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

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.

Y10 Careers Day

During the last week of term we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 students as part of their Careers Day.

The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our alumnae, Fiona Topping, who works for TfGM. Her speech, reflected on her journey to date, and although she took an unconventional route, her message was clear that it is ok to be unsure of which pathway you want to take, you will find your own way in the end by not giving up. Her talk was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session and a session on START; an online resource that helps match skills and interests to potential careers. The RAF and Army delivered a really fun team building and motivational session and then Y10 watched a TED talk on how body language shapes who you are. Our Connexions Adviser delivered a presentation on interview skills and labour market information.

Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from local businesses including some of our alumnae. By having meaningful encounters with employers, it gives the students an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews and gives them an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.

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.

Year 10 Careers Day & Practice Interviews

On Weds, 4th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 students as part of their Careers Day.

The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae and AGGS maths teacher, Sarah Chancellor. Mrs Chancellor had an exciting and rewarding career in sports event management, including working as part of the London Olympics 2012 team. Her speech, reflecting on her journey to date, was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a team building session with the RAF and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.

Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from IBM, Tesco, BBC, Together Money, Chubb and Aldi. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our students. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the students an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complementing our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.

Y10 Enterprise Day

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At the end of June all of Year 10 took part in an enterprise day run by Young Enterprise. The programme inspires students and provides information on career options to help make informed choices. Students set goals and plan their next steps to prepare them for life beyond education.

Through hands-on fun, practical activities, Learn to Earn explores themes such as career choices, personal skills and talents, recruitment and job interviews, salaries, earnings, tax and the costs of living, financial planning and budgeting.