Weekly News Bulletin: 6 November 2017

The Essex Book Awards
The Essex Book Awards, run by the ESS for Schools, were announced at Great Baddow High School on Tuesday. Eight students attended the Drama Workshop to discover more about the books chosen this year.

Book Club will meet on a Tuesday break-time starting after half-term to read and discuss the six books before voting in March. We hope to attend the Awards Ceremony in March to meet the authors. All students are invited to attend Book Club.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Year 11 English Language Mock Exams
Please may we remind you that the Year 11 English Language Mock Exams take place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th November starting at 8.45am.
Ms V Cheyne – Head of English

Join our Science Club – Tuesdays 3.15pm – 4.15 pm
May I remind you that a new Science Club begins after half-term. The first 15 Year 7 students to apply will be given the opportunity to attend.
Mrs H Greaves-Park – Head of Science

Uttlesford Schools Working Together for Young People
There was a big turnout for an Apprenticeships Evening organised by the three secondary schools in Uttlesford (The Helena Romanes School, Saffron Walden County High School and Joyce Frankland Academy) which was held at Saffron Walden County High School last Wednesday (11th October 2017).

More than 500 people filled the Saffron Hall to learn more about the range of apprenticeships available and then took part in workshops hosted by local companies, Further Education and Higher Education providers. Students learnt that high quality apprenticeships offer an exciting and challenging alternative route to further study at school or college and, as such, can be highly competitive when it comes to applying for an apprenticeship post.

Talks from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex proved popular with young people and their parents wanting to hear more about Degree Apprenticeships – sometime dubbed ‘a degree for free’ – where employers pay the £9,250 a year university fees.

With the new Apprenticeship Levy being charged to businesses, some companies are focussing more on apprenticeships and are looking for young people with a passion for their industry and who are prepared to work hard to carve a successful career for themselves.

The evening also provided an opportunity for Harlow College to introduce the new Stansted Airport College which will open at the airport in September 2018. The college will offer leading edge training for the aviation industry through both vocational courses and apprenticeships in Aviation and Business Services, Engineering and Hospitality and Events Management. Linking directly with Stansted Airport – the largest employer in the South-east of England – this exciting new college will provide great opportunities for local students.

The evening was summed up by a parent who said “We have learned so much tonight about the range of apprenticeships available and what exciting opportunities they now offer for young people”.

For those who missed the evening, the next chance to attend a major schools’ careers event in the area will be the traditional Careers Fair in October next year. Make a note in your diary for Wednesday 10th October 2018 when we will be joined by more than 80 employers, Further and Higher Education providers in the Saffron Hall at Saffron Walden County High School.

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