Feedback from 2nd year 12 networking lunch is very positive

  • By Tessa Wilkinson
  • 29 Jun, 2015

Over 60 students and businesses network over sandwiches and strawberries!

Following the huge success of our first networking lunch, we decided to make this a yearly event in the Premium Partners' calendar. We had a wide range of businesses represented from Engineering firms Atkins and Airbus to SMEs specialising in HR, Finance and the arts.

The aim of the lunch was to introduce our year 12 students to networking and help them gain confidence in presenting themselves to people they don't know. Data from students shows;

84%said this event had given them more confidence.

89%   would like more opportunities to network

86%   understand networking better

Interestingly   85% of the businesses   present said they   understood how they could support  students better.


Some of them have secured contacts for work experience and advice.

Quotes from students about most enjoyable/interesting aspects of the lunch:

“Understanding what it is employers look for in a person”

“How people have changed careers multiple times”

“Pushing myself out of my comfort zone”

“I have been educated on the meaning and purpose of networking as well as its applications in working life”

“Hearing people’s stories about what they have done to get to where they are now”

“Being able to ask questions and gain some knowledge about area I was unsure of”

“Learning about how someone started their own company”

“Discussing future prospects, but also the routes to those careers”

“Meeting new people and understanding what business want from young people”

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Year 7 brought the Christmas spirit to school yesterday afternoon during Castle Challenge! They were tasked with creating their own decorations for our beautiful Christmas tree (kindly donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre with lights from Tesco). Each tutor group chose the best 10 which are now hanging for all to see in our reception area. We will be selling them on the last day of term for charity. Thank you Year 7!
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