On Monday evening Year 10 pupils and their parents were invited to attend the second annual ‘High Achieving Pupils Event’ at Longfield Academy.  With an emphasis on helping students to prepare effectively for the next 12 months, Mr Lever, Miss Marlborough, Miss Smith and Mrs Mulheran covered a range of useful topics, including time-management, revision tips and how parents can best support their children through the challenging GCSE year ahead.  The audience also heard from Salha, a Y12 student, who achieved an amazing 9 GCSEs at A* and A grades. She was able to share her top tips and best advice, as well as inspire our current Year 10s, demonstrating what is possible when you work hard to achieve your very best.

Key Note Speaker

The evening came to a close with our keynote speaker, author and career coach Erica Sosna (www.ericasosna.com), who delivered an inspirational talk entitled ‘How to be a bright and shining star’.  As well as focusing on the importance of academic achievement, Erica highlighted the need to understand ourselves when thinking about our future pathways.  By asking students and their parents to discuss a number of key questions, including ‘What did I really love to do when I was 5 years old?’, she was able to prompt some really fascinating discussions.  In fact, by the end of the session it became clear that it was not only the students who were thinking about their future career options!

Erica’s visit was arranged by Louise Badelow, Leigh Academies Trusts new Aspire Programme Manager.

Aspire Programme

With Louise joining us in May, plans are now really starting to take shape for this exciting new initiative, due to fully launch in September. Designed to provide cultural and academic enrichment opportunities for all our students, the aim is to raise both attainment and aspiration, enabling our brightest pupils to gain places at the country’s top universities, including The Russell Group and Oxbridge.

After only two months, the new Aspire Programme is still very much in its infancy.

Nevertheless, we are already very excited about how the project is shaping up, and we look forward to updating you on our progress, and importantly how this ambitious programme is impacting our students, in the months ahead.