Working with Businesses
Small Act, Big Difference
Can your business help inspire and develop our young people?
We are looking to form partnerships with businesses to help our students develop their skills, raise their aspirations and prepare for the world outside the school gates. Whether it is sharing expertise, inspiring students with a speaker from your organisation, providing valuable work experience or running a competition, there are lots of different ways you could help develop the next generation of business leaders and build successful working lives.
If you want to make a difference please contact: Jo Watts, Finance & Resources Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Futures Week - Opening up exciting careers
Our mission statement at Ark Globe Academy is 'Preparing our students for university and to be leaders in their community' and everything that we do has this mission in mind. Our Year 10 Futures Week gave our students access to a broad range of careers, opening up their minds to the industries available to them and connecting them with role models throughout the working world. The week involved workshops with professionals, workplace, cultural and university visits. Throughout the week there was a focus on professionalism and growth mindset.
We asked Rochelle in Year 10 to summarise for us some of the activities that she had been involved in during Futures Week, from a workshop with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to learning about the business of running a premier league football club with Chelsea FC, to visiting Goldsmiths University.
RBS workshop: "I thought that the RBS workshop was amazing! it paved new possible career paths for me as I am now considering taking a degree in accounting and finance"
Arthur Basley, Professional Coach workshop: "Arthur demonstrated that what we think and feel determines our state of mind, therefore changing our behaviour. This made me approach situations with a different aspect as I'm more able to have control over what I'm feeling by managing what I'm thinking."
Goldsmiths University trip:"Goldsmiths was an intriguing visit as we got to tour the campus and also experience what a lecture is like."
Chelsea FC: "It was interesting to view Chelsea as a worldwide brand."
Cultural Capital trip: "Learning about the Magna Carta was the best thing. It was interesting to learn about our past political system that may have influenced laws that are in place today."
Feedback from students about working with businesses
"The Lendlease presentation opened my eyes to many jobs I would not have thought of" said Herietta, year 10
The Lendlease visit "inspired me to take on Architecture and fed me with information that I had no idea of" said Remi, year 10
Feedback about Globe
"The students...were lovely, well behaved, enthusiastic and engaged and above all they were really open to learning from people. My Capgemini colleagues who worked with them all day had a great day and were so enthusiastic about your students."
"Great morning at Ark Globe Academy - a fantastic school, with great results!"
Christen Dali, RBS
And finally we had this feedback from a member of the public who bumped into our students: "Last Thursday, while travelling to Charing Cross (Trafalgar Square) on the Bakerloo line a party of your students boarded the train. Later, I saw the party around Trafalgar Square. Perhaps they were en route to a nearby Art Gallery. The courtesy and behaviour displayed by the whole party made each student a great ambassador of your school. It's a pleasure to report this back to you."
JW, from Harrow
Alongside Futures Week we also ran our first Ark Globe Academy Business Breakfast where we invited business leaders into the school to discuss the role business can play across education and employment. This iniative aims to create strong links with businesses to help inspire and prepare our students for their futures. Our guests heard inspirational speeches from Ochuku, Year 12, our Principal and guest speaker, Paul Marshall, Chairman, Ark Schools and Lead Non-Executive Director, Department of Education before touring the school, meeting our students and sharing the advice that they would have liked to give their 16 year old self.