Tuesday 5th November saw a whole day of skills events for students at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy. Hosted as a joint event between the Stationers Livery Company, Leigh Academies Trust and Stationers Crown Woods Academy, the day began with Brushing Up Your Skills , with students from year 12 and 13 participating in a carousel of three interactive labs on the use of Linkedin, interview skills and C.V preparation. In each case the lab was hosted by an industry expert with students adding to the value of the experience by building up a useful portfolio of information to take away as well as a certificate of completion.

Brushing up your skills

LinkedIn Lab hosted by Ralph Mayer, Lead Customer Success Manager, LinkedIn

Interview Skills Lab hosted by Lucy McInerney, Senior Recruitment Specialist at the Tilney Group

C.V. Lab hosted by Andrew Wood, London Secondary Education Business Manager at Reed

Brushing Up Your Skills Team- (Left to Right), Jas Mato, Careers Learning Development Advisor, Leigh Academies Trust, Helen Esmonde, previous Master of the Stationers Livery Company, Jani Levänen, Stationer, Lucy McInerney, Lab facilitator, Andrew Wood, Lab facilitator, Joanne Marshall, Careers Lead at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, Ralph Meyer, LinkedIn and Louisa Felstead, Engagement Development Manager at Leigh Academies Trust.


Delegate comment:

Andrew Wood– “I must say, I was really impressed with how warmly we were received and how efficiently it was run. It was a real pleasure and I would be happy to do this again.”

Lucy McInerney – “I got a lot out of the event as I hope the students did too.”

Skills 30:30

For the first time at a LAT London Academy, that afternoon, year 10 students participated in a Skills 30:30 event. 

For Businesses

Sincere thanks to the Stationers’ Livery Company for so many of their members attending and assisting at Skills 30:30. Other delegates included small business owners who are regular Skills 30:30 attendees, officers from the Metropolitan Police and even one alumni from Stationers Crown Woods Academy.

Business participants gathered in the library and enjoyed two presentations, the first of which was by Helen Esmonde, previous Master of the Stationers Livery Company (the first woman Master in over 600 years) who related the fascinating history of the Company to the current day and the Company’s sponsorship of the digital media centre at the academy.

The stunning Stationers Hall


The second presentation for businesses was by Lisa Settle, Director of telecoms company, Telcare Limited. Lisa is a long time supporter of Skills 30:30 and related her story of leaving school and having her first interview- which did not go well!. She emphasised the importance of young people being prepared for such interviews and a round table discussion ensued on young people in the workplace.

Lisa Settle


For students

Whilst business participants enjoyed their presentations, year 10 students attended a workshop by Darrel Linehan-Dumont, Owner of My Careers Options and Governor of fellow LAT academy, Wilmington Academy. During this hour, students practised handshakes, eye- contact and thought about the sort of questions that they might like to ask of delegates for the second session. Additionally, they worked on questionnaires on personality traits and types.

Darrel Linehan-Dumont’s workshop


As a finale to the day, business participants and students came together for a session of facilitated speed networking; in effect, a series of “mini-interviews” for each student.

Students enthusiastically engaged with our external participants, taking the opportunity to find out about their career journeys and discuss possible future options for themselves.

Again, participating students took away a certificate for attending the event.


Delegate comment:

“The students were awesome and really got involved. They all told me they got lots out of meeting so many people and really enjoyed the 1-2-1’s” – Darrel Linehan- Dumont

“An amazing experience and I hope the students can take something away from us” – Callum Nurse

“Great afternoon at the Skills 30:30 event at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy – learning about the origins of the Stationers Livery Company, interview disasters and speed networking with a group of fantastic and inspired students! Darrel Linehan-Dumont, the hints and tips you gave the students really served them well for their networking session. “ – Jenna Wells

“It was most enjoyable.  What lovely bright students! “- Elaine Pooke


Student comment:

“ I really enjoyed this experience and would love to do it again and meet even more people. They really helped me and made me think more clearly about my options.They were very nice and helpful people who made the experience much better”- Ellie

“Really nice people who made me feel comfortable” – Nancy

“Thank you for helping me and giving me the advice I need to make the choices toward my future” – Samuel

“They all gave good advice for what I could do when I’m older” – Kayden


Thank you to everyone who participated in the day and for their support of our students.