New careers hub opens at Castle Newnham school

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Aspire Higher: (L to R) Paula Page, Principal Ruth Wilkes, Emma Semi

Castle Newnham pupils will have one-to-one careers advice, thanks to a collaboration with the University of Bedfordshire.

The University’s Aspire Higher team has opened a Careers Hub at the school to give students guidance around sixth-form, college, university, apprenticeship and career choices.

Paula Page and Emma Semi of the Aspire Higher team joined Castle Newnham Federation principal, Ruth Wilkes to open the new facility.

The school has worked closely with Aspire Higher since 2017 to give pupils opportunities to work with the university on projects including subject-specific visits and visiting guest speakers.

Year 9 pupils are invited to visit the university for a day to experience life as a student.

Alison Boston, assistant principal for aspiration & achievement said: “We value the partnership that we have with Aspire Higher at the University of Bedfordshire as it gives our pupils opportunities to think about life after school and consider subjects that they could study and careers that they could pursue.”

Paula Page, collaborative project manager said: “Aspire Higher has been working in partnership with Castle Newnham School since 2017 on a range of inspirational educational projects.

“This has ranged from mentoring for their EAL students, a university taster day, residential summer schools, engineering after-school club, sports projects and many more.

“We were so pleased to be part of the opening of the Aspire Higher space at Castle Newnham and look forward to working with students in this dedicated space.”

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