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Y10 and Y11 Worldskills

46 pupils from Y10 and Y11 visited the Worldskills UK event at Birmingham’s NEC arena.  Here they visited employment, further education and skills based stalls.  The interactive activities, intelligent discussions, informative presentations and guidance will have helped the pupils become more aware of the opportunities that are available to them  and the best approach in order to get there.

Pupil Feedback

I learnt processes of packaging and I really enjoyed the day. I would recommend the day.
Joe Cebrero Yr 10

I learnt about the different areas of childcare and hospitality. I enjoyed the day, some areas were better than others. I learnt about what apprenticeships were.
Shona Byrne Yr 10

I’m glad I came, it was very enjoyable. I enjoyed looking at all the business stalls. I’m going to go home with a glittery uniform. I’d have liked to have been involved in the Army activities but I was wearing a skirt.
Ruby Sweeney Yr 10

10/10. We found Worldskills amazing. We really enjoyed taking part in the virtual reality task. We had a great day and I would recommend it. We would have liked to have had more time.
Jon Clarkson & George Alton Yr 10

We loved Worldskills and would give it a million out of 10. It gave us a lot of information on different jobs, careers and apprenticeships. We would recommend it for the whole year group to get this opportunity. Good freebies.
Caitlin Kelly & Molly Swindle. Yr 11

I really enjoyed seeing the Army event stage. It was really engaging and opened my eyes to what was involved being in the Army. I would recommend the day to other year 10 pupils.
Jesse O’Brien Yr 10

My favourite area was the mechanics section. I liked the small compact cars the best. I spoke to a member of staff from the Jaguar dealership and he talked to me about how to apply. When I turn 16 they will call me to find out if I am still interested in this career. I’m very excited about this. I really would recommend all pupils to have the opportunity to attend Worldskills.
Blazey Skrzydlak Yr 10

It was a great experience.
Ellis King Yr 11

It has been a good insight because it opened my eyes to what I wanted to do. I took a test and then it gave me jobs that best fit my personality. I liked this. I would come again.
Nathan Davis Yr 11

It’s been a good experience to have as it showed me the different jobs available to me. Thank you for organising this trip Miss.
Pearce McDonnell Yr 11

I had a fantastic day. I liked taking the personality test and it showed that I would suit a career in business.
William Richardson Yr 11


Please see the gallery below for photos of the visit.


Year 10 Lionheart Challenge

All year 10 pupils took part in the school heat of the national competition run by the Lionheart Challenge. They worked in teams of 10 and had to create a concept service (to help a disadvantaged local group), market it and calculate the finances. The teams were interviewed by a panel of judges and each team had to present their concept at the end of the day in front of the rest of their year group. The winning team will then go onto to represent OLCHS later in the year at the regional final.  Quote from Lionheart

Feedback from Pupils

I really enjoyed the day. It also strengthened teamwork skills and taught us all how to listen to others and their ideas about our project. – Oliwia Siwiecka 10R

I really liked the fact I was able to express my opinion about real life situations and having a voice in how we executed our ideas. – Lucy Collins 10U

I really enjoyed the fact I could talk ideas through with my group and contribute to what everyone was doing. – Jack Ballard 10D

It was a chance for me to learn great skills for the future. The team was friendly and explained everything well. Overall a great day that will remain a brilliant experience. – Lois Turley 10L

It was a fun experience because we got to express our views and opinions in a supportive environment. We also got to talk to people that we don’t usually interact with. – Danny Kaur 10R and Diya John 10U

Heysham Power Station – Engineering Visit

Four Year 9 girls went to Heysham Power Station for a ‘Girls in Engineering’ visit. The purpose was  to encourage girls into engineering careers and to show them what other careers are on offer.  Highlights included a tour of the power station and an environmental task that involved powering the UK most efficiently.  They were the only group to fulfil all the criteria.

It was a memorable day and I could see myself working in that Job – Mollie Jemson Y9

I found the tour informative and interesting. The task helped me understand what was needed to power the country – Rachael Leech Y9

I really enjoyed it and would like to go back. I would think about an apprenticeship there – Leah Highcock Y9

Enjoyable experience and I would recommend this trip to next year’s year 9 – Mariyah Patel Y9

RAF Careers Presentation

Former pupil Nathan Noblett delivered a presentation to Y11 pupils about life at Wellbeck Defence Sixth Form College, an RAF training college in Leicester.  He spoke about the career opportunities available, the application process and the qualifications needed to be successful.  The pupils benefited from Nathan’s first-hand experience and expertise.

