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WEEK 22 - Friday 4 March 2022

Last half term was certainly a busy one with regards to careers activities, but I’m pleased to be saying this after the last two years of Covid disruptions we’ve had, it finally feels like we are starting to get back to some normality.

One of the main highlights of the last half term was our Year 11 Mock Interview Day. This has always been a date in the calendar that our students and staff look forward to and we really did miss this last year, but we were pleased to get the event up and running again and welcome back many of our external visitors to interview our Year 11 students. We had over 40 employers support our event and conduct interviews from a wide variety of professions including electrical engineers, doctors, social workers, armed forces, police, construction workers, animal care, sports coaches and catering to name a few.

It was fantastic to hear the positive feedback from the professionals and they spoke highly of our students. We should all be very proud of how well they conducted themselves and it goes without saying how smart the students looked in preparation for their interview. The feedback from the students was very positive with 96% saying they enjoyed the interview experience and their encounter with the external employer and 98% of students said they will take the advice and guidance given to them during their feedback session and use this in the future.

A big thank you to all of our external visitors who supported the event, we couldn’t run events like this without you, thank you for giving up your time and sharing your invaluable experience and knowledge with our students!

In order to prepare students for the event we ran CV sessions after school on Wednesdays, the CV’s were used as part of the interview process. These sessions have now changed to be ‘Application Support’ for those students who have not yet completed their post-16 applications for September 2022. Next week in tutor, Year 11 students will be completing a ‘Post-16 Destination Form’ and this will enable me to see which students have completed their post-16 applications and those students who need additional support with this in their final few months at school. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or your child needs any support: 

Year 11 students have now received their ‘offer letters’ for Hessle Sixth Form, informing them whether or not they have received a place and any next steps to take.

It has also been a busy few months for our Year 9 students as they have now chosen their KS4 options to study in Years 10 and 11. The deadline for options forms was the last day of term Friday 18 February and interviews will take place with students to discuss their chosen subjects.

In order to support the students with making their decisions, they attended the Year 9 Options Fair in January and this gave them the opportunity to see what courses are available and to gain information about what they entail, how the courses are run, hear from previous students who have studied the subject and where this can lead to post-16 and onwards.

Year 9 students also attended a ‘Future Forward’ performance which was funded by the University of Hull and delivered by ‘Performance in Education’. The focus of the performance was to raise aspirations and motivate students regardless of their background and the importance of planning for a successful future. It focussed on GCSE’s, Post 16 & 18 pathways and the many different options available.

Finally, we also had a presentation delivered by Moj from PUSH Talks, and this was an inspirational talk that focused on transferable skills and making the most of your time in school, as well as attending extra-curricular activities and developing skills that can help you to sell yourself in the future. 

The DofE is one of the activities that we run at Hessle High school which develops some fantastic life skills and we are back up and running with a new cohort of Year 9 students and it’s great to see so many students and staff wanting to get involved in this impactful programme.

On Thursday 10 February, Year 7 & 8 students took part in the STEM Roadshow. The topic for this presentation was ‘Magnetism’ and links were made to careers within STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), BAE Systems (Engineering) and the MOD (Navy and RAF). The performance was fun and interactive and it was great to see the whole year group come together in the Main Hall to take part and join in.

We celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) as part of our tutor careers programme w/c 7 February and this included information, activities and videos from people who have taken this post-16/18 pathway... Did you know, Jamie Oliver started out as an apprentice in catering and Elvis Presley trained as an apprentice electrician before his rise to fame! Many more apprenticeship vacancies for our students to apply to are now becoming available as we head into the spring onwards, please make sure you check out the ‘Y11 Careers Info’ page on Google Classroom as opportunities are frequently shared on here.

We have a number of additional programmes that are taking place in school for selected Year 10 students and these include the Mindspan Programme and the Scholars Programme… and for the first time this year we have Year 7 students taking part in the Scholars Programme. The Mindspan programme focuses on techniques to build a more positive mindset, resilience, learning to take responsibility and planning / setting goals for the future. And as part of the Scholars Programme, students will experience small group university-style lectures delivered by a PhD University tutor, giving them an experience of university-level learning.

Upcoming Events:

Humber Energy Skills Training Academy Apprenticeship Recruitment Event - Thursday 10 March, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Open Event - Tuesday 15 March, 6:00 - 7:00pm

Hull College - Apprenticeship Vacancies

Level 3 Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Vacancies with SWIFT Group LTD

John Leggott College: Annual Careers and Progression Fair - Thursday 24 March 2022

Hull College Open Events

East Riding College Open Events

Bishop Burton Taster Sessions

Take Care

Miss H Lawes

Career Leader