Y9 TNEC Virtual Finals 2020

Six students from 9-6 have been working on a virtual enterprise final for The National Enterprise Challenge which takes place next Weds 15th July. The students would have been attending the final competition in Birmingham competing against other schools, but due to the current situation, have had to adapt to complete their final presentation via an online platform. The students have worked incredibly hard to submit 7 pieces of work to conceptualise, design and market a new flavoured ‘Grenade’ health bar culminating in delivering a YouTube advert and a 4 minute presentation to the judges at TNEC.
Over 103 schools have submitted an entry, which under the circumstances of home schooling, is pretty impressive! We want to wish the Team consisting of Leen O, Ria P, Anusha P, Naina P, Emma Q and Antara R good luck with the final next week! We are very proud of all the work and effort you have put in over the last 8 weeks especially putting the video together via Zoom!

Miss Kirby and Mrs Gillibrand

CyberFirst Girls Semi Finals

Following on from their tremendous success in the qualifying round, AGGS had very safely qualified to bring a team (Rachael E, Eloise F, Roselynn G, Sophie H) to the Semi Finals of the National CyberSecurity Centre’s (NCSC) competition; CyberFirst Girls (Year 8).

They certainly gave all of the other schools in that region a lot of moments of panic when our team shot up the leader board to first place and maintaining a consistent placement in the top 10! Overall coming out second place at this location which is a tremendous achievement! The girls were an absolute credit to the school and to themselves in tackling challenges which not only were at industry and degree level but also stumping the industry helpers from PwC!

It was very clear this has sparked a life long interest in Cyber Security and we look forward to seeing their next achievements when they progress onto the CyberDiscovery challenges next year!

A massive well done and heartfelt congratulations from Mr Starnes and a special thanks for support to Y13 helpers Bex W and Amelia E-W.

Business Studies Trip to Jaguar Land Rover Production Plant in Liverpool

30 Business Studies and Economics students from Years 11 and 13 enjoyed a trip to see the Land Rover production plant in action at the company’s 300 acre site in Halewood, Merseyside. Following a detailed presentation about the roots of car manufacturing at the plant, which culminated in the takeover of Ford by Indian conglomerate Tata, the students, accompanied by Mr Murray and Mrs Gillibrand (in the absence of Miss Kirby who did all the hard work setting up the trip), were given a full tour of the highly specialised facilities. They were able to see the impact of specialisation and mechanisation on the production process which uses robotics to manufacture 900 Range Rovers in an 8 hour shift. Successful demand for the Evoque model has led to the firm continuing to work on a 3 shift 24 hour working day. However the continued global success of this model has lead them to producing the Evoque in China and Brazil with obvious potential consequences for employees in the long run.

The students gained first-hand knowledge of theoretical concepts such as economies of scale, JIT and lean production as the tour showed exactly how the firm can produce hundreds of cars per shift whilst being able to personalise them to meet customers’ specifications. The students were especially impressed to hear about the limited edition run of 200 Evoques designed by a famous celebrity which have been sold to China at a premium price of £82,000 each. Who was the celebrity designer? You’ll have to ask one of the students!

BAE Systems, the RAF and Royal Navy Schools Roadshow

On Monday 3rd Feb all of Year 7 took part in a STEM/Careers roadshow delivered by BAE Systems, RAF and Royal Navy. The focus of the workshop was different sorts of energy; Kinetic, thermal, radiant, gravitational potential energy, chemical, sound, electrical, elastic, nuclear, internal and strain. It was a really fun and lively workshop with plenty of audience interaction.

Students got the chance to have a go with Sphero, a little robotic car which is programmable and capable of working on solar or wind power. Wearing VR goggles they had to navigate the car between obstacles. NASA are contemplating using many ideas from these robots for future planet exploration. They are small, energy efficient and reliable.

They demonstrated how chemical energy is transferred into kinetic energy, thermal energy and sound energy by using 2 rowing machines and 2 Year 7 volunteers racing against each other. They measured how much energy was being transferred and how technology and the work of BAE Systems engineers can help rowers be as energy efficient as possible.

As the Official Engineering Partner to UK Sport, BAE Systems help support British athletes in preparing for sporting success through the use of leading edge technologies and engineering solutions. Year 7 have the chance to take part in their 2020 Rowing Boat Competition. Running until 22 May 2020, they can submit their designs for a rowing boat of the future for the chance to win £500 for the school and a visit by a member of the GB Rowing team. Enter individually or in teams of up to 4.

Go to www.baesystems.com/2020rowingchallenge

They concluded the workshop by talking about careers in STEM and that more women are needed in engineering.

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. 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.