Friday, 14 August 2015

Guidance: 7th July 2015

7th July 2015

Today our last ‘taster session’ took place at Durham Sixth Form Centre. Subjects on offer included Geography, History, Forensic Science, Law, Business and Sport, amongst others.
The Year 10 learners spent the full day at the Sixth Form in order to experience what being a student there was like. They were given a timetable with the three subjects they had chosen to try and were expected to navigate the Sixth Form themselves. At break and lunch time they used the refectory area and mixed with the current students.

Learners enjoyed the day and gained a lot from the experience. Staff at Durham Sixth Form were extremely complimentary towards our learners and said that they were the most polite, well-mannered and friendly group they had hosted. Well done!

Guidance: 1st July 2015

1st July 2015

Work Discovery Week activities continued today with a trip to South Tyneside College Marine School. The group of Year 9 learners looked around the marine engineering workshops, learned to use a micrometer and found out about the Cadetship and Pre-Cadetship courses at South Tyneside College for those who would like a career at sea.

Guidance: 30th June 2015

30th June 2015

Nissan hosted GIMME Nissan (Girls in Monozukuri Manufacturing and Engineering) today as part of Work Discovery Week. Women are hugely underrepresented in the industry and Nissan are working hard to address that. Mrs Walker took some girls to Nissan to take part in the event to find out about the many possibilities in manufacturing and engineering. The group said that they enjoyed the day and some of the girls said it had made them consider careers in this area.  

Guidance: 29th June 2015

29th June 2015

Eleven of our Year 9 girls took part in Work Discovery Week Launch event at the Stadium of Light today. The event is held at the Stadium of Light annually to give learners an opportunity to find out about some of the many careers that are available to them. The day comprised of practical skills demonstrations, a careers fair and workshops. The girls had a go at some of the activities brought along by companies such as Caterpillar, Nissan and Liebherr. Titan the Robot was brought along by South Tyneside College and he gave a performance in the Stadium car park. This went down extremely well with the girls.
The group took part in workshops on how to present yourself to an employer and interview skills. The girls said that this was the most informative part of the day.

Learners really had their eyes opened to the types of opportunities available and they all said the day has given them lots to think about.

Guidance: 22nd & 24th June 2015

22nd June 2015

This week there are two more college visits for our Year 10 learners. Those who chose to visit East Durham College will be taken for the day on Wednesday and we have a trip to Sunderland College on Friday morning.

24th June 2015

College visits continued today with the Year 10 learners heading to East Durham College to experience life as a student. They spent the day at either Houghall Campus, Technical Academy or the Willerby Grove site depending on what subject they wanted to try. Sessions included animal care, hair and beauty, A’ level pathways, sport, engineering and lots more! 

Guidance: 8th June 2015

8th June 2015

Today a number of Year 10 Learners visited New College Durham to experience a day at college. This is the first in a series of visits which are designed to give the learners an insight into college life and to find out about some of the subjects they may be interested in pursuing after Year 11.

The learners took part in two taster lessons of their choice which included; Media, A' levels, Art and Graphics, Brickwork, Catering, Motor Vehicle, Plumbing, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Childcare, Sport, Travel and Tourism to name a few! It was an extremely enjoyable day and the learners had a chance to get really 'hands-on' in their chosen subjects.