World of Work Fortnight

13 Jun

Today marks the first day of our World of Work (WoW) Fortnight.

During the first week, departments across the school will be delivering career-focused sessions in order to shine a light on the wide range of career opportunities available to our students. Year 8 students in Geography are exploring the United Nations, whilst students across the science department are reflecting on their fantastic experiences at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival.

Week 2 is Work Experience Week with over 100 students in Year 10 and 12 out on live work experience placements. Year 10 students will be spending time with more than 50 employers, including Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust, Roberts Limbrick and The Roses Theatre, whilst Year 12 students have secured time with companies including Kohler Mira, Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Battledown Centre for Children and Families and Renishaw.

Karen Heppleston, Head of Careers, said: “We are really excited to see the return of our World of Work fortnight and to be able to offer so many students the opportunity to experience live work and work shadowing, alongside a host of in-school workshops, interactive lessons and careers inspiration and advice.”

“A huge thanks goes to all our partner organisations and companies who have supported these placements and experiences. Work experience provides our students with invaluable insight into the world of work, and often has the additional benefit of improved self-confidence, maturity and independence. A successful placement can help a student to decide if a career path is right for them, to identify gaps in their knowledge, and exposure to building positive professional relationships.”

World of Work fortnight events:

Year 7: STEM Careers Day – Cyber Careers Focus

Year 8: Black Country Museum Trips and/or STEM Solar Powered Cars activity, supported by EDF Energy and GE Aviation

Year 9: Young Enterprise project

Year 10: Mock Interviews, Work Shadowing and live Work Experience

Year 11: * GCSE exams

Year 12: Work Shadowing and live Work Experience

Year 13: * A Level exams

Thank you to the following partner organisations and companies for supporting our World of Work Fortnight:

ARRK Europe Ltd, AccXel, Balcarras School, Barnwood Park School, Battledown Centre, Berkley Castle, Bettridge School, BHB Architects, BPE Solicitors, Broadlands Preschool, Broadway Finance, Cafecito Avenue, CCP Charity, Cheltenham College Sports Centre, Cheltneham Libary, Christ Church Primary School, Christ Church Cheltenham, Cleevely Electricals, Cotswold Energy Group, Cedar Trust Care Homes, Dean Close Airthrie, Ecctis LTD, Everyman Theatre - Cheltenham, Family Space, Farm Web, Farye Oaks, FINN Partners, Foxcote House Livery Yard & Riding School, Franceso Group, GE Aviation, Glenfall Community Primary School, Global Expatriate Tax Services, Gloucester Road Primary School, Gloucestershire Constanbulary, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Greatfield Park Primary School, HETAS LTD, Hexe Digital Ltd, Holst Victorian House, JJS Construction LTD, Kohler Mira,L3 Harris Tech, Lakeside Primary School, Le Champignon Sauvage, Little Apples Nursery, Little Jet Company Ltd, Little Smarties Nursery, The Lucky Onion Group, Marling School, MB Partners - Sports Management and Marketing Agency,Mercedes-Benz, Monty's Guitars Ltd, Morels at the Swan, MSD Evoultion martial arts academy, Naunton Park Primary School, Nicolas White Hairdressing,Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital,Nursery Rhymes Day Nursery, Playdays Early Years Nursery, Premier Property Maintenance, R.R.A ARCHITECTS, Renishaw, Robert Limbrick, St Gregory's Catholic School, St James' C of E Primary, St Johns Primary School, St Marks C of E Junior School, St Peter's Catholic Primary School, Swindon Village Primary School, Tewkesbury Borough Council, The Aroid Attic LTD, The Roses Theatre, Thomas Keble School, UK Loco Ltd, Ultra, Up Hatherley Library, Warden Hill Primary School, WWT Slimbridge, YMCA Family Space and Young Enterprise.


Sixth Form students explore International Relations

Year 12 Politics and History students spent the day at the University of Gloucestershire, taking part in an International Relations Day.

Ms Rawstone, History Teacher said, "It was a great day and we all enjoyed it. The students learnt about studying international relations and discussed some big questions about terror and national security. They then took part in a mock UN debate, negotiating with sixth form students from other schools to try and create a global climate deal. Thank you to the team at Francis Close Hall for having us."

Students who study International Relations might go on to work in UK and international charities, diplomatic services, international organisations such as the UN, journalism, security and intelligence services, teaching, lecturing or research.

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