17 July 2019

On Wednesday 10th July 2019, the whole of year 10 were taken off timetable in order to attend a formal interview for which they had submitted an application for a fictitious vacancy. Although they will go through a similar process when making their application to college, we felt that you really cannot have enough interview experience.

On ‘Interview Day’, we were delighted to welcome members of the local business community to the Marriott Hotel.  They had very kindly volunteered their time to act as our interviewers; interviewing pupils and providing invaluable feedback.

The experience, from writing a letter and CV to deadline, attending the interview dressed in formal attire to communicating with interviewers and receiving feedback proved very positive for all of our pupils.

“The ‘Interview Day’ was a new experience for me,” said year 10 pupil David. “I gained confidence speaking to adults who may one day hire me. It taught me the way to behave, and how to compose myself, in an interview situation. I learned that I need to be more responsible.”

“The experience helped me build my confidence,” said Adham, also a pupil in year 10. “I am now more prepared for the future and I don’t think I will feel as nervous.”

“As a school, we believe it is essential that children are confident in learning how to deal with interviews,” said Mrs Jackson, Headteacher. “We are very grateful to the members of the local business community for supporting our young people in learning essential life skills. It is good to see our pupils develop their confidence in real life interview situations.”

Many thanks to; Graeme from PNE Community and Education Trust, Paul Attwood from Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Helen Crossley from HM Land Registry, Martin Earley and Gillian Kendal from UCLAN, Ann-Marie Fisher and Brittany Mollart from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Shaheen Gul from Inspira, Mark Hall from MJH Accountants, Zul Hussain from HMRC, Jason McKinney from the Army Careers Office, Rachel Kelly and Penny Whittaker from Preston Marriott Hotel, Sarah Kettleband from Adecco, Annette Thompson from Thompson Electrical Engineers and Contractors, Vicki Webster from Training 2000, Sarah White from Lancashire Constabulary, Rev’d Stuart Wild, Mr Robert Smith and Mr Simon Walker. Special thanks to Mrs Simpson for her meticulous organisation and thanks to Mrs Hayward and Mrs Brennan. Thank-you to year 11 pupils Xin, Lauren and Jenin for giving up their time to help on the day.