Year 8 & 9 students “engaged and inspired” as Silverstone Park Schools Programme events return

Year 8 & 9 students “engaged and inspired” as Silverstone Park Schools Programme events return

28 April 2022

Senior secondary school staff have praised the return of the Silverstone Park Schools Programme after three high impact careers awareness sessions between their students and local business professionals.

More than 600 young people at The Buckingham School, Kingsthorpe College in Northampton and Sponne School in Towcester were able to quiz leading figures from business across a variety of industry sectors about career pathways and future opportunities in the world of work.

CLICK HERE for images from each of the events (Kingsthorpe’s was online due to the Covid situation).

Meeting with the programme’s network of business volunteers has been deliberately timed to give the students (Years 8 and 9) greater insight into the types of careers available prior to them making their final GCSE choices.

The students will also get a second opportunity to meet businesses when they are invited to Silverstone Park in July to tour companies there – many of them operating in advanced engineering, manufacturing, electronics and software development.

Activities delivered by the Silverstone Park Schools Programme (#SPSchools) at each school included speed networking and masterclasses.

Suzy Pykett, Buckingham School’s Head of Sixth Form, commented: “This is the second time we have welcomed the Silverstone Park Schools Programme and the energy throughout the event was brilliant.

“The students were engaged and inspired by the business volunteers’ career stories – which resonated deeply with many – and the range of activities.

“Teachers have said how impressed they were with the scale, impact and professional feel of the event; parents have talked of the insightful conversations they have had subsequently at home with their children.

“The experience has really got students thinking about where their interests lie, the possibilities, the world of work and how to adapt in order to pursue a career.”

Diane Fisher, Kingsthorpe’s Strategic Lead for Careers enthused: “A massive thank you from all of us at KC. We do appreciate the time it takes to organise events like this and all the volunteers who give up their time for our students.

“It’s been a fantastic experience for all of our Year 9 students who have been affected so much by Covid. Our students are so lucky to be part of this programme.

“The Silverstone Park event has also been a great reminder of how far we have come. It was inspiring to have Year 12 students – among our first students to take part in the programme four years ago – supporting the event. It highlighted how far they have travelled and the responsible young people they have become.”

Ann Warner, Sponne School’s Learning Lead for PSHE, said: “Being able to welcome local employers into Sponne again to work with our Year 8 students has been a privilege.

“Our students engaged with all the activities and spoke positively about the opportunity to hear from people in local businesses and finding out about technologies of the future.

“Sponne School’s motto is to ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ and this event helped our young people to see the opportunities that could await them and to dream of possible futures for themselves.

“We look forward to being able to take some of our students to Silverstone Park to show them local industries in action and to continue our partnership with MEPC and the Silverstone Park Schools Programme.”

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