Abigail Lockdown Diary

Brilliant Work News items

Virtual Work Experience

Y10 work experience had to be cancelled in July 2020 due to school closure, however some students took advantage of some new opportunities for virtual placements. Chanel Nussey joined two different Law placements through the Inside Sherpa network. One involved a Fraud case study – researching sentencing options for a case. The second was based on a business merger with a task linked to the financial deal. Chanel is interested in studying Law A level next year and progressing on to careers involving the Law, so both placements gave her a good insight into some different areas of work. She said “I really enjoyed the case study – it was good to get engrossed in a real life story”. Well done Chanel for getting involved!

14 Y11 students arrived at school for 8.30 on Saturday morning to attend the Worldskills Show at Birmingham NEC and it was well worth the effort. The event is a fantastic showcase of skills and apprenticeship opportunities, with large employers from Coca-Cola to Jaguar Land Rover, and young people from colleges around the country competing in skill areas from Theatre Make-up to Joinery and Digital skills.

“it was very helpful, it helps you gain skills and experience for the job you want to do. I got advice on being a paramedic’ Ebony Dooley “it was helpful, it taught me skills I would’nt necessarily think about, for example on the Army stand there were lots of jobs I was not aware of” Bethany Tonge “It was very helpful, the experience and knowledge from other people has helped me with my decisions. I am now considering apprenticeships in plumbing/electrical engineering and know more about how to apply” Josh Paling

We have new teams of anti-bullying ambassadors for Y8 and Y9 – see pictured. All have been trained in their new role and proudly wearing their purple ties. They have made a great start to the year with a range of activities during national Anti-bullying week. The theme of the week was ‘Choose Respect’ – Y9 Ambassadors sold wristbands to promote the message and raised £62, and Y8 Ambassadors promoted the ‘Wall of Respect’, getting lots of positive messages from students at breaks. Our Y10 Ambassadors are also still making a great contribution, delivering anti-bullying assemblies during the week. Ambassadors now have some great ideas to promote the anti-bullying message throughout the year, look out for further news!