Hundreds of students were inspired to look forward to life after GCSEs to understand the opportunities awaiting them and pick up advice on how to achieve their aspirations.
The Staying in Learning Day and Futures Evening is an annual fixture on Highfields’ calendar which allows all Year 11 students to take part in a range of hands-on workshops and activities to support them with both their short and long-term educational and career dreams.
The day was tailored to suit individual needs as students chose to take part in up to three workshops and lectures based on the pathways they are interested in taking after finishing their GCSEs.
Those planning to stay on at sixth form or moving to college to study A-Levels were given a glimpse of further education with workshops in a host of subjects ranging from maths, science and English Literature to film studies, catering, health & social care and law.
Professionals also visited the school to give practical advice and demonstrations, allowing students an insight into typical working expectations in a range of careers including travel and tourism, hair and beauty, hospitality, media and engineering.
Headteacher Mark Capel told students about the importance of staying in learning after finishing school – and throughout the rest of their lives – to ensure they achieve their goals.
He told them: “We have all got to have a purpose in life and things in life to work towards. Only you are in control of your life and your destiny."
“Life is about constantly learning new skills and increasing understanding. Even when I retire I will continue to learn."
“There are lots of different directions to take – whether it be further education, higher education, apprenticeships, training or employment. Whichever direction you take, it will give you a purpose and the opportunity to fulfil your ambitions and desires.
“The key to this is staying in learning – and staying in learning is what we all have to do. That is what this event is about. We are helping to launch you into the future – the future that is going to be the most appropriate for you.”
Students and parents were later invited into school for Futures Evening, where Highfields staff were on hand to offer advice and guidance about the range of courses on offer for students post 16.
Representatives from a number of colleges, universities, training providers and employers – including Carillion, the University of Wolverhampton, Wolves Community Trust, The Royal Navy and NHS - also attended the event to give practical advice about the skills and qualifications students need to succeed in their chosen career.
Adrian Jeavons, Careers and Business Link Manager, said: “The Staying in Learning Day and Futures Evening is a wonderful opportunity for our Year 11 students and their parents to really think about their futures."
“Our staff and guests all provided information, advice and guidance to help students in whatever direction they choose to take post 16.”