School welcomes impressive array of guests – from local engineering firms to paramedics and the police – to speak to pupils about their careers. Former British sprinter and Olympic champion Jason Gardener MBE also made an appearance.
Last week, pupils at Beacon View Primary Academy in Paulsgrove were setting their sights high as part of an ‘Aspirations Week’.
Across the school, the children enjoyed an exciting range of activities and impressive guest speakers designed to teach them about different types of careers. Through this, staff want to inspire the pupils to consider their ambitions for the future and how what they learn at school can help get them there.
The week included visits from a diverse array of people, representing the rich variety of opportunities available to new generations of young people going into the world of work. From a cyber security expert who uses code to protect our data online, to a police officer working to keep communities safe, experts showcased a range of jobs in today’s society.
Other guests included a banker, a beautician a paramedic and a member of the Royal Navy. Former British sprinter Jason Gardener MBE also made an appearance to share his memories of being an Olympic gold medallist and gave pupils his tips for working hard and achieving their goals.
Throughout the week’s activities, the pupils were keen to make the most out of the experience – listening intently as the guests talked about their roles and asking some well thought-out questions. This covered everything from what they do on a daily basis and how they got into their career to what they like and dislike about their role – providing a fantastic, real-life insight into different jobs.
Year 3 pupil Percy thoroughly enjoyed the science and STEM activities from the week, saying:
“I’ve learnt that there are just so many different things you can do with science! When I’m older I’d like to solve mysteries and find temples and secret passages.”
Evie, a pupil in Year 5, added:
“I’ve loved every minute of Aspirations Week. I particularly liked finding out more about all the jobs I can do when I’m older.”
The week complements Portsmouth City Council’s ‘Miss School, Miss Out’ campaign which seeks to improve attendance in local schools by celebrating the powerful impact of education. Staff at Beacon View Primary Academy have been keen to support this initiative through ‘Aspirations Week’, which is part of their commitment to providing an Education with Character – one which inspires, excites and challenges pupils and gives them the skills for life-long learning.
Rebecca Mitchell, Head of School at Beacon View Primary Academy, said:
“Aspirations Week has proved a fantastic hit with our whole school community – pupils, parents and staff – and has encouraged the children to cultivate their individual dreams and ambitions for the future. Through all we do, we want to give pupils the tools for success and part of this is opening their eyes to exciting opportunities in the world around them.
“We are grateful to all of the wonderful speakers who have visited our academy this week and provided a fascinating insight into their lives and careers. It was important for us to showcase a rich variety of jobs, proving that there is a perfect role for everyone – no matter their interests or talents – to thrive in.”