The Careers Department have held events and organised work experience covering a variety of sectors this term

Year 12 Conference

This was an event for all of Year 12 and parents to give information and advice on some of the different pathways available post Sixth Form.

Mrs Mousley and Mrs Osborne had organised an excellent variety of topics & speakers for pupils and parents to choose from, including.

  • Why go to university & how to choose your course – University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Performing Arts/Drama school applications with Mrs Futter & Ms Corrigan
  • Careers in Sport – David Hunter, Chief Executive & Clerk of the Course, Fakenham Racecourse
  • How to write a good personal statement – University of Sheffield
  • Joining the Army/Officer Entry/Army Medical Corp – Army Outreach
  • Applying to Study in USA & Overseas – The University Guys
  • Sourcing a Degree Apprenticeship – Exeter University
  • Creative courses / Art School / Being a student in London – OG Molly Cook
  • Agriculture Study
  • Being a Gappie – OG Finn Lowe
  • Engineering courses – Sheffield University
  • Being a Norland Nanny
Lotus Cars Trip

This trip marked International Day of Women in Engineering.

Gresham’s pupils were invited by Lotus Cars to attend the day at their training academy in Norwich. Mrs Osborne took nine female pupils, from Years 10 and 11, on the trip who showed interest and ability in science, technology, design, engineering and maths.  

In the morning they enjoyed talks from Lotus female engineers and an insightful and encouraging talk from Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO Women’s Engineering Society.

The afternoon was interactive with a production line exercise and time spent in the simulated learning workshop environment.

Zinnia-Claire, one of the pupils on the trip, said, “I loved the trip! I was inspired by both the people and the cars. This was a fantastic experience and it encouraged me to potentially pursue a future in engineering.”

Summer Work Experience

Year 13 pupil Tanya P had a week’s work placement with Holkham Estate where she was given an insight into the diversity of the work at the estate.

Tanya said “It was really insightful and interesting to learn about all the different aspects of the estate.

My time in the land and property area was really helpful to understand different developments and rental properties for my future career. I found everyone at Holkham incredibly friendly, approachable and happy.”

Read more on the Holkham blog

Other Work Experience placements

Year 12 pupil George will be doing a week’s work placement in July with stockbrokers Barratt & Cooke.  Mr Coventry, Mr Mack and Mrs Osborne interviewed a high calibre of applicants from current Year 12 for the placement. This is a yearly opportunity offered to one pupil from Gresham’s and one from Norwich School.

Erin L in Year 12 is doing a three-day placement with OG Jeremy Dugdale, Barrister at Law, Octagon House Chambers.

Year 12 pupil Jimmy T will be doing a placement with North Norfolk Railway to further his insight in engineering.

Year 12 pupil Erin L has completed her work experience at Norwich Crown Court. Erin said, “just finished 2 days of work experience, was very interesting! Spent Monday with Jeremy, attending his cases and spent the Tuesday with a judge, where I got to sit in on lots of different family court cases and 1 criminal case!”

Visit from The Academy of Robotics to Gresham’s

We enjoyed a visit from William Sachiti and Jill Lloyd from The Academy of Robotics based at the former RAF base RAF Neatishead. They visited pupils in the Dyson Building.

They said, “it was an absolutely fascinating visit. We were so impressed by the level the students are working at. It’s an incredible space to work in, but it was also abundantly clear that the level of work produced by the students is very much driven by the passion their teachers have for their subjects and for sharing this knowledge with the students”.

Degree ApprenticeshipS

Congratulations to Year 13 pupil Henry B for securing a degree apprenticeship with Richard Utting Associates

Henry will be starting as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor in their Norwich office. Henry will benefit from a comprehensive inhouse training programme, as well as part-time day release at Anglia Ruskin University, studying a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying.

Congratulations to Year 13 pupil Archie W for his perseverance and dedication in research, work experience and application for the PCDA (Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship) with Norfolk & Suffolk Constabulary.

The whole process has taken 9-12 months from application to rigorous assessments, culminating in an in-depth, testing interview. This was an extremely intensive process alongside doing A levels.