This term, the entire Year 11 cohort attended the annual Braintree Careers Fair. The event hosted over 45 exhibitors there to speak to Year 11 students and demystify and explain the many options available to them from September 2017. There was something for everyone – Sixth Forms for those students looking to follow the more traditional academic routes, colleges offering more vocational ‘hands-on’ courses and apprenticeships for those who are keen to start working and ‘learn on the job’.
Each stand had experienced people available to discuss the institution, the courses/training on offer and to provide informative leaflets for our students to take away and absorb in more detail at school and home. Many stands also gave out free stationery and goodies too… the flashing light bulb pens were a particular hit! I collected leaflets (and free pens!) from every stand, so if any students missed anything, I should have it.
Students from the four local secondary schools attended throughout the day, and although all behaved well, this year the feedback was that Tabor Academy were “exceptional” and I had exhibitors speaking to me after the event to say how lovely the Tabor students were, showing a lot of interest and asking relevant questions. The students made me proud as always.
The Year 12 students also did a wonderful job manning the school’s stand and discussing their experiences of the new Sixth Form at Tabor Academy – so many of our Year 11 students said that they were proud to see their school represented at this further education level and were excited to find out what courses were going to be available for them next year.
A really useful and productive afternoon was experienced by all and I hope the students are now a little clearer in their post-16 options and choices.
Mrs Leeds, Achievement Team Leader, Y11.