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Work Experience Successes

 

Senior pupils from Leaways have been taking part in an extended work experience programme.

The Year 10 and Year 9 students are attending a variety of placements for a minimum of two hours a day for a nine week period and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive about what they have learned and achieved. 

Work experience is a vital tool in supporting students to understand what working life is like and supporting them with regard to their choices after Leaways. The students have appreciated this opportunity and there have been a number of stand-out successes among the cohort.

The managera local restaurant where one pupil was working was so impressed by him that she extended his hours and has discussed the possibility of an apprenticeship with them, if he wanted to apply when he leaves school.

One Year 9 student has been described by the manager of the bike repair business where he is working as "incredibly talented" and his placement has been extended until the end of the school year.

Two Year 10s have impressed oung Hackney so much that they have had their day extended and are now working as Sports Leaders in local primary schools.

 Well done to everyone for their hard work and determination to make their placements a success!

Year 9 will begin the process of preparing for work experience this term with a series of workshops and a careers interview to help them begin to think about their options post-16. 

Students currently on work experience are also going to be involved in supporting Year 9 to make their decisions and understand what they will learn from the whole process.

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Motor Mechanics Success

 

Students from Leaways School London have been learning new skills on a vocational course they are undertaking. 

The pupils had previously shown an interest in cars and motorbikes and have been attending a vocational course in motor mechanics.

The course gives them hands-on experience of what it is like to work in a motorbike or car garage as well as giving them a strong foundational understanding of the components involved. 

The students have loved getting their hands dirty and are considering now how they can get paid for doing something they enjoy. Many of the students have particularly excelled within this more practical learning environment and are forming strong ideas for their future. 

Undertaking the course has revealed skill sets and potential as well as increased students' confidence, competence, social skills, awareness of the work environment. The trainers said many of the students have been "reliable, enthusiastic and determined to achieve their qualifications."

 

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Train-ing for the future....

 

A pupil with ambitions to be a train driver when he leaves school has enjoyed a very special day out.

The young man, a pupil at Wings School Cumbria, chose a train ride when he was recently asked to chose a gift. The train ride in question was the famous Settle to Carlisle Route which is one of the UK’s most scenic train routes. 

The young man was eager and excited and enjoyed every moment of the whole day.

From arriving at the station, where he chose a poster as a keepsake alongside a Train Guard pin badge - a good motivator to help him keep his ambitions in mind! 

The young man had a huge smile throughout the whole train ride and it was described as a "perfect day out". 

 

Settle Rail

St Patrick's Day Celebrations

 

Pupils, visitors and staff all gathered together recently to celebrate a very special day at Wings School Cumbria. 

The St Patrick's Day celebrations at Wings School Cumbria are always well attended and led by Principal Donagh McKillop who dons traditional Irish costume and plays the Bodhran whilst also Irish Dancing. 

There is a special assembly held to mark the occasion and it is a firm favourite on the school calendar! 

 

Donagh St Patrick

Fair Trade

 

Students at High Peak School have been learning about Fairtrade products. The pupils have been learning about where Fairtrade products come from and what sort of products are Fairtrade.

The students learned that Fairtrade is an organised movement that aims to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and that producers should be given fair prices for the goods they produce. 

Fairtrade Coffee

 

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