Students in year 10 have recently participated in a week of work-related activities aimed at broadening their experiences and helping to inform future career choices.

There were visits to the University of Sussex, Crawley College and Plumpton College, where students toured the campuses, learned about what life would be like as a student there and participated in subject taster sessions.   There was also a trip to the Big Bang Fair, an event focusing on career opportunities linked with science, technology, engineering and maths.

With the kind help of business volunteers acting as interviewers, students participated in formal mock interviews to help prepare them for college and job interviews in the future.  This is always a successful event, enjoyed by students and employers alike.   The business volunteers were very impressed by our students, one stating: ‘You have amazing talented students; hopefully I may even recruit some of them one day!  It’s an honour to support such a great school.’

We were very pleased to welcome back some former students of Oathall, who came into lessons to talk to students about their career paths and experiences of the world of work.  We would like to thank Thomas Woerndl, David Amor, Emily Hughes, Joshua Ayres and Yasmine Bettine for giving up their time and providing such interesting and informative presentations.  They are all members of the Oathall Alumni Association, which allows us to keep in touch with our former students.

The week culminated in students undertaking a work observation day, where students visited a work place to give them some experience of the world of work and an insight into what might await them following their post 16 and post 18 educational pathway.