It was so useful hearing about the process of applying for the RAF and what the career involves from someone who is actually living it right now.  I was interested in the aerospace and engineering opportunities mentioned.  The career path is so well thought out and I now know the next steps I would need to take.   Harriet Seed Year 11

Year 11 Mock Interviews

On Tuesday 15th January our school hosted its very first mock interview evening for Year 11 pupils.  Thirty-eight employers from across Lancashire bestowed us with their vast interviewing knowledge to ensure that the pupils were given a realistic and valuable experience.  The pupils learned from current labour market information, career pathways and sector detail before deciding upon a job to be interviewed for.  They also completed a CV.  As the interview day drew closer, the pupils benefited from a session led by the ‘Department for Work and Pensions’ on how to give the best possible account of themselves in an interview situation, covering preparation, body language and tips on making the right impression.  Some pupils were invited to a session led by ‘Talk the Talk’ focusing on how to talk positively about yourself and strategies to structure responses to interview questions. 

The verbal and written feedback received by the pupils is likely to help them reflect on the encounter and better prepare them for their next interview situation. 

Year 11 Mock Interview Feedback

On the whole, the talk session was extremely helpful as the techniques that we got shown were used in my interview.  Also, the feedback I got overall was amazing.  The experience made me grow in confidence and pride, despite that being one of my ‘weaknesses’ before the session.  I am very grateful to school and the teachers involved for giving me this experience.  Owen Martin

In my mock interview, I feel that the experience was positive.  It gave us a taste of a real job interview.  It taught us how we could possibly deal with nerves before a job interview and how we could make ourselves more confident before having to do a real job interview.  Ewen Mansford

Personally, I believe that the mock interviews were a good insight as to what to expect when being interviewed in later life.  They explored a number of aspects from what to wear, to how we should greet out interviewer.  Overall they were very helpful.  Elodie Chesworth

Overall, I think that the mock interviews went well as it gave me a realistic experience of how interviews that we face after school are like.  I feel that I was positive.  It helped that it wasn’t someone from out of school who did it as an unknown face is more realistic.  The people that came in prior to the interview helped calm and prepare me for the interview.  Ben Pomfret

In my mock interview I felt that my experience was very helpful in terms of practise for a real world experience.  I felt it went very positively and I felt I was able to cope well under pressure; it has made me more confident.  Owen Strickland

I think that the mock interviews went well and were beneficial as we gained experience on what a real interview may be like.  I also feel more confident and I think it has taken pressure off a real world situation.  It’s made me feel better by completing a real world interview.  Rosie Gavell

On Tuesday I had my mock interview.  Personally, I think that my interview was a success due to the questions that were asked being challenging and hard to answer.  I had to think deeply and hard to answer them.  I was very nervous before the interview due to me wanting to give off a good impression and to impress the employer.  I was pleased with myself after my interview due to me being confident and sharing my personal qualities with the employer.  Will McIntyre

I think that the mock interview was beneficial to get us ready for further interviews in the future.  Before I went into the interview I was very confident because I had prepared beforehand.  But after the interview it gave me more confidence for further interviews because it gave me experience of what the questions will be like, so it will give me time to prepare beforehand.  But I can also prepare questions to give me more information on the job which shows that I am interested in the job which will make it more likely for me to get the job.  Megan Kay

My interview was successful.  I researched so I was prepared.  The experience helped me to gain confidence made me feel like I can succeed when trying to secure a job in the future.  Abi Whittell

Careers Week Y10 Employer Encounter

 For their meaningful employer encounter as part of our school’s  ‘Careers Week’, our Year 10 pupils were treated to a workshop in partnership with ‘The Department for Work and Pensions’ and the ‘National Health Service’ themed around job applications.  The interactive experience developed our pupils’ awareness of the importance of ‘branding’ themselves correctly through the medium of an application form and personal statement.  By responding to a mock job advert, our pupils were guided on how to avoid common application errors and how to best structure their experiences, skills and qualities to a person specification.  Our pupils listened enthusiastically, held meaningful discussions with the employers and asked lots of probing questions.  

Pupil Feedback

The workshop was such a useful experience.  David, the presenter was funny and engaging.  I feel so much better prepared for my first job application now.  Max Botes 

 It was great to get an insight into what lies in store for me in the future.  This was so helpful.  I feel more confident in the whole application process.  Tayla Bolton

David was full of energy and made what could be a boring topic fun.  I had a great time learning about what employers really want to see in a job application and am pleased that I’ve learned the things that can make an application be immediately rejected.  Harry Wignall

Y9 Options Day and Employer Encounter

Our Year 9 pupils have begun their preparations for life in KS4 by participating in their Options Day.  After a presentation on the options process and an overview of the day by Mr Nelson, the pupils invested their time learning from LMI (Labour Market Information), researching possible future careers and investigating the academic routes they would need to pursue in order to increase their chances of success.  As well as sessions focused on decision making, our Y9 pupils researched information about the subjects that they could study next year via our ‘Google Classroom Options Page’, as well as participating in an employer encounter with either Preston’s College and or HMRC.  The final session of the day involved completing a mock options form and selecting 6 preferences for their 4 options slots.

