Careers Convention 2019

We had our biennial Careers Convention evening on Weds 20th March for our Y10-13 students and their parents. The evening had a real buzz to it with 60 representatives hosting stands from companies such as Costain, BNY Mellon, Siemens, UK Fast, IBM and Manchester Airport Group to mention but a few. Representatives from Russell Group universities, apprenticeship providers and GAP year companies were on hand to offer advice on their courses and application processes. The event provided an excellent opportunity for students to explore different career options and to attend talks from Medicine, Psychology, Pozzoni Architects and Marine Sciences. The Y9 stewards and Y13 student leaders were fantastic ambassadors welcoming representatives to the school, showing them to their stands and being on hand to help with queries. It was also fantastic to welcome back so many of our ex-students and to see them representing their current careers.

Careers Convention 2019

Wednesday, 20th March 2019
from 6.30-8.30pm at Main School

Open to all Y10, 11, 12 and 13 Students and Parents

Representatives will be attending from a wide variety of employers, universities, colleges and voluntary & support agencies

This is your chance to come along and listen to talks and speak on a one-to-one basis to representatives from many different working backgrounds

Make the most of the evening and the opportunities it offers..

This Event is for You!!

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge 2019
The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge 2019

On Tuesday 14th January the Year 9’s took part in The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge whose ambassador is Theo Paphitis! The challenge this year was set by their sponsors UCFB (University Campus of Football and Business), which was to create an event to take place in either school or the community to promote more women/girls into football. The UCFB want to double the amount of women footballers by 2020!

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge 2019By taking part in this Challenge not only did the students enjoy the experience but also gained skills in creativity, management, entrepreneurship, problem solving, leadership, communication and team work, all attributes which are essential in today’s world.

As you would expect, all the groups came up with exceptional ideas and it was very hard to judge. Unfortunately, there could only be one winning team and that was ‘TogetHER’ from 9-5 which was made up of Alishba, Imogen, Angelina, Lauren and Rachel. Their event, to be sponsored by Altrincham Football Club, was to hold a tournament of football matches in parks for girls aged under 18 years within the Greater Manchester area. They presented their idea with a very catchy rap and slogan – ‘Park the Stereotype!’

‘TogetHER’ will now go onto the National Finals at Wembley in July to compete against over 250 schools.
We wish them the best of luck.

Young Enterprise Challenge Masterclass

On Wednesday 23rd January, Year 7 took part in an enterprise challenge masterclass, where in teams of businesses, they had to buy beads in order to make bracelets and necklaces to sell at a profit. Each team was given a start-up loan of £60 and encouraged to be as creative as possible. Students learnt about what makes a successful business and how each individual brings a set of personal values and skills which are equally relevant and useful. Using their skills on financial capability, decision making, evaluating decisions, problem solving, communication, team working and budgeting – all qualities of an entrepreneur, each team came up with a different strategy of success. The winning team from the morning’s session were from 7-1: Ranad, Millie, Cheryl, Tilly, Pravallika and Iona who made a profit of £396 and the afternoon team from 7-6 were Ayanfeoluwa, Lucy, Julia, Isha, Lily and Anuschka who made a £420 profit! Well done to all who took part.

Mock Trial Success

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A huge congratulations to the Year 12 Mock Trial Team. On Saturday 24th November the Year 12 Mock Trial team took part in the Sir Rhys Davies School Mock Trial Competition in the Manchester Crown Court and competed against 11 other schools including Withington Girls, Stockport Grammar, Urmston Grammar, Manchester High school for Girls and MGS.

All our barristers and witnesses worked tirelessly and performed very well, winning two of their three cases. The judges commented on their excellent preparation, confidence and delivery as well as their ability to think on their feet and be flexible. A very exciting day was had by all!

Well done to Valerie, Jasmine, Ruby, Poppy, Liya, Safa, Liv, Charlotte and Rosie.

Y12 ‘Careers Fortnight’

AspireBetween 5-16th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.

Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with PwC and a workshop by Future First, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where students were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aims of the workshops were to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, Careers-fortnight-Manchester-airport-talkand what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers to assemblies to speak about apprenticeships, employability skills, interview skills and visualisation. Ex-students spoke about their particular pathways and students were able to attend careers talks in lessons and at lunchtimes.

Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this a worthwhile programme.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Year 11 Careers Morning, Wednesday 10th October 2018

ASPIREThe purpose of the morning was 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 help them make a more 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 Manchester University for coming into school to deliver the presentations. Year 11 also heard from 3 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

Year 11 Careers 2018

On 19th 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 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.

RAF talk 28 September

Year 9 and 10 linguists enjoyed a talk given by Flight Lieutenant Gemma Slaughter, who works as a linguist for the RAF. There are over 60 jobs in RAF, with only 5% of those employed working with planes. There are lots of opportunities for sport and adventure training, as team building is key. Intelligence linguists are deployed across the world. Translating plays a key role in the peacekeeping role. Language analysis could involve cyber analysis, communication intelligence and surveillance. Pupils enjoyed listening to Gemma’s experiences of using her knowledge of Arabic and Pashto working in Afghanistan. Pupils learnt some key vocabulary in Pashto and used this to interpret a series of messages, saying when and where an attack was due to take place and what type of attack was being.

Y12 Work Experience

Year 12 have just completed their week’s work experience in industry. Work experience placements serve multiple purposes, including experience of the world of work, employability skill development and experience to help guide future career decision-making.

Some of the companies who hosted Y12 were HSBC Bank, 5Plus Architects, NHS, Unilever and Key 103. We have received some excellent employer feedback commenting on their punctuality, reliability and keenness to learn more about the company. The students faced new challenges and learnt things about themselves that they didn’t know before.

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