Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:39

6th Form Broadening Horizons programme

Following their AS Exams, Year 12 students have had the opportunity to engage with a wide range of guest speakers as part of the 6th Form Broadening Horizons Programme. 

This initiative is aimed at providing students with opportunities to gain contact with representatives from a wide range of vocational and subject backgrounds, so that they can make more informed decisions about their own future pathways. 

The school is able to draw on a wide range of expertise through our alumni network, links with local employers and the broader school community.

So far speakers have included:

Eirias alumni and Geography graduate, Beverley Budgon who has since become and Estate Management Surveyor working with the National Trust, whilst also running a toy distribution service in her spare time.

Dr Tom Wilkinson, lecturer in Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin, with a doctorate in Biology from Oxford.  As well as talking to the students, Dr Wilkinson also kindly provided our Environmental Science students with a mock first year lecture, to give them a taste of the University experience.

Rhys and Chris Styles from Pinacl Solutions (Computer Technology solutions), St Aspah.  Chris is a Solution Architect whilst Rhys is a recent graduate of a project manager apprenticeship programme.  Together they were able to provide an interesting insight into a rapidly expanding and changing sector.

Catherine Adey-Davies – entrepreneur, networking consultant with professional experience in the charity and marketing sectors (amongst many other things!)

Jan Goody – local business woman with professional experience in the Planning and Housing sectors

Andy Sutcliffe – runs his own Outdoor Pursuits Company covering everything from climbing walls to team building with businesses

Marina Kogan – Life Coach with extensive experience in Marketing

Becky Fisk – Eirias alumni and graduate, now running her own Graphic Design Business in Yorkshire

Rhian Smith – Advanced Neo-natal Nurse Practitioner at Glan Clwyd hospital

James Popsys – Eirias alumni, English and Publishing graduate, now running his own international social media and vlogging business

Emily Smeaton – Eirias alumni, Oxford Psychology graduate with experience in the Dementia and Brain injury sectors in the UK and Australia

Mary Owen – Eirias alumni working for the Welsh Audit Office, currently studying for Accountancy qualifications

These experiences build on the many other links and talks that students have had access to over the year including: the Universities of Lancaster,Manchester, Cardiff and Cambridge; the University of Law, Chester; Bangor School of Law, Bangor School of Nursing; Holocaust survivor, Arek Hersch; Eirias alumni Amber Stevenson (studying in the USA) and Paul Stevens (airline pilot); the Merchant Navy; Amnesty International, Student Finance Wales;  Airbus; NHS webinar; Wynne Construction; Ysbyty Glan Clwyd; St David’s hospice; DriveSafe; Water Safety; the Blood Service and Project Trust (apologies for anyone we have left out!)


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