Sexey’s School and Ansford Academy joined up with Bruton School for Girls when BSG hosted a careers day to give a an insight into what lies beyond A Levels and Higher Education to students in Years 11 and 12.
The students were able to participate in workshops run by speakers from a broad range of career sectors and industries. These included workshops on medicine, the police, law, the music business, nursing and the armed forces. Local businesses Ice House Designs, Kara Clarke Physiotherapy, At the Chapel, and Hauser & Wirth gave sessions as did both Bristol and Southampton Universities, providing a mobile biomedical laboratory and a session about acoustical engineering respectively.
Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Head of Careers at Bruton School for Girls, Kate Life, explained:
“Equipping pupils for a life beyond school is a vital part of their education and hearing from experts in an area of work or an industry sector is an important part of career planning and decision making. We were delighted to welcome so many young students from local schools and offer both them and our pupils insights into various career paths. We very much hope the careers day has given everyone the determination to follow their goals and dreams, but to do so with some practical expert advice.”
To start and end the day, there were two fascinating key note speeches from Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles and Lieutenant Commander Becky Frater. Lucy was the first woman to take command of New College at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Wincanton-born Lucy attended her local comprehensive school and A-level college before studying science at Exeter University.
Lt Cdr Becky Frater originally joined the Army in 1998 and was commissioned directly into the Army Air Corps after initial training at Sandhurst. She was then selected to undertake Qualified Helicopter Instructor training and was subsequently employed as a Flight Commander at RAF Shawbury. She assumed Command of 705 NAS in June 2013.
The event forms part of the structured careers advice
and support which is offered throughout the school and is recognised as contributing to the outstanding outcomes and successes for the girls who choose to study there. The school was recently ranked fourth in The Telegraph’s national league tables for smaller independent schools for A Level results.