Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy Alumni returned to give Years 11, 12 and 13 advice about their futures.

Ex-students who are now at university, completing apprenticeships or in employment came back for our annual Meet the Former Student event.

Students were given a booklet containing questions they might like to ask along with a list of the ex-students attending and the courses they were studying or details of their apprenticeships.

Areas covered included Apprenticeships, Archaeology, Architecture, Criminology, Dance and Creative Writing, Education and Languages, Engineering, English Literature and Languages, Geography, Healthcare, History, Journalism, Photography, Psychology and Science.

Mrs Vause, Director of Learning for Science and Sixth Form tutor, organised the event.

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our current students to find out more about the possible pathways they could pursue after finishing school.

“We encourage students to think about the questions they would like to ask, particularly regarding a student’s reason for choosing an apprenticeship or what the UCAS application process was like, their initial impressions of university and the course that they have chosen.

“Hopefully the event leaves them feeling inspired and informed and goes some way to helping them decide if they want to go to university or pursue an apprenticeship, what course they want to study and the kind of preparation that they need to be doing.”

Ex-student Callum Phelan is at the University of Birmingham studying a Masters in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

He said: “I’m currently on a 12 month placement with Rolls-Royce and I’m really enjoying it. I would love to stay at Rolls-Royce. I think it’s important for students to know that employers are also looking for those soft skills.”

Stephanie Andrews has just completed a course in Drama and Creative Writing at university in Bristol.

She said: “When I started my course acting was my passion but now I would love to become a producer in the theatre. University was a life-changing experience for me.”

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