Fearns pupils explore study after high school
PUPILS got the chance to sample post-16 opportunities on a taster day held at Accrington and Rossendale College with tasters included bricklaying and cooking.
Careers Co-ordinator at Fearns Mrs Ashworth said: “As our Year 11 pupils are now busy deciding which colleges or sixth forms to apply to, they had the opportunity to go to Accrington and Rossendale College to take part in a taster morning for vocational courses to help them with their decision making.
“Some pupils worked alongside chefs and catering students in the college's Roots Restaurant kitchen, while others went to the construction department to try out bricklaying and joinery.
“Learning media make-up techniques was on the menu for pupils who opted to try out hair and beauty courses, while other pupils spent the morning in the motor vehicle workshops and learnt how to change a tyre.
“Our pupils were once again excellent ambassadors for the school.”
Brad Mitchell, 15, is interested in carpentry and got to make a mobile phone holder and also built a brick arch.
He said: “The tutor showed us what we had to do and then we got to make it ourselves; making the arch was quite hard.”
Head Boy Taite Johnston, 16, is interested in an engineering career and is considering apprenticeships in aerospace engineering with the RAF.
He said: “I went into the mechanics department and we were in a group of four and we had to change the tyres on a car.
Libbie Dwyer, 16, worked alongside the chefs and students in the catering department and wasn’t too keen on the task of learning how to bone a chicken.
Libbie is planning to study childcare after she finishes school.