Pupil Feedback

I have thoroughly enjoyed today.  I found learning about options really helpful.  Thank you. Aimee Froggatt

I liked today as before today I had no idea what I was going to choose and now I have a clear idea.  I know what subjects will benefit me most in the future.   Grace Wignall

Today was so useful as I was able to see what exactly which GCSEs I require in order to get the job I want.  I’ve also learned the jobs that I am most suited to.  Caitlin Jackson

Today helped me to gain a further understanding into the options process.  I enjoyed researching and finding out about the variety of careers there are.  I really enjoyed the session with HMRC.  Albert Livsey

Careers Week Y8 Employer Encounter

Our Y8 pupils participated in one of two workshops for their employer encounters on Thursday.  The ‘Department for Work and Pensions’ led a workshop that focused on the digital footprints, the potential associated risks of their footprints and how they can improve theirs.  ‘Lancashire Fire Service’ held an interesting and informative session on safety inside and outside of the home.  Both workshops were fully interactive, where the pupils were able to ask the employers questions about their professions, the skills that are needed in that profession and the academic choices our pupils should make to set them on each career path.

Pupil Feedback

It was very interesting and it taught me a lot of how t9 behave on the internet.  Tiarnan Hayes

The workshop made me or aware of the problems of posting online and gave good advice on how to make sure we have a safer future  online.   Emily Jemson

I found out about dangers of the water and what not to do.  How being reckless can cost lives.  He also told us how we can help those in need of assistance.  Sky Cottam

It was great to see what the job involves, the specialist equipment you use and how you have to be persistent in when applying for the job you really want.  Lucy Brown

Careers Week Y7 Employer Encounter

For their employer encounters as part of ‘Careers Week’, half of our Y7 pupils worked with ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers’ on a session titled ‘Energy Quest’. The workshop was an interactive STEM workshop packed with hands-on activities, careers information and stories from real engineers working in energy.  Students received their own workbook to capture learning as they explored concepts of energy generation, sustainability and technology.  The second half of our Year7 cohort worked alongside employers from the ‘Ministry of Defence’ a curriculum aligned Front-Line Science challenge.  Here, our Year7 pupils worked in small teams to apply the principles of Physics, Chemistry and Biology STEM in thinking creatively to design new kit and equipment for the Army to use on its future operations.

Pupil Feedback

It was such a fun day.  We got to learn about the MOD, what they do and how science is important in working for them.  We looked at all the jobs there that involve STEM, including Biomedical Science and Pharmacy.  Carter Cornwell

We learned about how the combat part of the MOD is a really small part and that most of the roles there involve design, engineering and support.  We got to try out these other roles-it was brilliant.  Marek SIekanski

It was great to learn all about engineering and the experiment was really fun and interesting.  It has made me want to look at engineering  as a future career.  A great experience.  Nicola Stefanska

The pupils enjoyed a morning looking around Leyland Trucks Ltd where they were given the opportunity to see the entire production line in operation.  They learnt the importance of quality control measures through their systems such as ‘No faults forward’ and the use of sensors to stop wrong parts being used accidentally. They also learnt how employees are engaged in continuous production through their ‘Empowerment’ system.  The pupils learnt how 85 trucks were being assembled on site that day and were given an in depth explanation of how ‘Just In Time’ (JIT) manufacturing is carried out effectively.  The pupils were also introduced to their apprenticeship scheme and given information about various opportunities within the organisation.

 A really good visit with some amazing machinery in operation.  Thomas Rishton

 So the benefits of apprenticeships aren’t just financial, you also gain life experience and you could be educated to degree level.  Jakub Grobelny

 The inside of those trucks are nicer than a Rolls Royce!  George Aiton

To view the Mploy report for the Winter 2018 term, please click here

On 13th March six Year 8 Design and Technology pupils took part in the Faraday Challenge to test their practical skills, problem solving and teamwork in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths by making a working prototype of the James Webb Space Telescope.

  • I learnt many worthwhile skills in Engineering and Maths.
  • I found useful the knowledge of how servos work and how to budget.

On 14th March 2019 twenty two Year 10 Design and Technology pupils visited Leyland Trucks to learn about automation and commercial processes in Industry.


  •  I found the trip useful. It was interesting to see how a commercial business works.
  •  The trip was worthwhile. It has shown me how ‘Just In Time’ manufacturing work.
  •  I learnt how companies use automation in manufacturing
  •  I can now visualize how robots, automation and JIT manufacturing is used in real life.


On the 27th March 2019, 164 year 7 pupils went on a research trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham. It was a trip to prepare pupils for group based competition work, ‘The Chocotastic Challenge’ which all pupils will take part in during their Design & Technology lessons in the summer term.

“I really enjoyed the trip and found out a lot of new things about chocolate”, Jimmy Birkett 7D

“I thought that the trip to Cadbury World was very enjoyable. I got to learn about the history of Cadbury and how it all began. I also got to learn a lot more other interesting things and I had a great time”, Maia Bickford-Yates 7A

To view the MPloy report and pupil feedback for Spring 2019 click here.