Preparing students for their future is a key objective of Harrow Way Community School who invest significant resource in achieving this. A recent initiative saw Year 10 students given a taste of the real world at a Head Hunter’s event where they learned the value of personal branding, CV writing, personal statements and interview skills. Several ‘jobs’ were up for grabs and the students had to apply all their newly acquired skills to see if they would be one of the chosen ones.
Nicola Gregson, Associate Senior Leader for Personalised Learning said: “Careers Education is an increasingly important part of the role we play in helping prepare students for Further and Higher Education and ultimately employment. Working with Cragrats, who specialise in the design and delivery of high-impact experiential learning programmes, the students improved their real world relevant skills, experience and the qualities sought after by employers.”
The students quickly engaged with Head Hunters which had the Cragrats team playing the role of recruiters from a large firm. Guided through a variety of modules, each designed to equip students with a key skill they will require in the future, the day was lightly competitive ending with the ‘winners’ being announced and fictional job offers made. A particularly enjoyable part of the day was the hands on, practical task where students were asked to work in teams to build a tall free standing tower using paper and sellotape. As well as being fun, the task of achieving a common goal is now common practice amongst employers wanting to see prospective candidates actually at work, trying to achieve something and assessing how they relate to other team members.
With thoughts very much looking to the future Harrow Way concluded the day with a Year 10 Careers Evening. Over 150 parents and students attended, enjoying presentations from Nicola Gregson and the school’s Careers Advisor Kathy Barnes. There was also the opportunity to talk to representatives from the school’s post-16 providers: Andover College, Army, Basingstoke College of Technology, Basingstoke ITEC, Be Wiser Insurance, Peter Symonds College, Queen Mary’s College, Salisbury UTC, Sparsholt College and Wiltshire College.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.