Date published: 01 November 2019
Around 40 students attended an inspirational event at the Gainsborough Academy which was aimed at those considering their options after Year 11.
The evening focused on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, which are the key to accessing further education after GCSEs – students and parents were offered practical tips and advice to prepare for exams and help deal with nerves and stress.
The event, which is hopefully the first of many for the Academy, was warmly received by the guests that attended.
One parent said “this was a fantastic evening. Both myself and my daughter have come away with lots of useful tips and ideas to help revise for her upcoming exams. It was lovely to have the opportunity to speak to colleagues and for my daughter to see what is beyond school.”
The evening event offered information advice and guidance from core subject staff, Colleges and post 16 providers. There were also opportunities to meet with a careers adviser.
The highlight of the evening was an aspirational talk from local football star Luke Staton, who achieved 18 caps for his country in his early career before establishing himself as a motivational speaker.
Students heard about Luke’s educational journey and the struggles he had to overcome in order to live his dream.
Amanda Bouttell attended the event on behalf of West Lindsey District Council and was impressed with the talk.
She said “Luke has inspired many of the students this evening by sharing his experience. He is living proof that people can achieve if they put their mind to it.”
Jo Phillips is the Assistant Principal for Student Development and Careers Lead for the Gainsborough Academy and organised the event. She was pleased it had been so well received by parents.
She said: “Building a can-do attitude throughout the entire school community is key to exam success. It was great to see so many parents and students bringing a lot of enthusiasm to the evening, and many have said they learned a lot. I hope we’ll see positive outcomes from this event, and continue to host similar evenings in the future.”
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