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STUDENTS AT THE CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Cass Business School

In July, a two day visit to the Cass Business School, part of City University, gave a group of 6.1 students a taste of life as a student in London.

All group members are keen to study business related courses at university and they took park in sessions such as ‘Working in the Banking Sector’, ‘Desert Island Survival’ and a hotly contested ‘Trading Game’ where they acted as traders in the Stock Exchange.

Day 2 provided the opportunity to work with Frank Funnel from The Brokerage, an organisation which helps prospective City traders to develop their CVs. The students explored the skills required for particular jobs and had the chance to perfect their interview skills. They also enjoyed a lively and interesting lecture - ‘Marketing and Technology in the Music Industry’.

It was a valuable experience and students returned with a much clearer idea of what they want to study as well as possible future career choices.

Outstanding Teacher Training

Following an inspection in June, Ofsted graded the West Midlands Consortium Teacher Training Programme as Outstanding.

The Consortium, led by Thomas Telford School, involves 33 secondary schools mostly in Shropshire and the West Midlands and trains about 75 graduates

each year to become teachers

.

Sir Kevin Satchwell said: “Many past graduates from the last 17 years now work in schools across the region. Alan Fowler (former Director of IT ) who retired

i n J u l y , c r e a t e d a f a n t a s t i c t e a m w h i c h

worked very hard with colleagues from partner schools to achieve Outstanding Status. I am delighted to have his former Deputy, Ian Williams to continue to build on this successful legacy.”

Engineering Wizards

A group of Sixth Form students took part in the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) earlier in the year. Nicholas Young, William Hudson, Rhys Simmonds and Charlotte Bacon worked with GKN to develop an Induction Furnace Loading Device which enables the machined centres from aluminium tank wheels to be returned to the kiln.

PICTURED WITH GKN ENGINEER OLIVER REED (ON THE LEFT) ARE (L-R): NICHOLAS YOUNG, RHYS SIMMONDS, WILLIAM HUDSON AND CHARLOTTE BACON.

This aluminium can then be reused on site rather than being shipped to Scotland to be recycled. The device will not only save GKN thousands of pounds but will also cut down the company's carbon footprint.

The EES Judges were very impressed with the students' strategy and planning and the way in which they presented their work to the judging panel. These feedback results were the best the School has ever received from the Scheme.

The Engineering Education Scheme

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