Thinking ahead to bright future

Bridlington Upper School'Careers Day.'NBFP PA1603-3e'matching skills 'Emily Butler 13, Paige Brabbin 12, Courtney Matthewman 12, Emma Hurst 13
Bridlington Upper School'Careers Day.'NBFP PA1603-3e'matching skills 'Emily Butler 13, Paige Brabbin 12, Courtney Matthewman 12, Emma Hurst 13

Youngsters glimpsed into their futures at a special event designed to motivate, educate and communicate to them the importance of planning ahead.

Year eight students at Bridlington School spent the day preparing for their working futures, with the help of representatives from York St John, York and Hull Universities, at their annual careers day.

Bridlington Upper School'Careers Day.'NBFP PA1603-3d'Learning inter view skills'Jordan Wilkes 12, Richard Adams university of Hull, Lewis Sellers 12

Bridlington Upper School'Careers Day.'NBFP PA1603-3d'Learning inter view skills'Jordan Wilkes 12, Richard Adams university of Hull, Lewis Sellers 12

Headteacher Sarah Pashley said the event not only serves as a fun day for the students, but also help prepares them for the adult world

“Unlike in most schools, Bridlington School students start their GCSE courses at the beginning of Year 9 rather than at the beginning of Year 10.

“It is therefore really important that we work with our students in Year 8 to ensure they have the right information to make the best decisions for them in terms of the courses they take in Year 9 and beyond.”

Careers day, which took place on Tuesday, saw students take part ‘applications and interviews’ sessions, where the learnt how to prepare for and conduct themselves during job interviews.

Bridlington Upper School Careers Day. NBFP PA1603-3a Jordan Hill 13, Shannon Miller 12, Shayna Auty 12, Ed Hill, Matilda Burnett 12, Megan Chodan 13

Bridlington Upper School Careers Day. NBFP PA1603-3a Jordan Hill 13, Shannon Miller 12, Shayna Auty 12, Ed Hill, Matilda Burnett 12, Megan Chodan 13

A further session involved playing ‘Course Pictionary’ in order to help the students appreciate the wide variety of courses now available at University.

Their final activity was to consider careers available and look at the degrees that celebrities achieved before they became famous.

Student Amy Gollop said: “I was really interested in the types of courses available and had no idea there were so many”

And Polish pupil, Tymon Feliks, added: “I think today was brilliant.

“Now I know how to prepare for an interview and have thought about the strengths and the skills that I have. I didn’t have anything like this at my last school in Poland.”

Believing that ‘Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain’ (DfE 2015) Mark Parker-Randall, PSHEe Coordinator at Bridlington School, said “We have a critical role to play in preparing young people for each and every stage of their education or training and beyond.”

The school’s year eight Options Evening take place om February 11, and parents and carers are encouraged to come along and learn about a rang of GCSE and vocational courses at Key Stage four.