Linking Learning to Careers
Year 10 BTEC Business Enterprise
We invited local enterprises to talk about their business and how they started. Information asked helped students to complete their ‘Component 1 Exploring Enterprise’ coursework.
Mr Drew Cockton
Director/Owner of Owen Drew Luxury Candles Ltd
A company based in Birkenhead, started because the owner was very interested in producing a candle/wax product that did not leave smoke stains on the walls or around the candles container because the product used paraffin, a highly inflammable product in itself, and that the scent in the candles was not long lasting as it should be. The company produces high quality products only using natural products and natural ingredients. Quality is achieved in production.
Head of KMW Training
Trains future leaders and managers and is a motivational speaker. Talked about being an entrepreneur and what it takes to set up your own business.
Mrs Anna Percival-Harris
Director/Owner of JPMA
A business based in Hoylake, started because of the need in the area for training in sailing within the leisure industry, merchant navy, oil rigs, container ships etc. JPMA offers off-shore training to all personnel involved in sea navigation, engineering, from basic training on knot tying to high tech radar equipment as well as people management in overseeing staff at sea in close environments.
The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme
A cohort of Year 10 students are taking part in the Brilliant Club, conducting independent research into the topic of haematological diseases, under the guidance of a PHD student. The launch event took place at Russell Group University, the University of Manchester and support will continue over the coming months. This is in preparation for university study and also links careers to the curriculum.
STEM Support and Promotion
Dr Moore is overseeing STEM across the school and we have the support of our Enterprise Advisor, Joanna Bateman, who is an ambassador for engineering. Joanna supports Weatherhead in the promotion of STEM based career routes.
The University of Law deliver a programme called Street Law to encourage students to consider careers in law as well as identify how they are learning links to the world of work. Year 11 Sociology students took part in a session studying real life cases and linking sociological factors to criminal behaviour.
Creative Careers Week
A cohort of Year 12 students, who are currently studying creative based A Levels, visited Tate Liverpool to discover more about careers in the creative industries. They received talks from industry professionals and took part in a print making workshop.
Weatherhead Scholars’ Programme
The Scholars’ Programme has been designed to provide exceptional opportunities and guidance for our brightest Sixth Form students. At Weatherhead we are committed to supporting our students in successfully applying to the very best universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group.
Higher Education+ Activities
On Wednesday 14th November a group of students from Year 12 were invited to participate in a research project hosted by Liverpool John Moores University and run by Cambridge University. Students were required to complete research projects based upon the ‘Golden ratio’, the future of vaccinations and the USA’s future as a Superpower working with students from schools across the area and present their findings through a Q&A session to lead researchers from the universities resulting in a trip to Cambridge University.
Zombie Apocalypse, Newcastle University – Wednesday 14th November
As a result of the scholars’ programme, a group of Year 10 students were given the opportunity to take part in the STEM workshop led by Newcastle University. The day incorporated developing skills and participating in activities in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Students were also given information on Higher Education courses and advice regarding careers in STEM subjects.