Successful businessman and Poundland founder, Steven Smith, inspired students to prepare for a successful future as part of our annual Course Choice event for Year 9 students.
The Spring Term is an important one for Year 9 pupils as they select four foundation subjects to study alongside the core programme of English Literature, English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Citizenship.
As part of the annual Course Choice event, students got hands-on experience of a range of GSCE courses and picked up advice about succeeding in the workplace from Mr Smith, a former market trader who founded the retail empire which he later sold for £50 million.
Students returned to school with their parents during the evening where they heard presentations about the important process of choosing the right courses for Key Stage 4. Displays were set up to show what various courses have to offer and how they are able to help students fulfil their ambitions in future careers, whilst employers and Higher Education providers showcased opportunities for students.
Mr D Brook, Head of Middle School, said: “The event is all about helping our students plan for the future.
“This is the first big life choice many of our students will make and our Course Choice event gives them a glimpse of what each course has to offer to put them on the road to success.
“It is a very exciting time but students will need lots of support both from home and school to make the right choices.”
Year 9 students will sit school exams in all foundation subjects early in February, which will help them choose the correct subjects and courses going forward. A Parents Evening will also take place on Wednesday, March 29th to give students, parents and carers the chance to discuss options before each student sits down for a one-to-one interview with a senior member of staff in April.
The process will completed by the end of June.