Key Stage 3
Students are introduced to Careers and Enterprise in Year 7.
What is Enterprise?
Enterprise education provides students with the unique opportunity to develop valuable skills in the business world. Whether students plan for a career in medicineÂ or fashion design, these foundation skills are crucial in becoming, not only a successful young entrepreneur, but also a creative and innovative individual.
Throughout the school year, there will be exciting events and opportunities for the students to engage with inspirational business people and learn firsthand through running their very own business.
One of the main events of the year is the Christmas Enterprise Markets. The AGGS tradition has proven to be a great success and has helped budding entrepreneurs showcase their talent.
Year 7 also take part in the Tenner Challenge half day masterclass, delivered by Young Enterprise.Â Through enterprise challenges and industry insight from local business volunteers, this programme inspires students to explore the realities of working life.
Christmas Enterprise Markets
Years 7 to 9 can take part in the annualÂ AGGS Christmas Enterprise Markets.
In Year 8, students are first introduced to CEIAG through their Citizenship lessons. They look at the world of money by exploring jobs and the economy and various social and moral dilemmas. Year 8 can also take part in a voluntary enterprise activity, theÂ Mosaic Challenge, a Prince’s Trust Charity.Â What is Mosaic?Â An inter-school competition which encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people. In addition to encouraging an understanding of business and enterprise, participants also develop a number of transferable skills such as: Confidence; self-efficacy, team work; meeting deadlines; clarity of expression; lateral and creative thinking; and flexibility and adaptability.
Emma, Sarah, Millie and Mary did themselves and the school proud by winning the Regional Final of the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge. They competed against teamsâ€¦ Read more Â»
Orla, Rose, Ibby and Amy (8-6) did themselves and the school proud at the Mosaic Regional Finals. They came in 2nd place with Ladybridge being announced the NW winnersâ€¦ Read more Â»
Year 8 can get involved in the Christmas markets and they also have a designated off-timetable day, currently a day delivered by employees ofÂ Willmott Dixon Construction.
â€śThe Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry.Â The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection.”Â
World of Work Day
In the summer term we invite our Alumnae back into school to help deliver the World of Work day. The sessions are led by the alumnae and the aim of the day is to introduce Year 8 to as many different careers as possible and to get them to think about the different skills involved in each of the job roles.Â
Students are introduced to the JED (Job Explorer Database) in their Citizenship lessons â€“ a fun quiz enabling users to explore over 850 careers ideas: www.careersoft.co.uk/Products/Job_Explorer_Database
Parents and students will be invited to attend the Year 9Â Options Evening where they can find out more about what options AGGS has to offer at Key Stage 4. Subjects chosen to study for GCSE can influence and shape the career path of the future. If students already have a strong direction of which careers path to take, then they will need to consider which subjects will help them to get there.
Year 9 are introduced to our Connexions Adviser, Colette McLoughlin, in Form time. Connexions offer impartial advice and guidance advice and can help reinforce option choices and understand the importance of those things to be considered.
The Year 9 enterprise activity is run by TheÂ Ryman National Enterprise Challenge. www.nationalenterprisechallenge.co.uk/
The full year group programme receives high profile support from the likes of TheoÂ Paphitis and Lord Sugar and businesses such as Ryman, UCFB, Staffordshire University and Kingswood. The students work in teams to conceptualise, design, market, finance and present a real-life business challenge.Â TheÂ challenge is delivered byÂ an expert team of facilitators and helps to develop the enterprise and employability skills of all the students who take part including teamwork, communication, leadership, decision making, problem solving and creativity. The winning team from each school goes on to represent the school at the National Finals.
Win or lose, the challenge helps to develop the key skills young people need for the world of work and shows them there is no limit to what can be achieved.
The 2017 Ryman National Enterprise Challenge final was held at The International Centre, Telford on Tuesday 4th July. The event saw the winning teams from over 120 schools come together to compete against each other. High street retailer and stationery giant, Rymanâ€¦ Read more Â»
The 2018 Ryman National Enterprise Challenge final was held at The International Centre, Telford on Wednesday 4th July. The event saw the winning teams from over 150 schools come together to compete against each otherÂ Read more Â»