Students Make the Big Decisions

Students have had the chance to sculpt their future at the annual Careers and Options Event.

Year 9 students at The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent were guests in their own Academy as they took part in the event that helps to guide them as they move through education.

Miss Cunningham, who arranged the event, said “It is an important time for all 14-year olds as they choose which subjects they will study for GCSE. The Co-operative Academy offers a wide choice of subjects and sometimes that can be baffling. So this event brings together local educators, apprenticeships, employers and trainers to define that pathway.”

The event is broken down into a Careers Fair during the day, where students meet potential employers, colleges and universities and then an Options Evening where they are joined by their parents. During the evening all students had the chance to sit down with the teachers and their parents and discuss which subjects would be best for them.

Nick Lowry, Principal, said “Events like this are all about giving the students freedom to make their own decisions but being aware that as professionals it is our role to guide them.

We see more and more employers join us every year and that is down to the students that leave us and made great strides in these companies. They know that our Academy develops well-rounded successful and driven young adults and they can’t wait to snap them up.”

The Academy is well-regarded for the range of subjects it offers. Ofsted commented in 2013 “The good range of subjects and qualifications in Key Stage 4 helps ensure that students are well prepared for the next stage of learning or employment.

The range of subjects and courses available to students is outstanding. It ensures that learning pathways match students’ ways of learning and their career ambitions.”

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