophrenia and psychosis in both adults and children and young people (CG155 & CG178). She has progressed the field by developing criteria for young people at risk of bipolar disorder and developing and testing interventions for this group. She has developed and validated a screening instrument to detect young people at high risk of developing psychosis for use in primary care and more recently she has expanded this research to develop novel interventions for young people at risk of psychosis, such as running a clinical trial of metacognitive therapy. She is co-investigator of a multi-site NIHR HTA funded trial in the group at risk of psychosis that focusses on social disability and has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research to trial another innovative therapy, Attention Training, in psychosis.

Dr George Thomas, BFET’s educational psychologist gave an interesting insight into his role and useful advice on how to become an educational psychologist.

Emma Tarpey is an experienced HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Psychologist. She has worked within the criminal justice field for over fifteen years and has a wealth of experience working with offenders.
she currently works on the BPS accredited MSc Forensic Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University

Suzanne Guest is an Occupational Psychologist who has worked in various areas of rehab. She specialises in working with people with acquired brain injury and supports them back to work, or meaningful activity. Suzanne is an active volunteer with Headway-The Brain Injury Association on a local and national level.
Suzanne has been asked to comment on various psychological issues by BBC Breakfast, That’s TV and various printed publications.

Dr Jenny Hardy currently teaches across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Her main research interests are in offender resettlement and treatment and women in the Criminal Justice System. Jenny’s primary interests are in applied forensic psychology, specifically in the improvement of methods of treating offenders and offender resettlement. Jenny is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology.

Barclay technology day

34 Students from Year 10 had the amazing opportunity to visit Barclays in Knutsford last week where students were put through their paces learning and answering questions about CyberSecurity within the financial sector. Great opportunities including being in the Operations Centre during an incident and how their analysts responded to it. Also a visit to the ATM testing facility where students got to experience current and next generation machines (some even testing and getting to keep testing bank notes!)

A wonderful day in an incredibly fascinating setting!

Mr Starnes & Mrs Gillibrand

Drugsense Talk

On Tuesday 15th October students from Years 9-13 listened to a series of drugs talks given by Dave Parvin from Drug Sense UK. Dave was very professional in his delivery and has had first-hand experience in the police force dealing with drug dealers so was well equipped with his knowledge of drug use. The talks were quite hard hitting and pitched at the right level for each year group. The students were visibly engaged in learning the facts and dispelling myths about a variety of drugs and their use. It raised their awareness of the effects and danger of using drugs with their peers particularly when alcohol is involved.

Digital Futures careers event at Trafford College

On Wednesday a group of students from the Year 10 computing class went to the Digital Futures careers event hosted by Trafford College. They heard from a range of speakers from the digital tech world: GMP on cyber security, NCC, Foregenix, INTec and Cunning Plan Digital Marketing. Digital and technology is fast becoming the biggest industry with virtual learning being the way forward for Learning Technologists. By 2035 it is expected there will be an additional 21,600 digital and tech roles across Greater Manchester. The students took part in some interactive sessions brainstorming staying safe online, a quiz as well as looking at creative media and digital marketing. They also got the opportunity to have a go at virtual reality gaming that students at the college had developed.

Year 11 Careers Morning


The purpose of the morning is to get Y11 to think about their Post 16 options and to encourage them to think more widely about all of the options and opportunities available to them and to make a better informed decision about their future.

Y11 heard from a range of speakers who explained about the differences between 6th forms and colleges, college life and choices, the benefits of higher education, higher/degree apprenticeships and A-Level choices and also a specific talk at lunchtime about “Why choose medicine?”. We would like to thank Manchester College, Trafford Connexions, The Growth Company and The University of Manchester for coming into school to deliver the presentations.  Year 11 also heard from some of our Y12 students about their particular experiences of choosing A-Level options and how they found the transition to 6th form.

Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day

On 26th September Year 11 took part in a Top Trader day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY (Bank of New York) Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the students worked in teams taking risks to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed hearing about the employees’ particular job roles within BNY Mellon and the day helped to develop skills such as team work, problem solving, communication and initiative and enterprise.

Y12 Charities talks

On 12 September we welcomed a number of volunteer charities into school to talk to our Year 12s about the benefits of volunteering and the opportunities on offer. Thank you to the Wellspring – a homeless charity, Cyril Flint – a befriending charity for older people, the Girl Guiding Association and the North West Air Ambulance. Hopefully their presentations have inspired Year 12 to help make a difference.

Careerspeak – Talk on Architecture

Anita Chan from Bowker Sadler Architecture came in to school Thursday lunchtime 19th September to talk to a large audience of Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students. She was fantastic, very honest and very passionate, particularly about the lack of female architects and also the % of drop outs at university. She talked about what inspired her into this career and what qualities and qualifications are required.

She was very generous of her time talking to individual students after the talk, where she had clearly prompted their interest and curiosity. Also asking them to get in touch with her if they needed any more advice or information.

Luckily we do have many of the art students (and non-art students) who do go on to study architecture and hopefully Anita has inspired more to do so.

Illuminate Online are the winners of the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award

Congratulations to Illuminate Online – winners of the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award! The Illuminate team Rose, Orla, Ibby & Amy were nominated for the UKFast Young Entrepreneur’s of the Year award for inventing an anti Cyber Bullying website which is now up and running: illuminateonline.co.uk

The award is well deserved, its the culmination of 2 years hard work in developing their online anti Cyber Bullying website with the support of UKFast.

Y10 Enterprise Day

On Wednesday, the Year 10 cohort took part in an Airline Masterclass enterprise day presented and delivered by Young Enterprise. The programme aims to develop employability skills and business awareness. Students set up and ran their own airline, from designing a crew uniform, logo and tail fin to choosing their flight destination and ticket prices. They had to initially buy their aircraft negotiating with the volunteers and then later in the day had to sell their airline tickets. There were some very tough negotiating skills! It was a fun inspiring day with airline company ‘Cloud10’ winning the day.