Essilor UK started working with some underachieving year 9 boys a few months ago to make link the learning in class to real world applications. The group of four boys were chosen as their maths levels were not as high as expected and there was no explanation for this other than a lack of motivation.
The boys were told that they would be doing maths to design lenses for a telescope. This was hard work and meant a lot of concentration and head scratching, but resulted in an extraordinary piece of work being done. The maths was very complex, and would have had an AS level maths student sweating, let alone 13 year olds! However, with the amazing support, teaching and guidance of Essilor employees, the boys all found their maths levels increasing. As Adam said, 'my maths level has gone up from a 6 to an 8!'
Over several months, the boys were able to build three telescopes. The first from cardboard tubes, the second from plastic piping, and finally a working telescope. Mike Kirkley, Managing Director of Essilor UK congratulated the boys and in front of all the employees of Essilor, staff from Castle School and parents, presented them with the lenses they had designed and the final, working telescope.
It was fantastic to see such a shining example of business and education working together, and we are looking forward to the next project!
Five Year 11 boys from Castle School enjoyed a great day at RAF Brize Norton as part of the EES (Engineering Education Scheme).They participated in team building exercises, received talks from the RAF about engineering and met Ben Wheeler from A-Gas Ltd, who is the engineer they will be working with this year. The highlight of the day was the tour of one of the RAF’s planes, where they spent some time exploring and asking lots of questions.
Over the next few weeks they will be visiting A-gas Ltd at Portbury and seeing firsthand the problem which they must solve. They will then start the task of designing and completing the task over the next six months with a residential held at Bath University at the end of January.
Our thanks to A-Gas for supporting this exciting scheme for a second year.
Local insurance broker and Premium Partner, Brightside Insurance, had good reason to celebrate at the end of last week as one of its apprentices won the highly coveted Apprentice of the Year award at the South West Contact Centre Forum awards. Asher Budd, 19, a former Castle School pupil, received the award in recognition of the dedication he has shown in working towards completing an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Providing Financial Services and attaining his Chartered Insurance Institute status.
Collecting his award, Asher said “I’m really proud to have won this Apprentice of the Year award. It’s a wonderful achievement for me and I’d like to thank my manager Gemma Ferris, my team and everyone who’s played a part in supporting my development since I joined Brightside just one year ago”. Suzie Noble, Brightside’s Chief People Officer, was equally thrilled by the win, and said, “I’m so delighted with Asher has won this award. I’ve been nothing but impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm he’s shown since joining Brightside as an apprentice. He’s a role model for our future generation”.