Work Experience 2019

In July, our Year 12 Sixth Form students took the opportunity to work in a range or organisations and companies for a week of Work Experience.  Each student chose an area of interest to them and were involved in the planning to confirm their placements with employers.  Employers were very supportive in providing opportunities for students, to access appropriate and interesting work, which included –

NYCC Libraries  –  The student was very positive and developed excellent relationships with the team

Belzona Polymerics Ltd – He was eager, he listened to guidance and quickly became competent

NYCC Primary Education – She has an understanding of the expectations across the primary phase

FusionLX Ltd – A polite young man and proved to be very capable

GSPK Circuits Ltd – He is a credit to his school and family.  A good experience for our organisation

Newby Hall Gardens

NHS Harrogate Hospital

The Insurance Emporium

Johnson’s of Whixley

Green Tech Ltd

The Minster Equine Clinic

Marks & Spencer

On their return to school, students were asked what they had learnt and how they had benefitted from a week in the work place.  Comments included –

“I worked in a primary school, you need to be open-minded and throw yourself into it.”

“I feel I developed patience, empathy and a firm but fair attitude working with children.  It was quite stressful and exhausting.”

“I was shelving, processing and providing customer service.  I was surprised by the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.”

“I was involved in writing a report, planning for a newsletter, graphics and video design.  I now realise the importance of learning skills like communication, determination, attention to detail, IT and literacy.”

“I had a chance to try everything – marketing, practical work in the yard, sales, finance, buying and operations.  I discovered that office dogs exist too!”

“Work Experience has given me confidence to contact employers to apply for a job.  I would recommend to other young people they look at all the options and not to tie yourself down to one path.”

“The longer day at work didn’t feel long, as the work was so interesting and fun.”

“I feel confident now talking to a variety of people.  I saw that things don’t always go to plan.  Work experience gives you an amazing insight into a potential future career.

Year 11 Prom

Students and staff celebrated the end of the GCSE exams at the Year 11 Prom at The Bridge Inn on Friday night. There was glamour all round and this year group showed that they definitely know how to party. We wish them well for the future and look forward to welcoming many of them back to our Sixth Form.

International STEM work!

On Wednesday 26th June, we were delighted to welcome teachers and students from a school in Australia. Mr. Inglis, through his STEM work has developed a link with Cumberland High School in New South Wales. After a visit to Kirby Hill Primary School, students had the opportunity to participate in lessons at BHS before carrying out their own Science experiments. The day ended with a barbecue and talk of the Conference at York University the following day. So, on Thursday morning with resources at the ready, the team set off to meet up with our Australian visitors for their presentations in York. Just in case you are wondering, that’s a bee!

Year 13 Leavers’ Meal

Thanks to The Crown for being an excellent venue last Friday for the Year 13 Leavers’ Meal. We had a lovely meal and it was a great opportunity for thanks and wishing all well for the future.

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June, from 4-6p.m. in A21
Come along and see our GCSE Art and A Level Art and Photography work.

Race for the Line – BHS in action

You may remember that Year 7 entered the Race for the Line Challenge competition last year and got through to the National Finals, coming joint runners up which was a great achievement. We were subsequently asked to take part in a video to promote the competition which captures both our Year 7 who are currently competing, along with our Year 8 team from last year.

BBC Bitesize Trip

Students from Yr 9 & 10, nominated by teachers, went to the BBC Bitesize Roadshow, which focused on Creative Careers.

The roadshow was hosted by Presenter Jonny Nelson, who recently fronted CBBC’s live Saturday morning children’s show – Saturday Mash-Up.  Amongst many other projects, he has presented digital campaigns for O2 and Primark and presents the Football Show.  He has worked for Channel 5 and ITV.

Jonny introduced 3 guests.  A Researcher, who has been working for 999 Rescue Squad and the BBC1 River Walks series.  A Freelance Lighting Director, who has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, on shows including X Factor, Strictly and The Apprentice.  Finally, a Visual Effects Supervisor, who has experience in period dramas, sci-fi and worked for Netflix.

The guests talked about their career ideas when they were at school, and how their careers then developed.  They highlighted skills required and subjects that were important for their respective jobs, such as communication, being practical, like working with others, having tolerance, problem solving and listening.  They commented on how they can see the subjects they studied at school are valuable in their work – English, Maths, Physics, History, DT, Performing Arts, Photography.

There were a selection of comments made during the show which might be worth remembering –

“If you have a creative itch, you might want to scratch it”

“If you feel over-whelmed with work or deadlines, be organised, write things down and create a sense of order to follow”

“It’s good to be scared sometimes”

“Take opportunities”

“Choice and change – choose to do things that you are interested in”

The BBC Bitesize website has lots of information for students and their families which includes careers, subject guides, exam tips, quizzes, My Bitesize and revision advice.