King Edward’s bumper careers event proves a real inspiration

The inaugural Morpeth King Edward's Inspires event for students and parents in Year 11 and 12 (left to right) student Caitlin Tubby and Lancaster University Graduate Ambassador Jamie Graney.'REF 0611149168
The inaugural Morpeth King Edward's Inspires event for students and parents in Year 11 and 12 (left to right) student Caitlin Tubby and Lancaster University Graduate Ambassador Jamie Graney.'REF 0611149168
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A big careers-related event at Morpeth’s high school that had been over a year in the planning greatly impressed the participants as well as students and their parents.

The staff involved in organising the first annual King Edward’s Inspires invited delegates and speakers from a number of sectors of industry as well as further and higher education institutions.

More than 300 pupils from Years 11 and 12, plus their parents or carers, accessed a range of presentations and information stalls. In addition, a number of former students came along to talk about what they have done in their career so far and answer questions.

A total of 40 businesses and organisations were represented. They included Deloitte, Arup, a number of universities and further education colleges, the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and other health bodies, Carillion, representatives from the Armed Forces and National Citizen Service, Eversheds LLP, Gardiner Richardson, Project Trust and Northern Powergrid.

Leanne Johnston, assistant headteacher at KEVI, said: “We are proud to have been able to provide this unique and invaluable opportunity for our students and parents to speak directly to employers about their future plans.

“The aim was to put on an event that would inspire our young people in terms of the breadth of opportunities beyond King Edward’s, but also facilitate parents in accessing advice and guidance, so they can support their child in their future aspirations.

“The buzz of the atmosphere on the evening was tangible and students are still discussing and enthusing about the event with their peers and teachers.

“Parents have also been overwhelmingly positive in response to the event. Many of them have commented how useful it was to receive the expert input and how impressive the range of delegates were, and they welcomed the opportunity to be able to access information in a variety of formats.

“The feedback from the delegates has been excellent. They commended the school for actively embracing its responsibility for high quality impartial advice and guidance and praised students for their thoughtful and considered questions about their future.

“All who attended were very keen to support future events, which are part of the wider, planned careers education, information, advice and guidance programme we offer our students, and some of them mentioned and enthused about the event on Twitter using #KEVIinspires.

“The alumni who attended were able to discuss their chosen routes and careers paths from King Edward’s and beyond – these included medicine, accountancy, sports science, the performing arts and public relations.

“A number of them said what a great idea the event was and how they would have benefited from something similar when they were at KEVI.”

She added that there will be a King Edward’s Inspires in 2015 and the staff involved will aim to make it even bigger than this year’s event.

Captions: Teesside University recruitment officer Gary Crawley and KEVI student Elliot Fairweather. (NPMH-kevi1PM061114); KEVI student Caitlin Tubby and Lancaster University graduate ambassador Jamie Graney. (NPMH-kevi2PM061114); KEVI student Emma Shuttleworth and Further Maths Support Programme North East area co-ordinator Phil Moxon. (NPMH-kevi3PM061114)