WOW ‘World of Work’ days started on Monday, 6th July. Students had to plan a musical festival in groups. The aim by the end of the day was to produce a projected revenue form, a planning proposal form, build a model of the staging and produce a presentation that would aid the experts in deciding the overall winner of the whole day. The winning team was Summer Stars Festival.
On Tuesday, Cathy Talbot, from Santander, furthered the students’ knowledge on the art of what is required when applying to a job. They learnt about CV ‘Do’s and Don’ts’, what to write in a covering letter and the importance of social media presence. On the same day, the Army visited school to encourage personal development and there were several activities that developed teamwork.
Wednesday was ‘Sixth Form Taster Choices’ day and staff from John Cleveland College kindly visited school to deliver ‘A’ levels and BTEC subjects that they offer. This allowed students to ask questions about subjects they may be considering after GCSEs.
During the afternoon, an entrepreneur, Ross Kemp, come in to talk to everyone about his exciting business and his ‘journey’ from ‘A’ levels, university and first job. He revealed the great opportunities that had been presented to him (e.g. sponsorship by Richard Branson of Virgin) and how he started to develop his business when he was doing his A-levels and that it has taken until this year for the product to go into production.
On the final day of WOW week, there were three trips. One to TATE, Liverpool for 15 creative students, one to Caterpillar for 15 Resistant Material, Engineering and Business Studies students and five students were able to spend a day at PDSA, Leicester. The Caterpillar trip gave an insight into the different apprenticeships that a successful company can offer.
For students in school, there were three talks; Amy Harris, BBC East Midlands Reporter and former journalist, Jon Guest from Coventry University who spoke about Economics and Sport and a lecturer from De Montfort University who provided advice about foods to aid learning and revision and methods of remembering information
Thursday afternoon, Tracey Waterfield from Leicester Hub provided an insight into apprenticeships and distributed leaflets for students and parents. With the WOW days beginning with a music festival, the activities finished with Saint Martin’s band performing for the students!